Search

NEWS
AVIATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore
Published: 07 Dec 12
335 views


Delta eyes SIA's 49% stake in Virgin

One man’s meat is another’s poison.

According to Maybank Kim Eng, Singapore Airlines announced recently that they are looking to divest their 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic (VA), an investment they made for GBP600m some thirteen years ago.

Here's more from Maybank Kim Eng:

While the news itself wasn’t a big surprise, it was intriguing to see a wide range of offer prices quoted by news publications, from SGD200m (The Business Times) to ~USD1.2b (Bloomberg, CNBC).

Both quoted Delta as the alleged interested party. Our take: fair value is likely to be closer to SGD1b, and this could result in an attractive special dividend.

One man’s meat, another’s poison. SIA’s investment in VA has been undermined by Richard Branson’s unwillingness to accede control of the airline to SIA, as well as the inking of a Singapore-UK agreement allowing SIA to fly the trans-Atlantic route from Britain.

This transAtlantic route and prized landing slots at London’s Heathrow are exactly what Delta is after: a lucrative market for premium passengers.

Our view on Virgin’s worth: ~SGD1b. We did a simple comparison with International Airlines Group (IAG), parent of British Airways, Iberia and BMI, to make an educated guess on a fair value for VA’s business.

Sale could result in 8% special dividend yield. SIA has a muchvaunted net cash pile of close to SGD4b, which likely means any significant cash proceeds from a VA sale could be distributed to shareholders via a special dividend. SGD1b in cash proceeds would translate to ~SGD0.85 / share, or a potential 8% yield. Fundamentally, our HOLD call on SIA is maintained, still premised on a neutral outlook for the aviation sector. But things could start to look interesting for SIA.

Potential special dividend if cash sale goes through. Our VA valuation suggests an attractive special dividend should a cash sale be sealed. We do list two criteria for investors to watch for: confirmation of the transaction which is in-line or even exceeding our SGD1b estimates, and for the deal to be paid in cash. 



Sign up for our newsletter

 

Do you know more about this story? Contact us anonymously through this link.

Click here to learn about advertising, content sponsorship, events & rountables, custom media solutions, whitepaper writing, sales leads or eDM opportunities with us.

To get a media kit and information on advertising or sponsoring click here.

Tags: SIA's stake in Virgin, Delta

LATEST AVIATION JOBS »
  • No jobs posted on this category.
    PRINT ISSUE »

    Subscribe Now
    What factors are keeping expats rooted in Singapore?

    1246 views

    What factors are keeping expats rooted in Singapore?

    618 views

    Can Asian private equity outgrow the west?

    286 views

    MOST READ EXCLUSIVES

    The 10 richest Singaporeans

    The 10 richest Singaporeans

    Altogether, their total amount of wealth dropped by 20% to US$32.5 billion.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    13 Apr 2015 | 110076 views
     

    16 items that are a tad cheaper in Singapore than in Hong Kong

    16 items that are a tad cheaper in Singapore than in Hong Kong

    Coffee lovers need not go farther for a cheaper cup of cappuccino.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    20 Mar 2015 | 105387 views

    Check out P&G Singapore’s new office with outdoor working spaces

    Check out P&G Singapore’s new office with outdoor working spaces

    It occupies 6 contiguous floors within The Metropolis.

    by LEE ANNE BABIERRA
    30 Apr 2015 | 21108 views
     

    Singapore’s 8 hottest 40 and under hotel chefs

    Singapore’s 8 hottest 40 and under hotel chefs

    Check out and be inspired from their humble beginnings before rising the ranks.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    27 Mar 2015 | 14418 views

    Chow Tai Fook opens second store in Singapore

    Chow Tai Fook opens second store in Singapore

    It's a 1,000-square feet new jewellery shop on Orchard Road.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    26 Feb 2015 | 12987 views
     

    This is a woman’s world: CRIB launches Singapore’s first business and lifestyle incubator for women

    This is a woman’s world: CRIB launches Singapore’s first business and lifestyle incubator for women

    Find out what the three key platforms of CRIB are.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    10 Mar 2015 | 8747 views

    The New Black hits Singapore with rarest green coffee

    The New Black hits Singapore with rarest green coffee

    It also boasts of its Impossible Collection curated by the ‘world’s rockstar roasters'.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    5 Mar 2015 | 5438 views
     

