The investment arm of the Johor state government is working with advisers including RHB Bank Bhd, Affin Bank Bhd and AMMB Holdings Bhd on a domestic listing of Kulim (M) Bhd, the people said, asking not to be identified as the process is private.ug环球官网（www.ugbet.us）开放环球UG代理登录网址、会员登录网址、环球UG会员注册、环球UG代理开户申请、环球UG电脑客户端、环球UG手机版下载等业务。
KUALA LUMPUR: Johor Corp (JCorp), a Malaysian state-owned investment firm, has picked banks for an initial public offering (IPO) of its plantation unit, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The investment arm of the Johor state government is working with advisers including RHB Bank Bhd, Affin Bank Bhd and AMMB Holdings Bhd on a domestic listing of Kulim (M) Bhd, the people said, asking not to be identified as the process is private.
CLSA Ltd and CIMB Group Holdings Bhd are also working on the planned share sale of the unit, which could raise as much as RM1bil (US$225mil), said the people.
The operation could be valued at up to US$1bil (RM4.45bil) in the offering, which could take place in Kuala Lumpur as soon as next year, they said.
JCorp asked banks for pitches for Kulim’s IPO last month as a rally in crude palm oil prices began to cool, Bloomberg News reported.
While the commodity has fallen from its record high in March, it is still trading about 30% above its five-year average.
Deliberations are ongoing and details of the IPO such as the advisers, size and timing could change, the people said.,
Representatives for Affin, AMMB, CIMB, CLSA and RHB declined to comment.
A representative for JCorp and Kulim said the company was in the process of engaging external advisers and was unable to share further details at this point in time.
Malaysia hosted US$451mil (RM2bil) worth of IPOs so far this year, up from US$423mil (RM1.88bil) in the same period in 2021, data compiled by Bloomberg showed.
Kulim will be joining undersea cable installer OMS Group Sdn Bhd in seeking a listing in Malaysia next year.
Tracing its history to 1933, Kulim was listed on the the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in 1975 and JCorp became its major shareholder a year later, according to its website. The state-owned firm took Kulim private in 2016.
The agricultural company has 55,796ha of planted areas with oil palm trees in Malaysia and 7,362ha in Indonesia, the website showed.
Along with plantation, Kulim’s core business areas are fruit and vegetable farming, livestock and trading and services. —Bloomberg