Thursday, 26 January 2012

PNB, Liew raise offer for SP Setia to RM3.95 a share

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The country's largest fund manager has revised upwards its offer price to RM3.95 for every SP Setia share, up from RM3.90 previously. Equally interesting, SP Setia founder Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin will now be joining the governmentlinked asset manager in making the revised offer. In a statement yesterday, SP Setia said PNB and Liew will also now pay 96 sen per SP Setia warrant they do not already own, instead of the earlier 91 sen offered by PNB alone. "The joint offer enables a closure to be arrived at finally on uncertainties over takeover matters. More importantly, it will provide a fresh launching pad for SP Setia to continue pursuing its quest to create greater value to all stakeholders,"Liew said in the statement. As a joint offeror, SP Setia said Liew will not be accepting the revised offer. Instead, he will hold on to his direct eight per cent stake amounting to 158.2 million shares. It also noted that PNB had given Liew an option to sell his stake progessively in tranches after three years at RM3.95 a share. Liew said he is "highly appreciative" of PNB's put option offer as it will enable him to focus on doing his best to grow the underlying value of the company. "After many months' work, I am happy that we have managed to come up with what I believe is a win-win solution for everyone, especially our customers, employees and all shareholders of SP Setia," he added. SP Setia said a management agreement would also be signed between the company, PNB and Liew for the latter to remain as group president and chief executive officer for three years, after the close of the revised offer.

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