Monday, February 20, 2006

Bimantara takeover, how serious?

UBS is seeking to help finance the takeover of two Indonesian companies, PT Bimantara Citra Tbk, the conglomerate which owns four major television channels in Indonesia, and toll-road operator PT Citra Marga Nusaphala (CMNP) Tbk, according to individuals in Indonesia familiar with the transaction.

Global Crown Capital, a special purpose vehicle, owned by the Salim family, Peter Gontha (former shareholder and executive at Bimantara), and Indra Rukumana (former President Suharto’s son-in-law) is seeking to acquire controlling stakes in Bimantara and CMNP. In order to obtain the funding, the three parties have pledged shares they have in Bimantara and CMNP to UBS in order to obtain a loan of up to US$350m, said individuals in Indonesia.

Few details were available about the goings on, but Bimantara last week issued a denial stating that the conglomerate had not been approached by GCC to acquire the assets. Salim also denied the plan to acquire Bimantara and CMNP.
But Bimantara wrote to Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) authority on Friday that recently it recieved a proposal from one of its shareholders (Almington Assets Limited) which represents 5% shares of the company that it want to pledge the held shares to UBS AG Singapore Branch.
JSX suspended the trading of both Bimantara and CMNP shares on Friday. No information so far on when JSX will lift the suspension.
Individuals in Jakarta said there were definite signs that the consortium had already obtained funding from UBS in their attempt to take over the assets. Investor Daily on claimed on Friday that it got a document showing the financial support from UBS Bank to GCG to acquire Bimantara and CMNP. In exchange GCC will pledge to UBS some marketable securities, cash, and shares of Bimantara and CMNP. Under the loan proposal to UBS, GCC needs funding of US$250 million to US$350 million.
According to the document, before it acquires Bimantara and CMNP, GCC would takeover shares of PT Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia (TPI, a TV station under Bimantara) and CMNP Manila (toll road operator in Manila).Under the loan proposal to UBS, GCC needs funding of US$250 million to US$350 million.

Meanwhile, IFR Asia reported an official who acts as custodian of shares traded on the Jakarta Stock Exchange said UBS has recently requested that a large shareholding of Bimantara shares be blocked under the Swiss bank’s name.

“If that’s so, then that’s a sign that the GCC conglomerate has already pledged shares to UBS,” said one banker in Indonesia.
Investor Daily reported today that Almington Assets had pledged its 11% shares through GCC to UBS AG with the address at Temasek Boulevard 18-00 Suntec Tower Five, Singapore. GCC also planned to acquire 14% shares of CMNP owned by Heffernan International Limited, Delta Equity Assets Ltd, and Commonshare Investment Ltd, all are special purpose vehicle companies registered in British Virgin Island.

Another banker said to AFR Asia: “UBS private banking has been shopping the local market to finance the rupiah-denominated portion of the deal. One of the parties approached was Sinar Mas Securities, so we know something big is going on.”

The battle for the Bimantara assets will be a lively one, said investment bankers in Indonesia, given that Bhakti Investama, another Indonesia company, now holds a stake of around 40% in Bimantara and 10% indirectly.

“It therefore will be very difficult for GCC to gain a controlling stake in Bimantara,” said an investment banker to AFR Asia.

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2 Comments:

Blogger distresseddebt said...

Re:Bimantara takeover, how serious?".
Dear Sir:

I am writing to you regarding your article entitled "Bimantara takeover, how serious?".

I noted with much interest the following sentences:

"Individuals in Jakarta said there were definite signs that the consortium had already obtained funding from UBS in their attempt to take over the assets.

An official who acts as custodian of shares traded on the Jakarta Stock Exchange said UBS has recently requested that a large shareholding of Bimantara shares be blocked under the Swiss bank’s name.

“If that’s so, then that’s a sign that the GCC conglomerate has already pledged shares to UBS,” said one banker in Indonesia.

Another banker said: “UBS private banking has been shopping the local market to finance the rupiah-denominated portion of the deal. One of the parties approached was Sinar Mas Securities, so we know something big is going on.”

The battle for the Bimantara assets will be a lively one, said investment bankers in Indonesia, given that Bhakti Investama, another Indonesia company, now holds a stake of around 40% in Bimantara and 10% indirectly.

“It therefore will be very difficult for GCC to gain a controlling stake in Bimantara,” said an investment banker." "

These sentences appear to have been copied verbatim from IFR Asia, a magazine that is available only to subscribers [at the outrageously expensive price US$2,800 per year to receive some 6o issues] and which is not available on any newstand or retail outlet.

You are probably, or at least should be aware, the internationally accepted principle in publishing when sourcing information from another publication is to attribute the source from which the information, or quotes are dervived. Apart from giving credit to where it is due, this serves to help readers to source the orginal article and see it in its original context, and further, to go directly to the author or publisher of the original article to either find out more information or to otherwise question its contents.

As you have with your blog posting on Bimantara and with the many other articles you "lift" from other publications, you fail to attribibut the orginal sources of information and in doing so you undermine your credibility.

February 21, 2006 10:15 AM  
Blogger yosef ardi said...

I received an email on Monday from one of the blog readers regarding the statements you mentioned. I did try to find out the source of information as attribution. Thanks for reminding me on this, and you may see the revised version with IFR Asia attribution.
I have no intention whatsoever to claim the quotes were mine...

February 21, 2006 11:24 AM  

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