Cromwell European REIT property in Amsterdam, De Ruijterkade 5 (Photo: Google Maps)

The initial public offering (IPO) of a REIT that would have been the first in Singapore to offer a portfolio of diversified commercial properties across Europe, has failed to materialise.

Cromwell European REIT first announced in early September that it would list 1.5 billion units on the Singapore Exchange with a portfolio of 81 properties across Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland.

Read: Cromwell European REIT to IPO between EUR0.55 and EUR0.57

In the latest development, the REIT’s sponsor, Australia’s Cromwell Property Group, announced on 22 September that it has elected not to register a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

The decision not to go ahead came “despite receiving significant interest from strategic, institutional and retail investors”, said Cromwell Property Group in its statement.

No further reasons were given by the company as to why it has backtracked on its planned Singapore listing beyond “current market conditions”.

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By Ridzwan Rahmat

Ridzwan has been analysing REITs and business trusts since 2008, and personally manages a portfolio comprising mainly of SGX-listed REITs. He founded REITsWeek in 2013.