* Closing date for submissions on Jan 27 - source
* IPO may match IHH Healthcare's $2 bln IPO in 2012
* Malaysia set for record IPO year in 2014
(Adds details On IPO market, background on 1MDB)
By S.Anuradha and Yantoultra Ngui
Jan 15 State investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd
(1MDB) has invited investment banks to pitch for advisory roles
for an up to $2 billion IPO of its power assets, the country's
biggest listing in nearly two years, sources said on Wednesday.
The IPO is expected to include 15 power plants in Malaysia,
South Asia and the Middle East, sources with direct knowledge of
the matter told Reuters. They declined to be identified as the
process is private.
Banks received the request for proposals this week with the
closing date for submissions scheduled for Jan 27, one of the
News of the invitation comes as Malaysia's equity markets
kicked off a potentially record year for IPOs with property
developer IOI Properties jumping 42 percent in its
debut on Wednesday.
With a deal size of up to $2 billion, 1MDB's energy IPO
would be as big as IHH Healthcare that listed on July
The 1MDB IPO will include power plants that 1MDB acquired in
a two-year shopping spree from gaming-to-plantations
conglomerate Genting Bhd, Malaysia's second-richest
man, Ananda Krishnan, and the royal family in central Negri
The sovereign wealth fund, chaired by Prime Minister Najib
Razak, has attracted controversy for taking on $6.5 billion of
debt to fund its purchases of power plants and a joint venture
with Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments PJS.
The bond offerings, managed by Goldman Sachs, were launched
with few public details and included massive fees for the Wall
Street bank, according to Thomson Reuters publication IFR.
Officials at 1MDB, which is controlled by Malaysia's finance
ministry and has sizable holdings in real estate and tourism,
did not respond to requests for comment.
(Additional reporting by Saeed Azhar; Writing by Niluksi
Koswanage; Editing by Matt Driskill)