St Laurence to buy Auckland Hilton

Monday 6 September 2004

Wellington-based investment group St Laurence is to buy Auckland's landmark Hilton Hotel on Princes Wharf St for $51 million and will fund the purchase through a "proportionate ownership scheme".

By The Landlord

St Laurence is offering investors 1188 shares in the scheme at $25,000 each, raising $29.7 million. The balance of the purchase price would be met with secured borrowings.

St Laurence managing director Kevin Podmore said the five-star, 166-room hotel would be purchased fully leased to hotel manager Princes Wharf Hotel Ltd.

Hilton International, a subsidiary of London-based Hilton Group, will continue to operate the hotel at the site under an agreement that runs until 2016.

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