SINGAPORE Jan 3 A group led by Singapore
property firm Overseas Union Enterprise Ltd extended
its S$13.1 billion ($10.7 billion) offer for Fraser and Neave
Ltd (F&N) to Jan. 14, prolonging its battle with Thai
billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi.
On Wednesday, Charoen's group extended his $7.2 billion
offer to take over F&N, a Singapore property and drinks
conglomerate, for the fifth time until Jan. 10.
Charoen owns a combined 34 percent of F&N through Thai
Beverage PCL and TCC Assets Ltd, and is trying to
increase his stake in F&N to more than 50 percent to foil the
Overseas Union group's counterbid.
The Overseas Union consortium made a S$9.08 per share
counterbid for F&N in November, higher than the Thais' S$8.88
offer in September to acquire F&N shares they did not already
F&N shares have been trading above both offer prices with
the market expecting a higher offer. The stock was down 0.21
percent at S$9.65 in late afternoon trade on Thursday.
($1 = 1.2204 Singapore dollars)
(Reporting by Eveline Danubrata)