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  • Keppel Corp / SPH: One Step Closer to Privatisation

Keppel Corp / SPH: One Step Closer to Privatisation

By Brian Freitas

On 30 March, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH SP) announced that it was undergoing a strategic review to consider options for its various businesses. On 6 May, the company announced that it would be transferring its media business to a not-for-profit entity.

Then, on 2 August, Keppel Corp (KEP SP) announced that it was proposing to acquire Singapore Press Holdings (SPH SP) ex the media business and then delist and privatise SPH. Under the terms of the Scheme, for each share of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH SP) held, shareholders will receive cash of S$0.668, 0.596 units of Keppel REIT (KREIT SP) and 0.782 units of SPH REIT (SPHREIT SP).

The offer valued Singapore Press Holdings (SPH SP) at S$2.0987/share (a 11.63% premium to the close of S$1.88/share for SPH) using the closing prices for Keppel REIT (KREIT SP) and SPH REIT (SPHREIT SP). Since then, the offer value has dropped to S$2.0507/share while Singapore Press Holdings (SPH SP) has moved higher to S$1.94/share.

On 10 September, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH SP) shareholders voted in favour of the spin-off of the media business. This paves the way for the next EGM and Scheme Meeting where Singapore Press Holdings (SPH SP) shareholders will vote on the proposed privatisation by Keppel Corp (KEP SP).

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH SP) still trades at a 5.4% discount to the offer value and is lower from the 3.1% discount at the close on 31 August. With around 3 months to go before the privatisation is complete (if voted through), there is good value is arbitraging the spread.

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