Ezion Holdings sells shares worth $155 mln to Hong Leong units

SINGAPORE, April 16 Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:19am EDT

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SINGAPORE, April 16 (Reuters) - Singapore-listed Ezion Holdings Ltd, which supplies support vessels for offshore oil fields, said it plans to sell shares to two firms in Malaysia's Hong Leong Group, raising $155 million to help expand its fleet.

The capital raising follows news this month of an up to $380 million planned IPO in Singapore by PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH), an operator of maritime support vessels controlled by Malaysia's richest man Robert Kuok.

Ezion issued 100 new million shares at $1.94 per share, an 8.9 percent discount to Tuesday's closing price.

Asia Fountain Investment Company Limited and GuoLine Capital Limited, both subsidiaries of Hong Leong Company (Malaysia) Berhad, each subscribed to 50 million shares. Hong Leong Company (Malaysia) Berhad is the holding company of Hong Leong Financial Group Bhd.

Each unit will hold approximately 3.8 percent of the enlarged share capital of the company.

Ezion plans to use 70-90 percent of the net proceeds on the acquisition of offshore and marine assets, and the rest on general working capital. The company's net non-current assets rose 84 percent in 2013, after nearly tripling in the previous year.

Ezion shares were flat at S$2.13 after the announcement.

($1 = 1.2522 Singapore Dollars) (Reporting by Rujun Shen; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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