Thursday, 17 July 2014

'No' to Versatile delisting

Article from The Star, shareholder activism taking place in Versatile Creative Bhd, successfully rejecting plans to delist the company. Some snippets:

Minority shareholders in Versatile Creative Bhd (VCB), citing the exit offer of 50 sen per share was not reflective of the company’s true value, have rejected the company’s delisting plan.

“The minority shareholders rejected the delisting because they argued that Versatile is worth more than the current share price (which was taken to fix the exit offer price), taking into account its land and factory assets,” said a minority shareholder.

VCB has two pieces of industrial land – in Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur and Balakong, Selangor – which site its factory buildings. As at Dec 31, 2012, both assets were valued at a net book value of RM27.4mil while the company’s market capitalisation is RM55.32mil based on yesterday’s closing price of 50 sen per share.

VCB’s net asset per share is 64 sen for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2013 compared with 56 sen a year earlier.

However the company made a loss of RM3.16mil last year against a profit of RM2.14mil in 2012, with a negative cashflow of RM3.1mil as at end-2013. It was also in the red in financial years 2011, 2010 and 2008.

Apart from the land, VCB has a 6.2% stake in Iris Corp Bhd. The value of this stake has doubled since November last year after Felda Investment Corp took a 26.7% stake in the technology company.

The net book value of this stake or 126.42 million Iris shares is RM62.58mil, based on Iris’ closing market price of 49.5 sen as at the latest practicable date, the shareholder said.

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