* IPO expected in the second quarter of 2015
(Add Deutsche Bank and background)
By Saeed Azhar and Yantoultra Ngui
SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR Aug 12 Malaysian
plantations-to-motoring group Sime Darby has hired
four banks to arrange a stock market listing for its autos
business that could raise $500 million by the second quarter of
next year, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
CIMB Investment Bank, Deutsche Bank, Maybank
Investment Bank and Morgan Stanley are working on the
initial public offering (IPO), the sources said.
"The deal could be bigger, it depends on the valuation at
that point of time," one of the sources said.
Sime Darby, the world's top palm oil planter by landbank
size, had invited banks to pitch for the IPO mandate last month.
The autos division has a presence in six countries including
China and Australia, distributing mostly high-end marques
including the likes of Jaguar and Ferrari, and accounted for
nearly 37 percent of group revenue in the financial year to June
Shares of Sime Darby ended 0.21 percent lower at 9.49
ringgit on Tuesday, giving the conglomerate a market
capitalisation of about $18 billion.
(Reporting By Saeed Azhar and Yantoultra Ngui; Editing by
Muralikumar Anantharaman and David Goodman)