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$539m Bharti rights issue will have minimal impact on Singtel's gearing: report

Chances of special dividends, however, will lessen.

According to a report by CGS-CIMB, Singtel’s current deal in securing the $539m Bharti rights deal will have minimal impact on its gearing. 

Singtel’s cash outlay on application stands at $135m, or 14% of its direct stake. The remaining $404m, meanwhile, will be distributed over two more calls within a three-year period. 

A cash pile of $755m and likely cash proceeds from the Optus Tower sale are seen as sources for the payment of these.

However, CGS-CIMB predicted with the allotment of funds to the rights issue, the chances for Singtel’s potential special dividends will be reduced. 

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