Friday, October 14, 2011

20111014 1048 Malaysia Corporate Related News.

Packet One Networks (P1) has signed an agreement with  Telekom to use  the national telecommunication company’s high speed broadband network in a  product offering that it plans to roll out in the first quarter next year. The  agreement will give P1 access to 1.3m homes covered by the HSBB.  P1 CEO  Michael Lai said the 10-year agreement would allow the  company to offer its 4G services, coupled with fibre optics. The product  might include IPTV and video-on-demand services. Telekom group CEO,  Datuk Seri Zamzamzairani said UniFi has  reached over 170,000 installations. Telekom’s foreign shareholding had  increased to 17% from less than 10%. (Star Biz)

The Genting group has taken another step forward in its US$3.8bn Resorts  World Miami development in Florida, the US, after reaching a deal to take over  the Omni Centre, according to a report by the Miami Herald. An agreement was  reached between Argent Ventures, the owner of the Omni Center, and the  Genting group. "Terms of any agreement between Genting and Argent have not  been released," it said. The Miami Herald report quoted Resorts World Genting  general counsel Jessica Hoppe as saying, "If all goes according to plan, Genting  should have title to the property by Nov 7." (Starbiz)

The slowdown in property sales in the country is not a sign of a property bubble,  said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Wira Chor Chee  Heung. "I do not think so because we (Malaysia) still have not reached that  stage. If this is the sign (of property bubble) why are developers jumping in to  continue to build?" he said. He explained that the current slowdown in the property market is due  to the policy measures taken by the government to curb speculation.  "Property prices are still stable and no asset bubbles are seen,"  he  added. Chor said the government has issued more licences for developers to  sell and advertise their products this year. (Sun)

Integrated media group Media Prima Bhd has announced several key senior  management appointments.  In a statement today, it said Mohammad Azlan Abdullah has been  appointed chief operating officer of The New Straits Times Press (M)  Bhd (NSTP) and designated successor to Datuk Anthony Firdauz  Bujang as NSTP chief executive officer. Anthony will end his tenure as  NSTP chief executive officer in December after serving 12 years with  Media Prima. Other appointments include Abdul Jalil Hamid as NSTP group  managing editor. He will succeed Datuk Zainul Ariffin Mohamd Isa,  who will assume two new roles, as NSTP e-media managing editor and  Media Prima's New Media Division head. (Bernama)

Jerneh Asia’s proposal to buy a Sabah-based developer is said to be out of the  window as definitive terms could not be agreed upon. Both Jerneh and Generasi  Cipta, the controlling shareholder of Sagajuta (Sabah) have mutually agreed to  terminate discussions. It could not be immediately ascertained whether Jerneh  after selling its 80% stake in Jerneh Insurance is eyeing any other acquisition or  will continue with its earlier stated plans to return all cash to shareholders and  wind up the company. It illustrated that a capital repayment could be between  RM1.36 and RM1.41 per share. (Financial Daily)

Malaysian Airline (MAS) says it is enjoying a 30% reduction of its annual  cost of passenger revenue accounting data processing after outsourcing the  operation to the commercial arm of the Emirates Group IT,  Mercator.  Mercator has also been able to achieve on-time weekly and monthly closes,  giving MAS faster and more accurate revenue data. (Bernama)

Berjaya Sports Toto (BToto) emerged as the overall winner and also a winner  in the service sector category at the annual KPMG Shareholder Value Award  (SVA).  British American Tobacco won the SVA Exemplary Award, one of  the newly introduced awards to recognise consistent performance over the years.  "It is a great honour to win (in this overall category) this year. In the past, we  had won in our own segment a number of times, and of course we looked  forward to winning in the overall category," said BToto executive director  Vincent Seow. When asked about the adverse economic outlook, Seow said the  numbers forecasting industry would remain resilient in the face of a slowing  economy as proven in 1997, 2001 and 2008. (Financial Daily)

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd of Singapore (OCBC) has emerged as a  substantial shareholder in WCT Bhd after buying shares in the company from  the open market. OCBC now has a 5.34% stake in WCT. (BT)

Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd plans to hire investment banks  by as early as next week to help arrange its initial public offering, said its group  president Datuk Sabri Ahmad. "We will hire them as soon as possible, perhaps  by next week," Sabri said at his office here yesterday. The company plans to hire  as many as two Malaysian investment banks. "We will also be hiring one or two  foreign merchant bankers." Felda Global is the commercial arm of the Federal  Land Development Authority (Felda), the world's largest estate owner. (BT)

The privatisation of  Eng Teknologi  has been postponed following the  disruption of its Thai operations since last Saturday due to the floods.  YTK  Capital sought to extend the due diligence and funding confirmation period by  45 days.  The Thai operations contribute about 40% to group revenue for FY10  ended Dec 31. (Financial Daily)

Nestle (M) Bhd plans to increase prices of some of its dairy products by as  early as next month. The price increase could be between 10-30%. The rationale  for the price increase is because of the floods in “Thailand, which have  drastically increased the cost of raw materials, production and transport.  Industry players say a price increase by Nestle will surely be followed by rivals  such as  Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd which  has shut down its factory  operations in Thailand. (BT)

The US$8bn (RM25bn) Kuala Lumpur International Financial District,  to be jointly developed by 1MDB and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development will get off the ground early next year. The project will be developed in phases  on a 30.35ha piece of land in the Imbi area fronting Jalan Tun Razak. The first  phase would comprise a tower and several buildings. (Bernama)

The Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) has  zoomed in on Sarawak as the main region for its rubber replanting programme  from next year. Out of the planned 28,000ha nationwide to be replanted next  year, 10,000ha or more than 35% are in Sarawak. About 4,000ha are planned in  Sabah with the remaining 14,000ha replanting for the peninsula. Sarawak Risda  director Sopian Abu Bakar said Sarawak had been allocated RM53m, the biggest  sum for any state, to fund the replanting programme next year due to its great  potential. (Star Biz)

Ecofuture Bhd  announced Bursa Malaysia Securities has rejected the  company’s further appeal for an extension of time up to 31 December 2011 to  submit the regularisation plan. The Company will be removed from the official  list of the Bursa Securities on Monday, 17 Oct 2011. (BMSB)

Envair Holding Bhd's  board of directors  together with the key  management are deliberating on  the viability of the existing business of the  company and are considering options available to improve its long term and  sustainable future growth. As such, the Company is currently in talks with few  potential partners for joint collaboration to venture into the oil and gas services  sector. (BT)

Parkson Retail Group is in talks with banks to increase a loan taken out in  2010 to US$400m (RM1.26bn) from US$250m. The parent company, Parkson  Holdings operates department stores in China, Vietnam and Malaysia.  DBS  Bank, JPMorgan, Maybank, Natixis and Standard Chartered are arranging the  facility. (Bloomberg)

Pavilion REIT, part owned by  Qatar Investment Authority as well as  Malton’s chairman  Desmond Lim was looking to raise RM800m from a  planned floatation. The Pavilion REIT would be Malaysia’s fourth largest share  sale this year. The news may have highlighted  Malton’s undemanding  valuations which shares rose 7.8% and was the fourth most actively traded  counter yesterday. (Financial Daily)

Consumer: Indochina floods may force Malaysia to seek rice elsewhere. Some 1.5m hectares of the regions famous padi fields including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos have been affected and this has prompt Malaysia, which depends on these countries for 30% of its rice supply to look towards other nations for the precious commodity. (Source: The Star)

Retail: Mydin targets 16 low-price marts nationwide in 2012. Wholesale and retail giant Mydin has set its sight on opening 16 mini market outlets called "Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia" (KR1M) in over 15 locations from Perlis to Johor and the East Coast. (Source: Malaysian Reserve)

Healthcare: PHB in property deal with Gleneagles. With a Gross Development Value (GDV) of RM1b, the first phase will be a RM138m extension project for the Gleneagles Hospital in Ampang. Covering a gross floor area of 300,000 sq ft, the extension project will consist of a 10-floor healthcare facility that is due to be completed within 3 years. The two-phase development will also include hotel facilities and an office building. (Source: The Star)  

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