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Aug 28, 2015

Olam gets new backer as Mitsubishi spends $1.1 bln on 20 pct stake

SINGAPORE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Mitsubishi Corp’s
decision to spend $1.1 billion for one fifth of Olam
International is a key vote of confidence that will
allow the Singapore agri-trader to exploit M&A opportunities
thrown up by the slump in the global commodities market.

The deal will also help Olam, whose accounting practices
were attacked in 2012 by short seller Muddy Waters before it was
rescued by Singapore state investor Temasek, make greater
inroads into Japan while gaining a hand in building businesses
in Africa.

Aug 28, 2015

Mitsubishi Corp takes 20 percent stake in Singapore agri-trader Olam

By Anshuman Daga and Saeed Azhar

(Reuters) – Singapore’s Olam International Ltd (OLAM.SI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp (8058.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will buy a 20 percent stake in the agri-trader, valuing it at about $5.5 billion.

Olam, controlled by Singapore state investment company Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL], said it would issue 332.7 million new shares to Mitsubishi at S$2.75 per share, amounting to about 12 percent of its total capital.

Aug 27, 2015

Mitsubishi Corp to buy at least 10 percent of Temasek-controlled Olam: sources

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp (8058.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will buy a stake of at least 10 percent in agri-trader Olam International Ltd (OLAM.SI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in a deal worth $500 million or more, people familiar with the matter said.

Reuters earlier reported that the Singapore-based firm was set to announce a strategic partnership with a Japanese peer, after Olam, majority-controlled by state investor Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL], halted trading of its stock on Thursday.

Aug 26, 2015

China firm baulks at $8.8 billion price tag for BOC bank unit sale: sources

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese investment firm Yue Xiu has effectively pulled out of a deal to buy a unit of lender BOC Hong Kong Holdings Ltd (2388.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), put off by the $8.8 billion asking price amid a sharp stock market downturn, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Yue Xiu did not submit a bid to buy Hong Kong-based Nanyang Commercial Bank (NCB) by a Tuesday deadline, the people added. Reuters had previously reported that the firm, part of the provincial Guangzhou government, was one of three short-listed bidders for the bank.

Aug 26, 2015

China firm baulks at $8.8 billion price tag for BOC bank unit sale: sources

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese investment firm Yue Xiu has effectively pulled out of a deal to buy a unit of lender BOC Hong Kong Holdings Ltd (2388.HK: Quote, Profile, Research), put off by the $8.8 billion asking price amid a sharp stock market downturn, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Yue Xiu did not submit a bid to buy Hong Kong-based Nanyang Commercial Bank (NCB) by a Tuesday deadline, the people added. Reuters had previously reported that the firm, part of the provincial Guangzhou government, was one of three short-listed bidders for the bank.

Aug 26, 2015

China firm baulks at $8.8 bln price tag for BOC bank unit sale-sources

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Chinese investment
firm Yue Xiu has effectively pulled out of a deal to buy a unit
of lender BOC Hong Kong Holdings Ltd, put off by the
$8.8 billion asking price amid a sharp stock market downturn,
people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Yue Xiu did not submit a bid to buy Hong Kong-based Nanyang
Commercial Bank (NCB) by a Tuesday deadline, the people added.
Reuters had previously reported that the firm, part of the
provincial Guangzhou government, was one of three short-listed
bidders for the bank.

Aug 26, 2015

Southeast Asian companies grapple with foreign debt worries

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Indonesian and
Malaysian companies with foreign currency debts may be forced to
raise equity funds at steep discounts and restructure debt as
the rupiah and ringgit currencies have weakened to 17-year lows,
bankers and company executives say.

As businesses expanded overseas and took advantage of cheap
debt, foreign currency borrowings of 100 large Southeast Asian
firms reviewed by Standard & Poor’s ballooned to around a third
of the total debt last year from just 16 percent in 2011.

Aug 19, 2015

Japan’s Kirin to buy F&N’s stake in top Myanmar brewer for $560 million: source

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Japan’s Kirin Holdings (2503.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is set to buy Fraser and Neave’s (F&N) (FRNM.SI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 55 percent stake in Myanmar’s biggest brewer for $560 million, a person familiar with the deal said, in a move that will help it dominate one of Asia’s most promising beer markets.

Kirin, like many Japanese companies, is looking to offset weak sales in a shrinking domestic market by expanding overseas. The Myanmar deal will pair Japan’s second-biggest drinks maker with state-backed Myanmar Brewery, which makes Myanmar Beer, Myanmar Double Strong and Andaman Gold brands.

Aug 19, 2015

Japan’s Kirin to buy F&N’s stake in top Myanmar brewer for $560 mln-source

SINGAPORE, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Japan’s Kirin Holdings
is set to buy Fraser and Neave’s (F&N) 55
percent stake in Myanmar’s biggest brewer for $560 million, a
person familiar with the deal said, in a move that will help it
dominate one of Asia’s most promising beer markets.

Kirin, like many Japanese companies, is looking to offset
weak sales in a shrinking domestic market by expanding overseas.
The Myanmar deal will pair Japan’s second-biggest drinks maker
with state-backed Myanmar Brewery, which makes Myanmar Beer,
Myanmar Double Strong and Andaman Gold brands.

Aug 17, 2015

Noble Group open to selling core businesses to boost confidence: CEO

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Noble Group (NOBG.SI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is open to selling its core businesses, its chief executive said, as Asia’s biggest commodities trader pursues options to boost market confidence after a bruising accounting dispute.

Yusuf Alireza told some 500 attendees at the Singapore-listed company’s investor information day on Monday that Noble is evaluating a number of options both internally in terms of shutting down certain businesses, and externally such as working with banks and strategic investors.

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      "Anshuman Daga has been with Reuters since 13 years, most of that tracking companies and equity markets. After joining in Mumbai, Anshuman did a stint in India's technology hub of Bangalore and then spent a few years covering European stock markets in London. He moved to Singapore in 2008, with a focus on news coverage of Southeast Asia and technology stories from Asia."
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