Last night, IOI Corp explained in detail on why they are pulling out from the deal to buy the plantation land from Dutaland.
I find it very unacceptable how IOI is handing this whole saga.
Their first announcement made on 25 Oct 2011:
- Reference is made to the Company’s announcement on 28 July 2011 pertaining to the sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") entered into between Sri Mayvin Plantation Sdn Bhd ("Sri Mayvin"), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company with Pertama Land & Development Sdn Bhd (“Pertama Land”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Duta Plantations Sdn Bhd, which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dutaland Berhad ("DutaLand") to acquire 11,977.91 hectares (or equivalent to 29,597.42 acres) of oil palm plantation land ("Plantation Land"), for a total cash consideration of RM830 million ("Proposed Acquisition").
The Company wishes to announce that Sri Mayvin had on 25 October 2011 issued a notice to Pertama Land to terminate the SPA due to non-compliance of certain terms and conditions which had been communicated to Pertama Land. Under the provision of the SPA the rights and obligations of the parties shall lapse and be of no further effect from the date of termination notice, save and except that OSK Trustees Berhad, being the stakeholder shall within a period of seven (7) days from the notice of termination refund to Sri Mayvin the deposit of RM83 million which is equivalent to 10% of the purchase consideration and interest accrued thereon.
They terminated the S&P to purchase the land because "non-compliance of certain terms and conditions".
This is a 830 million ringgit transaction that they are terminating and at stake is a 83 million ringgit deposit paid.
The lack of detail was utterly disappointing. Surely, as one of Malaysian leading corporates, IOI Corp, could have shown the decency and respect to the investing public by explaining in detail what exactly was happening.
Now given what happened three years when IOI Corp forfeited 73 million ringgit when they pulled out of a deal to buy Menara Citibank, IOI Corp should have realised that it's absolutely crucial that they explain in full detail to the market what exactly was happening.
But no, they decided not to.
Was it an act of arrogance? I dunno...
Last night, 27 Oct 2011, IOI made another announcement. I was shocked at IOI Corp's inefficiency. Why can't they just announce it on the 25th? Why the need to make another separate announcement? Gosh! I just find it so unacceptable. Why the utter lacking in professionalism?
Anyway, this is what they said.
- We refer to the Company’s announcement dated 25 October 2011 pertaining to the termination of sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") entered into between Sri Mayvin Plantation Sdn Bhd (“Sri Mayvin”) and Pertama Land & Development Sdn Bhd (“Pertama Land”) for the Proposed Acquisition.
The Company wishes to announce that Sri Mayvin has communicated incidences of non-compliance/ breach of the SPA to Pertama Land vide letters dated 4 October 2011, 20 October 2011 and 21 October 2011. In summary, the incidences of non-compliance/ breach by Pertama Land of the terms and conditions of the SPA may be, among others, categorised as follows:
1. Adherence to the obligation for the continued upkeeping/ maintenance of the properties in accordance with accepted agronomic practices;
2. Discrepancies in the particulars relating to the properties; and
3. Integrity of the title of Pertama Land in relation to one of the properties.
Are these three reasoning valid for IOI to pull out for the deal?
And at a stake, a 83 million ringgit deposit. Huge money at stake here!
On Business Times today, IOI Corp was featured again.
- IOI maintains stand on deal turned sour
By June Ramlee Published: 2011/10/28
KUALA LUMPUR: IOI Corp Bhd, which stands to lose an RM83 million deposit to Dutaland Bhd from a deal turned sour, yesterday insisted that the latter had breached their sale and purchase agreement (SPA).
Dutaland, however, maintained that it had not acted in breach of the SPA relating to a piece of plantation land.
IOI previously announced that it had terminated the SPA to buy 11,977.91ha of oil palm plantation land in Sabah from Dutaland for RM830 million.
IOI then said the cancellation was "due to non-compliance of certain terms and conditions".
On July 28 this year, IOI's unit Sri Mayvin Plantation Sdn Bhd had signed the deal with Dutaland's unit Pertama Land and Development Sdn Bhd.
Yesterday in a filing to Bursa Malaysia, IOI maintained that Dutaland, among others, had failed to continue upkeeping and maintaining the properties. It also claimed that there were discrepancies in the particulars relating to the properties, and that Sri Mayvin had communicated the alleged breaches to Pertama Land.
Dutaland, in its latest filing to the stock exchange, said Pertama Land had consistently maintained that it was not in breach of the SPA as alleged.
There had also "been non-compliance on the part of Pertama Land under the SPA as alleged or at all by Sri Mayvin", it added.
Meanwhile, analysts said there will be a minimal impact on IOI's overall earnings if it loses its RM83 million deposit from the deal inked with Dutaland Bhd a few months ago. This is because IOI is a cash-rich company with profits of close to RM2 billion to RM3 billion a year.
Losing the RM83 million deposit on that deal would not make a big difference as the potential loss will only lower its earnings by three to four per cent, said several analysts when contacted by the Business Times yesterday.
"It's too early to say (if the deposit will not be returned) but if they can prove that it is non-compliance, then they should be able to get their money back.
"But if they lose their deposit, then there would be minimal impact on the company as it makes RM2 billion in profits in a year, so it won't hurt much," said one analyst.
It will not be the first time IOI will lose its deposit. In 2008, the company had forfeited its deposit of RM73.4 million after it walked away from buying Menara Citibank.
Analysts, however, said the Citibank and the Dutaland deals cannot be equated, given that the company had decided to walk away from the former deal.
Dutaland earlier said it was seeking legal advice and had notified OSK Trustees Bhd not to remit to Sri Mayvin the deposit of RM83 million being the 10 per cent deposit paid by Sri Mayvin under the SPA and any interest accrued.
- Losing the RM83 million deposit on that deal would not make a big difference as the potential loss will only lower its earnings by three to four per cent, said several analysts when contacted by the Business Times yesterday.
- "But if they lose their deposit, then there would be minimal impact on the company as it makes RM2 billion in profits in a year, so it won't hurt much,"
How could these analysts take the 83 million and compare it against what IOI Corp is making as whole? Yeah, IOI Corp could be making rm 2 billion a year but goodness me, 83 million ringgit is 83 million ringgit is 83 million ringgit. This is money way beyond most of us Malaysians.
Well, what if everyone starts having such an attitude and mindset such as 'hey we make 2 billion a year, it's ok to blow away 83 million... it's just a bloody spit in the ocean....' ?
Is that acceptable behavior?
No, that's not for me. Not in a million years.
But then ... looking at recent losses from IOI Corp - the 300 million forex losses, the 73 million forfeited deposit and now this.... you begin to wonder.....
And last but not least...
- Analysts, however, said the Citibank and the Dutaland deals cannot be equated, given that the company had decided to walk away from the former deal.
How could it not be equated?
Tell me.... sigh.
In the Citibank debacle, IOI Corp pulled out 3 months after signing and the S&P. For this Dutaland purchase, IOI is again pulling out 3 months after signing the S&P.... how are they not the same?
Two of the reasons given last night by IOI...
- 2. Discrepancies in the particulars relating to the properties; and
3. Integrity of the title of Pertama Land in relation to one of the properties.
Hey, it's a 830 million deal... surely you want to examine everything in full detail... before you sign, yes? Why sign and paid the deposit only to now claim discrepancies and integrity? Why risk losing the deposit paid? Is 83 million ringgit small change?
Now? It looks like the fate of the 83 million ringgit lies in the hands of the court.
On Star Biz: IOI, Dutaland in war of words over termination of RM830mil deal