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Hot stock update: SBS Transit shares soar on rail asset transfer talks

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SHARES of SBS Transit jumped more than 10 per cent on Friday after the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that it remained in talks with the rail and taxi operator on the possibility of transferring its rail assets to the government.

SHARES of SBS Transit jumped more than 10 per cent on Friday after the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that it remained in talks with the rail and taxi operator on the possibility of transferring its rail assets to the government.

SBS shares were trading around S$2.73 each, up 25 Singapore cents, or 10 per cent at 3.26 pm. The counter closed at S$2.70, up 22 Singapore cents or 8.9 per cent.

"LTA is still in discussion with SBS Transit on the possibility of transiting its North East Line and Sengkang-Punggol LRT to the NRFF," LTA said, referring to to the New Rail Financing Framework (NRFF), which had been announced by the government in 2008.

Under the NRFF, the government will assume ownership of all bus services-related infrastructure and assets.

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Meanwhile, rival SMRT had concluded talks with LTA. SMRT has agreed to transfer the ownership of its rail assets, including trains and signalling systems, to LTA for S$991 million. This is subject to shareholders' approval.

Its shares opened at S$1.550 and were trading around S$1.545 each, up half a cent, or 0.32 per cent at the time of the halt.

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