Saudi’s Kingdom Holding sells Four Seasons Toronto for $225 mln: Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding (4280.SE), the investment firm owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, said on Sunday it had sold the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto for a gross price of $225 million (US$171.8 million).

The property was sold to family investment vehicles related to Shahid Khan, Pakistani-American founder of automobile parts maker Flex-N-Gate Group and owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars American football team and London’s Fulham Football Club.

The sale occurred as a weak Canadian dollar increases interest among foreign investors eager to diversify their holdings with Canadian assets including real estate.

Canada’s KingSett Real Estate Growth LP and InnVest REIT (INN_u.TO) bought 80 percent of another iconic downtown Toronto hotel, the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, for $186.5 million early last year.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, in which Kingdom Holding owns 47.5 percent alongside a similar stake held by Bill GatesCascade Investment, will continue to operate the Four Seasons Toronto.

(Reporting by Andrew Torchia; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels Ltd