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UOL offers to take Pan Pacific Hotels private

UOL Group, the Singapore property developer controlled by billionaire Wee Cho Yaw, plans to take its hotel unit Pan Pacific Hotels Group private.

UOL, which already owns 81.6 per cent of Singapore-based Pan Pacific, is offering to buy the rest of the hotel operator’s shares at S$2.55 apiece, it said yesterday in a statement filed with the Singapore Exchange. This represents a 9-per-cent premium to Thursday’s close.

The proposed buyout, which will cost UOL about S$280 million, comes after shares of Pan Pacific rose almost 30 per cent over the past year, reaching a high of S$2.54 on Feb 27. The stock is trading at 19.7 times earnings, compared with the average multiple of 26.5 for hotel and restaurant operators in Singapore, according to Bloomberg data.

The offer “will provide an exit option for those shareholders who wish to realise their entire investment in the shares but find it difficult to do so as a result of the low trading liquidity of the shares and low free float of the shares”, UOL said.

UOL said it did not plan to change the business of Pan Pacific, which runs more than 30 properties in the Asia-Pacific region and North America, including 13 hotels under the Parkroyal brand.

UOL said the hotel operator had not tapped the markets for funds in 20 years except for a rights offer in 2007, adding that it would not likely need financing.

Trading in Pan Pacific and UOL shares was halted yesterday. Pan Pacific shares closed at S$2.34 on Thursday, giving it a market capitalisation of S$1.4 billion, while UOL ended at S$7.26, giving it a market value of S$5.6 billion after the stock surged 68 per cent in the past year.

Also yesterday, UOL reported net profit fell 15 per cent year-on-year to S$71.7 million in the first quarter ended March 31, mainly due to higher foreign exchange losses and lower contributions from hotel operations, which were affected by the opening costs of Parkroyal on Pickering

Revenue fell 17 per cent to S$247.8 million as the completion of Meadows@Peirce and Double Bay Residences last year and the near completion of Waterbank at Dakota in the second quarter of this year reduced contributions from property development.

Source : Today – 11 May 2013

Property players, Temasek suffer paper losses of $1.1b

PROPERTY tycoons and Temasek Holdings have taken the biggest battering from the Government’s introduction of measures designed to prevent future dramatic price swings in the residential property market.

The paper losses incurred by the eight biggest tycoons as a result of the raft of market-calming measures announced yesterday – City Developments’ (CDL) Mr Kwek Leng Beng included – amounted to nearly $700 million.

And Temasek Holdings suffered a total paper loss in share value of some $396 million, after the valuation of its stake in CapitaLand fell at a stroke by $267 million and that of Keppel Land by $129 million.

Together, the tycoons and Temasek Holdings had to brave a total paper loss of some $1.1 billion, as traders stampeded out of the market on news that the Government was going to stop allowing developers from absorbing interest payments on loans extended to buyers of flats that are still being built.

It is also barring interest-only mortgages for uncompleted housing projects, and is pushing for more sites to be sold.

Among the tycoons, Mr Kwek – whose family controls 49 per cent of giant developer CDL – saw the heftiest loss on paper.

With CDL plunging 84 cents or 7.6 per cent to $10.24, the paper loss worked out to $328 million. Continue reading