United Envirotech Announces US$40 Million Follow-on Investment by KKR
United Envirotech Limited (“UEL”)(SGX:U19), a leading water treatment and recycling solution provider in China, today announced that KKR, a leading global investment firm with more than US$66 billion in assets under management, has entered into a definitive agreement with the company for a US$40 million common equity investment. KKR subscribed US$113.8 million convertible bonds issued by UEL in October 2011 to support the company's business expansion, and has been working with UEL to capture the attractive growth opportunities in China's water industry.
UEL provides engineering services using membrane technology to municipal and industrial waste water treatment projects, and also operates a portfolio of waste water treatment plants across China.
“We are delighted to have KKR continue to invest in UEL to support our strong growth. It is a clear indication that KKR is satisfied with UEL's performance and is very confident in our growth potential. KKR has truly demonstrated to be a long-term, value-added partner since their original investment. Working with KKR, we are able to leverage their global resources, operational capabilities with KKR Capstone and their China team's local experience and track record of success,” said Dr. Lin Yucheng, Chairman and CEO of UEL. “With the additional capital, UEL is well positioned to continue our growth and scale new heights in China's water treatment space.”
“KKR is excited to have the opportunity to increase our investment in UEL,” said David Liu, Member of KKR and CEO of KKR Greater China. “UEL has an outstanding management team under Dr. Lin, with deep industry knowledge and strong local expertise. We are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with them and look forward to continuing to utilize our global network and local expertise to support UEL's long term growth and contribute to the overall environmental initiatives in China.”
The offering price is S$0.50 per share, which represents an 8.5% premium to S$0.461 per share, being the volume weighted average price for the last 30 trading days. The proceeds will be used to fund the acquisition of water treatment plants, upgrading of existing plants and Company's working capital.
The investment is expected to conclude by March 2013 and is subject to customary conditions, including approval from UEL's shareholders. A circular detailing the investment will be dispatched to UEL's shareholders followed by an extraordinary general meeting to be held on a date to be determined.
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ABOUT United Envirotech Ltd.
United Envirotech (“UEL”) is a leading membrane-based water and waste water treatment and recycling solutions provider in China's chemical, petrochemical and municipal sectors. Its principle activities include design, fabrication, installation and commissioning of water and waste water systems using its proprietary advanced membrane technologies such as the Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology. UEL has designed and built several of the largest industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants in Asia using the MBR technology.
UEL undertakes both turnkey and water investment projects (TOT/BOT/BOO), as well as provides treatment plant operation and maintenance services. UEL serves a strong prominent customer base such as petrochemical giants like China Petrochemical Corporation (“Sinopec”), China National Petroleum Corporation (“CNPC”), China National Offshore Oil Corporation (“CNOOC”) and Sembcorp Industries in Singapore.
UEL was listed on SGX Mainboard on 22 April 2004 and on the Taiwan Stock Exchange on the 22 October 2010. For additional information, please visit UEL's website at www.unitedenvirotech.com.
Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading global investment firm with US$66.3 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2012. With offices around the world, including seven in Asia, KKR manages assets through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes. KKR seeks to create value by bringing operational expertise to its portfolio companies and through active oversight and monitoring of its investments. KKR complements its investment expertise and strengthens interactions with investors through its client relationships and capital markets platform. KKR & Co. L.P. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKR), and “KKR,” as used in this release, includes its subsidiaries, their managed investment funds and accounts, and/or their affiliated investment vehicles, as appropriate. For additional information, please visit KKR's website at www.kkr.com.
Key Media Contacts:
KKR (New York)
Kristi Huller, +1 212 230 9722
New Alliance Consulting International (for KKR China and UEL)
Sissi Feng, +8610 6580 9510
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia (for KKR Asia and UEL)
Nicholas Worley, +852 2894 6313