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Monday, April 20, 2009

SP Setia silent on real estate acquisition plan

PROPERTY developer SP Setia Bhd is keeping mum on its plan to acquire three real estate companies under Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB).

The three companies are Island & Peninsular Bhd, Pelangi Bhd and Petaling Garden Bhd.

"It is too early to comment. This issue is very sensitive. Whatever we do, it must add value to our business," SP Setia president and chief executive officer, Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin told Bernama on the sidelines of PNB's Malaysian Unit Trust Week (MSAM) 2009 in Johor Baru today.

Liew was commenting on a foreign news report quoting RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd as saying that SP Setia may acquire the three real-estate companies from PNB to increase sales and gain financial backing from the government.
RHB Research said the acquisition may increase SP Setia's value.

The property units have a combined annual sales of more than RM1.31 billion, similar to SP Setia’s 2008 figures.

As of Jan 30, 2009, PNB owned a 6.5 per cent stake in SP Setia, according to Bloomberg’s data.

By Bernama

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