MISC Group Sees Improved Profits In 1H

MISC Berhad

MISC Group announces its financial results for the financial year ended 30 June 2016.

Group revenue for the quarter ended 30 June 2016 of RM2,392.4 million was 8.0% lower than the RM2,600.5 million revenue for the corresponding quarter.

The decrease in Group revenue for the quarter ended 30 June 2016 was mainly from its Heavy Engineering business due to fewer and lower value of projects in progress in its Heavy Engineering sub-segment and lower number of rig repairs and conversion works in its Marine sub-segment.

LNG business also recorded decrease in revenue from operating a smaller fleet of vessels and lower charter rates earned on new contracts. However, with the completion of the 50% equity buyback of GKL on 13 May 2016, GKL’s results have been fully consolidated from the said date, mitigating the decrease in revenue for the current quarter.

MISC’s President/Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yee Yang Chien said “The second quarter showed mixed results that are impacted by lower contribution from our Heavy Engineering and LNG businesses. Nonetheless, balancing the scale, the completion of the acquisition of Gumusut-Kakap Semi-Floating System Ltd. (“GKL”) as well as steady contribution from our Petroleum business have contributed to strengthening our financial position considerably.”

Group operating profit of RM500.3 million was lower than the corresponding quarter’s profit of RM672.1 million, mainly due to higher depreciation in LNG and Petroleum businesses from the change in estimated useful life of vessels totaling RM105.2 million. Heavy Engineering business also recorded lower operating profit in line with the decrease in its revenue. However, Offshore business recorded higher operating profit following completion of the 50% equity buyback of GKL in the current quarter.

Group profit before tax of RM1,374.1 million was higher than the RM772.6 million profit in the corresponding quarter mainly due to recognition of a gain on acquisition of subsidiaries following completion of the 50% equity buyback of GKL.

Group revenue for the 6 months period ended 30 June 2016 of RM4,786.9 million was 6.0% lower than the RM5,090.7 million revenue for the corresponding 6 months period.

Heavy Engineering, LNG and Offshore businesses recorded lower revenue over the 6 months period. Heavy Engineering from fewer and lower value of projects in progress and lesser number of rig repairs and conversion works, LNG from operating a smaller fleet of vessels and lower rates earned on new contracts and Offshore from completion of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) project in the corresponding 6 months period. However, Petroleum business recorded higher revenue from improved freight rates in the current 6 months period.

Group operating profit of RM1,475.9 million was 30.0% higher than the corresponding period’s profit of RM1,135.6 million, mainly from recognition of compensation for early termination of time charter contracts for two LNG vessels, reversal of provision for a legal suit in the current period and improved freight rates in the Petroleum business. However, the Group also recognised impairment provisions in its Offshore business and losses in its Heavy Engineering business from lower revenue in the current 6 months period.

Commenting on MISC’s plans ahead, Mr. Yee said “Moving forward, we expect no less than a challenging year ahead with the current slump in the global oil and gas sector. However, our priorities remain unchanged and the future growth of MISC will be guided by our 5-year business strategy towards attaining a sustainable level of secured profits by FY2020. For this purpose, our emphasis is on advancing the growth of our four core business segments in LNG, Petroleum, Offshore and Heavy Engineering businesses.”

High global stock level is expected to dampen demand for the movement of crude oil in the immediate term. Coupled with projected larger delivery of new petroleum tankers in second half of 2016, freight rates may come under some pressure. However, this will be compensated by rising seasonal demand towards the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the market for LNG vessel spot charter remains weak due to the escalating oversupply of vessels. This negative outlook is expected to remain throughout the year. On a positive note, the Group’s present portfolio of long term charters that are in place will underwrite a steady financial performance for MISC’s LNG fleet for the rest of the year.

As upstream activities in the oil and gas sector stay extremely sluggish in view of the low oil price environment, prospects of new tenders and projects remain poor. As a result, the underutilization of assets at the Group’s heavy engineering business, MHB, may be subjected to impairment tests. MHB’s initiatives in diversifying into the onshore segment, hook-up and commissioning as well as facilities maintenance projects have partly helped replenish the order book in the short term. The marine business of MHB continues to provide some reprieve against the slowdown in the heavy engineering segment.

Despite the dearth of fresh greenfield projects, MISC’s offshore business unit has been able to participate in bidding for various brownfield development projects. Long term contracts in hand will support the financial performance of the offshore business unit for remaining quarters of the year.
Source: MISC



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