OUE Commercial REIT and OUE Hospitality Trust in talks to merge

OUE Commercial will offer to buy OUE Hospitality to create a single entity that will remain listed on the Singapore stock exchange. (Pic from OUE Hospitality Trust website)

SINGAPORE: OUE Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust and OUE Hospitality Trust are in discussions to merge in a cash and stock deal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people with knowledge of the deal.

OUE Commercial will offer to buy OUE Hospitality to create a single entity that will remain listed on the Singapore stock exchange and hold assets totalling S$6.7 billion (US$4.95 billion) the report added, citing sources.

OUE Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust and OUE Hospitality Trust did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The deal comes among a wave of mergers in the real estate investment funds sector.

In May, Singapore-listed ESR-REIT bought rival Viva Industrial Trust in a deal valued at S$936.7 million (US$691.50 million), marking the first consolidation among Singapore’s crowded mid-cap real estate investment trusts.