Japanese restaurant group RE&S seeks to list on Catalist

The Kuriya Japanese Market Yokocho restaurant at Tampines 1 mall. Restaurant group RE&S recorded net profit of $5.7 million in the year ended June 30 this year, almost double the $2.9 million it made a year earlier.
The Kuriya Japanese Market at Jurong Point. Restaurant group RE&S recorded net profit of $5.7 million in the year ended June 30 this year, almost double the $2.9 million it made a year earlier.PHOTO: RE&S ENTERPRISES

Japanese restaurant group RE&S Holdings has lodged a preliminary prospectus for a Catalist listing as it seeks to raise capital for new outlets.

The timing and pricing of the deal have not been determined yet.

Small and medium-sized enterprise investor Heliconia Capital Management, a unit of Singapore government-owned investment firm Temasek Holdings, will be a cornerstone investor in the initial public offering.

Proceeds from the deal will be used for business expansion, establishment of new food and beverage (F&B) outlets, refurbishment of existing F&B outlets and general working capital.

RE&S is the owner of popular Japanese restaurants like Ichiban Boshi, Kuishin Bo and Kuriya Japanese Market. In the year ended June 30 this year, it recorded net profit of $5.7 million, almost double the $2.9 million it made a year earlier.

The company intends to recommend and distribute dividends of at least 35 per cent of its net profits attributable to shareholders in 2018 and 2019.

Controlling ownership currently resides with executive director and president Hiroshi Tatara, who holds a 73 per cent stake, and executive director and chief executive Yek Hong Liat, who holds a 25 per cent stake.

DBS is the sponsor and issue manager for the listing.

Wong Kai Yi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 01, 2017, with the headline 'Japanese restaurant group RE&S seeks to list on Catalist'. Print Edition | Subscribe