Mermaid Maritime - DBS Research 2017-01-09: Much improved risk-reward profile

Mermaid Maritime - DBS Vickers 2017-01-09: Much improved risk-reward profile MERMAID MARITIME PUBLIC CO LTD DU4.SI

Mermaid Maritime - Much improved risk-reward profile

  • Newbuilds cancelled in mutual agreement with shipyard; lifts big financing risk overhang.
  • Associate rig AOD III secures contract renewal.
  • Indonesian subsea vessel chartered-in for another year, signaling improved work prospects in region.

Upgrade to BUY as risks dissipate; Mermaid now looks set to escape the downturn relatively unscathed. 

  • Mermaid’s recent announcements regarding the cancellation of its two newbuild tender rigs and one Diving Support Vessel (which entailed c.US$380m in remaining capex commitments) puts to rest the risk of obtaining financing associated with those units. 
  • With more good news coming from a 3-year contract extension secured for associate jack-up rig AOD III, we are now turning positive on the stock due to a more favourable risk-reward profile. 
  • Mermaid has low gearing of c.0.11x with no bonds and no capex outstanding – a big comfort factor. Though the stock has rallied, we believe some upside remains on the table – our P/BV valuation derives a TP of S$0.24, implying 29% upside.
  • Chances of privatisation by parent Thoresen Thai and its associated promoter group provides further upside potential.

Low orderbook remains a worry, but higher oil prices should help lift maintenance/repair activity. 

  • Mermaid’s orderbook has declined to US$155m as of 3Q16 from a high of US$473m at end-FY14 due to a dearth of maintenance and repair work. However, higher and more stable oil prices post-OPEC deal should have a trickle-down effect on maintenance work, especially in 2H17 (due to a lag effect). 
  • Mermaid has recently extended the charter of its Indonesian-flagged vessel by another year instead of returning it, thus signaling higher confidence in order win prospects in the region, going forward.


  • As the key risks surrounding newbuild capex have now dissipated, we raise our P/BV peg to 0.7x – slightly above our peg for POSH, our top choice amongst SGX-listed OSV operators, yielding a new TP of S$0.24, representing a c.29% upside. 
  • Our 2-stage DCF (9.2% WACC; terminal growth 1%) valuation, used as a cross-check measure, also supports this.

Key Risks to Our View

  • A lack of orderbook renewal in FY17 would fuel uncertainty over earnings and potentially depress the share price.

Suvro SARKAR DBS Vickers | Singapore Research Team DBS Vickers | 2017-01-09
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