SembCorp Unwinds Interest In Wuxi Garden City Mall Hotel Co. Ltd.

China, Dec 06, 2006

In line with its strategy to sharpen its focus on its core businesses, SembCorp Industries Ltd (“SembCorp”) announces that its subsidiary, Singapore-Wuxi Investment Holdings Pte Ltd (“SWIH”) has today entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement for the transfer of its stake in Wuxi Garden City Mall Hotel Co. Ltd (“WGCM”) to Park Hotel Strategic Investments Limited (“Park Hotel”). WGCM is a company incorporated in the People’s Republic of China which owns, operates and manages a hotel and shopping mall in Wuxi, China. SembCorp’s effective stake in WGCM is 87.95%. Pursuant to the conditional sale and purchase agreement, all interests in WGCM are to be consolidated and held through a special purpose vehicle to be incorporated in Singapore, which will then be transferred to Park Hotel.

The total consideration comprises a nominal share purchase price for the transfer of all the shares in the special purpose vehicle to Park Hotel, and US$60 million for the assumption by Park Hotel of loans extended by various SembCorp entities to WGCM. The total consideration was decided after taking into account the loans extended by various SembCorp entities and the negative net tangible asset value of WGCM, and also with reference to an independent valuation of WGCM’s assets obtained in 2005. Completion of the deal is targeted for March 31, 2007. 

The transaction will result in write back by SembCorp of provisions for loans of approximately S$83 million. The financial impact will be recorded in SembCorp’s FY2006 full year results as an exceptional gain.

None of the Directors or controlling shareholders of SembCorp have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the transaction.


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By Order of the Board
Kwong Sook May
Company Secretary


Analysts and media, please contact:

FOCK Siu Ling (Ms)
Group Corporate Relations
DID: +65 6723 3152
Email: fock.siuling@sembcorp.com.sg
 
Aleve CO (Ms)
Group Corporate Relations
DID: +65 6723 3011
Email: aleve.co@sembcorp.com.sg


About SembCorp Industries

SembCorp Industries Ltd is a leading utilities and marine group. The Group provides centralised utilities and energy to industrial customers in Singapore, the United Kingdom, Asia and the Middle East. It is a global leader in marine and offshore engineering and also a provider of environmental management services in the region.

SembCorp Industries has total assets of over S$7.0 billion and employs more than 8,000 employees.

Listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange, SembCorp Industries is a component stock of the Straits Times Index and several MSCI indices.

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