Malaysia's Petronas makes higher offer for MISC in $3 billion deal

KUALA LUMPUR Fri Apr 5, 2013 11:58am BST

A logo of Malaysia's MISC Bhd is seen at its office in Kuala Lumpur February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

A logo of Malaysia's MISC Bhd is seen at its office in Kuala Lumpur February 4, 2013.

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's state owned oil and gas firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) PETR.UL raised the offer price to take over shipping firm MISC Bhd (MISC.KL) in a deal valued at 9.2 billion ringgit ($3 billion).

The revised offer of 5.50 ringgit per share comes after MISC's other major shareholder, the Employees Provident Fund found the original bid of 5.30 per share to be unattractive.

Petronas did not disclose reasons behind the revised offer on Friday, which is 0.73 percent or four sen higher than MISC's share close of 5.46 ringgit per share.

Some equity analysts have said MISC could fetch a higher value in view of a better outlook ahead after selling off its loss-making liner business.

RHB Investment Bank pegged a value of 6.03 ringgit per share on MISC and asked shareholders to reject the initial cash offer.

Petronas holds a 62.67 percent equity stake in MISC and still needs to acquire more to reach 90 percent for the deal to go through.

The Employee Providend Fund is the second largest shareholder with a 9.54 percent stake followed by another government-linked fund Permodalan Nasional Bhd with a 9.44 percent stake.

(Reporting By Yantoultra Ngui; Editing by Niluksi Koswanage; Editing by Niluksi Koswanage)

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