We continued our strategy of divesting our non-core businesses during
the year. In 2002, total value unlocked by divestments amounted to
Turnover from In Development businesses grew by 14 per cent, mainly
attributable to better performance from the industrial parks and the
sales from some of our Cairnhill property units.
Some of the key divestments made during the year include our disposal
of our entire 75 per cent interest in Singapore Food Industries for
S$263 million completed in December. Other significant divestments
included the sales of our remaining 20 per cent interest in Singapore
Computer Systems, our 25.5 per cent interest in Jurong Technologies
Industrial Corporation and our entire 50 per cent share in Neptune
We also reduced our effective shareholding in Wuxi-Singapore Industrial
Park Development from 54.9 per cent to 38.4 per cent. In addition,
we also divested 81 per cent of our interest in SembPark Midland Management
(formerly Zenith Development).
Pacific Internet performed well and is now profitable. In 2002, PATMI
contribution from Pacific Internet was S$2.1 million, a S$3.9 million
improvement over a net loss of S$1.8 million in 2001. It celebrated
its 7th Anniversary, introducing several new services to users including
wireless broadband for enterprises and a web acceleration service.
We plan to keep up the pace of our divestments. There is an estimated
S$500 million to S$600 million of value that may be unlocked from
the divestment of our remaining non-core assets. It is our aim to
continue recovering more value for our shareholders by monetising
these assets at the best feasible prices.