ThaiBev Files For Blockbuster IPO

Bangkok-based Thai Beverage, known as ThaiBev, has said it wants to list its regional beer business, in what is expected to be one of the largest IPOs on the Singapore Exchange in about decade.

In a statement filed with the exchange last Friday, the regional beverage company said that it had received a no-objection letter to the proposed spinoff from the exchange.

ThaiBev intends to create a separate company, called BeerCo, and then list about 20% of the new company. The IPO has been reportedly valued at $2 billion, which would make it the largest listing by value in eight years.

ThaiBev said the Singapore listing would allow BeerCo to raise its own funding and pursue its own business plans. No target date was given for spinoff by the company.

Last month media reports had said the IPO was planned for the first half of the year, or possibly the second half. A spokesperson for ThaiBev declined to comment beyond what was already disclosed in the Friday statement.

ThaiBev is controlled by Thai tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, who ranks No. 150 on the World’s Billionaires list with a real-time net worth of $14.1 billion.

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