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Rowsley to buy engineering firm Squire Mech for up to S$19.5m

MAINBOARD-LISTED real estate company Rowsley will be acquiring mechanical and electrical engineering firm Squire Mech Private Limited for up to S$19.5 million.

In a filing to the Singapore Exchange (SGX) on Monday, Rowsley said that it will be acquiring the 650,000 ordinary shares, representing 65 per cent of the issued and paid-up share capital of Squire Mech. Rowsley already owns 35 per cent of Squire Mech shares.

"The proposed acquisition would further strengthen the multi-disciplinary capabilities of the group by allowing full control of mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy services, to complement architecture, master planning and, civil and structural engineering" under wholly owned subsidiary RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, Rowsley said in the release.

To fund the acquisition, 130 million new shares of Rowsley at a price of S$0.15 per share will be issued.

The total consideration of up to S$19.5 million is subjected to certain terms and conditions including Squire Mech meeting a three-year cumulative net profit after tax target of S$12 million from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.

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An initial consideration of 36.4 million shares shall be allotted and issued to the vendors. The remaining shares shall be allotted and issued upon meeting the three-year profit target, said Rowsley.

Based on Squire Mech's latest audited financial statements as at Dec 31, 2015, the net asset value of Squire Mech is approximately S$11,622,545, said Rowsley.

Completion of the proposed acquisition is subject to approval being given by the SGX, and the dealing and quotation of the new shares upon allotment and issue to the vendors, it added.

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