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1 week ago | Report Abuse

Thanks Niki for your latest update of Kraken's potential development.


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1 week ago | Report Abuse

Tq Niki for your latest brief on Armada Sterling II, Armad TGT and Armada Kraken respective extensions. You are very helpful to share your insights.💎

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1 week ago | Report Abuse

My patience for Bumi Armad is wearing very thin lately after 9 years of holding it as flagship investment. Apart from strong FCF paying down the borrowings fast, I have not seen much business progress in Armada in the last 3-4 years. I am waiting for the coming quarterly report before deciding what to do with Armada. Reflecting back, the only saving grace I have for investing in Armada is to trade some portion of my holding over the years and buy back when it dropped back again just to compensate for no dividends over the years. I do made good money out of this mode so far.
Though not 100 % comfortable doing this as I had fairly strong belief in its business model but it seems the successive MDs have not been able to grow the company well enough to create more values. The Board of Directors need to be shaken out for successively selected mediocre MDs in the last 9 years.

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2 weeks ago | Report Abuse

Happy Chinese New Year to members in this chat group. May we all prosper in Dragon Year.

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1 month ago | Report Abuse

AK would be very happy if Armada price is so low enough despite strong free cashflow the last few years for him to take it private at great profit ; this real or imaginary threat I have not discounted so far. Fingers crossed.

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1 month ago | Report Abuse

Thanks to all for the update of Armada Sterling V first oil. It would be a BIG morale booster to the market including us, should the management declare some dividends after the next 2 quarters of profits wipe clean the accumulated losses. However, be prepared for the management to prioritize debt repayment than paying dividends; as there is no immediate new profit generating project coming on stream to boost the profit further.

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2 months ago | Report Abuse

@ TimCoke, yes I also suspect the market is overreacting and some big players are pressing the price down to accumulate. Good for investors who dare to go against the market sentiments , it seems.

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2 months ago | Report Abuse

I am also waiting for 48 sens to top up.

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2 months ago | Report Abuse

How bad can the impact of Sterling V first oil delay versus Kraken shut down before? Are the investors including some here overreacting to this Sterling V first oil delay further preceded by many delays already? Is the Armada's 30 % share of this FPSO so critical that it may disrupt the free cash flow that Armada is generating now from overall operations? I look forward to some wisdom sharing from our wise investors here. Thanks

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2023-11-27 09:13 | Report Abuse

Thanks to everyone sharing your thoughts on Armada and especially to Niki for very detailed analysis. I do agree the real threat to Armada is no apparent growth catalysts now except some hope on extensions of contract options. We keep hearing some indications/news of some new project but very little update from management on these. Hearing some distant thunders but yet to see the rains. Yes, we shall wait a little longer to see if the current management team can show their worth . Thanks

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2023-11-26 20:29 | Report Abuse

I invest in Armada share since 2015, seen its worse performance over the years and a very short time its price went beyond 72 sens in March this year. I am wondering why the market has not given its support to Armada share price despite its debt level has been paid down from RM 13.8 B ( 239% debt to equity ratio) in 2017 down to RM 5.22 B in Sept 2023 ( 88 % Debt to equity ratio). is it the Armada management has failed to improve the market confidence in them or the major shareholder of Armada ? Armada current PE ratio of 4.5 is simply too low in view of its double digits ROE ( last 3 years) strong cash flows ( last 4 years). Is this strange phenomenon due to some big sharks manipulating its price to shake off small investors before the final pushing up of its share price or otherwise taking it private again ?

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2023-10-06 20:37 | Report Abuse

@ Macgyver111 "Hari2 gaduhkah dlm ni blog...semua mcm budak kindergarten. You all arguing each other also no point..stock market doesn't care any shit of that so why spend your valuable energy and time for non value add argument."

Agreed with your comments on the incessant squabbling among some members here, making this forum noisy for nothing. We are here sharing our insights or useful information for profitable share investment but not proving who is smarter. Everyone makes mistakes in share investment from time to time; so we need to have useful discussions here.

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2023-10-03 11:35 | Report Abuse

Steady, fellow investors, Armada price has been fairly volatile for whatever reasons for so many years. It has been having high ROE , good net margin plus strong free cash flow over the last 2 1/2 years, hence its intrinsic values are above current price. Dont go panic unless Kraken and Olembendo sink or exploded 😅

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2023-10-03 10:01 | Report Abuse

I wonder if it is an industry phenomenon as Hibiscus share price is also dropping 4.5 % this morning

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2023-10-02 15:44 | Report Abuse

We cant completely discount the chance of extension of existing FPSO contracts given good oil prices making the FPSO viably profitable for all parties,

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2023-10-02 10:03 | Report Abuse

Well said Niki, await positive news from BA , if any, to boost market confidence.

