Astro sets price range for RM4.6b IPO
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 – Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd, a pay-TV firm, has set an indicative price range of RM2.70-3.00 per share for institutional investors for its initial public offering that could raise up to RM4.56 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said.
The IPO, which is expected to be listed by end-September or early October, would be Malaysia’s third-largest this year after share sales by Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd in June and IHH Healthcare Bhd in July.
Astro is controlled by Malaysia’s second-richest man Ananda Krishnan (picture), who has investments in telecom and energy assets.
The institutional book for Astro will open tomorrow, said the source, who declined to be identified as details of the deal were not yet public.
Based on the indicative price range, the total 1.52 billion shares in the offer could be worth RM4.1-4.56 billion.
The deal is being handled by CIMB, Maybank and RHB, while several foreign banks are also advisers including UBS, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan. – Reuters