HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The deal-making spree of Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing propelled the value of Asia-Pacific firms’ mergers and acquisitions (M&As) to a record 32 percent of the global total in the first quarter, kicking off what bankers see as a bumper year for Asian deals.
Li’s restructuring of his empire in January and multi-billion dollar purchases of British transport and telecoms firms is likely to be complemented by Chinese and Japanese companies vying for mining and energy targets, cheapened by falling commodity prices, bankers say.
HONG KONG/SINGAPORE March 31 (Reuters) – The deal-making
spree of Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing propelled the value of
Asia-Pacific firms’ mergers and acquisitions (M&As) to a record
32 percent of the global total in the first quarter, kicking off
what bankers see as a bumper year for Asian deals.
Li’s restructuring of his empire in January and
multi-billion dollar purchases of British transport and telecoms
firms is likely to be complemented by Chinese and Japanese
companies vying for mining and energy targets, cheapened by
falling commodity prices, bankers say.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Grieving Singaporeans were joined by world leaders on Sunday to pay their final respects to the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, as the nation came to a near-halt to honor its “founding father”.
Tens of thousands of people waving flags braved heavy rain and lined the streets to catch a last glimpse of Lee as his coffin was taken by gun carriage on a 15 km procession through the streets of the country he helped build to his state funeral.
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Noble Group Ltd on Monday asked a court to ban an ex-analyst and a firm he is associated with from publishing what it said was false information, after a slew of reports by an obscure research firm shaved off as much as a third of the commodity trader’s market value over the past month.
The injunction, filed at a Hong Kong court, comes after Iceberg Research issued its third report about one of Asia’s biggest commodity traders, saying Noble had substantially understated its gross and net debt.
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Singapore-listed Noble Group’s (NOBG.SI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 30 percent share-slump over the past month has thrust it onto the radar screens of Asian companies that want a bigger clout in global commodities trading, people familiar with the matter said.
Chinese and Japanese companies have held informal talks with investment banks about potentially making approaches to Hong Kong-headquartered Noble, a Singapore-based banker aware of the matter told Reuters, even though founder and top shareholder Richard Elman has been keen on the group staying independent.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The health condition of Singapore’s founding father and long-serving former leader Lee Kuan Yew, who has been in hospital with severe pneumonia for nearly six weeks, has worsened, the government said on Tuesday.
Lee, 91, is being treated at downtown Singapore General Hospital where he has been on a ventilator. At the end of last month, officials said his condition was improving, but further statements said there had been no change.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Noble Group’s (NOBG.SI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) vow to be more open after a blogger attacked its accounting is a testament to the growing clout of independent researchers, who have shaken up Asian corporate practices in a way investors and brokerage analysts never could.
Researchers and short-sellers, who bet on stock prices falling, highlight potentially controversial governance and rely on securities traders and media to spread the word for maximum impact. The approach makes up for the lack of an activist investor culture in Asia, where firms’ primary shareholders are often so big that smaller voices go unheard.
SINGAPORE, March 5 (Reuters) – Commodity trading house Noble
Group Ltd has defended its decision to book an
impairment charge on the day it reported earnings, and said it
would detailing its recently criticised accounting methods in a
bid to reassure markets.
The Singapore-listed group, one of Asia’s biggest commodity
traders, has seen $1 billion wiped off its market value since
Iceberg Research last month said Noble’s accounting methods
inflated the value of its assets – a claim Noble rejected and
blamed on a disgruntled former junior employee.
SINGAPORE, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX)
may have just begun its search for a new CEO but
investors and brokers already know what change they want to see:
the bourse stripped of its regulatory powers and a rebuilding of
its stock market business.
Unlike other major financial markets, Singapore does not
have a dedicated securities watchdog. Instead SGX is the
front-line regulator and is in turn regulated by the central
bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
SINGAPORE, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Noble Group Ltd
shares slumped on Friday after the Asian commodities trader
swung to an unexpected quarterly loss due to asset write-downs,
and as investors fretted over a research report questioning its
Noble’s shares dropped as much as 7 percent, taking the
total decline to 19 percent in a rout that has wiped about $1.1
billion from its market value since Feb. 13 on concerns about
how the company is valuing its assets in the face of declining