YTL Cement Berhad Undertakes Strategic Asset Rationalisation & Optimisation Plan
Since the acquisition in 2019, the two groups have made significant strides in streamlining their operations and maximising efforts on their logistical, distributional and marketing fronts. This proposed transaction is the natural progression towards increasing the size of Malayan Cement’s cement and ready-mixed concrete businesses, bolstering profitability and value enhancement.
Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday 12 May 2021
Today, YTL Cement Berhad, a subsidiary of YTL Corporation Berhad, entered into an agreement with its subsidiary, Malayan Cement Berhad, for the disposal of its entire cement and ready-mixed concrete operations in Malaysia for a total consideration of RM5.158 billion.
Under the agreement, Malayan Cement will acquire 12 companies involved in cement and ready-mixed concrete businesses, as well as marketing and plant management activities. All of these companies have an established track record of operational profit.
The total consideration of RM5.158 billion, which is subject to adjustments at point of completion, will be settled via RM2.0 billion in cash, RM1.408 billion through the issuance of 375.5 million new ordinary shares in Malayan Cement and RM1.75 billion through the issue of 466.7 million new irredeemable convertible preference shares (ICPS) in Malayan Cement.
The issue price for the new Malayan Cement shares and ICPS to be issued has been fixed at RM3.75 per share/ICPS. This is the price per share paid by YTL Cement for the acquisition of its 76.98% equity interest in Malayan Cement in 2019, which was premised on the potential synergies that would arise from the integration of businesses between the two groups.
Since the acquisition in 2019, the two groups have made significant strides in streamlining their operations and maximising efforts on their logistical, distributional and marketing fronts. This proposed transaction is the natural progression towards increasing the size of Malayan Cement’s cement and ready-mixed concrete businesses, bolstering profitability and value enhancement. YTL Cement will consolidate similar operating businesses under a singular umbrella.
This is expected to further improve operational efficiencies and business outcomes. By leveraging shared expertise, experience and resources, Malayan Cement aims to eliminate overlapping functions whilst continuing to deliver seamless solutions to customers, achieving economies of scale, and enhancing its market presence.
The partial settlement of the consideration through the issuance of new shares and ICPS rather than wholly in cash is intended to enable Malayan Cement to optimise its cash reserves and gearing levels. The strategic realignment will foster value creation for shareholders of Malayan Cement and allow investors to invest directly on a focused basis in Malaysia’s leading building materials company.
This exercise will also significantly reduce related party transactions and conflicts of interest between YTL Cement and Malayan Cement. The intention is to improve governance across both groups and lower the administrative and compliance costs incurred through the monitoring and management of these issues.
The proposed transaction is subject to approval by the shareholders of Malayan Cement to be obtained at an extraordinary general meeting to be convened.
YTL Cement’s shareholding in Malayan Cement is expected to increase to approximately 78.58% (from 76.98% currently) upon completion of the proposed transaction and the ongoing private placement of up to 85 million new Malayan Cement shares announced on 15 April 2021, assuming no conversion of the ICPS to be issued. Therefore, Malayan Cement will apply to Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad for approval for a lower public shareholding spread of 20% in due course.