Keppel Corp to buy Singapore Press Holdings for $1.7 billion

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Singapore City - The Singaporean conglomerate's deal excludes the newspaper publisher's media business.

By Reuters

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Published: Mon 2 Aug 2021, 9:11 AM

Last updated: Mon 2 Aug 2021, 9:13 AM

Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp said on Monday it would buy Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) for S$2.24 billion ($1.65 billion), excluding the newspaper publisher's media business.

The deal will give Keppel access to SPH's real estate footprint, which includes malls, residential properties, a portfolio of properties for student accommodation as well as nursing homes.

Keppel said it would offer a combination of cash and units in Keppel REIT to shareholders of the Singapore Straits Times publisher for a total implied value of S$2.099 per share, representing an 11.6% premium to the stock's last close on Friday.

"(The deal) will complement Keppel Land's plans to move beyond a developer model to providing urban development solutions," the conglomerate said in a statement, adding that it would accelerate Keppel's expansion into the student accommodation and senior living sectors.

The deal will be accretive to Keppel's earnings on a pro forma basis and boost its assets under management and recurring income, said Loh Chin Hua, Keppel's chief executive officer.

SPH, which publishes the city-state's main newspaper, said in May it would transfer its media business to a not-for-profit company as the unit struggles with falling advertising revenue and losses.

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