Sembcorp Marine Recorded Full Year Net Profit of USD …

first_imgzoom Sembcorp Marine recorded a full year net profit of $556 million amid a challenging operating environment in 2013. Earnings per share for the group were 26.6 cents while Return on Equity was 22%.The group net profit at $556 million in 2013 was 3% higher as compared with $538 million a year ago. On a quarterly basis, 4Q 2013 net profit at $182 million was 9% higher as compared with $167 million in 2012. Excluding the non-operating items, the group’s net profit at $553 million in 2013 was 11% higher as compared with $500 million in 2012 while net profit in 4Q 2013 at $182 million was 45% higher than the $126 million recorded for the corresponding quarter last year.Overall, the higher turnover was attributable mainly to higher revenue recognition with more rig building projects achieving initial progressive recognition in 4Q 2013 resulting in a 23% increase in turnover from $1,378 million in 4Q 2012 to $1,693 million in 4Q 2013.For the rig building sector, 4Q 2013 turnover at $1,197 million was 38% higher as compared with $870 million for the same period in 2012. The increase was attributable to the initial recognition of the second unit of the group’s repeat drillship design, one accommodation semisubmersible rig and two jack-up rigs.On a FY 2013 basis, turnover increased 51% to $3,564 million as compared with $2,356 million in 2012. A total of eight jack-up rigs comprising of diverse designs were delivered during the year. These deliveries include four jack-ups from the group’s proprietary Pacific Class 400 design series, two Friede & Goldman JU3000N design rigs and two remaining units based on the Friede & Goldman JU2000E design.The ship conversion and offshore sector registered a 5% decline in turnover from $330 million in 4Q 2012 to $314 million in 4Q 2013 attributable to the timing of projects that achieved progressive revenue recognition during the period. For FY 2013, it was 14% lower from $1,395 million in 2012 to $1,204 million. The decline was due to the timing of projects coupled with lesser number of projects that achieved progressive revenue recognition during the year.Turnover from the ship repair sector in 4Q 2013 was $163 million as compared with $167 million for the same period in 2012 due mainly to the timing in recognition of the repair and upgrade projects. For FY 2013, it was $681 million, a 6% increase as compared with $642 million in 2012.OUTLOOKThe group has a net order book of $12.3 billion with completion and deliveries stretching into 2019. This includes $4.2 billion in contract orders secured in 2013, excluding repair and upgrade contracts.Demand remains strong for Sembcorp Marine’s big docks, including the four VLCC drydocks that commenced operations at the Group’s new 73.3-hectare Sembmarine Integrated Yard at Tuas Phase I facility in August 2013. The new yard will position Sembcorp Marine for long-term sustainable growth with its innovative design, advanced automation and optimised facilities.Construction on Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz, Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned shipyard in Brazil, continues to progress well and the yard remains on track to commence initial operations in second half 2014.Sembcorp Marine, February 25, 2014last_img read more

TSX edges up slightly but Wall Street finds little cheer on Christmas

TORONTO — Yuletide cheer swept across the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday with most sectors higher in a shortened pre-Christmas trading session.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index edged up 24.89 points to 13,309.80 as markets closed at 1 p.m. ET ahead of the holidays.The climb extended the gain made Wednesday when the TSX jumped 202.05 points, but the main index still remains well below levels of some 14,600 where it started the year.Christmas Eve is one of the slowest trading days of the year, with just over 154 million shares changing hands during the session.The loonie was up 0.06 of a cent at 72.23 cents US. It remains near 11-year lows.Trading south of the border was also subdued though it generally trended towards a more negative position.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones closed down 50.44 points at 17,552.17, while the broader S&P 500 index declined 3.30 points to 2,060.99. The Nasdaq rose 2.56 points to 5,048.49.Most traders have already started their vacations, said Macan Nia, director of the capital markets and strategy team at Manulife Asset Management.“There really shouldn’t be too much action whether it’s today or going into the end of the year,” he said. “You’re basically monitoring to make sure there’s no tail end risk events that could have an impact on your portfolio.”North American stock markets will be closed on Christmas Day with Wall Street resuming trading on Monday. Canadian stock markets will remain closed for Boxing Day on Monday.In commodities, the February gold contract rose $7.60 to US$1,075.90 an ounce, helping drive the TSX gold sector ahead 2.2 per cent.March copper lost half a cent to US$2.12 a pound.Oil prices extended their climb after an unexpected rise in supply inventories on Wednesday. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that weekly crude inventories dropped by 5.9 million barrels last week, against expectations they would rise.The data helped the February contract for benchmark North American crude rise 60 cents to US$38.10 a barrel, while the January contract for natural gas added 4.6 cents to US$2.03 per mmBtu.In corporate news, shares of Amaya Inc. (TSX:AYA) hit a fresh 52-week low of $16.51 in morning trading following a US$870-million verdict against the company by a Kentucky court over losses state residents faced on its PokerStars online gambling website.The Montreal-based company said it will appeal the judgment, which it described as based on an arcane law dating back more than 200 years and completely disproportionate to the alleged offence. Its shares closed down 5.3 per cent or 98 cents at $17.50 on the TSX.Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) has appointed former Oracle Corp. senior executive Stephen Murphy to be its president, starting Jan. 4. Shares of Open Text rose five cents to $67.61. read more