Parent company weighs minor stake sale in MASkargo

Malaysia Aviation Group said it doesn’t rule out the idea of seeking investors for its non-air passenger businesses to accelerate growth.

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Malaysia Aviation Group Bhd is weighing the sale of a minor stake in its air cargo unit to a strategic partner, according to people familiar with the matter.

The parent of Malaysia Airlines Bhd. has invited banks to submit proposals as it seeks ways to expand the business, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. A deal could value the unit, known as MASkargo, at more than $1 billion, the people said.

Malaysia Aviation Group may also seek as much as $150 million of financing for MASkargo, the people said. Discussions are at an early stage, and there’s no certainty they will lead to a transaction, the people said.

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A representative for MASkargo referred queries to its parent. A spokesperson for Malaysia Aviation Group said the company doesn’t rule out the possibility of seeking strategic investors for its non-air passenger businesses to accelerate their growth, declining to comment further.

Malaysia Aviation Group is owned by the country’s sovereign fund, Khazanah Nasional Bhd. MASkargo operates its own freighter fleet and serves almost 100 destinations worldwide, according to its website.

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