November 6, 2015
SINGAPORE (AFP) - Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Friday announced a full takeover bid for its struggling budget carrier subsidiary Tigerair and vowed to redevelop it as an integral part of the group's portfolio.
SIA currently owns 55.8 percent of Tigerair and the "voluntary conditional general offer" is for the shares it does not already own valued at around Sg$453 million ($322 million).
The airline said it intends to delist the budget carrier from the stock market.
"SIA's objective for the offer is to derive enhanced commercial and operational synergies through a full integration of Tiger Airways into the SIA Group," the airline said in a statement.
"SIA believes the Offer will benefit shareholders of both Tiger Airways and SIA."
The airline is offering Tiger shareholders a price of Sg$0.41 per share in cash and an option to subscribe for SIA shares at Sg$11.1043.
SIA shares closed at Sg$11.15 apiece on Thursday before the carrier announced that its second quarter net profit more than doubled.
Tiger shares closed at Sg$0.31 on Thursday, meaning SIA's offer price carries a 32 percent premium over that.
SIA said its offer will be funded from its "internal cash resources".
The airline on Thursday said its net profit in the three months to September soared 135 percent to Sg$213.6 million from the previous year, boosted by higher dividends from long-term investments and the absence of share loss from associated companies after it classified Tiger as a subsidiary.