Singapore-listed Synagie has entered into an agreement to sell its e-commerce and logistics businesses to Synagistics, a consortium led by Meranti ASEAN Growth Fund, for S$61.7 million ($44.9 million).
The consortium includes Alibaba Singapore Holding, Synagie co-founders Clement Lee Shieh-Peen, Zanetta Lee Yue and Tai Ho Yan, as well as Metadrome, which is Synagie’s guarantor, the company said in a filing to SGX on Wednesday.
Clement Lee is the sole owner of Metadrome, Synagie’s controlling shareholder, with a 23.3 per cent direct stake, the statement said. Meranti ASEAN Growth Fund, a $200 million fund for growth-stage startups in Southeast Asia, is managed by Gobi Partners, which has more than $1.1 billion in assets under management, the statement said.
Because the acquisition would be considered an “interested person” deal, Synagie will be required to hold an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to obtain their approval.
The acquisition price is a premium to Synagie’s net asset value for the units of around a negative S$14.1 million as of end-2019, with a net loss before tax of S$8.49 million for 2019, the statement said.
Synagie said it will distribute the divestment proceeds to shareholders via a special dividend.
If the proposed deal is completed, Synagie will continue to own its insurance tech business and will change its name, the statement said.
In 2019, Synagie launched Kiasu.me, a mobile app offering lifestyle insurance policies, such as for personal gadgets and cyber risks.
On Wednesday, Synagie said it expected to report a profit for the first half of 2020 on account of a surge in sales of COVID-19 related products, such as masks and sanitizers, and increased e-commerce sales due to stay-at-home measures.
RHT Capital has been appointed financial advisor to Synagie, while Cushman & Wakefield VHS has been tapped to provide an independent valuation of the e-commerce business, the statement said.