Share Investment Update: Keppel Corp firing on all cylinders

RHB Research is cheery on Keppel Corporation as the aggregate stands ready to punch out of the corner with a one-two blend on its seaward and marine (O&M) and property fronts.

“We keep up our positive view on Keppel as the greater part of its sections are terminating,” says RHB’s Singapore investigate a group in a Tuesday report.

Keppel Corp a week ago reported that Keppel AmFELS, a US-based backup of its O&M arm, has won an agreement worth more than US$400 million ($545 million) for the development of two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuelled container ships.

RHB gauges this conveys Keppel’s present O&M order book to near $3.9 billion. Year-to-date, the gathering has stowed some $900 million worth of new contracts for the fragment – shutting in quick on RHB’s order book renewal desire of $1 billion out of 2017.

Then, the consortium involving Keppel Corp, Golar LNG, and Black & Veatch is likewise anticipated that would pare down its value stake in Hilli Esposiyo FLNG for US$178-190 million.

As indicated by RHB, Keppel will split its stake into FLNG’s regular units to 5% post divestment, while keeping its Series An and B Units – which qualifies Keppel for a segment of the money streams created from the office – at 10%.

“In spite of the fact that O&M commitments remain generally drowsy, we trust Keppel’s methodology to concentrate on non-boring and concentrated ventures is the correct move, as prove by its agreement wins year-to-date,” says RHB.

On the property front, Keppel is required to finish the divestment of its 100% stake in its Nantong, China private undertaking, Waterfront Residences, for near $292 million by end-3Q17.

This aggregate thought is over 30% higher than Waterfront Residences’ unaudited net resource estimation of about $220 million, as at July 2017.

In any case, RHB says it is keeping its profit gauges for Keppel as property income is probably going to keep on being knotty, primarily originating from its territory and task deals in China.

In that capacity, the examination house is keeping its “purchase” approach Keppel with an unaltered target cost of $7.34.

Keppel in the 2Q finished June posted a 22.1% decrease in income to $160.3 million on the back of lower income from its O&M division.