Steve Melhuish, CEO and Co-Founder of PropertyGuru, said, “We’re excited to welcome the Ensign team and businesses to PropertyGuru. This latest acquisition strengthens the Group’s content, geographic reach and services we provide to real estate developers regionally.
“With the recent implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC), Asean has been forecast to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030. In the next 10 to 15 years, we expect increasing cross-border movements and foreign investments, creating more demand for properties in these markets.
“With 14 million property seekers from all over the world using our online portals every month, searching for the right property, gathering trends, insightful news and feature stories, PropertyGuru is well-placed to help them find the home they've always dreamed about.”
The move allows PropertyGuru's 14 million users and Property Report's 70,000 online and offline readers to have combined access to PropertyGuru's 600 monthly research and news articles published in three languages across four markets, and Property Report's 100 plus online features per month.
The acquisition of the Ensign businesses will strengthen PropertyGuru's integrated property media capability, combining the company's leading online property sites and its 20 property shows across the region, with a leading print and online publication and a highly successful and prestigious property industry awards platform in Asia. The national editions of Asia Property Awards are held in Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam annually.
The winners from each country go on to compete in the South East Asia Property Awards, which are presented annually in Singapore at a showcase conference and gala dinner event. The China Property Awards separately cover Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau and are held annually in Hong Kong. Each award is judged by an independent panel of industry experts and has a fully transparent entry and judging system supervised by BDO, one of the world's largest accountancy and auditing networks. The Asia Property Awards are the benchmark for recognizing quality real estate in Asia.
Founded by Terry Blackburn and Duncan Worthington in 2003 and headquartered in Singapore, Ensign began publishing Property Report in 2004. Focusing on high-end real estate in the region, and international investment opportunities for readers, Property Report is now a bi-monthly print magazine distributed across ASEAN and Hong Kong via newsstands, five star hotels, airport lounges and direct mail. Property-Report.com features listings of Asia Property Award winning developments and over 100 Asia-focused property articles each month, receiving 60,000 page views monthly.
Ensign's founder, Terry Blackburn, who will be joining PropertyGuru to continue to drive growth in the Asia Property Awards and Property Report, said, "Over the past 10 years, Property Report has established an expertise in providing its readership with the latest insights on luxury property investment in Asia, and we are very excited about this next stage.
"The Asia Property Awards are already the region's largest and most respected real estate awards and now, with PropertyGuru's support, they will be even bigger in 2016 and the years ahead. This is great news, both for developers seeking credible recognition, and for investors looking for the region's best properties. Together with PropertyGuru, we will ensure that award winners in the world's most exciting real estate destinations receive the widest possible recognition for their achievements."