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2023-10-02 00:42 | Report Abuse

To quote Phillp Fisher in his book "Common Stock and Uncommon Profit" , he wrote " The conservative investor must be aware of the nature of the current financial-community appraisal of any industry in which he is interested. He should constantly be probing to see whether that appraisal is significantly more or less favorable than the fundamentals warrant. " He also wrote " any individual stock does not rise or fall at any particular moment in time because of what is actually happening or will happen to that company. It rises or falls according to the current consensus of the financial community as to what is happening and will happen regardless of how far off this consensus may be from what is really occurring or will occur ". I see Armada is currently recovering from years of financial troubles and its poor image in the market. The investing community is still apprehensive of any risk of disruption to its good cash generating operations to pay off the loans in the rising interest rate scenario and has not forgotten some goof ups in its Offshore Vessels business and cancellation of a FPSO contract due to poor management. Hence, the market assigns low PE valuations to Armada relatively to Yinson , for example. However, once this poor image is progressively addressed by eliminating the outstanding negative share shareholder equity and further loan reduction in the next few quarters, the market may switch to giving higher valuations to a more profitable Armada. The bad memory of Armada was taken private once before, and the Kraken incident with the subsequent lack of timely proper updates by seemingly arrogant management did not help to restore the market confidence soon enough. Hopefully, the management start to be more respectful of the investing community by keeping us informed adequately to regain more market confidence. With coming good fundamentals , it may boost the investors community's confidence in Armada. I am keeping my finger crossed for the better acceptance of Armada by investment community, hence fair valuations to be given in near future. A P/B of 1 or a PE of 10-12 can be a reality in the next 2 to 3 quarters. Be dare to dream and keeping our faith in Armada business fundamentals have changed for the better, my fellow investors here, now we just wait for the poor market image to be corrected. I risked being corrected as before.

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2023-09-29 17:10 | Report Abuse

Thanks Niki for the positive news. Look forward to breaking the 58.5 and 72 sens barriers soon

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2023-09-23 15:25 | Report Abuse

# Rohan, yes, it is still good to pay down the debt as much and wait till the accumulated losses of owner equity are eliminated. Reducing the debt is equivalent to growing the company' net profitability through the interest costs savings and reduce impacts of interest rate changes. Psychologically the market perhaps needs a boost for a " maiden " dividend from Armada, since the last one in 2015.

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2023-09-23 14:20 | Report Abuse

While we may applaud the prudence in the paying down of the loans aggressively by Armada management ,we should not accept the negligence in preventive maintenance or lack of redundancy in crucial system on Kraken. The MD should take a pay cut for lack of foresights in ensuring no production disruption in such an important asset. This costs the shareholders hundreds of million. He simply ignores the need for timely updates with shareholders as well.
Is the market still reflecting lack of confidence in Armada’s leadership despite the strong free cash flow that should give Armada stock better valuations? We can’t rule out AK may take Armada private once again if it is valued too cheap after its debt is paid down. I hope my such fear is unfounded.

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2023-09-23 00:47 | Report Abuse

@ Nikicheong, yes it can also be beneficial to investor if Armada management can make use of the future free cash flow to generate high ROE in the new investments instead of distribute the cash as dividends. The latest Kraken event and lack of timely updates subsequently does not help create trusts.
Dividends may help gaining some interests among sceptical investors who want to see some cash returns sooner instead of waiting in some blur visions due to poor investors relationship management by Armada.

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2023-09-22 15:26 | Report Abuse

It would take another 2 quarters profitability to remove the accumulated losses of the owners' equity (- RM 447 K ) before Armada is allowed to declare any dividend from its future profit. The market would accept its valuations better than now, I hope.

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2023-09-19 17:43 | Report Abuse

Reply @ NikiCheong
"Big guns buying or insiders know something's up."
Heard of some news on this from any source ?

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2023-09-19 16:03 | Report Abuse

Time for a step up of price , Armada, long overdue .

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2023-08-29 18:43 | Report Abuse

Robert and Nikie, thanks for your interpretations of the UOB's comments on the ICOP which I find it perplexing as if BA management is so laxed, for such matter of great concerns. The lack of update during Kraken's shut in has reduced my confidence of BA current management, to say the least. These few days the BA share price was on the retreat, it can be a good opportunity for some further accumulation if it goes down further , though I am concerned for BA's lack of new projects while some existing contracts are up for contract extension.

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2023-08-29 17:13 | Report Abuse

Can anybody who has knowledge of FPSO comment on the concerns indicated by UOB on the Kraken's Infrastructure Code of Practice shows all processing equipment were expected to reach ullage from 2023 . The BA management has no clear plan to perform diagnosis on the entire top side equipment to reduce surprise breakdowns once again.

