Wednesday, 2 May 2012

MAS- AirAsia share swap scrapped

KUALA LUMPUR (May 2): The RM1.1 billion share-swap deal involving beleaguered MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM BHD [] (MAS) and AIRASIA BHD [] has been called off, according to filings to Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd on Wednesday.

Shares in both MAS and AirAsia were suspended from trading on Wednesday ahead of the announcement.

In separate announcements, the two airlines said they had entered into a Supplemental Agreement to vary the terms and scope of the original collaboration agreement inked last August.

The share-swap last August saw AirAsia’s Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and his partner Datuk Kamarudin Meranun taking up a 20.5% interest in MAS and two board positions, in exchange for Khazanah owning a 10% stake in the regional budget airline.

The airlines said on Wednesday that pursuant to the Supplemental Agreement, they had separately entered into memorandums of understanding (MoU) in respect of firstly, to jointly explore the setting up of the joint-venture company by MAS, AirAsia and AAX to provide aircraft component maintenance support and repair services.

Secondly, the MoU was to establish the broad set of business principles for the establishment of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) by MAS, AirAsia and AAX to improve value for money and increase competitiveness and benefits to customers through procurement synergies by outsourcing to the SPV the procurement processes for identified goods and services in agreed categories.

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