by BLOOMBERG / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
Petroliam Nasional Bhd. has raised about 6 billion ringgit ($1.4 billion) cutting its stakes in three listed units, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Malaysia’s state oil company reduced its holdings in retail subsidiary Petronas Dagangan Bhd., natural gas transporter Petronas Gas Bhd. and shipping company MISC Bhd., according to the people. The share placements were executed Monday, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.
The selldowns will rank among the biggest-ever block trades in Malaysia, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Petronas is raising capital to fund overseas expansion after finishing up a $27 billion refinery and petrochemicals project at home.
It plans to allocate a larger share of its future capital expenditure to projects in the Americas, Chief Executive Officer Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said in an April interview. A representative for Petronas didn’t immediately respond to anemail and phone call seeking comment.
Officials at Petronas Dagangan, Petronas Gas and MISC couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.