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2023-07-20 16:48 | Report Abuse

The lack of update on Kraken during the shut in period from Bumi Armada Management have negative impact of my trust of them greatly. However, I have added more Bumi Armad shares during the during the crisis based on Bumi Armada business model and the strong free cash flow of the business in the last few years. It is still the flagship in my share investment portfolio.

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2023-07-14 22:11 | Report Abuse

Why bother arguing who really makes money or go bankrupt incessantly? Just make up your mind if you are a pure trader or long term investor or a hybrid investor how sometimes take profit partially when the price is deemed alright to you. No one can forever boast all the time 100 % accurate in buying or selling shares at the right price. I remember there was a person who is called Investor King used to announce he makes good money trading Armada in this forum almost a few times each week . Now I don't see him in this forum; I wonder if he gave up trading Armada shares already?

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2023-07-07 18:01 | Report Abuse

The current NTA of Armada is 89 sens/share ; its current share price of 49 sens provides about 45 % discount. For an asset that produce so much cash flow each quarter, it is very attractive. Profit is desirable but its Net Operating Cash Flow higher than profitability is even more valuable.

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2023-06-23 14:46 | Report Abuse

Not all earning are with some cash flow. Armada net operating cash flow after loan interest is about RM 1 billion per year but with a market capitalization of RM 2.8 billions is very attractive. The market confidence in management has certainly taken some beatings due to the poor handling of keeping the investors informed progressively.

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2023-06-22 17:00 | Report Abuse

@ NikiCheong "After the recent purchases, my average is now RM0.295. Prior to that it was RM0.262. I have been forced to "average up" each time. My original buy back in October 2020 was 350k at 22.5 sen "
17 minutes ago
Hi Niki
Did you ever trade Armada shares in between Oct 2020 till now or you just keep adding when the prices moved ? If you did sell some of Armada shares holding then did you deduct the profit you made from the sales to offset your overall invested costs in Armada share to arrive at your average cost of existing holding ?

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2023-06-22 11:10 | Report Abuse


RHB analyst reports on 23 June
 Keep BUY and SOP-based TP of MYR0.73, 51% upside. We are longterm positive on Bumi Armada’s MoU with Navigator Holdings – this could
potentially generate a new source of income for the former as it embarks on
a global energy transition agenda. Our call is still premised on the
assumption that the Kraken shutdown will be resolved in the short term.
 To provide CO2 solutions. BAB announced the signing of a non-binding
MoU with Navigator Holdings, the owner and operator of the world’s largest
fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers, to establish a JV company (to be
owned equally) to provide CO2 shipping and injection solutions in the UK.
The JV is looking to design and implement a value chain of shuttle tankers
delivering to a floating carbon storage & injection unit. It is estimated that
the potential market in the UK is over 30m tonnes of CO2 pa from emitters
that are not proximate to the existing awarded carbon capture, usage and
storage clusters. Both parties are in initial discussions with a number of
emitters, and if successful, the first shipment of CO2 is anticipated to take
place three years after taking the final investment decision.
 Minimal earnings impact for now. Overall, we are long-term positive on
the venture – this could potentially generate a new source of income for
BAB as it embarks on a global energy transition agenda. It was stated that
the company operates the only FPSO which uses an amine recovery
system to extract hydrogen sulphide (H2S) from production gas, similar to
what is used in many of the CO2 capture-recovery systems worldwide.
However, pending further details from management, near-term earnings
impact is likely to be minimal, and funding requirement would depend on
the size of the project pipeline. As such, we maintain our earnings
estimates.
 Kraken status. Separately, BAB announced that following the recent startup of the Kraken FPSO, production is currently at c.60% of pre-shutdown
level. There is still further work, testing and investigations ongoing to
stabilise and bring the vessel’s operational performance back to preshutdown level. According to upstream, the UK’s Health & Safety Executive
(HSE) is examining the circumstances that led to the shutdown. It was also
reported that only one of the four hydraulic submersible pumps (HSPs) is
available for use, while the other three need to be replaced. Note that
Armada Kraken accounted for >30% of our valuation and any long-term
disruption would present a downside risk to our TP, which implies FY24F
P/E and P/BV of 5.4x (below its 5-year mean of 6x) and 0.6x (below +1SD
from its 5-year mean). It also incorporates of a 6% ESG discount, based on
our ESG score of 2.7.
 Downside risks: Contract cancellations, failure to win new contracts, and
a further deterioration in Armada Kraken’s operation

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2023-06-21 14:43 | Report Abuse

Well done Niki and SSlee also. Thanks for your letter to Bursa on this matter.

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2023-06-21 11:57 | Report Abuse

Yes I agree with you Robert, Gary , the MD of Bumi Armada is showing poor leadership in this FPSO Kraken's transformer issue management for failing to keep investors updated on the progress of sorting out this issue weeks after the initial announcement. It appears Armada has no respects for the investors' need of clarity on what is going on in FPSO Kraken. Either Bumi Armada has very poor investor relationship management or deliberate holding back of information for some agendas?

