Last Week in Event SPACE: Softbank, Delta, U-Shin, CJ Hello, Glow, Sigma, Oslo Bors, Hang Lung

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Last Week in Event SPACE ...

(This insight covers specific insights & comments involving Stubs, Pairs, Arbitrage, share Classification and Events - or SPACE - in the past week)


Softbank Group (9984 JP) (Mkt Cap: $106bn; Liquidity: $795mn)

Softbank has announced a buyback of ¥600bn - its largest buyback ever. At ~¥10,500/share it is 57mm shares or 5.2% of shares out. At ¥12,000/share it is 50mm shares or 4.6%. The "official" float is about 68.7% or 750mm shares. However, by Travis' estimate, only 44.5% of shares out or 488mm shares are Real World Float. 57mm shares out of 488mm shares is 11.7%. That is a non-negligible portion of float, and will mean significant reduction in foreign active management exposure to Softbank, or significant reduction in individual investor exposure to Softbank, or both.

  • Travis Lundy wrote the buyback will have further impact on the stock price simply because of flow dynamics. It isn't easy to buy 10% of float. And we should remember that the BOJ is still buying ¥100bn+ of Softbank shares per year as it continues to buy ¥6trln of ETFs per year. And given the stock will be in the top momentum ranks of large cap Japan, Travis expects momentum flows will join the party adding more inflow.
  • For trading types, he thought Softbank was a buy, relatively and on an absolute basis. The Japan market is CHEAP on a current year and forecast year ahead, which suggests either the market is "wrong" or economic headwinds are picking up to a greater extent than pundits suggest.

(link to Travis insight: Softbank Buyback More Than It Appears To Be)


Delta Electronics Thai (DELTA TB) (Mkt Cap: $2.8bn; Liquidity: $2mn)

The pre-conditons have been fulfilled and Delta Electronics (2308 TT) will now move to a tender offer. But there exist a number of unknowns for the transaction, which could delay the Offer timetable.

  • Although the initial wording in the August conditional voluntary tender offer announcement suggests the offer will be for ALL shares, there is talk there may be a maximum acceptance condition, therefore possible clawback for shareholders tendering. A rumoured 60% maximum translates to a minimum 50% pro-rata, potentially 67% if the family tenders 40% and the rest of holders tender half.
  • It is not clear whether the FY18 dividend will be netted. DELTA has announced two sets of quarterly results since the initial Offer announcement and it would be unjust for DEISG to net off any dividend. It would likely suit the family to receive the dividend. The Offer is pitched at a 1.79% premium to the then-current price. If the dividend is netted, then the Offer price will, in fact, be at a discount to last close as of announcement. DELTA will announce its full-year dividend tomorrow (18th February) and the terms of the deal may also be announced the same day. The AGM to ratify the dividend will take place around the 2 April.
  • Currently trading at terms or a gross/annualised spread of 4.6/21%, if including a Bt3.30 FY18 dividend and mid-May payment. That looks overly tight in the face of timing delays and actual consideration to be paid if indeed it comes out to be a partial offer.

(link to my insight: Delta's Less-Than-Straightforward Tender Offer)

U Shin Ltd (6985 JP) (Mkt Cap: $294mn; Liquidity: $2mn)

Three months ago, Minebea Mitsumi (6479 JP) announced it would launch a Tender Offer for U Shin and it would take just under three months until the approvals were received and it could officially start the Tender Offer process. The background to the Tender Offer was discussed in Minebea Mitsumi Launches Offer for U-SHIN in early November. Travis first conclusion in November was that this was the "riskiest" straight-out non-hostile TOB he had seen in a while. Minebea Mitsumi has now announced the launch of its Tender Offer, at the same price as originally planned (¥985/share).

