A.S. Watson & Co

Why is Temasek selling Watsons? It's elementary

(Jan 9): Private equity firms in Asia, which are sitting on plenty of dry powder, can look to a fresh target in the world’s largest health and beauty retailer. They may get a bargain.

Temasek Holdings is considering selling part of the 25% stake it holds in A.S. Watson & Co, Vinicy Chan and Elffie Chew of Bloomberg News reported Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. It paid HK$44 billion ($7.6 billion) to acquire its interest in 2014 from Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison Holdings, which remains the controlling shareholder.

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