Wednesday 22 January 2014

Triumphal and Perak Corp: unfair privatisations?

Article in The Star: "Will minority shareholders triumph in seeking higher value?".

"It has been reported that a group of individual shareholders who own a combined 4.4% stake in Perak Corp have deemed the RM3.90 per share offer by Perak Corp as “ too low”. This is taking into account the fact that the company’s underlying assets, which have not been revalued in a long time, have appreciated. Perak Corp is the owner of Lumut Port via listed Integrax Bhd – an asset that has huge income-generating potential. Its two major property assets, meanwhile, are the 256.8ha in Bandar Meru Raya and 186ha in Behrang.

The minorities estimate that Perak Corp’s revalued net asset value (NAV) is more than RM12. The company’s NAV per share as at Sept 30, 2013 was RM5.03, while it is sitting on RM180mil in cash.

In Triumphal’s case, the offer of RM1 is at a 65% discount to the company’s NAV per share of RM2.84 as at Sept 30 last year. It has been pointed out by analysts that the company has strong asset backing and was in a net cash position of RM17.81mil as at Sept 30 last year."

Delisting exercises are often unfair in Malaysia, done at a steep discount to its NAV (while sometimes the NAV is even conservatively valued). There is a rather awkward "reward" for controlling shareholders, if they don't extract clear value from a listed company then the share price will go down and the controlling parties are able to privatize the company for a low price. Minority investors are often unable to fight these exercises, being a dispersed group.

However, in this case:

"Two major local institutions now have the opportunity to challenge recent privatisation deals involving Bursa Malaysia-listed firms which are seemingly unfair to minority shareholders. The institutions are Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), which owns 12.18% in Triumphal Associates Bhd, and Sime Darby Property Bhd, which controls a 6.13% block in Perak Corp Bhd."

With the current attention for more shareholder activism by institutional investors, these cases come quite timely. Will PNB and Sime Darby put up a fight?

MSWG holds an investor education forum on January 23, 2014 at 10.30AM about these two cases, but also about Kian Joo Can Factory and BERNAS. Interested parties might want to contact MSWG about this event.

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