In the News: 2006
Lombard's portfolio company, S&P Syndicate, secures long-term strategic partner
PR Newswire - November 17, 2006
Lombard Investments, Inc.'s portfolio company, S&P Syndicate Public Company Limited ("S&P") (ticker: S&P.BK), recently forged a long-term partnership with Minor International Public Company Limited ("MINT"). At the end of October 2006, MINT acquired a 16.60% stake in S&P on a fully-diluted basis, valued at over US $12.5 million.
According to Mrs. Patara Sila-on, the Chairperson of S&P, "We will benefit substantially from this strategic partnership. S&P has a strong local brand and well-known products, while Mr. Heinecke (MINT's founder and CEO) and his team of capable managers can assist us in our strategic expansion plans."
Lombard assisted the major shareholders and senior management of S&P in evaluating various strategic and expansion options, including partnering with local and international operators. According to Mr. Pote Videt, Managing Director of Lombard, "This partnership with MINT is an ideal natural step forward for S&P. With its existing strong domestic platform and the addition of MINT as an experienced, complementary, and dynamic partner, S&P will be well positioned for significant future growth, especially abroad."
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About S&P Syndicate:
Established 33 years ago, S&P is one of Thailand's largest and best-known restaurant and bakery operators with approximately US $90 million in revenue. The Company is widely recognized for high-quality food products, including frozen ready-to-eat meals, snack foods and bakery products. S&P owns and manages more than 100 domestic and overseas restaurants under various brand names, as well as a network of 150 bakery outlets.
MINT was founded in 1976 by Mr. William E. Heinecke, a prominent U.S. entrepreneur based in Thailand. Today, MINT is one of the country's leading hospitality and food service groups and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. MINT owns and manages 13 luxury hotels and resorts under the Four Seasons, Marriot and Anantara brands, as well as over 700 popular quick service restaurants, including the Pizza Company, Sizzler, Burger King, Swensen's and Dairy Queen. In 2005, MINT's revenues were more than US $270 million.