NEW ISSUE: OLAM INTERNATIONAL LIMITED SGD 5 YR ISSUE
ISSUER: Olam International Limited
STATUS: Direct, unconditional, unsubordinated and unsecured
FORMAT: Reg S, S274 & 275 of SFA, Bearer form, issuance off US$5 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme
TENOR: 5 years
INITIAL PRICE GUIDANCE: Mid 4% area
ISSUE SIZE: Benchmark
PAYMENT: Semi-annual, actual/365 (fixed)
DETAILS: SGD250K/Euro Medium Term Note Programme/English Law/CDP
Olam is back although it is not the Olam that we knew.
It is Temasek (Olam).
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I will not bother to go into detail on parent – subsidiary relationships and debt undertaking because we are all going to assume that Temasek will be there to bail out Olam forever after the steps they have taken for this whole exercise.
So Olam = Temasek = AAA/Aaa/AAA ??? (NOT TRUE !!!!!)
This 4% should be a sell out. Olam 5.8% 07/2019 is going at 4.5% area too. And perhaps the next one will come at 3% handle.
Kris Energy sold like hot cakes and is still in demand all because of Keppel’s measly 31% stake.
Let’s salute Olam with its 58% Temasek stake.
For avoidance of doubt, Olam is NOT AN EQUAL to Temasek and a subsidiary status does not imply a DEBT GUARANTEE, no matter what we can speculate or infer from Temasek’s actions on the company.
A debt guarantee is an explicit undertaking and cannot be inferred from just ownership.
Temasek has 47 known subsidiaries of which 7 are listed. Olam is a subsidiary of a subsidiary, Breedons Investments just like Stats Chippac (Ba1/BB+) is a subsidiary of a subsidiary, Singapore Technologies Semiconductors.
Stats Chippac is rated the highest junk rating we can get, at Ba1/BB+.
I have come across some opinions that Olam is, at best, comparable to Stats Chippac which has 2 USD bonds trading at the following levels.
Stats Chippac 4.5% 03/2018 101.30/101.90 3.98/3.74%
Stats Chippac 5.375% 03/2016 102.625 3.45%
Plotting the bond price of the Olam 6% 10/2022 bond, we note that the bond price has more than recovered from its Muddy Waters attack, on Temasek’s capital stake.
To their credit, the company is cleaning up and have arrested the growth of their leverage.
Now they have more than doubled their MTN programme from USD 2 bio to USD 5 bio. I suspect because they have USD 2.845 bio worth of debt and loans and revolving credit maturing this year (nothing next year). And it looks like they have chosen the bond path to renew all those liabilities to the benefit of rich Singaporeans investors.
I hope Temasek buys some of these bonds too, given that their total shareholder return for the period, which includes dividends, shrunk to 1.5 percent from 8.9 percent in its previous fiscal year.
4.5% would go a long way in helping them claw back some returns !
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