Oei Hong Leong seeks to oust Raffles Education chairman Chew Hua Seng

Tycoon Oei Hong Leong has requisitioned an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to oust Raffles Education chairman Chew Hua Seng.
Mr Oei and his investment vehicle, Oei Hong Leong Art Museum Ltd, put in their request on Oct 21, Raffles Education announced on Thursday after the market closed.
Mr Oei is seeking to remove Mr Chew from his position and replace him with one of the independent directors who will serve as a non-executive chairman.
If none of the independent directors are willing to accept the appointment, Mr Oei seeks to direct the board to search for a suitable person to be appointed as a non-executive chairman.
Mr Oei also wants the company to disclose the identities of those who have received stock from and the number of shares issued to each of these people during a recent placement of 95 million shares.
The 95 million shares, which were issued and allotted on Tuesday at an issue price 30 Singapore cents, represent 8.96 per cent of the company's enlarged share capita…

Oei Hong Leong seeks ouster of Raffles Education chairman, Chew Hua Seng

Tycoon Oei Hong Leong, who has amassed a stake of more than 10 per cent in Raffles Education, wants a shareholders' meeting to remove its chairman Chew Hua Seng.
In a letter delivered to the board of directors yesterday, Mr Oei proposed that Mr Chew, who is also the firm's founder and chief executive, be replaced by an independent director and his employment be terminated.
If none of the independent directors wish to take the position, Mr Oei is proposing that the board search for a suitable replacement to assume the role of non-executive chairman.
Mr Chew declined to comment yesterday. He is the company's largest shareholder with a 33.58 per cent stake, after a recent placement exercise.
Mr Oei also wants Raffles Education to disclose the identities and the number of shares placed to each of the people who received stock in the placement exercise.
The letter furnished no details of what prompted the action, but Mr Oei is a long-time shareholder in Raffles Education, havi…

YuuZoo needs to show it can make money alongside governance gains

Yuuzoo Corp seems to be taking steps in the right direction when it comes to raising its corporate governance, but operational execution remains a persistent challenge at the social commerce business.
Without demonstrating any meaningful improvement in its core business, either in terms of actual usage or in terms of revenues, YuuZoo may have to incur significant impairments again this year when it reassesses the value of its franchisees.
YuuZoo made a number of moves over the past several months in an attempt to address criticism about its accounting practices and corporate governance.
The most significant was in June, when the company finally completed its annual audit for the year ended December 2016. That audit marked YuuZoo's adoption of more conservative accounting principles, especially in the way it recorded its revenues and valued the stakes that it held in its franchisees.
YuuZoo has since revealed plans to appoint an independent third party to investigate claims surrou…

SGX loosens some rules on remisiers to encourage new entrants

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is loosening some rules that will affect remisiers, as part of a raft of proposed changes on securities trading and market practices.
This is to encourage new entrants to the industry, it said.
Notably, SGX is proposing to remove a requirement that trading representatives (TRs) who work outside the office have to inform customers and SGX, and get customers' permission.
This is because off-premises broking is becoming more commonplace, and customers are getting accustomed to it.
Broking houses still have to disclose the "limitations of off-premises broking", SGX said.
Another rule that will be changed is the prescription that a broking house has to collect a S$30,000 minimum deposit from a remisier, and more if the volume of transactions is bigger.
SGX is proposing to remove the minimum amount prescription, noting that it will give broking houses more flexibility to determine what the appropriate amount is.
"The removal of the minimum su…

Alliance Mineral CEO: Better terms in latest agreement with Burwill

Catalist-lilsted Alliance Mineral Assets Ltd got much better terms in its recently concluded renegotiations with Burwill Commodity which is also funding and taking an equity stake in the lithium mining company in Western Australian, said its CEO.
The company got more "lenient" terms from Burwill in the commercial re-negotiation, said Tjandra Pramoko, Alliance Mineral chief executive who flew to Singapore to speak to The Business Times on Monday.
Last week, Alliance Mineral said that it was placing A$19.575 million (S$20.8 million) of shares to Burwill Commodity as its auditor flagged uncertainty about its ability to operate as a going concern if it were unable to raise more funds.
The auditor, Ernst & Young, noted that the firm incurred a loss after tax of US$4.8 million for the past financial year, and experienced net cash outflows from operating activities of US$1.91 million. It had cash and restricted cash of US$9.08 million as at Sept 28.
The company's cashflow …

