Saturday, September 7, 2013

Jim Rogers Take Initial Stake in Geo Energy Resources

Jim Rogers is a renowned international investor and his stocks picks are scrutinized by retail investors. He has authored many top seller books such as Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Market and Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably in the World's Best Market

It was reported in The Edge that International investor James Beeland Rogers Jr, better known as Jim Rogers, has started building his direct stake in Geo Energy ResourcesOn Aug 22, Rogers acquired 1.7 million shares in the coal mining and trading company at 35.5 cents each. The acquisition was Rogers’ first direct investment in Geo Energy, bringing his direct interest in it to 0.15%.
He is also deemed interested in another 0.17% of the company, owing to an agreement with executive chairman Charles Antonny Melati, granting Rogers a call option over two million of Geo Energy shares belonging to Melati. The call option’s exercise price is 35 cents a share, with an exercise period of 10 years, starting from Jan 1, 2015. Rogers was appointed a non-executive director of Geo Energy in December 2012.

For 2QFY2013, Geo Energy reported a 7% increase in earnings to US$5.1 million ($6.51 million) from a year ago on the back of a 25% increase in revenue to US$32.2 million. Group revenue rose from the increase in coal production and sales from its mining concessions in Kutai Barat in East Kalimantan, increase in equipment rental income, and additional revenue from mining services and coal trading, despite lower average selling prices of the coal it produced at its mining concession.

Gross profit margins fell 8 percentage points to 30% on the back of lower margins commanded by its coal trading and mining services business, compared to the coal sales from its cooperation contracts, which were terminated in September 2012, and its East Kalimantan mining concession.

Jakarta-headquartered Geo Energy, listed on the SGX Mainboard in October 2012, raised about US$63.7 million in net proceeds. It planned to use the proceeds for the acquisition of additional mining equipment and machinery, the construction of a jetty and barge loading facilities for the mining licences it has already obtained, potential M&A, and working capital. On the first day of trading, more than 323.2 million of its shares changed hands, and it closed at 43.5 cents, more than 33.8% above its offer price of 32.5 cents. The stock closed at 36.5 cents on Aug 28.

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