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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 17 April 2015: Malakoff Corporation Berhad (“Malakoff” or “the Company”), the largest Independent Power Producer (“IPP”) in Malaysia and South East Asia by effective power generation capacity as at 20 March 2015, today launched its prospectus in conjunction with the Initial Public Offering (“IPO”) of the Company which will see it listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia”).
The IPO will see the sale of 1,521,740,000 existing and new ordinary shares at RM0.10 each, representing up to approximately 30.4% of the enlarged issue and paid up share capital of Malakoff. The amount comprises 521,740,000 existing shares and a public issue of 1,000,000,000 new shares ("issue shares").
The prospectus was launched by YB Senator Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
He was joined at the launch by Tan Sri Dato' Wira Syed Abdul Jabbar Syed Hassan, Chairman of MMC Corporation Berhad (“MMC”), Dato' Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Group Managing Director of MMC, YAM Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Anwar Jamalullail, Chairman of Malakoff, Dato' Sri Syed Faisal Albar, Chief Executive Officer of Malakoff, Habib Husin, Chief Operating Officer of Malakoff and Ruswati Othman, Chief Financial Officer / Senior Vice President, Group Finance & Accounts Division of Malakoff.
“Malakoff has a proven track record of development, acquisition, and operation and maintenance in the power generation and water desalination industries. Our power generation assets have a balanced fuel mix of gas, coal, and multi-fuel, and we also have renewable energy in our portfolio. We are well-positioned to benefit from the continued growth in electricity and water demand in our target markets,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Anwar, Chairman of Malakoff.
Malakoff is a multinational power and water company with a core focus on power generation and water desalination, as well as captive electricity distribution and district cooling. With its strong portfolio of international power and water assets, the Company’s IPO is expected to be one of the biggest in Malaysia and Asia this year.
In Malaysia, Malakoff has a total of six operational plants and one that is currently under construction. Outside of Malaysia, the Company has four operational plants and one that is currently under construction in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region, and one operational wind farm in Australia. Its 2013 acquisition of a 50% stake in Macarthur Wind Farm in Australia marked its entry into the renewable energy business.
“We have long-standing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) that provide us with a stable and long-term cash flow, with a weighted average remaining PPA term of approximately 13 years, which is the longest among the operating IPPs in Malaysia. We believe that the clear earnings visibility from our long-term PPAs gives Malakoff a compelling investment story,” added Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Anwar.
In its prospectus, Malakoff disclosed its target dividend payout ratio of not less than 70.0% of the Company’s consolidated profit attributable to its equity holders under Malaysian Financial Reporting Standards (MFRS), beginning 1 January 2015.
Malakoff currently has a total effective power generation capacity of 6,036 megawatts (MW) and effective water production capacity of 358,850 m3 as at 20 March 2015.
The Company aims to increase its effective power generation capacity to 10,000 MW and expanding its effective water production capacity by approximately 150% by 2020 through domestic and international expansion. This includes exploring potential investments, acquisitions and collaboration with strategic partners in Malaysia and in high electricity and water-demand regions internationally.
Malakoff anticipates that it will be able to capitalise on the increasing role of coal-fired power generation in Malaysia, driven by its lower cost relative to gas as fuel for power generation.
The Company currently operates the first privately owned coal-fired power plant in Malaysia and is one of the largest privately owned coal-fired power plants in South East Asia, the Tanjung Bin Power Plant, with a generation capacity of 2,100 MW. This amount accounted for approximately
29.3% of Peninsular Malaysia's total installed coal-fired generation capacity as at 20 March 2015, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Malakoff expects to add another 1,000 MW of coal-fired power generation capacity once construction of its Tanjung Bin Energy Power Plant is completed and the plant becomes fully operational. It is scheduled to commence commercial operations in March 2016, bringing its effective generation capacity to 7,036 MW.
The company has secured cornerstone investors for its institutional offering, namely CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad; Corston-Smith Asset Management Sdn Bhd; Eastspring Investments Berhad; Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad; Hong Leong Asset Management Bhd; Kencana Capital Sdn Bhd; Lembaga Tabung Haji; Maybank Asset Management Sdn Bhd; Maybank Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd; Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial; RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd; and UOB Asset Management (Malaysia) Berhad.
Malakoff intends to utilise the IPO proceeds to fully redeem the RM1.8 billion Junior Sukuk Musharakah, The redemption of the Junior Sukuk will strengthen Malakoff’s balance sheet and create greater debt headroom.
Maybank Investment Bank (“Maybank IB”), CIMB Investment Bank (“CIMB”), and RHB Investment Bank (“RHB”) act as the Joint Principal Advisers and the Joint Managing Underwriters for the listing exercise. Maybank IB and CIMB IB along with Credit Suisse AG (“Credit Suisse”), JPMorgan Securities Malaysia Sdn Bhd and J.P. Morgan Securities plc (collectively “J.P. Morgan”) are the Joint Global Coordinators.
Collectively, the Joint Bookrunners are Maybank IB, CIMB, RHB, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank AG (Hong Kong Branch), Merrill Lynch (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (Singapore Branch), Hong Leong Investment Bank as well as the Co-Lead Managers – Macquarie Capital and CLSA (Singapore) Pte Ltd.