Troubled China Sky eyes revamp via reverse takeover

China Sky Chemical Fibre Co Ltd is looking to restructure via a reverse takeover even as it continues to grapple with outstanding financial and legal troubles.
It listed a diverse range of projects that may potentially be injected into the group, including rural urbanisation projects in Beijing Huairou District, retirement living, health pension as well as tourism comprehensive development projects.
The Fujian-based nylon fibre maker said in a filing on Monday that it is also looking at Fujian eco-agricultural tourism industry chain comprehensive development, food processing, "Tang Baoxiang" and other brands of vegetarian food franchise, breakfast vans to be operated by military families, and "sociality and consumer data operation projects".
The beleaguered group had in October last year filed a lawsuit in Singapore's High Court against former non-executive director Zheng Kai Su for what it claimed was "fraudulent and/or unauthorised use of the group'…

Jaya calls off Heduru Moni reverse takeover; to be delisted from SGX

Cash company Jaya Holdings will be delisted from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) after calling off a reverse takeover deal that failed to receive regulatory approval.
Jaya, once an offshore fleet and shipyard owner, said on Tuesday that the proposed deal with Papua New Guinea finance firm Heduru Moni has been terminated.
The SGX also rejected Jaya's application for an extension of time to obtain an operating business. With the collapse of the Heduru Moni deal, and without an extension of time from the SGX, Jaya or its controlling shareholders must now make an exit offer within a month from Oct 2, 2017.
Trading of Jaya's shares will continue until Nov 1, 2017, and will remain suspended after that until the completion of the exit offer.
The proposed Heduru Moni deal, which would have given Heduru Moni a backdoor listing on the SGX, hit a bump earlier this year when the bourse declined to give pre-clearance approval for the deal on the grounds that Heduru Moni was not suitable for …

ISR Capital invests S$2.68m in Straits Hi-Rel

ISR Capital's subsidiary, Infiniti Advantage, has entered into an agreement to invest up to S$2.68 million in Straits Hi-Rel (SHR) in a move to expand into the high reliability (Hi-Rel) engineering services business.
The investment will be done in four stages by subscribing for 16,667 shares in SHR, representing an equity stake of 25 per cent on an enlarged basis.
In a filing with the local bourse, ISR Capital said SHR, a private company, was set up to be a provider of Hi-Rel engineering services and will be structured as a Hi-Rel Technology Centre to be based in Singapore.
The centre will focus on speciality testing and back-end manufacturing for Hi-Rel integrated chips and electronic modules targeted for end applications in the automotive, energy (oil and gas) and industrial sectors.
So far, SHR has yet to commence any operations with regard to the Hi-Rel Technology Centre.
The investment will be funded using proceeds raised from the issuance of convertible redeemable bonds.

The 10 stages cycle of a typical stock market crash

Stage One – The Euphoric Build Up This is the point of maximum financial risk as the market builds towards a peak- where Wealth Managers feel invincible. 1986 and 1987 were banner years for the stock market. These years were an extension of an extremely powerful bull market that had started in the summer of 1982. In 1987 it was five year bull run up while the 2008 crash had earlier seen run up of again just over 5 years ever since the end of the “dot com crash” which started on October 9th 2002. As can be seen below, the bull market can take various numbers of days but most have taken just over 2000 days.

Stage Two – The Final Top The second stage is a crescendo in the market – this is often the peak before the market crashes and is characterized by complacency and the sentiment of the investor is a general feeling of “I can buy any stock and it will go up”. As you can see from the Chart 6.3: (Oct 2006-September 2007 Dow Jones Industrials) below it can be quite euphoric at or near th…

Short-sellers caught short in Singapore

As sentiment improves, short-sellers find themselves nursing big losses
Not that many investors will shed any tears for them but short-sellers are among the biggest losers this year, as major stock markets around the globe go on a tear.
One major setback they suffered was in the United States, where their wagers against the high-flying technology stocks - Tesla, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google - blew up in their faces spectacularly.
In Singapore, their bearish bets have also tapered off somewhat as stocks have gained in strength.
Data from the financial information provider IHS Markit shows that the percentage of shares of constituent stocks in the Straits Times Index (STI) out on loan has now almost halved to 1.04 per cent from 2.02 per cent in February last year.
Its associate director, Mr Simon Colvin, said: "We have seen short-sellers continue to cover their positions in the last few months, taking the average short interest across the STI to its lowest levels in…

Why you should pay in local currency overseas

Paying in S$ when using your credit cards abroad will rack up unnecessary extra ch

Anyone who travels at all would have come up against this scenario - you are ready to pay for your purchase with your credit card when you have to choose whether to pay in Singdollars or the local currency.
A quick word of advice: always choose the latter.
I have always vaguely understood that using your credit card to pay in Singdollars while overseas would rack up extra charges but I did not fully know the extent of the damage until recently, thanks to Mr Aaron Wong, who runs the popular blog, a Singapore-focused travel hacking site that teaches people to travel better for less.
Mr Wong and I became friends recently when he read a column I wrote about the dilemma I faced between using credit cards to collect air miles versus cashback. He proceeded to give me an education in how to get the most out of my credit cards and chase miles like a pro.
In between his busy schedule of flying aroun…