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Former U.S. President Bush’s Brother to Invest in Singapore Firm

March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush’s brother will become the chairman of SingXpress Land Ltd. as he invests in the Singapore-based real estate developer. The stock surged to an 11-month high.

Neil Bush is buying shares of the company as it raises S$226.5 million through a rights offer and share sale, according to a statement on the Singapore stock exchange yesterday. The company will be renamed SingHaiyi Group Ltd.

The developer, which has ambitions to develop real estate outside the city-state, said it may invest in distressed properties and those facing foreclosures in the U.S. It plans to tap on the business connections of Neil Bush, whose father was also a former U.S. president.

“The board has great confidence in the abilities and network of Neil Bush and we look forward to his contributions as the company explores real estate investment opportunities” in the U.S. and elsewhere, the company said in the statement.

SingXpress shares traded 24 percent higher at 2.1 Singapore cents as of 10:56 a.m. in Singapore trading, the highest in 11 months.

Neil Bush has been a business partner of Gordon Tang, who controls the entity that’s the largest shareholder of SingXpress, according to the statement. The transactions also include offering 2.2 billion shares amounting to S$33 million to buy a company that’s owned by Tang and Neil Bush.

Neil Bush is the third of five children of George H.W. Bush, who served as the U.S. president from 1989 to 1993, and brother of George W. Bush, a two-term president from 2001 to 2009, according to a statement filed to the stock exchange.

“I hope to strengthen the investment opportunities between Asia and the United States, using SingHaiyi and Singapore as a springboard,” Neil Bush said in the statement. Calls to his Austin office weren’t connected after regular business hours.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sanat Vallikappen in Singapore at vallikappen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chitra Somayaji at csomayaji@bloomberg.net

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