Olympia gets bungalow in lieu of debt payment from MD's company

KUALA LUMPUR (March 9): Olympia Industries Bhd is getting a four-storey bungalow as payment for most of a RM5.55 million debt owed by a company controlled by its major shareholder and managing director, Tan Sri Yap Yong Seong, widely known as Duta Yap. 

The debt is interest (full amount: RM5,547,651.31) incurred from the RM55.3 million that Yap's 100%-controlled City Properties Sdn Bhd (CPSB) owed Olympia previously, which had been offset via the transfer of 15 condominium units at 9 Madge in Taman U-Thant to Olympia in 2015.

Olympia said in a stock exchange filing yesterday that its unit United Malaysian Properties Sdn Bhd will get the bungalow, located at Taman Sri Hartamas with a built up of 543.9 sqm, from Sri Aman Development Sdn Bhd (SADSB), a company in which Yap has an indirect 75% stake, held via his son Yap Wee Sean. UMP has inked a sale and purchase cum settlement agreement with SADSB and CPSB for the related party transaction.

“The proposed transaction will enable the company to recover most of the outstanding amount due from CPSB, as well as to increase its portfolio of investment properties,” Olympia said, adding that the deal is expected to be completed by the second quarter of this year.

After setting-off the bungalow's purchase price of RM5.5 million, CPSB still owes Olympia RM47,651.31, which it shall pay off "at such times and in such manner as CPSB and the company may from time to time agree upon".

Yap holds a 32.52% stake in Olympia. He also controls Dutaland Bhd, where he has a 53.78% stake and is its managing director.

Olympia shares closed 0.5 sen or 4.76% higher at 11 sen yesterday, giving the group a market capitalisation of RM112.58 million. —

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