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Sapura Resources partners Rolls-Royce unit to sell engines in Malaysia

TheEdge Thu, May 16, 2019 10:53am - 4 months ago

KUALA LUMPUR: Sapura Resources Bhd is forming a joint-venture (JV) agreement with Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG’s (RRPS) unit, MTU Asia Pte Ltd, to sell and service original equipment for the marine, rail, construction, mining, agriculture, oil and gas, and power generation sectors in Malaysia.

Sapura Resources said its wholly-owned subsidiary SRB One will subscribe to 1.25 million Class B shares, representing a 51% interest, in MTU Power Systems Sdn Bhd (MPS) for RM1.25 million.

Meanwhile, MTU Asia will subscribe to one million Class A shares in MPS. This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Sapura Resources and MTU Asia on March 26. SRB One will also grant MPS an interest-free shareholder loan of about RM9 million for not more than 12 months, while MPS will enter into a distributor agreement with RRPS to make it the latter’s sole distributor in Malaysia.

“As a consequence of the proposed joint venture, Sapura Resources proposes to diversify its principal activities and of its subsidiaries to include the sale and service of products, engines and parts, and provision of related value-added services,” the group said in a stock exchange filing.

The proposed diversification would allow Sapura Resources to undertake the proposed business, which covers the sale and service of products, engines and parts, and provision of value-added services in various industries, it said.

“The board believes that the proposed diversification will contribute positively to Sapura Resources’ future earnings and such diversification provides an opportunity for the group to expand into new businesses,” it added.

While the proposed JV does not require the approval of Sapura Resources’ shareholders, the diversification is subject to their approval in an extraordinary general meeting to be convened.

The subscriptions under the JV agreement are expected to be completed in the second half of 2019, the group said. Sapura Resources’ share price closed half a sen higher at 65 sen yesterday, leaving the group with a market value of RM90.74 million.

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