The Place Holdings Signs MOU to Acquire 51% of IP Rights Associated with Property Landmark The Place

The two proposed acquisitions are expected to strengthen the group's financial performance.

The Place Holdings Signs MOU to Acquire 51% of IP Rights Associated with Property Landmark The Place

SGX mainboard-listed company, The Place Holdings Limited, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding MOU to acquire a 51% stake in two entities that hold the IP Rights of design patent and certain trademarks that are related to property landmark, THE PLACE, in Beijing as well as certain assets and businesses relating to the iconic attraction, Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen, in Beijing.

After the completion of the Proposed Acquisitions, the Group is expected to receive recurring royalty income from the licensing of the IP Rights for the use in the operation and management of Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen and the real estate properties associated with THE PLACE, which is a mixed-use development built in 2006, comprising two top-tier office buildings and a high-end shopping retail mall, located at No. 9 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, the heart of Beijing's Central Business District (CBD). In addition, the Group will also generate operating revenue from the operation of the Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen.

Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen is one of the largest sky screens in Asia with 7,500 sqm of LED lights across a space of 250m long and 30m wide, offering a spectacular light show experience with high-resolution imagery and state-of-the-art, immersive sound systems as well as technological features that enable interactivity.

Pioneering new experiential marketing experiences, Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen has established a strong brand and continues to be a popular venue and platform for various events, advertisements and media.

Developed by Beijing Aozhong Xingye Real Estate Development Co., Ltd, THE PLACE and Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen have quickly become a property landmark and iconic attraction in Beijing since it was unveiled to the public in September 2007.

Both the IP Rights and Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen are income-generative businesses and the proposed acquisitions are expected to strengthen the Group's cash flow and financial performance.

With a scalable asset-light model that can be replicated across various countries, there are also various opportunities to utilise the IP Rights and technological features of Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen to potentially develop new business propositions related to the digital economy (such as gamification, NFTs, Metaverse) and create new revenue streams.

Mr Ji Zenghe, Executive Chairman of The Place Holdings, said, "With THE PLACE and Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen having been in operations for more than 15 years, the proposed acquisitions represent direct access to a well-known property landmark and iconic attraction that are both cash-flow generative and profitable.

The revenue streams from both acquisitions can strengthen our financial performance and enhance our business agility to pursue new growth initiatives.

Based on the proven operating models of the underlying assets, the Group can adopt an asset-light business approach to pursue various collaborations and opportunities across various countries in Asia.

In addition, with evolving consumer behaviours in lifestyle and business activities, we believe that there are various opportunities to leverage the IP Rights and technological features of Shimao Tianjie Sky Screen to push the boundaries of digital innovation and develop new business propositions related to the digital economy."