Keppel Infrastructure Trust


Sign up for only $19.99! My last article on Keppel Infrastructure Trust (KIT) was more than two years ago. Back then, the onset of pandemic had created much uncertainty and volatility for global stock markets. KIT unit price was not spared from the carnage. The resulting meltdown prompted the management to conduct shares buyback to halt the collapse of KIT unit price. By 3 April 2020, 4.75 million of KIT shares had been repurchased, restoring sanity for the counter.

Time flies. In the blink of an eye, Singapore has reopened its borders and eased most of the pandemic public health measures. As such, I do think it is time opportune to do an article on Singapore’s largest infrastructure business trust, Keppel Infrastructure Trust. Also, a member of SG Wealth Builder had requested for a stock analysis of Keppel Infrastructure Trust, which I would duly oblige.

In my view, the biggest relief for unitholders must be the end of saga for Keppel Infrastructure Trust’s asset – Basslink, which was placed under voluntary administration on 12 November 2021. The debt ridden Basslink operates an undersea cable in Australia and had been involved in a legal dispute with its customer Hydro Tasmania. To make things worse, Keppel Infrastructure Trust had been unable to sell the asset to white knight, APA Group. This caused Basslink to collapse. Arising from this, the Group classified Basslink as discontinued operation, with loss amounting to $162 million.

Despite the setback of Basslink, the Group wasted no time licking its wound as it embarked an astonishing acquisition spree within two years. On 23 February 2022, KIT completed the acquisition of an indirect minority and non-controlling stake in Aramco Gas Pipelines Company (“AGPC”). On 31 March 2022, Ixom completed the acquisition of 100% interest in Bituminous Products Holdings Pty. Ltd. …

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