Oct 10, 2011

Glencore, suitor for Bumi Plc?

The largest commodities trader in the world, Glencore International Plc, is considering an opportunity to acquire a minority stake in London-based Bumi Plc, which has access to nearly 80 million tons of coal production currently controlled by Bakrie family.
PT Bakrie & Brothers, that owns 47% stake in Bumi Plc, breached two conditions in a US$1.35 billion loan agreement obtained from Credit Suiise AG and a group of lenders. 
As a result, Bakrie & Brothers, as quoted by Bisnis Indonesia today, is in a default position. However, Bakrie management has confirmed that the company is not in such position. The company is considering to restructure or pay the loan facility of US$597 million that will mature in March 2012. 
An analyst at Liberum Capital Ltd said the potential sale of Bumi Plc has drawn interest from several investors. "Glencore is the closest suitor, regarding to the relations with Bakrie Group.

Disclosure: No position at the stock mentioned above.

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