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Monday, 25 March 2019

Fortress Minerals Limited

For information only - no public offer and i am not spending too much time on this

Fortress Minerals Limited is offering 75m Placement Shares (including 51.25m Cornerstone Shares) at $0.20 per share for a listing on Catalist. There is no public offering. The IPO will close on 25 March at 2019, 12 pm. The market cap, based on the IPO price, will be S$100m.

Principal Business

The Company is a high grade iron ore producer in Malaysia and is principally in the business of exploration, mining, production and sale of iron ore concentrate. The iron ore are sold to steel mills and trading companies in PRC and Malaysia.

Financial Highlights

According to the prospectus, the unaudited pro forma financials for 1H 2019 shows a revenue of $6.5m and net profit of $2m. It also proposed an increasing dividend payout of no less than 10% of the Group NPAT for FY2019, increasing to 15% and 20% subsequently for FY2020 and FY2021. 

What i like about the Company

Company has turned profitable - It seemed that the Company has now turned profitable and intends to pay a dividend for the next 3 years. Do note that the financials are not audited though.

Prices for high grade iron ore is improving - According to the prospectus, the average price for high grade iron ore has increased significantly from US$61.42 in 2015 to  US$90.22 in 2018. This bodes well for the Company if the trend continues

Some of my concerns

"M" companies are not well received locally - Both mining companies and Malaysian companies are not well received by local investors. Lion Gold has a market cap of $8.7m and still loss-making while the market cap of CNMC Goldmine is at $89m. CNMC share price has a roller coaster ride since its IPO. 

Liquidity post IPO - The key shareholders (Yew Feei and Lip Kim) will hold >80% of the Company. In other words, liquidity will be low post trading (as in most small cap IPOs)

Environmental unfriendly - If you are into sustainable investing, this Company is probably not for you.

Mr IPO chilli ratings

My ratings are not important as it has no public offering. Even if it has a public tranche, i will probably have avoided it for valuation reasons (not to mention the weak IPO sentiment).

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