Crude oil prices gained ~61% since Dec ‘21 to multi-year highs (>US$100/bbl) on the back of geopolitical tensions and stronger economy recovery from COVID-induced slowdown. Maritime and Offshore Services (MOE) companies have experienced improving near-term industry outlook on the back of the oil rally and also increased shipping demand.
While SGX listed MOE companies are benefitting from near-term tailwinds, many of them are also pivoting to clean and renewable energy related businesses, as part of their longer-term strategies. Opportunities seen in LNG and offshore renewables such as windfarms.
The top 10 most actively traded MOE companies posted year-to-date average total returns of +20.6% (vs the STI’s +7.9%), building on the average of +53.5% seen in 2021.
Since December 2021, WTI crude oil has saw a gain of nearly 61% to multi-year highs on the back of geopolitical tension in Eastern Europe impacting supply and stronger economy recovery from a COVID-induced slowdown. While the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have both revised down global crude oil demand projects, prices have remained above US$100/bbl in recent trading sessions.
Singapore is an International Maritime Centre a global offshore and marine hub and is expected to grow in tandem with increasing global demand for clean and renewable fuel (e.g. diversification into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and offshore renewables).
SGX is also one of the largest clusters of Maritime and Offshore Services (MOE) companies in Asia Pacific. The sector is diverse with sub-segments ranging from business trusts, energy, offshore services, shipping and shipyards.
The 10 most actively stocks in the MOE sector outperformed the broader FTSE Straits Times Index (+7.9%) with an average total returns of +20.6% in the year-to-date, building on the +53.5% returns seen in 2021. Rising crude oil prices and buoyant freight rates continue to be near-term drivers for the sector.
Pivoting into green energy
While the sector continues to be governed by crude oil price movements in the near-term, companies have been pivoting into renewables as global demand for clean energy grows rapidly. A common theme in this space is the shift to greener solutions such as green vessels, offshore windfarms and solar.
Below are some examples (not-exhaustive) of the pivots some companies have done:
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (SGX:BS6) – Committed to develop strategic growth in LNG-related capabilities and shift towards net-zero emissions and shipping carbonisation. Yangzijiang Shipbuilding currently has R&D centres in China focusing on green vessel technology and will be setting up an advanced maritime R&D centre in Singapore to focus on areas such as green vessel technologies as well as autonomous vessels, cyber- physical simulations, digital twinning and advanced low latency communication systems.
Keppel Corp (SGX:BN4) – In line with Keppel Corporation’s Vision 2030, which puts sustainability at the core of the Group’s strategy, business units have seized opportunities in renewable energy such as solar and offshore wind. For example, Keppel hopes to grow renewables portfolio to 7 gigawatts by 2030, with hopes to achieve it by 2025 (source: Business Times). The group is also part of a consortium which is acquiring a majority stake in a solar platform (Cleantech Renewable Assets) to accelerate its growth in this space.
Sembcorp Marine (SGX:S51) – Sembcorp Marine aims to grow sustainable solutions (covering gas, renewables and cleaner energy) to 40% of its overall revenue by 2030 (currently 30% as of FY2021). Sembcorp Marine recently, via its subsidiary, secured a contract to construct a Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV) based on its in-house design in collaboration with the customer.
Kim Heng (SGX:5G2) – Pivoted away from oil and gas sector since 2014 and focuses now on offshore windfarm renewables. Kim Heng is leveraging on its capabilities, experience and track record in the oil and gas sector to reapply them to renewable energy and marine construction. The company intends to look for opportunities in offshore windfarm renewables segment and expects more contract wins in renewable energy. Read more in the 10 August 2021 edition of SGX Research 10 in 10 with Kim Heng Limited - Embracing Renewable Energy.
Marco Polo Marine (SGX:5LY) – Marco Polo Marine has been diversifying its customer base beyond the oil & gas sector, with some of its vessels now supporting construction of offshore windfarm projects in Taiwan. Close to 20% of its currently utilized vessels are working on offshore windfarm projects, with contribution to its financial performance. Aside from this, Marco Polo intends to support the operation and maintenance of offshore windfarms after they are built. Read more in the 13 July 2021 edition of SGX Research 10 in 10 with Marco Polo Marine - Steering Into Renewables.
|10 Most Actively Traded Stocks
in the MOE Sector
|2022 YTD Total
|Hutchison Port Holding Trust *||NS8U||2,853||2.6||11.0||22.8||10.3|
|Samudera Shipping Line||S56||550||1.1||78.9||138.4||238.5|
|Marco Polo Marine||5LY||106||0.4||11.1||107.7||50.0|