Written by The Edge
Friday, 29 October 2010 20:11
Sasteria, an investment holding company controlled by private investor Peter Lim, today said it is making a mandatory conditional cash offer for Mainboard-listed Thomson Medical Centre.
The mandatory conditional offer is triggered by a married deal between Sasteria and the largest shareholder and founder of Thomson Medical, Dr Cheng Wei Chen and his family. Under the deal, the latter sold their 39.34% stake in Thomson Medical to the former at the offer price of S$1.75 a share.
Under the Singapore Code on Takeovers and Mergers, the cash offer will be extended to the remaining issued shares and is conditional on Sasteria acquiring more than 50% of Thomson Medical.
The offer price of $1.75 represents a 62% premium over the last traded price of Thomson Medical, and values the company at approximately $513 million. It is also the highest share price the company has ever been valued at since it went public in 2005.
Peter Lim says: “Thomson Medical is a leading healthcare service provider in Singapore for obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatric services. Given the growing population and affluence in the region, there will be increasing demand for private healthcare services. Singapore is a regional hub for such services and Thomson Medical is well-placed to tap on this demand. We believe it has potential to develop further as a regional healthcare company.”
Lim, 57, is a Singaporean businessman with extensive interests in a range of industries including agribusiness, fashion, logistics, food and beverage and healthcare. He is the second largest shareholder of F J Benjamin Holdings. More recently, Lim became a cornerstone investor in Global Logistic Properties (GLP), the largest provider of modern logistic facilities in Asia.