Malaysia’s MP Tech buys 10% of cement maker Hongkew; in JV to build plant

Malaysia’s MP Tech buys 10% of cement maker Hongkew; in JV to build plant
Published: 09 December 2004


Plastic products maker MP Technology Resources Bhd said it has agreed to buy a 10 pct stake in Hongkew Holdings Sdn Bhd for 20m rgt cash and also team up with the unit to build jointly a cement  plant in Gua Musang in Kelantan state.        

Hongkew is the owner of the 35 per cent completed cement plant.  

In a statement, MP said the company and Hongkew will form a 40:60 joint  venture firm, to be called SG Eastern Holdings Sdn Bhd (SGEH), to develop and  run the plant.        

At the same time, the partners will also assist SGEH to secure necessary  funds for the revival of the cement project in Gua Musang.        

Under the agreement, Hongkew will grant exclusive development rights to  SGEH to develop, operate and manage the cement plant, as well as the usage of  its lands for 50 mln rgt.        

The 50m rgt will be settled through an issue of 50m redeemable  preference shares of 1.00 each rgt in SGEH for the first 15 years of  operation of the cement plant. The redeemable preference shares will be subordinated to the project loan  to be raised for the construction of the incomplete 65 pct of the cement  plant, which includes the building structure and equipment for two production  lines.         

MP said the construction of the cement plant is expected to commence some  time in March and will take 30 months to complete, inclusive of the six  months trial run period.         

The company said the transactions marks its first foray into the  lucrative cement industry and is expected to provide it with an expanded  earnings base in the future.       

 "The return of investment from the proposals is virtually assured with  the guaranteed sales of at least 900,000 metric tonnes of cement per the  off-take agreements between Hongkew and YTL Cement," it said.         

MP said the proposals will also allow the company, via its joint venture,  to extract other mineral deposits from the said land and venture into the  manufacturing for export market of construction-related materials, such as  clinkers, pre-cast concrete piles, marble tiles and wall plasters.