    All the single ladies: Here’s Singapore’s first female-centric dating app for you

    All the single ladies: Here’s Singapore’s first female-centric dating app for you

    Its female-friendly features help women find serious daters.

    by LEE ANNE BABIERRA
    20 Apr 2015 | 5221 views

    Get to know the husband-and-wife duo behind the novice 3E Accounting

    Get to know the husband-and-wife duo behind the novice 3E Accounting

    This local accounting firm expanded from 2 to 35 members in just 4 years.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    24 Apr 2015 | 5098 views
     

    Take a sneak peek at Equinix’s $300m international business exchange data centre in Singapore

    Take a sneak peek at Equinix’s $300m international business exchange data centre in Singapore

    Which took almost a decade to finish.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    27 Apr 2015 | 3653 views

    Want to be hands-on with your ideal home setting?

    Want to be hands-on with your ideal home setting?

    Commune is opening an Experience Centre for meticulous homeowners.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    23 Mar 2015 | 3294 views
     

    Office in the sky: How’s having a meeting in the clouds?

    Office in the sky: How’s having a meeting in the clouds?

    Check out ACL Asia Pacific’s Cumulonimbus, Altostratus and Cirrus rooms.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    1 Apr 2015 | 3250 views

    Lazada Singapore CEO Martell Hardenberg talks about his “Happy Customer” philosophy

    Lazada Singapore CEO Martell Hardenberg talks about his “Happy Customer” philosophy

    Find out what other goals the 27-year-old has for the company.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    27 Mar 2015 | 3150 views
     

    LawCanvas saves the day: Easy legal documents in under a minute

    LawCanvas saves the day: Easy legal documents in under a minute

    The founders revolutionized the legal industry despite having different backgrounds.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    2 Mar 2015 | 2801 views

    Take a look inside INSEAD’s $55m leadership development centre in Singapore

    Take a look inside INSEAD’s $55m leadership development centre in Singapore

    It marks the fulfillment of a vision too ambitious to achieve 15 years ago.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    1 Apr 2015 | 2706 views
     

    Le Petit Paradis recently rebranded as Enoch’s European

    Le Petit Paradis recently rebranded as Enoch’s European

    It’s a full-fledged contemporary European restaurant blossomed from a motorcycle accident.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    22 Apr 2015 | 1446 views

    #OnTheContrary campaign reveals the ‘real struggles’ of entrepreneurs

    #OnTheContrary campaign reveals the ‘real struggles’ of entrepreneurs

    Rags to riches stories are fabulous, but here’s the real deal.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    27 Mar 2015 | 1266 views
     

    Find out what it’s like going into business with your in-law

    Find out what it’s like going into business with your in-law

    A young entrepreneur teamed up with his father-in-law to redefine home entertainment needs.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    27 Mar 2015 | 1058 views

    What is the future of the sports business in Singapore?

    What is the future of the sports business in Singapore?

    Can a new billion-dollar stadium give Singapore the edge it needs to compete for world-class sporting events?

    by STAFF REPORTER
    20 Mar 2015 | 877 views
     

    Fragrance Du Bois to launch a new scent this year

    Fragrance Du Bois to launch a new scent this year

    Also, check out its pop-up boutique at TANGS Orchard open until April 26.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    17 Apr 2015 | 829 views

    This bold ad film tells you what happens when maids are not given their due day off

    This bold ad film tells you what happens when maids are not given their due day off

    ‘Mums & Maids’ generated 5 million views in 5 days.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    7 May 2015 | 687 views
     

    HAITE Group launches its first aviation training center in Singapore

    HAITE Group launches its first aviation training center in Singapore

    It is the first major investment by a Chinese aerospace firm.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    13 May 2015 | 668 views

    Megafash sets the stage for local entrepreneurs to introduce indie brands

    Megafash sets the stage for local entrepreneurs to introduce indie brands

    It plans to expand in Malaysia and Indonesia.

    by KRISANA GALLEZO
    20 Apr 2015 | 560 views
     

    Singapore retailers turn to technology to boost productivity

    Singapore retailers turn to technology to boost productivity

    Shopping for the first child is always challenging for the parents.

    by STAFF REPORTER
    15 May 2015 | 487 views