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Friday, 15 November 2013

Cash - Closing Status 15 November

Received the following dividends in this week for my Cash portfolio :-
$82.50 CM Pacific

Added Tee International 15 lots in this week under Cash portfolio so total holding in it now at 24 lots.  It delivered mix financial results for 1Q2014; revenue +ve 24% driven by ongoing and completed engineering projects and profit -ve 62% due to higher administrative expenses and higher opex.  Higher administrative expenses was due to one off bonus payment to employees and higher staff costs and headcount in line with its business and operations expansion.  Giving extra bonuses is a good thing to do as it motivates employees which is in recognition of their hard works.  Higher opex due to unrealized forex losses that resulted from the depreciation of the MYR against the SGD.  It is in net cash used at the moment mainly due to cash received from receivables net off payment to trade payables, interest and income tax expenses and decrease in development properties.  Its chief executive & managing director, Mr Phua has 51% shareholding in Tee Intl as shown in the 2013 annual report so one can be well assured that he will run this company with very much more care and growing it at the same time.  Recently, it has signed an MOU with Loxley Public Company, a public company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand to explore opportunities in renewable energy business and related activities in the Indochina region - Myanmar, Laos DPR, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. 

Added Asian Pay TV(APTT) 1 lot so total holding in it now at 26 lots under Cash portfolio.  Subscriber households have grown, average revenue per subscriber is constant, penetration rates have increased, all leading to growth in recently acquired Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC) earnings.  Taiwan regulator already approved TBC expansion to greater Taichung which opens up opportunity to increase  household network coverage by up to 400,000.  NAV as of end June at $0.94 and last done share price at discount of $0.77.  Interest rate swaps have been entered into, which fix a significant portion of the interest rate exposure from TBC's borrowings.  For growth in penetration rates, premium digital cable tv and broadband to increase as a result of up-selling and bundling strategies, increased set-top box penetration, greater availability of digital content, need for reliable internet access.  Network expansion through re-zoning is an opportunity for APTT.  Positive ongoing discussions with Taiwan tax authorities to resolve tax dispute.

Added HPH Trust 2 lots in this week so total holding in it now at 4 lots.  Its 3Q2013 financial results did not go well with investors but l do not think it is justified.  Its 3Q2013 revenue and profit was +1% and -2% respectively versus last year <--- flat results.  A flat financial results is quite admirable when the world economy is almost in turmoil and freight rate recovery is still quite shaky at the moment.   It is in Net Current Liabilities status as of end Sept'13 but overall still at Net Assets status; due to timing of US$3.6 billion term loan facility agreement for the refinancing of the existing facilities which was signed in late Sept'13.  It is still in free cash flow status.  Higher profit from new acquired Yantian container terminals was partially offset by lower profit in Hongkong international terminals.

Divested Singapore Shipping Corp (SSC) 8 lots in this week for $66 nett gain, as part of regular portfolio re-balancing.  The acquired agency and logistics business completed in April is almost god-send as SSC existing business segment of ship owning and management will be quite soft in FY2014.  One ship reaching its end of charter and economic useful life by end of 2013 and two ships going into dry docking so a reduction in income from the ship owning segment.  However, the newly acquired business can more than make up for the shortfall in the ship owning business.  For its 1Q2014 financial results, revenue +82.8%, profit +55.7%, free cash flow status.

Added Far East Hospitality Trust 1 lot so total holding in it now at 7 lots.  In its 3Q2013 financial results, NPI -9.4% versus forecast, income available for distribution -7.4% versus forecast, DPU -7.8% versus forecast.  The operating environment remained challenging due to higher than expected price competition from the new supply of hotels and tight corporate budget.  The stronger SGD resulted in fewer bookings from key tourist markets, Indonesia and Malaysia. The acquisition of Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore and Rendezvous Gallery was completed on 1 August 2013; and has been repositioned as an art-inspired hotel. To address the competition in the mid-tier/upscale hospitality sector, it will focus on revenue management, growing the corporate segment and driving more direct bookings on its own website to improve yields.  On capital management, it has fixed the interest rate for all term loans maturing beyond 2016. This represents 62% of the total loan portfolio and will result in an expected composite interest cost of 2.3% per annum in the fourth quarter.  It plans to upgrade approximately 10% of the hotel rooms and serviced residence units in the portfolio in the next 12 months.

Divested away SingPost 4 lots in this week in two separate transactions from my Cash portfolio for a nett gain totaling $13 as part of regular portfolio re-balancing.  Remaining holding of 5 lots, to be divested away as well once reaching break even share price level.   In its 2Q2014 results, revenue +32.6%, Profit +9.7%. Total expenses +34.9% as its business expands and transforms into a diversified group with a bigger regional presence and lower-margin businesses   There is much room to improve on synergy and productivity from within.  Finance expenses -65.8%  as it had repaid the $300 mil bond in Apr'13.  Healthy operating cash flow.  It continues to conserve cash to support its investment needs as part of its growth strategy , anticipated capex, working capital and other funding requirements.



Portfolio walk since previous posting :-

+$3,185 Total Returns as of 08 November

+$83 Dividends from CM Pacific

+$79 Gain on sales of SingPost and Singapore Shipping

-$438 Unrealised positions worsened

+$2,907 Total Returns as of 15 November

Previous posting :-Cash - Closing Status 08 Nov

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