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Last week, Singapore-based Miclyn Express Offshore (MEO), which delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) last December, is eyeing a listing on Singapore Exchange (SGX) in the next two to three years. "Its chief executive, Diederik de Boer, said the provider of offshore-service vessels is looking to tap into greater liquidity and keener interest in the sector here. "There is bigger retail investor interest in Singapore than in Australia, so SGX is perfect for our (company) size," he told The Business Times. The 35-year industry veteran added that the conditions for listing here were favourable, given that SGX is trying to position itself as a capital-markets hub for offshore and marine stocks.
History of MEO
Miclyn is founded by Singapore entrepreneur Michael Kum in 1976 as an offshore vessel provider. The company got its name from Michael and his wife Lynda. In 2007, Australia Macquarie bank acquired 60% stake in Miclyn, preceded by the acquisition of Express Offshore - provider of crew/utility boats owned by 50-50 JV of Svitzer and Wilhelmsen. The two acquired companies were combined and renamed Miclyn Express Offshore (MEO).
ASX - List and Delist
In 2010, MEO was listed in ASX with both Macquarie and Michael Kum sold down their stake to 30 and 10 per cent respectively in the A$365 million IPO. MEO ended its first day listing at A$1.90 a share with a market value of A$515m.
End last year MEO delist from ASX after investor groups comprised of SEA6 Ltd and CHAMP Marlin Holdings Ltd, acquired the remaining shares they don’t own by providing a 20% premium price of A$2.20 that values the company at ~A$600m and more.
SEA6 is owned by a Hong Kong- Private equity firm Headland Capital Partners which also acquire SGX listed Kruez Subsea from Swiber this year.
MEO operates in segments of offshore support vessels, crew/utility vessels, tugs, barges, coastal survey vessels, third party vessels, project pipe transportation and shipyard services. MEO provides service vessels to offshore oil and gas industry, across South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It employs approx. 1400 employees.
- Revenue driver from 3 segments OSV, Crew/Utilities Vessels and Tugs/Barges.
- OSV – 84% utilisation rates. Outlook positive.
- Crew/Utility Vessels – 93% utilisation rates. Very strong and growing.
- Tugs n barges – 76% utilisation rates. Possible decline due to Australia demand contraction.
- Coastal survey – 55% utilisation rates. Plan to exit this segment over time.
- Third party vessel. Non core and opportunistic earning streams.
- Shipyard - exited the segment in 1H14 by selling yard off.
- Express offshore. Prospective segment of pipe transportation
Positive Outlook for the group in FY14 with earnings growth expected.
End Mar this year, MEO announced 1H14 results with summary as follows. For presentation report, click here.
- 1H14 Rev is US$124.5m with earnings of US$21.4m (margin 17%)
- 8 vessel additions in 1H FY14
- Shipyard sold in Jan-14 for US$20m; non-core business, overhead reduction going forward
- Acquisition of remaining shares in growth business Express Offshore Solutions in 2H2014
- Acquisition of 50% of Uniwise Towage (“UWT”) completed early 1H FY14
Summary as follows. For presentation report, click here.
- Revenue US$245m, NPAT46.5m (margin 19%) EPS US$16.6c
- Net debt of US$220m and Gearing (Net Debt / Net Debt + Equity) of 36.4%
- Cash and equivalent of US$30m
- Current Assets US$262m, Current Liabilities US$72m
- Cash generated from operation is US$81m
Using FY2013 NPAT of US$46m & NAV of US$403m and assuming MEO Market Capitalisation of AUD600m or USD558m, Miclyn Express PE is 12.2 and PB is 1.38.
- Reasonably sound company with business model very similar to Pacific Radiance.
- But unlike Pac Radiance which is family owned and run, MEO is run by professionals
- While fundamentals are sound, investors' appetite may be bored by yet another OSV company IPO.
- Meanwhile let's wait for IPO prospectus before we "dig" deeper into the company.