Well, well, what a surprise. Remember back in October last year, when Hong Kong property developer Henderson Land sold an apartment in the Mid-Levels for USD$56 million – or about $11,000 USD per square foot, a new world record for property prices?
Turns out they never really sold it at all.
The sale, which Henderson had already booked as revenue(!), was later cancelled – along with another twenty sales that fell through in the same building. They announced the cancellations late yesterday, and they’re being forced to take a HKD$734 million charge – that’s nearly a third of their FY09 EBITDA. Ow.