  • This deal is still perplexing to Travis. It's easy enough from an industrial standpoint. Why not buy relatively cheap assets then see if you can cross-sell or assume some attrition? But for investors, he wonders why they put up with this. The process of reaching a "fair" valuation is, by definition, conflicted. It cannot NOT be conflicted. And just because some independent directors who don't have skin in the game, and may have no clue about corporate valuation methodology, or fair market price, agree to a price that the acquiree's managers, not wanting to lose their jobs, agree to doesn't make this "fair."
  • The tender offer period is QUITE long. Most tender offers are 30 days in order to give time for people to tender or "offer sufficient time for a rival bidder." This time Travis thinks it is longer so people can take their time and get bored and tender.
  • Travis would sell shares now and use the balance sheet elsewhere until an activist shows his hand. If no activist, this deal is not an interesting one.

(link to Travis' insight: Minebea-Mitsumi Underpriced Tender for U SHIN (6985 JP) Launched)

Cj Hellovision (037560 KS) (Mkt Cap: $720mn; Liquidity: $5mn)

After multiple news outlets reported that LG Uplus Corp (032640 KS) will finalise a transaction with the CJ Hello, a deal was done at ₩800bn (instead of ₩1tn speculated), and only 50%+1 share instead of the full 53.92% stake held by CJ ENM (035760 KS). The acquisition price of ₩20,659 is a 107% premium to last price and translates to a EV/EBITDA multiple of 6.6x.

  • This is a straight stock acquisition deal. CJ Hello will be a subsidiary of LG Uplus and will continue to exist as a separate listed company. CJ ENM still owns nearly 4% CJH stake. SKT owns 8.61%.
  • LG Group is publicly saying that they have no plan of an immediate merger, which means neither party requires shareholder approval. But the transaction is subject to local regulator approval - MSIT and Korea FTC. MSIT approval is not an issue. FTC rejected the SKT-CJH deal last time. This time, the FTC's head Kim Sang-jo is hinting that this deal will go through.
  • LG Uplus' acquisition of CJ Hellovision is likely to further accelerate the consolidation of the Korean cable TV/media sector. KT Corp (030200 KS) is now likely to aggressively try to acquire cable-operator D'Live. SK Telecom (017670 KS) has shown some interests in acquiring Tbroad cable company.
  • Douglas Kim reckons Taekwang Industrial (003240 KS) 53.9% stake in Tbroad - also a possible target - may be worth ₩600bn or nearly 35% of its market cap.

links to:
Sanghyun Park's insight: ' insight: LG Uplus - CJ Hello Acquisition: Current Status & Trade Approach
Douglas' insight: Korea M&A Spotlight: LGUplus to Acquire CJ Hellovision: What's Next for Tbroad and D'Live?
Sanghyun's follow-up insight: LG Uplus - CJ Hello Acquisition: Current Yield Is 10%, CJH Overhang Concerns Will Push It Up

Glow Energy Pcl (GLOW TB)(Mkt Cap: $4.2bn; Liquidity: $4mn)

Glow announced that the Energy Regulatory Commission (“ERC”) has resolved to approve the merger with GPSC, provided Glow sells its Glow SPP1 plant before or at the same time as the merger. A number of conditions were also attached to some of the remaining power plants. No price has been disclosed for the 69.11% stake in Glow, ex the SPP1 plant, but it will be in reference to the Bt94.892 Offer price previously announced, net of expenses with selling SPP1 and the reduced synergy thereon.

  • Given SPP1 is an immaterial contributor (~5%) to Glow, in terms of revenue, it can be argued that GPSC may make only a minimal change to the Offer price. Still, even a 5% downward adjustment would equate to a price below where Glow is trading.
  • The downside is ~8%, if using the closing price on the 11 October. Glow/GPSC/Engie want this deal to complete. I think the final Offer price will come in very close to that initially proposed. But I would not buy through Bt90, preferring to pick up shares at Bt89 or below. The merger is expected to be completed by next month, triggering a mandatory tender offer, which may take an additional 2 months or so to complete.

(link to my insight: GPSC To Proceed With Glow Takeover, But At What Price?)

Sigma Healthcare (SIG AU) (Mkt Cap: $409mn; Liquidity: $2mn)

Sigma Healthcare released a 2-page Market Update saying the four month Business Review had identified A$100mm of annual cost savings, confirmed the FY19 EBIT guidance of A$75mn, and confirmed the FY20 EBITDA guidance of $55-60mm. The business review sees 10% underlying EBITDA growth from FY20 to FY23 so that after cost savings are included, FY23 sees the same EBITDA as FY19 [i.e. almost A$90mm].

