Cordlife_Pregnant_BellyCordlife Group proposed a 1-cent dividend after its FY2014 net profit surged by 125.3% year-on-year to S$30.4 million. Company photo

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Cordlife Group ups stake in China Cord Blood Corporation

CORDLIFE GROUP is upping its interest in China Cord Blood Corporation (CCBC) by acquiring a 7% US$25 million senior convertible note due 3 October 2017 issued by the leading PRC cord blood banking operator.

The note issue also includes another tranche of US$25 million to Magnum Opus International Holdings, a personal investing vehicle of CCBC chairman Yuen Kam.

Cordlife currently owns a 10.02% stake in CCBC. If all the notes are converted, Cordlife’s interest will be raised to 17.79% of CCBC’s enlarged share capital.

The note is expected to provide a total internal rate of return of 12% for Cordlife.

1jeremy-yee'The key management of CCBC increasing their shareholdings is a vote of confidence on its business outlook,' said Cordlife CEO Jeremy Yee. NextInsight file photoCordlife will pay US$44.045 million for the note issue, which was priced based on the book value and share price of CCBC.

Cordlife will also extend a US$46.5 million loan to Magnum to help finance its take-up of the convertible note issued by CCBC.

Cordlife’s interest in CCBC provides exposure to 3 of the 7 regions in PRC licensed for cord blood banking.

Since Cordlife’s initial investment in CCBC in August 2012, CCBC has increased its subscriber base and enhanced its ability to generate cash.

Cordlife posted a revenue surge of 41.5% year-on-year to reach S$49.1 million for FY2014, thanks to increased client deliveries from newly acquired operations in the Philippines, India and Indonesia.

Net profit was up 125.3% at S$30.4 million.

It has proposed a final dividend of 1 cent per share, payable on 7 November.

Taking into account its 1-cent interim dividend, the dividend yield is 1.6% based on a recent stock price of S$1.245.

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Otto Marine secures A$57m charter contracts

GO_Spica_8.14Otto Marine's anchor handling vessel GO Spica. Company photo

GarrickStanley8.14“We intend to divest our smaller tonnage vessels at a suitable opportunity and focus on deep water anchor handlers, PSV’s and IMR (inspection, maintenance and repair) vessels around the world,” said Otto Marine CEO Garrick Stanley. NextInsight file photoOtto Marine has secured two time charter contracts with two oil majors worth A$57 million for its deep water anchor handlers, GO Sirius and GO Spica.

This adds to the strong charter orderbook, which stood at
 US$450 million as at 30 June.

GO Spica is a 16,300 BHP DP2 AHTS vessel with 210 tonnes bollard pull (ie, towing power) that will be deployed in the northwestern coast of Australia this month.

Another 16,300 bhp vessel, GO Sirius, will be deployed in Darwin in support of another oil major.

GO Sirius has been working in Australia for the past two years and has obtained a very good track record with multiple clients in achieving almost seamless back to back contracts in supporting drilling and construction projects.

The vessels will be operated by the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, GO Marine Group.

Go Marine is an Australian company that provides ship management, marine / construction crewing, marine consultancy, rig moving, and the supply of anchor handlers, barges, PSVs and tugs to the oil and gas industry.

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