Wheelock Properties snaps up stock in SC Global
Dec 14, 2012
Wheelock Properties yesterday bought 1.07 million shares in SC Global Developments, in a snub of SC Global chairman and chief executive Simon Cheong's bid to privatise the company.
It bought the stock at about $1.81 each from the open market, it said last night.
Its entry price is above the $1.80 that Mr Cheong tabled last week for all the stock of SC Global that he does not already own. Wheelock now holds about 16.09 per cent of SC Global shares.
"In our assessment, the current share price represents a discount of some 40 per cent to 50 per cent of RNAV (revalued net asset value), and we would be unable to buy property assets directly at anything like these prices," said Wheelock senior executive director Tan Bee Kim in a statement.
The latest action by Wheelock is a clear indication that it does not accept Mr Cheong's offer price to take the property company private, setting up a battle royale for the company.
Mr Cheong has managed to increase his stake in SC Global, taking his total stakeholding to more than 60 per cent.
He needs to get his hands on approximately 11 per cent more of the company's shares to reach the 90 per cent threshold for the privatisation to go through.
The 90 per cent threshold is significant because, according to the Singapore Exchange's listing rules, the free float of a listed company's shares cannot fall below 10 per cent.
The 16 per cent stake held by Wheelock Properties and the 3 per cent stake held by SC Global executive director David Tsang also count towards the 90 per cent.
Free float shares exclude shares held by directors, the chief executive, substantial shareholders with more than a 5 per cent stake, controlling shareholders of the issuer or its subsidiaries.
Technically, Wheelock's latest action actually helps Mr Cheong's bid as its new shares will be counted towards the 90 per cent, said market watchers.
"But it is clearly signalling to the rest of the market that it thinks Mr Cheong's offer is too low," said a source.
Mr Cheong's bid to take SC Global private values the property developer at about $745 million.
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