  • On a standalone basis, at the end of FY22 looking towards FY23, at 8x EV/EBITDA, it looks like there is something like 60-80% upside. EBITDA might be worth even more than A$90mm in FY23 as long as the DCs can run at high capacity. And at mid-high teens PER that would be a pretty great result. They won't get that 60-80% upside from now doing a deal with API, but they won't have to wait for 4 years to get it either.
  • Travis expects another A$0.15 of value would do it. He doesn't think they need A$0.20. The shares bounced and traded around A$0.80-1.00 from mid summer 2017 to mid-summer 2018. But that is when EBIT was supposed to fall to A$90mm. And that was nearer-term. Now we have a forecast of EBITDA of A$90mm and that is 3+ years out.
  • Travis thinks this could get done at 0.42-0.45 shares of API and A$0.23 of cash, given that would probably impact API shares a little bit, that would end up being a 10-15% bump vs original terms, but all told that would be pretty good - and almost a double from undisturbed.

(link to Travis' insight: Sigma Healthcare Market Update: Strategic Review Expects More)

Kabu.Com Securities (8703 JP) (Mkt Cap: $1.7bn; Liquidity: $8mn)

KDDI Corp (9433 JP) announced its intention to conduct a Tender Offer for Kabu.com through a made-for-purpose SPC. The deal is not terribly different in scope than the one discussed in KDDI Deal for Kabu.com (8703 JP) Coming? about two weeks ago.

  • The Tender Offer is to purchase a minimum of 45,758,400 shares at ¥559/share, which is a 5.67% premium to last close and a 46.3% premium to the undisturbed price of 23 January 2019. Obtaining the minimum would get the combination of KDDI and MUFJ Securities (which currently holds 52.96% of the shares outstanding, and will not tender) to 66.67% which would allow the combination to do a Two Step Squeezeout, which KDDI states in the document that it intends to do.
  • Anti-trust and regulatory approvals are required (Travis can't imagine any issues), and KDDI expects that the Tender Offer will commence in late April. This looks pretty easy as a deal, with few impediments. A rival bid is unlikely - KDDI has a headstart with the shares of MUFG Bank which have committed to the deal.
  • This is going to be boring. One can make markets, carry it, or allocate capital to something more interesting. However Kabu.com's ¥6/share dividend for end March 2019 WILL BE PAID according to a press release by Kabu.com today after the close. That means there will be a down-shift in price on the ex-date of the dividend at end-March.
  • (link to Travis' insight: KDDI Tender Offer for Kabu.com (8703 JP) Decided)

Denso Corp (6902 JP) (Mkt Cap: $33.4bn; Liquidity: $73mn)

Via subsidiary NSITEXE, Inc, Denso has acquired a stake in Californian start-up quadric.io. NSITEXE was established to develop high performance, next generation semiconductor devices for automated driving solutions. quadric's edge processing units compliment this technology push.

(link to LightStream Research's insight: Stake in Quadric.io Following Renesas; Denso Attempts to Keep Chip Makers Close to Achieve AD Aims)

Xingfa Aluminium (98 HK) (Mkt Cap: $306mn; Liquidity: $0.1mn)

Xingfa announced its major shareholder, Guangxin Aluminium (a wholly-owned Guangdong SASAC vehicle), has acquired 5,000 shares, lifting its stake to 30.001%, triggering a mandatory general offer. The offer price is $5.60, a premium of just 2.94% to last close.

  • Guangxin, together with certain management of Xingfa, attempted to take Xingfa private at $3.70/share back in 1H17. That scheme failed comprehensively, which was a good outcome for minorities as FY17 net income increased 28%. 1H18 profit was also a 25% improvement over the corresponding period.
  • The offer price is in line with where Xingfa traded last October and is 23% below the recent peak back in mid-June 2018. It is also 37% below where China Lesso Group Holdings (2128 HK) acquired its 26.3% stake in April last year.
  • There has to be some behind the scenes play for Xingfa's shares, and this potentially centres on China Lesso. While a look at CCASS shows Liao Yuqing (an ED in Xingfa) intriguingly moving his entire 48.2mn (11.5% of shares out) outside of CCASS in early December 2018.

