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AIA takeover is nuts, PRU shareholders advised

In GIC, Insurance, Temasek on 26/05/2010 at 6:45 am

RiskMetrics, an international share proxy advisory service, issued a critical assessment of the AIA takeover bid, saying while a deal had “a sensible strategic rationale”, Prudential was paying a heavy price.

FT reported that RiskMetrics said Prudential was paying US$35.5bn for a company with US$1.6bn in post-tax operating profits.

“For this to work, profits have to grow substantially beyond the expected cost synergies. Our analysis indicates that Prudential needs very high growth rates at AIA to only meet a reasonable return on invested capital, something that seems a stretch when managing a difficult integration process.”

Let me know when our local media report this story.

BTW GIC’s interest in this stock shows that its analysis is different: it is willing to forgo jam today for  jam tomorrow (maybe).  Hmm must be MM’s 30-yr view at work. Wonder who is right.  Remember shortly after he last said this , Temasek sold its BOA stock, just before the market recovered. GIC held on to its UBS and Citi investments.

Obvious why the Pru chose HKEx over SGX, BT

In Uncategorized on 10/03/2010 at 6:22 pm

I could not stop laughing when I read : “Prudential’s surprise announcement that it will list in Hong Kong, following its US$35.5 billion decision to buy over rival AIG’s Asian operations, has led market watchers here to wonder why the UK life assurance giant did not pick Singapore instead for its secondary listing.”

Come off it BT.  Isn’t it blinding obvious why the Pru chose HKEx?

You reported a few days ago that last year, HKEx was the global leader in new listings, raising more than US$30 billion worth in 73 IPOs. SGX’s 23 new listings raised US$2.35 billion, based on Bloomberg data.  And according to an Ernst & Young study, Singapore was falling behind Kuala Lumpur and Sao Paulo in terms of capital raised from IPOs up to November last year.

So isn’t it blinding obvious why the Pru chose HKEx?

OK you reached the above answer finally, but was there even a need for the article? I mean the only market watcher quoted was a retiree, small investor who often talks rubbish.

Oh and since I’m bashing BT, a few weeks ago, ST and BT reported that according to DBS, a S$ billion listing was coming SGX’s way. We now know that  China Real Estate Opportunities, one of the biggest companies on London’s AIM, may abandon its UK listing to be quoted in Singapore. I don’t know anything of this company, but I do know of some strange goings on at a couple of other China-related companies listed on AIM.

I sure hope these type of shenanigans remain out of S’pore. But looking at Sino-E and friends, I am not optimistic.

Update 2 May 2010

Pru is now doing a secondary listing on SGX, in addition to its HK primary listing. Rumour has alleged that GIC, an underwriter of Pru’s coming rights issue, persuaded Pru to this. Note that more Pru shareholders want to kill the deal on the ground that a champion dog  is buying a mongrel.

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