New World Development
New World Development Company Limited (NWD), is a Hong Kong-based company focused on property, infrastructure and services, department stores and hotels. It was established in 1970 by Cheng Yu-tung. The company is publicly listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK: 17) since 23 November 1972 and is a constituent stock of Hong Kong Hang Seng Index.
|Traded as||SEHK: 17|
|Henry Cheng (Chairman & Executive Director) |
Adrian Cheng（Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager）
|Products||Real property, Hotel, Infrastructure and Services, General merchandise|
|Revenue||HK $59,6 billion (as of financial year 2016)|
|Owner||Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited|
Number of employees
|About 50,000 people (as of financial year 2014)|
Over the last four decades, the group has also actively participated in various businesses in Mainland China and established itself as one of the largest foreign direct investors in the country. The group's existing investments in Mainland China has exceeded US$16.5 billion, spreading across four municipalities and over 19 provinces.
Launch and rapid growth
The New World Development (NWD) Company Limited was established in May 1970 to venture into property development. Dr Ho Sin Hang was elected Chairman of the Company, while Dr. Cheng Yu Tung was appointed Director and General Manager. Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited was the company's largest shareholder. Cheng Tu Yung had bought large properties during the 1960s, and consolidated his real estate assets in NWD.
On October 1972, NWD (Stock Code: 017.HK) was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, raising over HK$193 million.
In February 1992, New World Development (China) was set up. In October 1995, New World Infrastructure Limited (NWI) (Hong Kong stock code: 301) was formed to consolidate all of NWD's infrastructure projects in Hong Kong and Mainland China, and was listed on HKSE the same month. In April 1997, New World Services Limited (NWS) was established to consolidate all the services-related units within the group. In July 1999, New World China Land Limited (NWCL) (Hong Kong stock code: 917) was formed to consolidate all of NWD's property projects in Mainland China, and was listed on HKSE the same month.
In September 2000, the group acquired New World Insurance Services Limited. In September 2001, NWS acquired the entire issued share capital of Ngo Kee Construction Company Limited. In October 2002, Pacific Ports Company Limited (PPC) acquired the traditional infrastructure assets from NWI, and acquired NWS from NWD.
In January 2003, the reorganization of New World Group was completed. NWS Holdings Limited, after changing its name from Pacific Ports Company Limited, became the group's service flagship with diversified operations in service, infrastructure and ports in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. All the group's shares were consolidated under the new name NWS Holdings Limited which began trading on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
In May 2005, NWD and Shanghai Industrial jointly invested US$3million into Shinhint Acoustic Link Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong-based integrated manufacturing services provider for ODM/OEM production of electro-acoustic consumer products. Then it sold Riverside South, a luxury condominium project in New York City on land acquired from Donald Trump, for $1.8 billion – then the largest residential real estate transaction in the history of the city.
In July 2007, New World Department Store China Limited (Hong Kong stock code: 0825) was listed on HKSE. The Guangzhou Dongxin Expressway, in which NWS Holdings held 40.8% equity interest, was officially opened on 31 December 2010. In August 2011, New World Group announced its full support to New World Harbour Race, a sporting event organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association after a 33-year hiatus.
In December 2013, NWS Holdings Limited acquired equity shares in Beijing Capital International Airport to become its second largest shareholder. In April 2015, New World Development Company Limited and HIP Company Limited (HIP), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), established a new joint venture company that own the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, the Renaissance Harbour View and Hyatt Regency TST (the "Hotels"). The total consideration for the sale and transfer of the Hotels is HK$18,500 million, out of which approximately HK$10,082 million was received by NWD. In 2016, the company decided to shift its strategy towards the country's main cities and move away from second-tier agglomerations.
In November 2018, NWD launched the new healthcare brand Humansa. In December 2018, NWS Holdings bought in cash the entire issued capital of the Hong Kong insurer FTLife.
New World Development and sister listed company Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group are both majority owned by privately owned Chow Tai Fook (Holding).