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2023-06-21 06:01 | Report Abuse

Fear mongering and panic reinforce each other in market spiraling down leading to under valuation.

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2023-06-20 11:29 | Report Abuse

Bumi Armada is 1 stock that is quite complicated for general investors to comprehend its nature of long investment cycles, long term contract and its inherent risks in its operational complexity. This latest hiccup after the nearly perfect track records of FPSO Kraken's uptime in the last 3 years still bring back some guessing worse than actual situations. Many investors are sitting on the edge the last 2 weeks or so.

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2023-06-17 19:26 | Report Abuse

Price moves sideways for sometimes can also mean there is some support at this level, provides us the time to collect slowly instead of all in 1 shot.

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2023-06-16 15:31 | Report Abuse

Thanks Niki for sharing your research and always helpful to many.

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2023-06-16 15:30 | Report Abuse

@Robert Water
Thank for your clarifications.

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2023-06-16 12:22 | Report Abuse

It is more assuring to stare at your own crystal balls even if someone can bang their hairy chests telling you potential Armada share price by next week. Kraken is not sinking yet but an FPSO with a transformer issue.

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2023-06-16 09:16 | Report Abuse

@ Robert Walter posting "

1. Transformers were running hot so people kept door open, and some posters peeled off the wall due to being warped by heat
2. There was an annoying buzzing sound and clicking, much louder than in the other electrical rooms
3. You could sense the sour 'transformer' smell closer to the units. By the vents of the transformer enclosure, you could nearly taste it, not just smell.
4. During pump switching smoke was observed
5. One transformer failed but nothing was done about it. 'One off event,' they said.
6. Eventually an operator expressed his concern about critical equipment health. Unit started to give trouble and malfunction warning light. Manager asked him what he was planning to do about it. And he said meeting was for productive discussion, not for complaining. The guy learnt to keep quiet.
Based on the above , we need big tummies to contain the worries of Bumi Armada's lack of update of Kraken hiccup .
Robert, can you please clarify where do you get the information of transformers situations ?
Thanks

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2023-06-15 12:33 | Report Abuse

Peter Lynch once wrote the ultimate success or failure of investment is not purely dependent on one's intelligence but the also the stomach to withstand the worries of the world long enough for the investment to succeed. The skittish investors no matter how intelligent always got flushed out the market by the brush beater of the doom. To me it is quite difficult to overcome the worries at times but very true and useful so far in Armada stock . I am not impressed by the ways Armada management handling the information flow to the investors on the latest Kraken hiccup so far. Either they willfully hold back the updates or they do not know how to handle it confidently. This is harmful to investors' confidence in Bumi Armada. Is this the agenda of the insider large shareholders for holding back updates so far and SEC should investigate ?

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2023-06-13 16:54 | Report Abuse

Add another batch @ 45 sens

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2023-06-13 15:40 | Report Abuse

market moving today

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2023-06-13 15:30 | Report Abuse

Niki, thanks for sharing the great news.

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2023-06-13 12:18 | Report Abuse

I understand there are 4 wholly owned and 3 jointly owned FPSOs in Bumi Armada fleet; though Kraken is important in the revenue generation contributing to about 30 % revenue but I cant imagine how a pump/transformer issue on Kraken can be deemed as a potential game over matter for Armada in the worst case scenario. Further more the transformer is accessible outside the well as I heard from this forum. Does it needs 6 months to replace a transformer ?

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2023-06-13 12:06 | Report Abuse

Thanks to I3 Investor management stopping the noisy Mouse from causing further nuisance in this forum. This forum is now back what it should be : Good information and opinions sharing instead of flooded by incessant insults among a few nonsense participants. Cheers!

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2023-06-12 15:35 | Report Abuse

History seems to repeat itself of Armada up and downs over the years; though it is frustrating to see the price dropped so suddenly but I do take some solace from my earlier " dividend aimed" disposals of about 45 % of my Armada total holding in batches with about 57 sens average . I did regret for selling a little too early when Armada eventually hit 72 sens weeks later. Now I am buying back in batches as Armada price dropped lately. It can be a little unnerving as the price keep dropping as its price further dropped after adding but it also means further opportunities to add further for a counter I see values in its business model and at such a cheap valuations. Its cash generation track records for the last 3 years is the cornerstone of my faith in Armada and with PE @ 3.5 , it is a steal. I am waiting for it to go up or down, either way I am excited. You can decide if this suits you. The market is panicking a little too much as it is swinging according to flow of the flocks.

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2023-06-12 15:19 | Report Abuse

Top up another 10 % versus my total holding of Armada @ 44 sens, this batch was parked waiting for the last 5 days. Will add more if it drops further to below 40 sens.