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KKR invests RM642m in M'sia helicopter services firm

Published Thu, Oct 10, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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GLOBAL investment firm KKR has invested RM642 million (S$252 million) for a "substantial minority equity stake" in Malaysia's Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd (WAS), an offshore helicopter services company.

The injection of funds is expected to help pay for 10-year-old WAS' expansion plans into West Africa, Indonesia and Thailand, which it has identified as growth areas. The investment, KKR's first in Malaysia, was sealed via a partnership agreement signed in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Founded in 1976 and helmed by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR has some US$84 billion in assets under management and has located its South-east Asia regional headquarters in Singapore.

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