Frasers Centrepoint makes surprise $2.59 billion bid for Australand

Frasers Centrepoint makes surprise $2.59 billion bid for Australand
Frasers Centrepoint makes surprise $2.59 billion bid for Australand

Singapore’s Frasers Centrepoint Limited has trumped Stockland Group’s bid for Australand Limited, offering $4.48 per share.

Stockland had previously made a $2.5 billion bid for the residential and commercial developer through a share swap deal. Frasers Centrepoint has countered with a $2.59 billion off-market takeover offer. The Singaporean company has now entered into an exclusive four week due diligence period with Australand.

Frasers Centrepoint's bid has likely knocked Stockland out of the running for Australand, with Stockland calling their $4.35 per security bid a "final offer". Australia's largest diversified property group purchased a 19.9% stake in Australand in March. 

According to Lim Ee Seng, group chief executive of Frasers Centrepoint, the Singaporean listed company intends to extend its business interests in Australia through the purchase.

“The Proposal will catapult FCL [Frasers Centrepoint Limited] to being one of Australia’s leading real estate companies with a portfolio of scale and quality. Australia is a core market for FCL,” he said.

“The Group chose to enter the Australian market over a decade ago due to favourable fundamentals including its transparent regulatory environment, strong corporate governance, as well as its deep and mature property market. We already have an established platform and good brand recognition in Australia, but real estate is a business where scale and depth matters. This Proposal will be the catalyst that will help FCL to deepen our roots and accelerate our growth in a market that we believe will continue to offer long-term growth prospects.”

Frasers Centrepoint Limited’s bid of $4.48 per stapled security is 4% up from yesterday’s closing price of $4.31. Under the proposal Australand’s shareholders are entitled to keep the expected first half 2014 distribution of up to 12.75 cents per share. They will also be entitled to any additional distribution expected for the second half of 2014 on a pro rata basis for the period between 1 July 2014 and when the offer becomes unconditional, again with a maximum value of 12.75 cents per share.

As of 31 March 2014, Frasers Centrepoint’s assets totaled approximately S$11.4 billion ($9.74 billion at today’s exchange rate). 

This article has been amended to correct an error in the Singapore dollar value of Frasers Centrepoint's total assets. 

 

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