In my last post on 21st July 2018, I have posted the reasons on why the government should step in to bail out Hyflux. I have also mentioned that Temasek linked companies such as Keppel and Sembcorp should step forward to rescue Hyflux. My wishes came through-both Keppel Corp and Sembcorp appeared as white knights in shining armour along with other interested parties. Out of 8 interest parties approved by the PUB, only one submitted a bid. It was believed that the only bid was submitted by Sembcorp.
As I mentioned before, Hyflux investors will have to suffer a hair cut in terms of what they can recoup. The only question now is how much they can get back. I believe that more news on the rescue package will be announced as early as next week. It will not be a surprise if the bidder put in a bid that is significantly less than the S$1.3 billion in book value of Tuaspring. Temasek linked companies or not, the bidder will likely exploit the current weaken financial position of Hyflux to extract a good deal for their own shareholders. Nonetheless, it will be a win win deal for both parties.
It will be interesting to watch out for the unfurling of more details with regard to the rescue package next week.
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