SapuraKencana to target large-scale oil and gas projects
The Star: 17 July 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd will be well-positioned to target large-scale and lucrative oil and gas projects in and outside Malaysia given the recent acquisition of Quippo Prakash Marine Holdings Pte Ltd (QP), says OSK Research.
SapuraKencana’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Geomark Sdn Bhd, had entered into a share sale agreement with QP, MDL Energy Pvt Ltd, Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Ltd to acquire 74,000 ordinary shares of S$1 each in QP, equivalent to 74% of the issued and paid-up capital of QP, for US$22.5mil.
“We like the merged entity for being a full-fledged engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning oil and gas provider.
“As a one-stop solution provider, SapuraKencana will be able to take on the role of main contractor and hence reap higher project margins as it is likely to be awarded entire contracts rather than given piecemeal jobs,” it said in a research note.
OSK said the acquisition would enable SapuraKencana to gain full control of QP’s vessels in order to better manage the latter’s operational schedules and costs.
Going forward, OSK thinks there are still many opportunities for SKP to beef up its orderbook further in the coming months, especially from Petronas which should also be increasing its local exploration and production capital expenditure to temporarily substitute the loss of production from its Sudan operation.
As of May 2012, SapuraKencana held an orderbook of close to RM14.3bil with more than 50% constituting international contracts.
Its current tenderbook is around RM7bil.
Echoing the same view, MIDF Research said it was a good strategic and tactical move by SapuraKencana as they would have more autonomy and control to utilise QP 2000 (a derrick lay barge, one of the largest of its kind in the South Asian region).
“As QP 2000 has shallow-water and deep-sea capabilities, SapuraKencana will have an added edge over other players in the South-East Asian region where the average age for similar ships in this region is over 25 years,” it added.
Both research houses maintained a buy view for SKP. — Bernama