Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jump on the Oil & Gas Bandwagon? Part 1 - Ezion, Swiber, Swissco

A favorable news article on the Straits Times on Saturday offered some insights into trading this period of quantitative easing from major economies by targeting the (usual) Oil & Gas sector. However, it was highlighted that the favourite pick was not big cap stocks such as Semb Corp, Keppel Corp or Semb Marine. Instead, the article focused on mid cap stocks with good order books and growth potential such as Ezion, Ezra and Swiber. 

Ezion has definitely caught the attention of many traders over the last 1 plus year owing to a managerial and strategy turnaround that has been yielding very decent cash flows, increasing stockpile of cash as well as orders. It was also mentioned in the article that its strategy to have one of the most innovative fleet of jack-up liftboats that provides for offshore industries was a real gem in its managerial direction. Other players such as Swiber and Ezra are companies that been there and done that, very solidly and stably run over the years with a very localised culture but yet international presence. Swiber has an order book of $1.5billion in the pipeline, definitely more than sufficient revenue to last the next 3-5 years.

Of course, there are many other hidden gems that are Oil & Gas players that were not mentioned in the article such as Kreuz, Swissco and, the almost forgotten, Rotary.

Let's take a look at how you can participate in the Oil & Gas rally that has really mimicked the STI's performance over the last year (as seen from the ST news article on Saturday). Listed are technical charts of Ezion, Swissco and Swiber. For charts on Ezra, Rotary and Kreuz, refer to part 2 of this article here.



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