November 27, 2012 / 1:25 AM / 5 years ago

Singapore's WBL halts shares after Straits Trading takes stake

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SINGAPORE, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Singapore conglomerate WBL Corp Ltd said on Tuesday it has requested a trading halt in its shares pending the release of an announcement, after news of a possible offer for the company.

Straits Trading Co said on Monday it will buy a total of 64 million WBL shares from investment managers Aberdeen Asset and Third Avenue Management LLC in return for new Straits Trading shares, in a deal valued at around S$248 million.

Following the transaction, Straits Trading will become WBL's largest shareholder with a 44.6 percent stake, and will make a general offer for WBL shares it doesn't own by paying WBL holders S$3.41 in cash or 1.07 Straits Trading shares.

WBL, which has businesses in technology, property and automotive, rose 4.3 percent to S$3.64 in early trade before the shares were halted. (Reporting by Charmian Kok)

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