May 17, 2022
Dateline 2022-04-23, The Edge:
Sapura Energy Bhd is on the verge of bankruptcy, only three weeks shy of the 10-year anniversary of the mega-merger between SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd and Kencana Petroleum Bhd, which created SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd back in mid-May 2012.
Its name was changed to the current one at end-March 2017.
From a merger valuation of RM11.85 billion, Sapura Energy’s market capitalisation swelled to RM28 billion in early 2014, following the acquisition of Seadrill’s rig business and Newfield’s Malaysian assets. At its peak, Sapura Energy was the world’s second largest integrated oil and gas service provider.
May 10, 2022
Yes, Mr Incoming PM.
Dateline 2022-04-06, FMT:
KR vice-president Rafizi Ramli says he had disagreed with the Pakatan Harapan government’s decision to bail out Sapura Energy Bhd through the injection of funds from Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) in 2019.
The former Pandan MP said he had no influence or position in the PH government but had spoken out against several decisions made by then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“I had disagreed with the decision by the Dr Mahathir Mohamad-led PH government to inject PNB funds to save Sapura,” he said in a statement today.
May 4, 2022
Let’s see if this pans out for the historic record.
Dateline 2022-03-29, Upstream Online:
Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas is not going to be acquiring cash-strapped compatriot contractor Sapura Energy, which would have brought it under the same group as rival contractor Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering (MMHE) and shipping giant MISC.
Referencing news reports, comments in the media and recent speculation on its purported “talks with the government on a proposal to take a significant stake” in Sapura Energy, Petronas told Upstream that it “wishes to categorically deny these reports and speculation”.
“We have always been and will continue to be strictly guided by an established framework for any investment or divestment consideration,” said Petronas.
November 11, 2021
Dateline 2021-10-30, The Edge:
Sapura Energy Bhd’s latest quarterly loss of RM1.52 billion was a big surprise to the market.
The company, which is 40%-owned by Permodalan Nasional Bhd, was expected to be better prepared having completed its RM10 billion debt refinancing in March. Oil prices doubled from last year to over US$80 (about RM331.28) per barrel. And the group even had a healthy order book of over RM7 billion.
Sapura Energy — arguably the largest Malaysia-listed oil and gas contractor — said that “the decrease was mainly contributed by provisions for foreseeable losses and higher project costs incurred for certain projects during the current quarter”.
March 28, 2020
For the historical record.
Dateline 2020-02-03, The Edge:
Bursa Malaysia-listed oil and gas (O&G) counters Sapura Energy Bhd and Bumi Armada Bhd declined about 4% each in mid-morning trades today as crude oil prices traded below US$60 a barrel as the coronavirus outbreak, which started in China, led to lower global oil demand concerns.
Reuters reported that oil prices extended declines on Monday, dragged down by worries about lower demand in the world’s largest oil importer China following the coronavirus outbreak. It was reported that Brent and US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell for a fourth week in a row last week after airlines cancelled flights to China.
March 12, 2019
Yea, MPRC is still around.
Dateline 2019-02-08, The Star:
MISC Bhd led Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corp’s (MPRC) latest list of Top 100 Malaysian oil and gas services and equipment (OGSE) companies, ranked in order of annual revenue for financial year 2017.
The list showed MISC edging out Sapura Energy Bhd, which was FY2016’s top ranked company. Dialog Group Bhd meanwhile has maintained its position at third place.
August 14, 2018
Dateline 2018-06-11, NST:
Sapura Energy Bhd’s subsidiary Sapura Exploration and Production (Sarawak) Inc (Sapura E&P), together with its partners Sarawak Shell Bhd and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, has discovered its ninth gas exploration well in offshore Bintulu, Sarawak.
The discovery followed the completion of its 2017 drilling campaign within the SK408 Production Sharing Contract (PSC).
In an exchange filing today, the Pepulut-1 exploration well was drilled and encountered high quality reservoir, which is located in Block SK408.
“This successful gas discovery is attributed to the strength and capabilities of our exploration, subsurface and drilling teams whose combined expertise has resulted in a number of significant discoveries.
“This series of successful results is founded on our work in understanding the geologic fundamentals of the region” said its president & group chief executive officer Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin.
July 17, 2018
Dateline 2018-06-13, Borneo Post:
Sapura Energy Bhd (Sapura Energy) and partners Sarawak Shell Bhd (Sarawak Shell) and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd’s (Petronas Carigali) ninth gas discovery offshore Sarawak is expected by analysts to further enhance the viability of the SK408 project cluster by leveraging on the common infrastructure, pipelines and facilities .
In a filing on Bursa Malaysia, Sapura Energy through wholly-owned subsidiary, Sapura Exploration and Production (Sarawak) Inc (Sapura E&P) and the group’s partners Sarawak Shell and Petronas Carigal announced its ninth gas discovery offshore Sarawak, following the completion of its 2017 drilling campaign within the SK408 Production Sharing Contract (PSC).
Sapura Energy announced that the Pepulut-1 exploration well located offshore Bintulu, Sarawak in Block SK408 was drilled and encountered high quality reservoir.
July 7, 2018
Apologies for focussing on market news, its a slow news cycle.
Dateline 2018-05-31, NST:
The oil and gas companies under Kenanga Research’s coverage are likely to see deteriorating performance with lower number of outperformers.
Kenanga Research said only two out of seven companies that released their latest interim results had outperformed. They were Dialog Group Bhd and Sapura Energy Bhd.
Another company in the firm’s universe is Bumi Armada Bhd, which is due to release its first quarter results today.
“The disappointment ratio was also higher at 31 per cent (assuming Bumi Armada’s results came within expectations) versus 13 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017 even with the anticipation of first quarter being a seasonally weak quarter,” Kenanga Research said today.
It noted that upstream services players such as Alam Maritim Resources Bhd, Coastal Contracts Bhd and Dayang Enterprise Holdings Bhd had missed expectations due to stubborn fixed costs amidst unsatisfactory vessel utilisation.
Gas Malaysia Bhd and Petronas Dagangan Bhd also had a soft start dragged by higher product costs and sliding sales volume.
June 3, 2018
Dateline 2018-04-12, The Edge:
The long-awaited go-ahead for the development of three gas fields off Sarawak provided a huge boost to flagging Sapura Energy Bhd, with its market capitalisation boosted by more than half a billion ringgit as its share price rallied sharply yesterday.
Sapura Energy logged its largest single-day price gain since its listing six years ago to finish a fifth higher to 64.5 sen after it announced it was proceeding with the development of the Gorek, Larak and Bakong gas fields off Sarawak under phase one of the SK408 production sharing contract (PSC).
The PSC follows a final investment decision (FID) made after the fields development plan received Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s approval. Concurrently, the key terms of the gas sales agreement for the gas fields’ development have been agreed upon.