(link to my insight: Guangxin Reloads A Peculiar Low-Ball Offer For Xingfa Aluminium)

M&A - Europe/UK

Oslo Bors VPS Holding ASA (OSLO NS) (Mkt Cap: $803mn; Liquidity: $1mn)

OSLO NS is the target of competing tender offers from Euronext NV (ENX FP)andNasdaq Inc (NDAQ US). Euronext owns 5.3% and has irrevocables for 45.2% of OSLO NS shares, for 50.5% total. It launched an Offer to acquire all shares at NOK 145, and just raised that to NOK 158 on February 11, 2019. Nasdaq has irrevocables for 35.2% of OSLO NS shares and has launched an Offer to acquire all OSLO NS shares at NOK 152 per share. Nasdaq’s Offer received the unanimous recommendation of Oslo Børs VPS’s Board when it was announced. The IFA opined that NOK 152 per share is above the top end of what shareholders could expect.

  • Nasdaq's undertakings are irrevocable and binding, including in the event of a higher offer. The pre-acceptances further include an obligation on the part of the pre-accepting shareholders not to accept the Euronext Offer. Irrevocables for both bidders have an end date of 31 December 2019, after which they are no longer binding.
  • Nasdaq, which is conditional on a 90% acceptance level, seems to have the weaker hand since its acceptance threshold condition won’t be met unless Euronext folds its cards and walks away; while Euronext (with a 50.01% acceptance condition) can keep its 50.5% “stake” as long as it gets regulatory approval. Therefore, Nasdaq would need to waive its 90% acceptance condition in order to stay in the game.
  • The Norwegian Ministry of Finance MoF may resolve this by approving both bidders, provided they reach a super majority acceptance threshold of two-thirds or 90% of shares outstanding (but not less). In this scenario, either party will have enough to block the other from reaching the threshold while the irrevocables are binding.

    • If the MoF says both parties have approval if they get to whatever super majority the MoF decides or is statutorily permitted to impose, and puts a deadline on getting there of some date after the irrevocable lock-up expiration (say, January 31, 2020), then the formerly locked-up shares are free to go to whichever bidder they chose.

(link to John's insight: Oslo Børs, Euronext and Nasdaq – Shootout at the NOK Corral)


Hang Lung (10 HK) / Hang Lung Properties (101 HK)

I estimate HLG's discount to NAV at 41% compared to its one-year average of 38%. The implied stub is right at the 2STD extreme and excluding a brief dip in late April 2018, is at the lowest level since June 2013.

  • What assets HLG does directly own at the stub level are intertwined with HLP's own investments. There is therefore, very little to distinguish between the two companies. In addition, HLG has gradually offloaded its HK properties - to HLP no less - further increasing its exposure to China and blurring the lines between HLP and HLG's business exposure.
  • HLG has also been increasing its stake in HLP since June 2011, from 48.96% to 57.62% as at 31 Dec 2018. It's a pretty astute trade to sell a property at book to HLP, then "buy" it back indirectly via increasing its stake in HLP, which trades at 0.6x P/B.
  • There is no significant catalyst for the NAV discount to narrow. And liquidity does play a role, although HLG's volume has narrowed the gap to HLP's in recent years. Nevertheless, a ~40% discount to NAV is extreme for a straightforward, passive, single stock holdco structure.

(link to my insight: StubWorld: Hang Lung's Implied Stub At Extreme Levels)

Intouch Holdings (INTUCH TB) / Advanced Info Service (ADVANC TB)

Athaporn Arayasantiparb, CFA discussed his one-on-one with Intouch. Of interest is his discussions on the stub assets specifically InVent, a venture capital arm and considered the market leader in growth stage funding. In 2018, InVent invested Bt30m into ytm thailand, an end-to-end digital marketing and feedback platform, which used the proceeds to buy offline digital access; Bt40m into Choco CRM, a CRM and POS (point of sales) platform for SME; and Bt40m into E Studio, a B2C lifestyle portal.

