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Financial questions regarding Hyflux debts? (Guest Post)

Financial questions regarding Hyflux debts? (Guest Post)

Just a few days ago, the headlines for the recent Hyflux Saga read: “Taxpayers’ money cannot be used to help investors recoup their losses, says minister,”.

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There was also a protest by disgruntled Hyflux investors at Hong Lim Park over the weekend.

Credits: Straits Times
Credits: Straits Times
Credits: Straits Times
Credits: Straits Times

I chanced upon the article on Hyflux story so far in BT Weekend, 23-24 March 2019. Given that it had listed the debts raised in the past years, I decided to compile them into a timeline in hope to have a better picture of Hyflux’s current predicament. What really puzzled me was the perpetual raised in 2016. It was stated that the perpetual of $500m was raised to redeem the two tranches of perpetuals raised for institutional and accredited investors. The first was $300m perpetual @5.75% raised in January 2014 and the second was $175m perpetual @4.8% raised in July 2014.

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Brennen Pak is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as Brennen Pak, with more than 3000+ followers.

 

Just purely from a financial management point of view, why is Hyflux willing to raise perpetual at 6% to redeem perpetuals at lower coupon rates. After all, the 4.8% and the 5.75% perpetuals were hardly 2-year old 3-year old respectively when they were redeemed. Why was Hyflux so anxious to redeem those perpetual bonds when the perpetuals are still so recent by any standards.

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