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ACS ASIA (1996) COMPANY LTD – A Profitable Thai Manufacturing Business

In October 2008 Mercator acquired a 70% interest in ACS Asia (1996) Company Ltd (“ACS Asia”), a profitable Thai manufacturing business, from the US diversified industrial group Tyco International. Mercator acquired its interest through Gold Crest Holdings Ltd, a company registered in Hong Kong and which owns an effective 100% interest in ACS Asia, which is incorporated in Thailand.

ACS Asia’s core product lines are Unistrut metal products, which are ubiquitous in the global construction sector. The business employs approximately 130 people and owns a modern manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand. ACS Asia has exclusive rights to sell Unistrut products in a number of Asian countries.

In the period to the end of June 2009, ACS Asia made an unaudited operating profit of US$697,000, with the net profit attributable to Mercator being US$483,000. In addition, Mercator receives monthly management fees from ACS Asia. As at 30 September 2009, ACS Asia’s production facility was operating at approximately 80% capacity with an order book sufficient for three months. The outlook for 2010 is considered promising.

Mercator paid an initial US$750,000 for ACS Asia, of a total consideration of US$2 million. At the end of the period, approximately US$1.25 million had been paid and post-period a further US$600,000 has been paid.

Mercator’s investment in ACS Asia is already delivering a healthy return and we expect the business to grow considerably in the medium term, particularly as the Asia-Pacific region has weathered the global recession well.

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