Kenya:Car dealer Marshalls moves to delist from NSE

Marshalls East Africa is set to delist from the Nairobi Securities Exchange #ticker:NSE (NSE) following years of recording losses as Global Limited, which owns 13.9 per cent of the auto dealer, offers to buy out fellow minority shareholders at a premium.

The loss-making car dealer, which once held an exclusive dealership contract for iconic French brand Peugeot, says the delisting is meant to help it “reposition the business to face these (financial) challenges.”

The firm’s top shareholder Global Limited says it is willing to voluntarily buy out minority investors who do not wish to remain in a delisted firm, offering to buy each share from them at Sh10.75.

The buyout, which is being spearheaded by Dyer & Blair, will open on May 10 and close on June 7, but is subject to shareholders’ approval at the company’s annual general meeting slated for May 8.

“The Company recognises that it has a diverse shareholder base and that not all will want to be part of a delisted company,” the auto dealer said in a shareholders’ circular, adding that the proposed delisting date is June 19.

“Global Limited has offered to buy out any minority investor who does not want to remain in an unlisted company. Sh10.75 represents a 25 per cent premium to the six month volume weighted average price of Sh 8.58 as at March 30,” it added.

Connected to Pattni, Somaia

14 shareholders, who collectively own 83.14 per cent of the company, have however pledged to remain as Marshalls investors even after its delisting from the Nairobi bourse.

Marshalls, a company associated with businessmen Kamlesh Pattni and Ketan Somaia, currently stocks KIA vehicles.

The firm, which lost the Peugeot’s local franchise contract in 2007, says the deteriorating business environment is due to the “influx of second hand cars and increased competition.”

Marshalls also lost Tata as a client, compounding its dwindling fortunes.

In the year to March 2016, the firm posted a net loss of Sh17.4 million, a deterioration from the previous year’s Sh20.4 million. During the period, revenues dipped by 22.8 per cent to Sh81.24 million.

“The delisting will provide the company with the flexibility and time to restructure its business without prejudicing shareholders. The delisting will also reduce expenses related to maintaining a listing on the NSE,” Marshalls said.

Credit: Business Daily

Published on 11 April 2017 | 4:02 pm at Source