Thai Beverage Pcl’s credit rating was cut to junk by Standard & Poor’s, which cited concern about the debt and cash flow of the group controlled by Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi after the purchase of Fraser & Neave Ltd.
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Fraser & Neave Ltd. rose above Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi’s offer price as investors speculated that the Singapore-based company may attract a higher bid and Heineken NV considered its next step in a two-month battle to gain control of F&N’s beer business.
Fraser & Neave Ltd. may learn as soon as today whether bondholders will allow the company to amend the terms on S$808.25 million ($650 million) of debt so it can spin off its property unit without triggering a default.