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Singapore’s Frasers Hospitality said to weigh going private

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Singapore-based Frasers Hospitality Trust is considering a plan to go private amid concerns that its share price doesn’t reflect the company’s value. (PHOTO: Intercontinental Singapore/Frasers Hospitality Trust)
Singapore-based Frasers Hospitality Trust is considering a plan to go private amid concerns that its share price doesn’t reflect the company’s value. (PHOTO: Intercontinental Singapore/Frasers Hospitality Trust)

By Faris Mokhtar

(Bloomberg) – Singapore-based Frasers Hospitality Trust is considering a plan to go private amid concerns that its share price doesn’t reflect the company’s value, people with knowledge of the matter said. Its shares jumped.

The real estate investment trust has received board approval to explore a privatisation and hired a financial adviser, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The company may choose not to proceed if the deal structure isn’t favourable, they added.

Shares of Frasers Hospitality spiked as much as 7.9%, the most since November 2020, after the Bloomberg News report. The stock is currently trading 5.3% higher, giving it a market value of S$1.16 billion. The benchmark Straits Times Index is down 0.8%.

The move reflects the conundrum faced by Singapore’s hospitality REITs, which have seen a sell-off as the pandemic battered the travel industry. The country will take “a few years” to return to pre-Covid tourism, Singapore Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer Keith Tan said in a Bloomberg Television interview on Friday.

Frasers Hospitality Asset Management, which manages the REIT, said that from time to time the managers review strategic options to enhance and unlock value for shareholders.

“There is no certainty or assurance that any transaction will result from such review, and the managers may decide to continue with FHT’s existing business strategy,” Frasers Hospitality Asset Management said Friday in an exchange filing after Bloomberg submitted queries. “No written proposals have been received and no decisions have been taken in this respect.”

With a portfolio valued at S$2.25 billion, according to figures published on its website, Frasers Hospitality Trust oversees 15 properties across Asia, Australia and Europe. The company reported higher revenue per average room across its Asia-Pacific and Europe portfolios, it said in its first-quarter business update in February.

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