Just before CNY, Latexx surprisingly announcing that the company had accepted a non-binding takeover offer by two private equity funds. However, the deal looks unattractive with limited upside given the offer price of RM3.10 only. For your information, it is only 10.7% above the last trading price of RM2.80 only.
About the offer:
- The offer values Latexx at 8.2x P/E only versus sector's average of 11.7x
- The takeover offer needs to secure a 75% shareholders' approval as lay out by the new rules
- With RM3.10 per share, the offer was valued as RM 852.03 million (inclusive of 55.03 million warrants)
Would the deal materialize?
Finance Malaysia doubt the deal will go through, given the unattractive valuations attached. Please take note that Latexx was one of the largest medical examinations gloves producers globally. By taking over at a mere 8.2x P/E, it would be a very good buy, but not a good sell at all. Another issue which sparks our interest was that the background of the two private equity funds being the acquirers.
Navis Asia VI Management Company Limited (Navis), a wholly owned unit of Navis Capital Partners, a US$ 3bn investment firm. Meanwhile, Mettiz, a holding company owned by Michael Tang Vee Mun, was the provider of equity financing for KNM Group's failed management buyout early last year. (CIMB research)
Would it be another "failed" buyout by Mettiz? A repeat of the dramatic KNM's tumbling version? Finance Malaysia really can't predict the outcome from the EGM to be convened soon on the offer. It's all depends on Latexx's shareholders to decide.
But, judging from the "not so performing" share price the day after the said announcement, most probably the outcome is already been factor-in... which was "failed". Anyway, we may heed the advise from the independent adviser appointed by Latexx's board of directors -- Hong Leong Investment Bank -- before voting.
After all, I like Supermax and Kossan for its lower P/E and larger players in the same industry.