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Establishment of “PanaHome MKH Malaysia”

Press Release   •   Dec 02, 2015 16:31 SGT

1 December, 2015, Kajang, Malaysia – PanaHome Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“PanaHome Malaysia”) today announced it has signed an agreement with major Malaysian developer MKH Berhad (“MKH”) to establish a new consolidated subsidiary to undertake design and building construction in Malaysia.

The new company, PanaHome MKH Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“PanaHome MKH Malaysia”), with 51% investment from PanaHome Malaysia, a local subsidiary of PanaHome Corporation based in Japan, and 49% investment from MKH subsidiary, Kajang Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd, is scheduled to launch end of this year. PanaHome MKH Malaysia will focus its business on conducting building contract work for numerous residential and apartment development projects undertaken by MKH.

Established in 1979, MKH has developed more than eight townships with over 35,000 properties in Kajang and the Greater Kuala Lumpur. In 2008, the company diversified its business by venturing into oil palm plantation in Kalimantan, Indonesia. PanaHome, the housing subsidiary of global electronics giant, Panasonic, has built a total of about 470,000 residences in Japan over the past 50 years. It has expanded its business overseas, to Taiwan in 2010, and Malaysia in 2012. In April 2015, it established PanaHome Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. to strengthen its foothold in the housing industry across the Southeast Asia and Oceania region.

“With the establishment of the new joint venture company, PanaHome MKH Malaysia will offer solutions and proposals for housing in Malaysia by combining MKH’s know-how in the real estate development business with PanaHome’s technology, construction expertise, and ideas for quality living. We aim to find balance between design, furnishing and homebuilding, while sustaining the environment,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Alex Chen Kooi Chiew, Executive Chairman, MKH Berhad.

The company plans to open showrooms to enable customers to visualise and experience first-hand various living spaces it can offer.

Haruhiko Kuwano, President, PanaHome Malaysia, commented, “The Panasonic “Homes & Living” sub-brand demonstrates our capabilities in the housing sector, integrating PanaHome’s expertise in building construction, in other words, the exterior framework of the building, with Panasonic’s latest range of housing appliances and products for the interior. Our vision is to elevate housing conditions in the markets we serve. The establishment of PanaHome MKH Malaysia is synonymous with that. PanaHome Malaysia is excited to partner with MKH Berhad to build sustainable homes.”

PanaHome has set a target of 50 billion yen in consolidated sales in the fiscal year ending March 2019 for overseas business. Of the 50 billion yen, PanaHome aims to generate 15 billion yen in sales from the Malaysian market. Through the establishment of the new joint venture company, PanaHome will accelerate its efforts to expand its business to attain these goals.

Outline of PanaHomeMKH Malaysia Sdn Bhd(to be established)

Corporate Name : PanaHome・MKH Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Head Office : 5th Floor, Wisma MKH, Jalan Semenyih, 43000 Kajang Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
President : Haruhiko Kuwano
Capital : 9 million Malaysian ringgit (About 249 million yen)
(planned) 1 RM=27.70 yen
Number of Employees : 10(planned)
Stock Ownership Ratio : PanaHome Malaysia Sdn Bhd51% Kajang Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd49%
Main Business Activities : Housing construction contract business
Establishment : End December 2015 (Expected)


■Outline of PanaHome Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Corporate Name : PanaHome Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Head Office : No. 124 Jalan Ara Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
President : Haruhiko Kuwano
Capital : 9.53 million Malaysian ringgit (About 286 million yen*) (As of October 2015. 1RM=27.70) *Total amount of investment and capital increase is based on the actual currency exchange rate
Number of Employees : 38 (As of October 2015)
Stock Ownership Ratio : 100%
Main Business Activities : Housing construction business
Establishment : May 2012


■Outline of Kajang Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd

Corporate Name : Kajang Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd
Head Office : 5th Floor, Wisma MKH, Jalan Semenyih, 43000 Kajang Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Executive Chairman : Tan Sri Dato’ Chen Kooi Chiew @ Cheng Ngi Chong
Capital : 6.25 million Malaysian ringgit (About 173 million yen)
(year ended September 30,2015. 1RM=27.70)
Sales : 10.6 million Malaysian ringgit (About 294million yen)
(year ended September 30,2015. 1RM=27.70 yen))
Number of Employees : 6 (As of October 2015)
Main Business Activities : Real estate development
Establishment : January 1984


■Outline of PanaHome Corporation

Corporate Name : PanaHome Corporation
Head Office : 1-1-4, Shinsenri-nishimachi, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka 560-8543, Japan
President : Yasuteru Fujii
Capital : 28.4 billion yen (As of March 31, 2015)
Sales : 325.6 billion yen
(Fiscal year ended March 2015, on a consolidated basis)
Number of Employees : 5,386 (As of March 31, 2015, on a consolidated basis)
Establishment : July 1963


■Outline of MKH Berhad

Corporate Name : MKH Berhad
Head Office : 5th Floor, Wisma MKH, Jalan Semenyih, 43000 Kajang Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Executive Chairman : Tan Sri Dato’ Chen Kooi Chiew @ Cheng Ngi Chong
Capital : 419.425 million Malaysian ringgit (About 11.6 billion yen) (As of September 2015. 1RM=27.70 yen)
Sales : 1.04 billion Malaysian ringgit (About 28.8 billion yen)
(Year ended September 30, 2015, on a consolidated basis. 1RM=27.70 yen)
Number of Employees : 3,961 (As of October 2015, on a consolidated basis)
Establishment : September 1979

About PanaHome

Established in 1963, PanaHome Corporation traces its roots back to the passionate vision of Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic Corporation, who sought to build quality houses befitting the vital role they play in people’s lives. As the housing subsidiary of the Panasonic Group, PanaHome recorded consolidated net sales of 325.6 billion yen for the year ended 31 March 2015.

For more information on PanaHome, please visit the company's website at http://www.panahome.jp/english/


About MKHBerhad

MKH Berhad (formerly known as Metro Kajang Holdings Bhd), is an established property developer in Kajang - Semenyih with an uninterrupted profit track record since its inception 35 years ago. Since 1979, MKH has earned a distinguished reputation in improving quality of lives by building good quality homes and integrated townships, while 2008 marked the Groups’ foray in to oil palm plantation. Successfully listed on Bursa Malaysia in October 1995, MKH has completed more than 35,000 units of properties in Kajang and Greater Kuala Lumpur with a total value exceeding RM11.6 billion.

The Group has garnered a string of awards including the “Best Company for Investor Relations 2014”, “Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2014”, “The Green Tech Award”, “The Edge Malaysia Affordable Urban Housing Excellence Award 2014 & 2015,” “The Edge Top Property Developers Award 2015”, and “Asia Pacific Property Award” for its seven property developments, apart from recognition of Management leaders for their role in transforming the Kajang township and contributing to Malaysia’s property industry. MKH acquired up to 90 years concession for its 15,900 hectares of plantation land in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Its CPO mill has been upgraded to fully operating at 90 metric tonne per hour.