Scomi has just announced that it will do a private placement of some 10% of its paid-up capital would be made to IJM. In addition, IJM will subscribe for RM110 million worth of zero coupon 3-year Redeemable Convertible Secured Bond to be issued by Scomi. This news came hot on the heal of the news that Abu Sahid of the Maju Group has emerged as a substantial shareholder in Scomi with a 8.75%-stake. News of Abu Sahid's interest in Scomi first surfaced in early September when the market learned that Siew Mun Chuang had amassed a 5.3%-interest in Scomi. Siew is closely linked to Abu Sahid. How will Abu Sahid & IJM work together with the existing major shareholder, Shah Hakim Zain? Abu Sahid, with interests in steel production & mining (including a stake in Australia-listed Avalon Mineral Ltd), could be keen in Scomi's Oil & Gas business while IJM could be interested in Scomi's subsidiary, Scomi Engineering Bhd. Are they going to work together or are they going to carve up the group?
In February, Scomi announced a corporate restructuring, which would see its oilfield services businesses and those of Scomi Marine merged under a new, full-fledged integrated oil and gas marine and drilling services provider. When merger has been completed, Scomi will make an Offer for Sale of its Scomi Marine shares. The proceed from that sale will be used to pare down the group’s debts. As at 30/6/2012, the group has short-term borrowings of RM711 million & long-term debt commitment of RM387 million.
Scomi venturing into Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Scomi is believed to be the front runner for two risk-service contracts (RSCs) to be awarded by Petronas for the Tembikai and Cenang marginal fields off Peninsular Malaysia. These two fields with contracts valued at between US$200mil (RM620mil) to US$400mil (RM1.2bil) each. It is said to be partnering an Australian company, Cue Energy Resources Ltd, for this bid. Cue Energy is an oil and gas exploration and production company with a presence in South-East Asia and Australasia.
Scomi has finally put in a decent rebound after declining continuously since May 2009. Its immediate resistance is at RM0.40 and thereafter at RM0.45 & RM0.55. Its immediate support is at RM0.30.
Chart 1: Scomi's monthly chart as at September 25, 2012_3.30pm (Source: Quickcharts)
IJM's Possible Angle
I believe IJM's interest in Scomi is to get a slice of the action in the monorail market. For more on the monorail project, go here. Combining that with its strong engineering background, IJM can offer a complete solution to the transportation problem faced by many cities in the developing & emerging nations.
IJM- A Patient Chess Player
Chart 2: KEuro's monthly chart as at September 25, 2012_3.30pm (Source: Quickcharts)
Chart 3: IJM's monthly chart as at September 25, 2012_3.30pm (Source: Quickcharts)
Which is a Better Bet?
Looking at the chart of KEuro & IJM, there is no doubt that one would have been better rewarded if he/she had bought into KEuro in 2005, instead of IJM. On the same basis, it would be better to invest in Scomi & wait patiently for the full potential of the group to be realized.