November 29, 2019 / 6:50 AM / 11 days ago

Thai Beverage plans Singapore IPO of up to $3 billion-source

SINGAPORE, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi's Thai Beverage is planning a Singapore IPO of some of its regional beer assets in a float that could raise $2 billion to $3 billion next year, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The Singapore-listed company has tapped banks for the listing of a unit which could house its beer assets in Vietnam and Thailand, a source said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Details of the fund raising have not been finalised, he said.

Thai Bev's shares were put on a trading halt pending an announcement after the stock rose 5.2 percent.

A Singapore IPO of just over $2 billion would make it the biggest in the city-state in about six years, while an issue of more than $3 billion would rank as the largest since 2010, according to Refinitiv data.

Thai Bev did not immediately respond to a query from Reuters.

Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg earlier reported that ThaiBev is said to consider a Singapore IPO of its brewery business that could value its unit at as much as $10 billion. (Reporting by Anshuman Daga Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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