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United Test and Assembly Centre (UTAC)
16-06-2011, 05:11 AM,
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United Test and Assembly Centre (UTAC)
Business Times - 16 Jun 2011

UTAC to seek SGX relisting in $500m IPO

(SINGAPORE) Microchip tester United Test Assembly Center (UTAC), which was taken over by buyout firms TPG and Affinity Equity Partners in 2007, is seeking to relist in Singapore in an IPO worth about $500 million, two sources said yesterday.

UTAC is seeking a listing on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in the third quarter, and has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, UBS and United Overseas Bank as the joint book runners, said one of the sources close to the deal.

'It is still in the pre-marketing stages, nothing has been firmed up but it is targeting to list in the third quarter,' another source told Reuters.

UTAC was taken over by Global A&T Electronics Ltd, a vehicle owned by Affinity and TPG, in a US$1.4 billion leveraged buyout just around the time when the credit crisis began.

TPG and Affinity will not sell any of their stakes in UTAC, but their stakes will be diluted after the share offering, a source said. New shares will be offered in the IPO, other sources said.

UTAC plans to use the funds raised to retire debt and undertake potential acquisitions in the future. Banking sources have previously said that the debt is around US$1 billion.

The company, which tests semiconductor chips used in tablet PCs and smartphones, could benefit from booming demand for the consumer electronic devices made popular by Apple's iPhone and iPad.

Singapore-based UTAC employs over 13,000 people, and has operations in the city-state, China, Taiwan and Thailand.

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