14 September 2018, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Surbana Jurong (SJ) to establish a new joint venture. SJ is a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (“Temasek”), a Singapore government affiliated investment company. The new joint venture will focus on urban development projects in Asia.
MC and SJ will establish the 50-50 joint venture in Singapore following approval from the relevant authorities. The joint venture will operate in Asian countries in which the two companies already have substantial experience, particularly in Myanmar and Vietnam but also in other markets such the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. The joint venture will begin by investing USD 500 million to acquire assets of up to USD 2.5 billion in aggregate over the next five years, making additional investments over time or inviting third-party investors as it takes on larger-scale projects.
In emerging Asian countries, there is an increasing demand for urban development and improved infrastructure due to rapid economic and population growth. The new joint venture will primarily engage in urban development projects that build transportation infrastructure while at the same time targeting areas surrounding transportation hubs for developing urban real estate solutions such as retail outlets, offices, apartments, hotels and hospitals.
SJ originally began by developing public housing and industrial estates in Singapore, then utilized its global network to deliver successful projects for over 70 years in more than 40 countries including Myanmar, Vietnam and India. For its part, MC has built up a wealth of expertise in the real estate business by developing an array of assets ranging from industrial complexes and warehouses to commercial facilities and condominiums, not only in Japan, but also in South East Asia, China, the United States and other markets around the world.
Although MC’s real estate business previously focused primarily on developing and selling individual real estate assets, the company will be making use of its comprehensive strengths and drawing on its capacity to adopt a holistic view across numerous industries to execute future urban development projects.
Pooling the collective know-how and track records of both companies, the new joint venture will work to deliver high-quality urban development projects that meet local needs and contribute to economic development in emerging countries while at the same time keeping in line with MC’s aim of simultaneously generating economic, societal and environmental value.
1. Joint Venture Company
Head Office: Singapore
Shareholders: MC 50%, SJ 50%
2. Surbana Jurong
Head Office: 168 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-01 Connection One, Singapore 150168
Representative: Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO
Shareholders: Temasek Holdings (100%)
Business Overview: The Surbana Jurong Group is one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms operating in 40 countries and 110 cities globally. The company has strong ties with the shareholding company Temasek Holdings, and maintains a wide range of networks including government officials, local companies and international institutions.
3. Mitsubishi Corporation
Head Office: 3-1, Marunouchi 2 Chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8086 Japan
Representative: Takehiko Kakiuchi, President and CEO
Business Overview: Mitsubishi Corporation is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates business across virtually every industry including industrial finance, energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, foods, and environmental business. Mitsubishi Corporation’s current activities are expanding far beyond its traditional trading operations as its diverse business ranges from natural resources development to investment in retail business, infrastructure, financial products and manufacturing of industrial goods.
 Temasek, a global investment company headquartered in Singapore. Temasek is wholly-owned by the Singapore Minister for Finance, and manages a portfolio covering a broad spectrum of sectors including financial, telecommunications, media, technology, transportation, industrials, energy and resources. The company’s total asset is estimated to be SGD 308 billion as of March 2018.