UMW to raise 2.36 bln rgt in Malaysia's biggest IPO this year

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:41am EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (Reuters) - Malaysian conglomerate UMW Holdings Bhd will spin off its oil and gas unit to raise 2.36 billion ringgit ($740 million), the company said on Tuesday, in what would the country's largest initial public offering this year.

UMW Oil & Gas Corp, which provides offshore, drilling and oilfield services, has been working on the listing since 2007.

The company said in a stock exchange filing it may sell as many as 843.2 million shares, or 39 percent of its enlarged share capital, at an indicative price of 2.80 ringgit each.

The IPO will be Malaysia's largest this year after independent power producer Malakoff Bhd said in May it was delaying its debut until next year.

UMW Holdings could take 647.9 million ringgit of the IPO proceeds to pay debt and finance capital expenditure while UMW Oil & Gas is expected to receive up to 1.7 billion to buy rigs, clear debts and pay listing expenses.

The listing comes amid a pick-up in IPOs and secondary share offerings due to an easing in political uncertainty in Malaysia after a general elections in May.

Long-haul carrier AirAsia X Bhd raised $310 million in a muted IPO last Wednesday.

Energy and water firm Ranhill Energy and Resources Bhd raised $237 million and is expected to list on the Bursa main market on July 31. ($1 = 3.1905 Malaysian ringgit) (Editing by David Cowell)

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