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A Tale Of Two Keppels: Win, Lose Or Draw? – AK (ASSI)
Aspire, Hot Picks | 26 January 2015
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By: AK(ASSI)
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Keppel Corporation is going to try to take Keppel Land private. This news came shortly after Keppel Corporation declared a generous dividend per share of 36c.

If I were a shareholder of Keppel Corporation’s, I would have been elated and, then, worried by the recent string of events.

The following is taken from the comments section of my blog:

Source: AK (ASSI)'s blog

When I was asked in the last few months why did I choose to invest in SembCorp Industries instead of Keppel Corporation since both of them are blue chips in the O&M category, I said that I felt better about the former’s utilities business in the current environment than the latter’s real estate business. Although this latest development involves Keppel Corporation’s real estate arm, quite honestly, I could never have seen this form of corporate action coming. I am just a frog in a well, after all.

Paying $4.60 a share (eventually), Keppel Corporation is not getting Keppel Land at a discount to NAV since Keppel Land’s NAV/share is about there. In fact, it is going to be at a slight premium. So, there is nothing for Keppel Corporation’s shareholders to rejoice about. At least, if the purchase was going to be at a discount, it might make Keppel Corporation’s resulting weaker balance sheet easier to swallow.

For Keppel Corporation’s action to make sense, it has to be because the management feel that Keppel Land will add value either in terms of income generation or capital appreciation in the years to come. However, near term prospects are challenging as Keppel Land is still mostly dependent on income from real estate development (property trading) although they have increased the size of their recurring income stream in recent times.

Could we see Keppel Corporation’s stock price weakening next week? With a 36c dividend dangling, Mr. Market might close an eye to the eventual weaker balance sheet, for now.

AK is a Singaporean stock market investor and a popular blogger. His blog was created with the intention of educating investors and sharing his investing journey with the target of having a more secure financial future in an uncertain world by creating a stream of reliable passive income with high yields.

AK is a Singaporean stock market investor and a popular blogger. His blog was created with the intention of educating investors and sharing his investing journey with the target of having a more secure financial future in an uncertain world by creating a stream of reliable passive income with high yields.

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Keppel Corp  6.100 -0.05 -0.81%   
Business: [FY18 Turnover] Infrastructure (44.1%), offshore & marine (O&M) (31.4%), property (22.5%), investments (2%).

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