CMS to dispose of 2% equity in quarry, construction businesses to SEDC

Chin (third right) exchanging the documents with Abdul Hadi, witnessed by Isaac (second right) and others.

KUCHING, Aug 29: Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) has announced that it had entered into Shares Sale Agreements with its long-time joint venture partner, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), for the proposed disposal of 2 per cent equity interest in Group subsidiaries, CMS Resources Sdn Bhd (CMSR) and PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd (PPESW) for a total cash consideration of RM17.5 million.

The transaction will effectively lower CMS’ stake in each of these two subsidiaries to 49 per cent, while SEDC will have a 51 per cent controlling stake in both these companies.

The parties target to complete the transaction by end of the year.
CMS Group managing director Dato Isaac Lugun pointed out that it was a known fact that the quarry and construction industries were primarily driven by the government, especially licencing and roll-out of mega projects.

“At the same time, the government relies on those companies with the necessary expertise to drive growth and development in these areas.

“It is therefore imperative that both CMS and SEDC, for our mutual benefit, continue to strengthen our collaboration and find new ways to create additional value for both parties and the people of Sarawak,” he said of the exercise in a media release issued yesterday (Aug 28).

He emphasised that this exercise will be a positive step towards cementing the CMS’ ongoing strategic collaboration with the state.

“Furthermore, it also places CMS on a stronger footing to capture business opportunities particularly at the time when several mega infrastructure projects are underway or in the pipeline.

“The transaction cements the marriage of strength and a realignment of our business strategy moving forward,” he added.

Issac said that SEDC has the necessary platform while CMS possessed industry knowledge and a healthy balance sheet, which elements constitute a strong rationale for the disposal.

“We look forward to continuing our long and fruitful relationship with SEDC,” he said of the two parties long-standing collaboration over the last 27 years.

This successful long-standing private-public partnership, he continued, has brought about much economic progress for Sarawak particularly in terms of the state’s infrastructural development.

“The transaction is a step in the right direction given the new role that the state government has entrusted on SEDC to play a more direct and catalytic role in the economic development of Sarawak including the change in quarry licencing policy requiring SEDC to have a stake in all quarries in the state.

“Importantly, SEDC has assumed the mantle of the state government’s partner in the economic development of Sarawak,” he highlighted.

Pursuant to the transaction, Issac informed that all of CMSR’s quarry-related operations and PPESW’s construction operations, including its road construction activities, will come under the direct control of SEDC.

CMS, however, will continue to manage CMSR’s and PPESW’s day-to-day operations until such a time when SEDC may introduce changes to align the management of the two companies with the management of the SEDC group.

The brief ceremony of the exchange of documents were attended by SEDC chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Dato Hussain, its general manager Abdul Hadi Datuk Abdul Kadir and deputy general manager Rakayah Ham as well as CMS chief operating officer (COO) Shaun Mok and its director Peter Chin Mui Khiong. —DayakDaily