CVC, Standard Chartered Said to Explore Amtek Engineering Sale

CVC Capital Partners and Standard Chartered Private Equity are exploring a sale of their majority stake in Amtek Engineering Ltd., which makes parts for companies including Tesla Motors Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.

The buyout firms are working with Rippledot Capital Advisers Pte on a possible sale of their holdings in the Singapore company, the people said, asking not to be named as the process is private. They own a combined 58 percent stake valued at S$224 million ($168 million) at the current share price, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Amtek, which also counts Dell Inc. as a customer, plans to double sales to $2 billion in five to seven years through acquisitions, Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yeong said in an interview in March 2014. Last year, it bought U.S. precision-tool maker Interplex Industries Inc. for about $210 million.

The private equity firms may wait until Interplex is fully integrated before actively seeking buyers, one of the people said. Representatives for CVC and Standard Chartered Private Equity declined to comment.

‘Very Attractive’

Amtek’s Yeong said in an interview in Singapore on Thursday the private-equity investors are “continuously looking” at opportunities to sell their stakes and shareholder changes are a normal part of running a public company.

“It’s a very attractive company now, a lot more than it was ever before,” Yeong said. “I think if they want to sell, it’s going to attract a lot of buyers.”

Shares of Amtek have risen 25 percent this year, giving the company a market value of S$387 million, while the benchmark Straits Times Index has fallen 1.7 percent. Under Singapore rules, any buyer of their stakes would need to make a general offer for the remaining shares held by other investors.

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