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Malaysia’s Khazanah Said to Plan $400 Million IPO of Theme Parks

June 13, 2013

Malaysia’s Khazanah Said to Plan $400 Million IPO of Theme Parks

A builder makes final adjustments to a Lego display of Albert Einstein at Legoland Malaysia, operated by Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn., in Kota Iskandar, Johor, Malaysia. Photographer: Rahman Roslan/Bloomberg

Khazanah Nasional Bhd., Malaysia’s state investment company, plans to raise as much as $400 million in an initial public offering of its theme park business, said two people with knowledge of the matter.

Khazanah is working with Malayan Banking Bhd. (MAY) and Bank of America Corp. on the share sale of Themed Attractions and Resorts Bhd., the people said, asking not to be named as the process is private. The Kuala Lumpur IPO may raise $300 million to $400 million as early as this year, they said.

Themed Attractions and Resorts, led by managing director Ahmad Burhanuddin, owns resorts including KidZania, Legoland Malaysia and Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park, which houses the first Sanrio Hello Kitty Town outside Japan.

Khazanah, wholly owned by the Malaysian government, plans to sell more domestic assets while expanding overseas, managing director Azman Mokhtar said in March.

Asuki Abas, a spokesman for Khazanah, declined to comment on the IPO plan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joyce Koh in Singapore at jkoh38@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Philip Lagerkranser at lagerkranser@bloomberg.net


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