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Goldman Sachs consortium to sell Daesung Industrial Gases

[THE INVESTOR] Goldman Sachs consortium and Daesung Group Partners will put the entire 100 percent stake of Daesung Industrial Gases on sale at the end of this month, according to new reports on Oct. 14.

Goldman Sachs consortium is the largest stakeholder of the gas company, having purchased 68 percent stake from Daesung Group Partners for US$400 million in 2014 as part of the company’s restructuring.

Kim Young-tae, CEO of Daesung, gave up on his call option to buy back the gas company stake recently, and the stakeholders have begun the process for a sell-off.

The gas company posted 581.1 billion won (US$513.84 million) revenue and 53.8 billion won operating profit in 2015, and the price is estimated to be 1 trillion won.

Daesung Group Partners will utilize the sales proceeds to repay the 245.5 billion won corporate bonds that mature between March and April 2017.

Daesung Group Partners acknowledged that it is reviewing selling its stake to improve financial stability but did not provide any specifics in a statement released on the same day in response to Korea Exchange’s inquiry regarding the news reports.

By Hwang You-mee (