February 3, 2018 / 10:31 AM / a year ago

Morgan Stanley is sole bidder for Stockmann's Nevsky Center property: sources

FILE PHOTO: The corporate logo of financial firm Morgan Stanley is pictured on the company's world headquarters in New York, U.S. April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley (MS.N) has become the sole bidder for Nevsky Center property in the Russian city of St Petersburg from Finnish department store chain Stockmann (STCBV.HE) after Russian real estate investor Malltech pulled out of the tender, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

Morgan Stanley, Stockmann, Malltech and Colliers International, a property consultancy advising Stockmann on the sale, declined to comment.

Stockmann said earlier it was in talks with several parties to sell the shopping center which has a book value of 181 million euros ($225.5 million).

Two sources in Moscow’s commercial real estate market told Reuters earlier a 160-180 million euro sale price was being discussed.

Reporting by Olga Sichkar; Additional reporting by Jussi Rosendahl in HELSINKI and Maria Kiselyova in MOSCOW; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Polina Devitt and Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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