Tee partners two parties to buy waste management provider

Mainboard-listed Tee International, Catalist-listed Advancer Global and a financial investor are acquiring privately held waste management provider Chiang Kiong Environmental for $18.5 million.

The amount will be paid by the shareholders of the joint-venture vehicle in proportion to their shareholding.

The proposed acquisition is expected to be completed by Dec 29, they said in an exchange filing yesterday.

Tee, an engineering real estate and infrastructure group, will hold a majority stake of 50.1 per cent in the joint venture through its wholly owned subsidiary, Tee Infrastructure.

Advancer Global, an integrated workforce solutions and services provider, will hold a 20.1 per cent stake through its wholly owned subsidiary, Advancer Global Facility, while the independent third-party financial investor, which is a business associate of Tee, will hold the remaining 29.8 per cent.

The proposed acquisition will also see the joint venture acquire Chiang Kiong subsidiaries Chiang Kiong Resources (Paper) and Envotek Engineering.

"We are excited with our participation in this strategic acquisition as it marks our inaugural collaboration with Tee Group," said Advancer Global chief executive officer and executive director Gary Chin, adding that the move propels Advancer Global into waste management, a natural integration to its existing cleaning and stewarding services segment.

Tee will hold a majority stake of 50.1 per cent in the joint venture through its wholly owned subsidiary, Tee Infrastructure. Advancer Global will hold a 20.1 per cent stake through its wholly owned subsidiary, Advancer Global Facility, while the independent third-party financial investor, which is a business associate of Tee, will hold the remaining 29.8 per cent.

Mr Edwin Neo, Tee's head of infrastructure, said: "We are elated to have Advancer Global Group partake of this joint venture to cement our strategic alliance. This acquisition complements Tee Infrastructure's business strategy of building capabilities within the water, power and environmental value chain.

"We firmly believe that both Tee and Advancer Global will be able to value-add to Chiang Kiong Group, in turn growing and expanding its business in the industrial and commercial environmental service space."

Tee and Advancer Global will keep shareholders updated on the progress and completion of the proposed acquisition.

Tee shares finished 0.1 cent, or 0.5 per cent, lower at 19.9 cents. Advancer Global shares last traded at 30.5 cents last Friday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2017, with the headline 'Tee partners two parties to buy waste management provider'. Print Edition | Subscribe