Suiwah hits limit-up after getting privatisation offer

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on January 29, 2019.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Penang-based Suiwah Corp Bhd shares jumped as much as 65 sen or 30% yesterday morning after the Hwang family, holding a 30.91% stake in Suiwah, announced its plan last Friday to take the company private at RM2.80 per share.

The stock eventually pared some of the gains to close at its one-year high of RM2.68, still up 50 sen or 22.94%, after 95,200 shares were done. The closing price gave the company a market value of RM124.81 million.

Before the privatisation offer, the counter was trading between RM1.92 and RM2.40 over the last 12 months. The stock’s final price yesterday was just 4.48% lower than the RM2.80 offer price.

The stock has jumped 62 sen or 28.4% above its closing price of RM2.18 on Jan 23, just before trading on the counter was suspended pending the release of last Friday’s announcement.

The privatisation offer was made by its major shareholder Suiwah Holdings Sdn Bhd (SHSB) — the private investment vehicle of Suiwah managing director Datuk Hwang Thean Long, the group’s founder — and parties acting in concert (PACs) with it, by way of a selective capital reduction and repayment exercise (SCR).

SHSB holds a 20.97% stake in Suiwah, while Thean Long, with a 7.76% stake, is the ultimate offeror in the privatisation. The PACs are Thean Long’s wife Datin Cheah Gaik Huang with a 0.05% stake, their daughter Hwang Siew Peng (0.86%) and son Hwang Shin Hung (1.15%) — both Suiwah’s executive directors — and Suiwah Supermarket Sdn Bhd (0.12%).

In the letter, SHSB said the entitled shareholders own 39.55 million Suiwah shares collectively and will get a capital repayment of RM110.75 million or RM2.80 per share under the proposed SCR.

SHSB said the privatisation plan comes as Suiwah shares had been thinly traded. SHSB also viewed Suiwah’s continued listing brings a minimal benefit to the group and its shareholders.

As the capital reduction is higher than the current share capital, a bonus issue is proposed to raise the share capital first. The proposed SCR is expected to be funded by internal funds and bank facilities obtained by Suiwah.

As at Aug 31, 2018, the company was in a net debt position of RM44.97 million, with cash and bank balances of RM17.97 million. In the first quarter ended Aug 31, Suiwah’s net profit fell 21.9% to RM2.5 million from RM3.2 million, despite revenue growing 11.5% to RM101.06 million from RM90.63 million. This was due to higher expenses and finance costs.