On the Street: Kirin Grabs Tiger

July 26/Singapore/Associated Press Financial Wire -- Kirin has agreed to buy a 14.7% stake in the maker of Tiger beer from Singapore government investment fund Temasek for almost $1 billion.

Kirin Holdings Co. will buy 205.5 million Fraser & Neave shares from a unit of Temasek Holdings Ltd. for 1.34 billion Singapore dollars ($974 million), it said in a statement.

F&N, which also owns real estate and publishing businesses, is best known for producing Tiger beer and F&N brand soft drinks. Its chairman is Lee Hsien Yang, brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Temasek is headed by Lee Hsien Loong's wife Ho Ching.

The transaction will be completed by July 29, and Kirin plans to fund the acquisition through existing cash on hand and borrowings, the Japanese company said.

"This transaction will provide Kirin with opportunities to expand its business base in the fast-growing Southeast Asian market, and Kirin plans to work closely with F&N," it said.

From the August 2, 2010, Prepared Foods E-dition