  • Other investments discussed by Athaporn, at the stub level, include Wongnai and HSN. Wongnai is an online foodie guide and one of their largest investments to date, boasted 8m active users, 120m page views, 200,000 patron restaurants, and 10m pictures posted so far. Revenue grew 60% in 2018 to Bt250mn, and is expected to grow at 50%. HSN is an online shopping venture between Intuch and Hyundai, which managed to breakeven on a net basis.
  • The overall value of these investments, and the estimated 11 other start-up companies under InVent, is very much a "finger in the air" calculation. They may exceed the value of Intouch's 41.1% stake in Thaicom Pcl (THCOM TB), but that still would be just 1% of NAV.
  • I estimate Intouch's discount to NAV at ~21% (vs. the one-year average of 27%), having significantly narrowed in response to rumours of a purported sale of Thaicom (discussed in StubWorld: Intouch Gains On Possible Sale of Thaicom). At the time, I thought Intouch had run its course, noting Intouch had denied any definitive approach/agreement.
  • New Street Research also met with AIS and remains cautious on this telco in the current slowing environment ahead of delayed elections.

links to:
Athaporn's insight: Catch-Up Session with Intuch Group
New Street's insight: AIS Growth Has Been Slowing as DTAC Returns to the Scene. 2019 Outlook Uncertain.

Briefly ...



My ongoing series flags large moves (~10%) in CCASS holdings over the past week or so, moves which are often outside normal market transactions. These may be indicative of share pledges. Or potential takeovers. Or simply help understand volume swings.

Often these moves can easily be explained - the placement of new shares, rights issue, movements subsequent to a takeover, amongst others. For those mentioned below, I could not find an obvious reason for the CCASS move.


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Asia Coal Ltd (835 HK)18.76%China SecSun SecShares suspended since Oct-17
China Kingstone Mining Holdings (1380 HK)10.19%OceanwideChina Prospect
Amax International (959 HK)15.88%KGIOutside CCASSLoans?
Source: HKEx







AusGrainCorpScheme20-FebAnnual General MeetingC
AusGreencrossScheme27-FebScheme ImplementationC
AusPropertylinkOff Mkt28-FebClose of offerC
AusSigmaSchemeFebruaryBinding Offer to be AnnouncedE
AusEclipx GroupSchemeFebruaryFirst Court HearingE
AusMYOB GroupScheme11-MarFirst Court Hearing DateC
AusHealthscopeSchemeApril/MayDespatch of Explanatory BookletE
HKHarbin ElectricScheme22-FebDespatch of Composite DocumentC
HKHopewellScheme28-FebDespatch of Scheme DocumentC
IndiaBharat FinancialScheme28-FebTransaction close dateC
IndiaGlaxoSmithKlineScheme9-AprTarget Shareholder Decision DateE
JapanPioneerOff Mkt1-MarIssuance of the new shares and common stock to be delisted on the Tokyo Stock ExchangeC
JapanShowa ShellScheme1-AprClose of offerE
NZTrade Me GroupScheme19-FebApplication for initial orders filedC
SingaporeCourts AsiaScheme15-MarOffer Close DateC
SingaporeM1 LimitedOff Mkt18-FebClosing date of offerC
SingaporePCI LimitedSchemeFebruaryRelease of Scheme BookletE
ThailandDeltaOff Mkt18-FebSubmit Tender Offer FormC
FinlandAmer SportsOff Mkt28-FebOffer Period ExpiresC
NorwayOslo Børs VPSOff Mkt4-MarNasdaq Offer Close DateC
SwitzerlandPanalpinaOff Mkt27-FebBinding offer to be announcedE
USRed Hat, Inc.SchemeMarch/AprilDeal lodged for approval with EU RegulatorsC
Source: Company announcements. E = our estimates; C =confirmed
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