M1 shares rise again as shareholders explore sale
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s smallest publicly traded telecommunications company M1 Ltd rose for a second day after its major shareholders said Friday they were undertaking a strategic review on their investments in the phone operator.
Shares of rival StarHub Ltd and the M1 owners also rose.
Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd, Axiata Group Bhd and Singapore Press Holdings Ltd were exploring options, including a sale of M1, as the city state gears up for a new entrant into the wireless market, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
M1 shares rose 0.9 per cent to S$2.21 (RM7) as of 12.40pm, on almost five times its three-month daily average volume. The stock jumped 7.9 per cent on Friday. The operator has slumped 21 per cent from a peak in July last year after it reported a drop in profit.
Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation climbed 2.9 per cent, while Malaysian wireless carrier, Axiata, the biggest M1 shareholder with a 28.5 per cent stake, added 1.6 per cent on the Kuala Lumpur bourse and Singapore Press Holdings rose 0.6 per cent.
The potential sale of M1 comes as the city state prepares for the roll-out of a fourth mobile operator with TPG Telecom Ltd. due to begin wireless services in the coming months.
The regulator has said it wants to introduce more competition in the city state to bring down phone bills and improve services.
“There is no assurance that any transaction will materialise from such strategic review or that any definitive or binding agreement will be reached,” said Singapore Press Holdings in a filing to the Singapore Exchange on Friday.
Axiata also released a similar statement to the Bursa Malaysia exchange.
The three major M1 owners have jointly appointed Morgan Stanley Asia (Singapore) Pte Ltd as their financial adviser in the review. Bloomberg