New World Development Company Limited is one of the Hong Kong companies who have a large landbank. As at 31 December 2014, the group had a landbank of around 9.25 million sq ft, of which around 5.3 million sq ft was residential property. The group had a total of approximately 18.3 million sq ft of attributable agricultural land reserve pending for conversion.
- Dr. Cheng Kar-Shun, Henry GBS (Chairman and Executive Director)
Hung Hom Peninsula
The Hung Hom Peninsula was sold for a below-market land premium of HK$864 million to New World Development, who subsequently sold off half share to Sun Hung Kai Properties. In 2004, the consortium announced the demolition of these buildings to make way for luxury apartments, to be faced with huge popular outcry about the needless destruction of "perfectly good buildings" to satisfy "corporate greed". In an unprecedented about-turn, the developers withdrew the plan on December 10, 2004.
In 2008, New World was the subject of controversy when it announced it had hired former Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Leung Chin-man as deputy managing director and executive director of its China subsidiary, New World China Land Ltd. The Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee, signed off on the approval for him to take up the job within three years of leaving, failing to take into account the appearance of conflict of interest resulting from the Hung Hom Peninsula affair. New World argued that they hired Leung in good faith, after the government had given clearance. New World announced in the early hours of 16 August that the parties had agreed to rescind the contract.
Avenue of Stars
The company has managed the Avenue of Stars for 11 years, and its contract is due to expire. It was announced that the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong government would redevelop and expand the avenue jointly with the company. The Hong Kong government declared that the enhancement project would contain limited commercial appeal, and no luxury shops or high-end restaurants would be added. The walkway, very popular with tourists, is to be closed off for three years while the expansion is undertaken.
The decision to award the contract for the redevelopment to the company without putting it out to tender, on the justification that the project was non-profit, sparked controversy locally. Residents' groups and other development companies owning properties adjacent to the walk expressed discontent, whilst the LCSD claimed that consultations with the local district council had been favourable. In an apparent attempt to de-fuse the public furore at the apparent collusion between government and big business, the government promised a public consultation.
- "Corporate | New World Development Company Limited Official Website". www.nwd.com.hk. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- Ellie Ng (30 September 2016). "New World Development founder Cheng Yu-tung passes away at age 91". Hongkongfp/com. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- Timothy L. O'Brien (27 January 2016). "How Trump Bungled the Deal of a Lifetime". BloombergView.
- "Event History | New World Harbour Race 2015". www.hkharbourrace.com. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- "經典重現！維港渡海泳！". sports.sina.com.hk. Archived from the original on 16 September 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- "New World Development sells Hong Kong hotel stakes to Abu Dhabi investor for HK$18.5 billion". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- "New World seals HK$18.5b deal with Abu Dhabi group HK – China Daily Asia". China Daily Asia. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- Jennifer Lo (29 November 2016). "New World Development shuns lower-tier Chinese cities". Nikkei.com. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- Sharon Kwok (22 November 2018). "New World Development launches new healthcare brand Humansa". Marketing-interactive.com. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- Pearl Liu (27 December 2018). "New World Development unit buys Hong Kong insurer FTLife in record US$2.74 billion deal". Scmp.com. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- "Hong Kong's New World Development donates farmland for social housing". Reuters.com. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- Lam Ka-sing (25 September 2019). "New World donates almost a fifth of its farmland reserves towards building public homes to ease Hong Kong's housing woes". Scmp.com. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- Ng, Michael & Teddy (11 December 2004). "Demolition of Hung Hom flats scrapped". The Standard. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2007.
- Diana Lee (5 August 2008). "Former housing chief faces legal bid to demolish his job with developer". The Standard. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
- Secretary for the Civil Service (15 August 2008). "SCS submits report to Chief Executive on Leung Chin-man's case" (Press release). Civil Service Bureau, Hong Kong Government.
- Cheung Chi-fai (16 August 2008). "Ex-housing chief shocked officials didn't consider Hung Hom deal". South China Morning Post. pp. A10.