“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Friday, October 03, 2008

CVC eyes buyout of Indonesian companies

Alfian, The Jakarta Post      

Multinational equity giant CVC Capital Partners, a major shareholder of the Formula One racing event and Britain's leading department store Debenhams, plans to spend up to US$1.26 billion to buy companies in Southeast Asia, including in Indonesia. 

CVC Asia Pacific's managing partner, Roy Kuan, said the company raised $4.2 billion in April of this year for its third Asia Pacific fund. 

"We hope to spend 25-30 percent of this fund in Southeast Asia," Kuan said during a media luncheon held recently in Singapore. 

CVC is looking forward to acquiring businesses in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, he added. 

"More business owners are retiring and more businesses will potentially be sold." 

Sigit Prasetya, CVC's Asia-Pacific managing director, said the company has yet to make any investment in Indonesia, but is looking forward to doing so. 

All sectors, except real estate, which is too risky, present investment opportunities, he added. 

"Indonesia is a very big consumer market. So, commodities, infrastructure, and energy spaces will be the most attractive investments," he added. 

As an equity firm, CVC is entrusted by its investors with identifying and investing in businesses believed to be capable of generating long term capital appreciation. 

Investors include pension funds, insurance companies and governments. 

Kuan said he believed Indonesia had become quite favorable for foreign investment, despite its tendency to be overlooked. 

"Technically speaking, Indonesia is friendlier toward foreign investors. The political situation and the currency exchange rate are stable and banks are healthier," he said. 

Restrictions on foreign ownership in Indonesia are also deemed more favorable for investors than those in Malaysia and Thailand, Kuan added. 

"For example, the percentage of foreign ownership allowed for local banks is higher than that of Malaysian and Thai banks." 

Indonesia's relative protection from global slowdown is another draw for investment. 

Despite these advantages, debt financing is very expensive in Indonesia compared to neighboring countries, particularly with respect to privatizing a publicly listed company, he said. 

"The Indonesia Stock Exchange, unlike Malaysia's or Singapore's, doesn't have private takeover rules which allow privatization. 

"If you make an offer to buy a listed company in which 70 to 90 percent of the shareholders approve the deal, you can privatize it. That's common in most countries. But Indonesia does not have such a regulation yet. That's one of the obstacles we're facing," he said. 

CVC already has several deals in the region. In July 2008, funds advised by CVC Asia Pacific completed the buyout of Magnum Corporation, Malaysia's leading gaming company, worth US$1.54 billion. 

In August 2007, CVC funds from consortium partners took over Amtek Engineering, the largest metal stamping company in Singapore by production output and facilities. 

CVC, founded in Luxembourg in 1981, manages over US$43 billion in equity funds. It has completed 270 transactions, including 30 investments in Asia. Its funds own 53 companies with revenues in the billions of dollars.

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