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     FrontPage Edition: Thu 30 Mar 2006

Khoo Teck Puat Estate agrees to sell Stanchart shares to Temasek


The Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat Estate (Estate) and Temasek Holdings (Temasek) are pleased to announce that the Estate has entered into an agreement to sell or procure the sale of 152,399,222 ordinary shares in Standard Chartered PLC (representing approximately 11.55% of Standard Chartered's ordinary share capital) to Dover Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek.
This transaction is subject to the relevant regulatory approvals in certain jurisdictions. In addition to this stake, Temasek, directly and indirectly, holds approximately 0.07% of the ordinary shares of Standard Chartered.
Ms Elizabeth Khoo, a trustee of the Estate said, ¡°We are pleased to have concluded the agreement. Given Temasek¡¯s experience in investing in banks and companies globally, we are confident that Temasek will be able to effectively support Standard Chartered¡¯s continued growth. My late father would be happy as he had wanted the block to be sold to a proven long term investor and had a high regard for Temasek.¡±
Mr Simon Israel, a board member and Executive Director designate of Temasek, added, ¡°Tan Sri Khoo has distinguished himself as an astute investor who embodies the true spirit of an entrepreneur. He has left a legacy built with his foresight and outstanding business acumen. We are indeed privileged to have this opportunity to invest in a unique franchise with an outstanding board and management team. We greatly admire the way the Standard Chartered team has successfully developed a distinctive strategy, delivered a growth track record, and created shareholder value over the last few years. Like Tan Sri Khoo, we will continue to support the company in their quest to deliver sustainable shareholder value.¡±
Mr Gan Chee Yen, Senior Managing Director for Investments of Temasek, noted, ¡°Asia is at an inflexion point, poised to open its markets and create opportunities for more than half of mankind. Standard Chartered, with its outstanding leadership, is well-positioned to capture this growth. Investing in the company is consistent with our strategy of investing in Asia¡¯s financial services sector and it is an important part of our ongoing efforts of achieving a balanced portfolio.¡±
About Temasek Holdings
Established in 1974, Temasek Holdings is an Asia investment company headquartered in Singapore. It manages a diversified global portfolio of US$60 billion, principally in Singapore, Asia and the OECD economies, and has a corporate credit rating of AAA/Aaa by Standard & Poor's and Moody's respectively.
Its investments cover various industries: telecommunications and media, financial services, property, transportation and logistics, energy and resources, infrastructure, engineering and technology, as well as pharmaceuticals and biosciences.
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About Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat
When Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat passed away on 21 February 2004 at the age of 87, he was the largest individual shareholder in Standard Chartered PLC (Stanchart). Having established himself as an accomplished banker in Singapore, he started up Malayan Banking Berhad (known today as Maybank) in 1960. Tan Sri Khoo brought banking to the people of Singapore and Malaya (later Malaysia) by developing a network of 106 branches, not just in major cities but also small towns. He viewed banking as a service to the community and opened branches in rural areas where other banks did not operate. Malayan Banking also grew internationally and distinguished itself as the first local bank to open a branch in London. Between 1960 and 1965, Malayan Banking became the fastest growing bank in the world.
Tan Sri Khoo¡¯s most famous investment in banking, however, came in 1986, when he was one of three financiers who came to the rescue of Stanchart to stave off a hostile takeover by Lloyds Bank. Tan Sri Khoo became one of Stanchart¡¯s ¡°white knights¡± by increasing his shareholding to more than 5 per cent in the days leading up to the deadline for the bid. Hong Kong shipping and property magnate Sir Y K Pao and Australia¡¯s Bell Group, headed by Robert Holmes a Court, also bought up large shareholdings, and between them, they foiled Lloyds. Following the failed takeover bid, Stanchart¡¯s share price slumped, but Tan Sri Khoo was confident the investment would pay off in the long term and continued to buy shares. His business philosophy was ¡°when no one wants it, that¡¯s the time to buy a few million¡±, and he practised this philosophy with Stanchart to become eventually its largest individual shareholder.
Joint Media Release
By the Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat Estate and Temasek Holdings

Source: Press Release 28 Mar 2006

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