Date
17 November 2017
Duet said its board is considering CKI's unsolicited offer of A$3 per share in cash. Photo: Duet
Duet said its board is considering CKI's unsolicited offer of A$3 per share in cash. Photo: Duet

CKI makes US$5.4 bln bid for Australian energy group Duet

Hong Kong-listed Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd. (01038.HK) has made a A$7.3 billion (US$5.44 billion) bid for Australian energy infrastructure owner Duet Group, Duet said on Monday.

Duet said it has received an “an unsolicited, indicative, incomplete, non-binding and conditional proposal”, offering A$3 per share in cash, Reuters reports.

The offer represents a 27.7 percent premium to Duet’s Friday closing price of A$2.35.

Duet said its board is considering the proposal, and advised shareholders to “take no action as there is currently no certainty the proposal will proceed further”.

The offer comes after CKI’s bid for Australian electricity grid Ausgrid was rejected in August by the country’s Foreign Investment Review Board.

FIRB must also approve CKI’s takeover of Duet for it to succeed and the deal is subject to the approval of Duet shareholders.

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