July 6, 2018 / 1:31 AM / 4 months ago

UPDATE 1-Singapore developer stocks fall after surprise property curbs

* City Developments, Oxley shares fall 15 pct

* Wing Tai down 8 pct

* Curbs tightened to moderate rise in prices of homes - analysts (Adds stock movement)

SINGAPORE, July 6 (Reuters) - Shares of several Singaporean real estate developers tumbled on Friday, a day after a surprise government move to tighten curbs on property in a bid to cool the market.

On Thursday, Singapore authorities raised an additional stamp duty on property purchases by five percentage points for some home buyers and tightened housing loans limits.

The city-state’s housing market has been recovering since the third quarter of 2017 after nearly four years of price declines. Private homes prices have risen by 9.1 percent over the past year.

“To me, it is quite shocking,” said Christine Li, senior director of research at real estate services firm Cushman and Wakefield in Singapore. “There will be a knee-jerk reaction in property stocks.

Property companies have been buying land in government sales or in collective sales, where they purchase existing apartment blocks for re-building.

Developers that have added significantly to Singapore residential landbank include Oxley Holdings, City Developments, Keppel Corp’s real estate division and Wing Tai Holdings, said Joel Ng, an analyst an KGI Securities.

Both Oxley and City Developments were down nearly 15 percent, while Wing Tai fell 8 percent.

Authorities have been cautioning as early as November against an “excessive exuberance” in the property market.

A fresh warning came this week, from the head of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Ravi Menon, who said the recovery in the property market was welcome but should not veer too far from economic fundamentals.

Based on the land parcels that were sold in the past two years, there are some 28,000 to 30,000 private residential housing units that could be developed for launched in the next two years, said Nicholas Mak, executive director at ZACD Group.

“Private residential price growth will slow down and may even start to stagnate by the end of this year,” he added. (Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; editing by Richard Pullin and Vyas Mohan)

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