Malaysian premium grocery brand Village Grocer has acquired competitor BIG in a bolt-on acquisition, which also sees Navis Capital consolidating its interest in the grocery space.
By Juliet Shwe Gaung
Pacific Equity Partners and Adamantem Capital were also in the race.
As the PE market in SEA emerges from a bout of volatility, Navis Capital Partners expects to maintain a consistent investment size in 2016 at last year’s $500m mark, keeping an eye on consumer and healthcare sectors.
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Total sale of WorldMark’s domestic and international operations realised over $300 million, said Navis, adding that key senior management have retained equity in the business and the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter this year.
Ekuinas’ total investment of RM39.9 million translated into an effective 25 per cent equity in a joint special purpose vehicle that controls 80 per cent of ACG. The divestment generated gross proceeds of RM61.8 million with a minimum IRR of 9 per cent and money multiple of 1.55 times of capital invested.
The move follows major global retailer expressing interested in buying the owner of smart casual brands like Tarocash, yd and Connor earlier this year, alongside another strategic suitor.
This comes right after announcing another healthcare deal, in which Navis invested into Indonesian medical device distributor PT Tawada Healthcare.
Tawada has served an increasing number of international, blue chip healthcare equipment manufacturers since 1999, which include Carestream, Siemens, Drager and Samsung.
Other investors who joined the round include Singapore-based lifestyle and healthcare investment holding company Symphony International Holdings Limited, and Chanintr Living, a Thai-based furniture retailer.