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Kirin Holdings Co. (2503 JT) said Thursday it will join hands with Indonesia's real estate firm Overseas Union Enterprise Ltd. to try to acquire Fraser and Neave Ltd., in a showdown with a rival bid from a major Thai group

- The Japanese company's move came as OUE announced its plan to launch a bid for the Singaporean beverage and real estate giant to counter a tender offer from Thai Beverage Plc. Kirin currently holds a stake of about 15% in F&N.

- OUE will offer 9.08 Singapore dollars per F&N share, or about 590 yen. Under the plan, Kirin will sell off its holdings in F&N to OUE for about 125 billion yen. If OUE's bid is successful, Kirin would purchase F&N's beverage business segment from OUE for about 175 billion yen. So the Japanese firm would pay the difference of some 50 billion yen to OUE.

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Print 23:10, 15 Nov 2012 - Asian News - Source: Nikkei