KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 Malaysia's Icon Offshore
Bhd, whose ships offer support services for oil
platforms, soared 15 percent in its first day of trade after
raising 945 million ringgit ($295 million) in an initial public
Icon, 88 percent held by Ekuiti Nasional (Ekuinas), a
government-owned private equity fund, is the country's largest
pure-play offshore service vessel provider. It has 32 ships and
14 percent of the domestic market.
The stock was trading at 2.13 ringgit on Wednesday morning ,
compared with its IPO price of 1.85 ringgit. At one point, it
rose as high as 2.19 ringgit. The broader market
declined 0.1 percent.
The IPO funds will be used to expand its fleet - which is
relatively young with the average age of its vesssels at 5
years, and to repay debt.
BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and Maybank Investment Bank were
joint global co-ordinators of the IPO.
($1 = 3.2170 Malaysian Ringgit)
(Reporting by Yantoultra Ngui; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)