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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

KenolKobil Takeover - Could Puma list on the NSE

This is an interesting article from the FT published in Sep 2011.

The trader on Thursday said it has sold a 20 per cent stake in Puma Energy, its petroleum terminals and storage business, to Sonangol Holdings, a subsidiary of Angola’s state-owned oil company. The parties did not disclose financial details.
“The sale is a step to prepare the company for a listing in the future,” Pierre Eladari, Puma Energy’s chief executive, told the Financial Times in an interview.

It seems that Puma may have an incentive to do the following:

  • Puma makes an Offer to swap KK shares for Puma shares in the future.
  • Keep the listing 'live' [even if suspended] in Kenya until the Puma IPO is complete.
  • The KK shares are then 'converted' to Puma shares and trade on the NSE [as well as being fungible & traded on other exchanges e.g. Angola [when it finally goes live], in Asia [HK or Singapore] or London.
Puma Energy has not completed a Takeover/Buyout of Minority S/holders of (former) BP Zambia for almost 2 years. Is the final endgame a cross-listing of Puma shares in multiple countries?

Puma/KK does business in the following countries with Stock Exchanges:
  • Kenya (KK's Primary Listing)
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Rwanda
  • Zambia (Puma Energy Zambia's Primary Listing)
  • Botswana
If Puma Energy offers KK's shareholders the option of swapping into Puma's shares, it might soothe a few nerves since not all minority shareholders (or so it seems) want out of KK. Some shareholders are very protective of & loyal to KK as well.


Ghafla!Guy said...

Eeehh.. So there is more to Puma than sportswear? I have never heard of Puma/KK in Kenya. I'm now enlightened.

Anonymous said...

nice idea.. thanks for sharing..

Anonymous said...

Looks like you are on the money!. In the story below,one contributor suggested that Trafigura's move could be a run up to an IPO...

See "Singapore’s low taxes lure Trafigura"

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