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Launch of Pakistan’s first Islamic REIT IPO on May 2

The offer on the IPO by TPL RMC is being made through the fixed price method at an offer price of Rs17.59 per unit

By Our Correspondent
May 01, 2024
CEO of TPL Corp Limited Ali Jameel. — Tplcorp.com Website/File
CEO of TPL Corp Limited Ali Jameel. — Tplcorp.com Website/File

KARACHI: Ali Jameel, the chief executive officer of tech-driven conglomerate TPL Corp Limited, is “confident” that the bidding of its IPO for the first Shariah-compliant hybrid Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in Pakistan will be oversubscribed.

TPL RMC is scheduled to launch its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the first Shariah-compliant hybrid REIT — the TPL REIT Fund I — on May 2 and 3.

The TPL REIT is a part of the conglomerate’s range of businesses scattered across various sectors and has demonstrated its expertise in the property sector via Centrepoint — its flagship project. It should be noted that the aforementioned project yielded TPL a Return on Investment (ROI) of 130 per cent.

The Fund is also known for its investment across a diversified pool of property assets including a premium-end luxurious residential tower, a sustainable master-planned community, and a first-of-its-kind technology park.

Talking to Geo.tv, Jameel -- who was previously associated with Pakistan’s central bank, TRG Pakistan, and other entities as a board member -- said that the introduction of the IPO shows that the Pakistani market is developing and becoming sophisticated. “It most importantly demonstrates that Pakistan is open for business,” said the TPL CEO.

The offer on the IPO by TPL RMC is being made through the fixed price method at an offer price of Rs17.59 per unit.

Commenting on the vision behind the REIT, the businessman explained that it is aimed at bringing the unregulated and undocumented delisted sector towards documentation. “This will also improve the government’s taxation, and investors’ money will also get detected, as REIT has advantages for investors — far more than when they purchase from the informal sector,” he added.

Talking about the scope of the REIT in Pakistan, Jameel said it would take over 50 per cent of the property sector in the next 10 years. “Let’s say REIT is only Re1 and other sectors are Rs99, but in the next 10 years, I expect that the Re1 will become Rs40-50.”

The TPL chief was of the opinion that the Shariah-compliant REIT would be a “great success” for the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) because a significant portion of the investor base in Pakistan mostly looks at Shariah-compliant structures.

“Therefore, Pakistan will again be at the forefront of Shariah-compliance in terms of REITs and it will also encourage the inclusion of more such REITs in the market. Introducing the first one always requires more hard work and we want more such REITs to be introduced”.