Maybank Investment bought 19.5 million shares of AirAsia X to stabilise the IPO price

Now Everyone Can Buy AA X share including Maybank!
Now Everyone Can Buy AA X share including Maybank!

The highly acclaimed  journalist of the Business Star aka the promoter for AirAsia, B K Sidhu, on 18-6-2013 wrote in her column prior to the closing of the AirAsia X Bhd IPO that AirAsia X IPO will be over-subscribed by THREE to FOUR  TIMES!  For full report in HERE and article in HERE.

The IPO of AirAsia X Bhd was initial set at RM1.45 per share. Its par value was o.15 Sen. The IPO price was almost 10 times its par value.  After closing, the IPO price dropped to RM1.25.  A sudden discount of  20 Sen must be due to over dosage of promotion by the said B K Sidhu or may be  due to  AirAsia X’s kind consideration for the nation!

The highly aclaimed Ms B K Sidhu
The highly acclaimed Star’s journalist aka promoter of AirAsia, Ms B K Sidhu.

From the closing date of the AirAsia X IPO until now, the nation has been spared from any publicity that the AirAsia X IPO was over-subscribed by the “FOUR TIMES” as has been promoted by that Star’s highly acclaimed journalist, B K Sidhu or anyone from AirAsia X  Bhd including Tan Sri Tony Fernandes or its advisor the CIMB cheif, Datuk Nazir Razak.

Little did we know that the AirAsia X IPO was NOT as attractive even though the said highly acclaimed journalist B K Sidhu has painfully tried to garner support for it.

“Now Everyone Can Bank With Maybank”

It has been reported by Bloomberg online yesterday (11-7-2013) that:

Maybank, as the nation’s biggest lender is known, bought 19.5 million shares at 1.25 ringgit yesterday, matching the initial offer price, according to an exchange filing by AirAsia X today. The stock closed unchanged yesterday, before rising 1.6 percent today to 1.27 ringgit without any further stabilization, Azran Osman-Rani, AirAsia X’s chief executive officer, said in a phone interview.”

For the full Bloomberg’s report, please see below:

Maybank Buys AirAsia X Shares to Deter Drop Below IPO Price

By Barry Porter – Jul 11, 2013 5:54 PM GMT+0800

AirAsia X Bhd.’s (AAX) shares were stabilized by Malayan Banking Bhd. yesterday, preventing the budget airline from becoming only the second Malaysian stock in a year to close below its offer price on its Kuala Lumpur debut.

Maybank, as the nation’s biggest lender is known, bought 19.5 million shares at 1.25 ringgit yesterday, matching the initial offer price, according to an exchange filing by AirAsia X today. The stock closed unchanged yesterday, before rising 1.6 percent today to 1.27 ringgit without any further stabilization, Azran Osman-Rani, AirAsia X’s chief executive officer, said in a phone interview.

“The timing is a bit unfortunate given the overall cycle of investment into Southeast Asia,” Gerald Ambrose, who oversees the equivalent of $1.7 billion as managing director at Aberdeen Asset Management Sdn., said by phone in Kuala Lumpur. He said Aberdeen Asset doesn’t own AirAsia X shares.

Kuala Lumpur emerged as the world’s fifth-largest destinations for share sales last year, surpassing Asian financial hubs including Singapore, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Slowing economic growth and political protests from Brazil to Turkey have since spurred capital flight from emerging markets. Speculation of reduced Federal Reserve stimulus has also deterred overseas investors from holding riskier securities.

As stabilizing manager, Maybank’s investment banking unit can buy as many as 118.5 million shares in AirAsia X within the first 30 days of trading, according to a filing on June 25. CLIQ Energy Bhd. (CLIQ) is the only one of 13 stocks that traded for the first time in Kuala Lumpur in the past 12 months to close below its offer price on debut, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

‘Huge Volume’

“There was huge volume yesterday with 160 million shares traded,” Azran said. “In that context, the 19.5 million shares bought by Maybank was small.”

AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Tony FernandesAirAsia Bhd. (AIRA), raised 988 million ringgit ($313 million) in its share sale. It priced shares midway between the 1.15 ringgit to 1.45 ringgit range marketed to institutions, even after demand for

Tune Ins Holdings Bhd. (TIH), an insurance company also controlled by Fernandes, has climbed 42 percent after falling below its offer price in intraday trade during its February debut, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Two of Asia’s four biggest first-time share sales in 2012 came from Malaysia as the nation raised a total 21.2 billion ringgit last year, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd. (FGV), a Kuala Lumpur-based palm oil producer, lured $3.3 billion, making it the world’s third-biggest IPO last year, the data show. It jumped more than 16 percent on its debut, though is now trading 0.9 percent below its offer price for institutions at 4.50 ringgit.

IHH Healthcare Bhd. (IHH), Asia’s biggest hospital operator, is trading 41 percent higher after raising $2 billion in a dual listing in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore last July.

Westports Malaysia Sdn. and UMW Holdings’ oil and gas unit are among companies that intend to mount IPOs in Kuala Lumpur this year. Ranhill Energy Bhd., a power and water company, is currently gauging investor interest to raise as much as 753 million ringgit, two people with knowledge of the matter said June 17.

To contact the reporter on this story: Barry Porter in Kuala Lumpur at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Anand Krishnamoorthy in Singapore at; Michael Patterson in Hong Kong at

The link for the Bloomberg’s report is HERE.

It must be quite refreshing for us to know that Maybank Investment has turned itself into “Financial Ambulance” for company like AirAsia X.

Based on the above Bloomberg’s report, the highly acclaimed journalist from the Star, B K Sidhu should now account for the ACCURACY of her promotional article on the over-subscription of the IPO AirAsia X, which appeared in the Star on 18-6-2013, HERE.


  1. What is happening to Maybank? Somebody in the investment section must be shot! Maybank is not their grandpa co. It is a public listed company. Maybank also bought over BinaFikir from Azman Mokhtar a few years ago for RM8 million. Now again. WTF is going on with our capital market?? Malaysia Boleh!

  2. The person who has answer the question is the ceo guy in maybank investment, not maybank the parent bank. Maybank investment has its own management and board and the guy running maybank investment apparently is a strong supporter of airasia. I think it is not difficult to see how things work for airasia.

  3. No wonder that junkyard journalist SIdhu has not been writing about the IPO of AAX. “Over subscribed by 3 to 4 times”! Makes my toes laugh. What an idiot. She has the cheek to call herself a journalist. Shameless junkyard journalist.

  4. Now Everyone Can Con with poor standard of journalism. Shame on you Sidhu. You better come out with another piece based on sources that your sources story was based on “bullshit” as you are just a mercenary journalist.

  5. She called herself a journalist and deputy editor of Business Star. She must be too stupid to realize that the readers could see through her. She is just a junkyard reporter fit for the gutter.

  6. Such dubious, writers who fabricate forecast on unknown fundamentals must be chronies of the fat corporate arses. Sidhu singh Katara Bengakal would you invest your home and oldage savings in Air Asia xyz…… Come on lets see you put your money where your sick mouth is

  7. Thank God that we have spared from reading shit from that AirAsia propagandist. Just wonder why a journalist had to lick to such an extend.

  8. What had happened to that junkyard/pariah journalist Sidhu. She should come out to explain why was she writing her stories base on sources when it has proven that her source was full of shits. It is about time that she should admit her unprofessional conduct and stop being an AirAsia promoter.

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