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FGVH confident of successful listing

June 18, 2012

Its strong business model can enable it to face the global economic uncertainties, says its chairman Mohd Isa Abdul Samad.

KUALA LUMPUR: Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) is confident of a successful listing on Bursa Malaysia, saying its strong business model would enable it to face global economic uncertainties.

Chairman Mohd Isa Abdul Samad said under FGVH’s initial public offering (IPO), the institutional offering of 1.92 billion shares was oversubscribed by 45 times.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Issuing House Sdn Bhd (MIH) said in a statement last Friday that the IPO’s public portion of 72.963 million shares was oversubscribed by 6.75 times.

“This is a good sign for FGVH’s listing on the Main Board on June 28,” Isa told reporters at the presentation of FGVH scholarships here today.

FGVH is, however, mindful of the uncertain global economic situation amid the eurozone debt crisis, he said.

“We are aware of this, but we are confident because FGVH has its own strengths and because of the approppriate steps we have taken.

“If FGVH is not listed now, we are also not sure when the world’s economic problem will end, in fact no one can forecast the economic situation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Isa said FGVH is in discussions with commodity giant Louis Dreyfus on the form of collaboration between the two, with a decision to be made before the listing on Bursa Malaysia.

“This strategic collaboration can strengthen not only the downstream segment but also reduce our dependence on upstream activities,” he said.

FGVH group president Sabri Ahmad said to strengthen its downstream segment, FGVH will diversify its income sources and provide a stable income for Felda settlers as crude palm oil (CPO) prices are relatively volatile.

“The price of CPO was RM3,500 per tonne in the last three weeks but now it is RM2,900 per tonne,” he said, adding he expected the price to rise and remain strong in the second half of this year due to lower output.

Sabri also said that a cyclical slowing of output, low soybean production in Brazil and Argentina as well as steady demand from India and China will help push up CPO prices.

The listing of FGV would make it the largest IPO in Asia this year, the largest IPO in the world this year after Facebook and the largest IPO in Malaysia since Petronas Chemical Group in November 2010.

Assuming a retail price of RM4.55, the offering will raise about RM10.5 billion.

Bernama

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