SCG Packaging seeks to raise $1.72b in Thai listing

SCG Packaging’s initial public offering is set to be Thailand’s second-largest this year after Central Retail Corp’s IPO in February, as Asian IPOs spring back to life after a lull triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
SCG Packaging’s initial public offering is set to be Thailand’s second-largest this year after Central Retail Corp’s IPO in February, as Asian IPOs spring back to life after a lull triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

BANGKOK • SCG Packaging, Thailand's biggest packaging company, plans to raise as much as 39.5 billion baht (S$1.72 billion) in the nation's second-largest initial public offering (IPO) this year.

The unit of Siam Cement, one of the country's largest industrial conglomerates, set a price range of 33.50 baht to 35 baht for its 1.13 billion share offering, according to its filing with Thailand's Securities & Exchange Commission yesterday. The company will sell an additional 169 million new shares should a so-called greenshoe option be exercised in full, the filing said.

SCG Packaging's initial share sale is set to be Thailand's second-largest this year after Central Retail Corp's 78 billion baht offering in February. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the biggest shareholder of SCG's parent Siam Cement with 33.64 per cent stake, according to the company's website.

Asian IPOs sprang back to life, with a flurry of new listings in Hong Kong and China, and reviving activity in India amid abundant liquidity after a lull triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

SCG Packaging's IPO was approved in May but the company had later said it was unsure about the timing amid the spread of Covid-19.

ASL Securities deputy managing director Tawatchai Asawapornchai said: "The packaging business has become a crown jewel of Siam Cement with the explosive growth of e-commerce and food delivery demand amid the pandemic.

"The company may view the window of opportunity as small with no ending of the coronavirus outbreak any time soon."

SCG Packaging has already allocated 677 million new shares, or 60 per cent of the offering, to 18 local and foreign funds as cornerstone investors, the filing sh owed.

Kasikorn Asset Management and BBL Asset Management are the biggest buyers among 14 domestic institutions, while Avanda Investment Management and NTAsian Discovery Master Fund are among the largest international investors.

SCG Packaging plans to use proceeds from the offering to fund business expansion and new acquisitions as well as debt repayment, according to its filing.

Its net income in the first half of this year jumped 40 per cent to 3.64 billion baht, while total sales climbed 11 per cent to 45.9 billion baht.

Shares will be offered to domestic and foreign investors from Sept 28 to Oct 14, according to the filing. The company will announce the final pricing on Oct 8.

SCB Securities and Bualuang Securities are the lead arrangers for the domestic offering, while Morgan Stanley and UBS Group are managing the international sales.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2020, with the headline 'SCG Packaging seeks to raise $1.72b in Thai listing'. Print Edition | Subscribe