Friday, July 16, 2010

RBS arranges for Lafarge SA sale of 11.5% LMC stake

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) arranged for Lafarge SA to place out an 11.2% stake in LAFARGE MALAYAN CEMENT BHD [] at RM6.24 a share.

RBS said on Friday, July 16 the 11.2% stake, representing 95.15 million shares, was placed out at RM6.24 a share (a 3.7% discount to Thursday, July 15's'' closing price of RM6.48 and a 4.0% discount to the five-day VWAP price of RM6.50).

It said the final offer size in value was 143.9 million euros or US$185.5 million.

RBS said this was the largest share placement successfully completed in Malaysia this year. It added the final pricing at RM6.24 was a 3.7% discount to last close of RM6.48

"Top quality investor participation - more than 25 quality institutional investors in Asia, Europe and the US," it said.

Lafarge SA, which had held 62.2% or Lafarge Malayan Cement, had earlier announced its decision to explore the potential sale of a minority interest of up to 11.2% in the latter.

After the sale, Lafarge S.A. would remain the majority shareholder, with a minimum 51% shareholding and management control of the company.

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