AnthonyKoh8.15ISOTeam CEO Anthony Koh. NextInsight file photo.ISOTeam announced the proposed acquisition of TMG Projects for S$4 million after the market closed yesterday. The purchase consideration of S$4.0m will be paid in the following manner:

a) S$2.4m will be paid in cash;

b) S$1.6m will be satisfied through the transfer of 2,539,683 ISOTeam’s treasury shares (“Consideration Shares”) at a transfer price of S$0.63 each.

This transaction, by itself, does not come as a surprise as it is in line with ISOTeam’s intention to provide a total maintenance solution to clients. Furthermore, it enhances and complements their own interior decoration competencies.  It also provides ISOTeam an opportunity to enter into other industries such as shopping malls, REITs, schools, hospitals, high-end hotels and residences etc.

However, what caught my attention was the intent to pay via 2.5m ISOTeam treasury shares priced at $0.630.

ISOTeam has zero treasury shares at the moment. According to their announcement, they have three months from the date of announcement (i.e. 30 Dec 2015) to do share buy backs. In the event that they don’t have enough treasury shares, they will settle the remaining purchase consideration in cash within three months from the date of the Agreement.

Here are my thoughts.

a) I would think as long as the share price is below $0.630, ISOTeam is likely to do share buybacks as it does not make sense to pay in cash (priced at $0.630 / share);

b) ISOTeam’s average 30D and 100D volume are 64K and 94K shares respectively. With reference to Figure 1 below, there are several days where ISOTeam has less than 50K shares transacted. In fact, there are three days where less 1K shares were transacted.

ISOTeam is fairly illiquid hence if there are sellers, ISOTeam may just buy back as they will not know whether the next few days have any volume.

Readers, please read ISOTeam’s announcement here as there are conditions precedent to be fulfilled for the proposed acquistion.

Figure 1: Historical data for the month of Dec 2015


Chart outlook

With reference to Chart 1 below, ISOTeam has breached a multi time tested resistance $0.590 – 0.605 with volume expansion. 21D, 50D and 100D exponential moving averages (“EMAs) have risen and pulled apart after converging earlier. This is a positive sign. A sustained break below $0.570 will negate the mild bullish tinge in the chart. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that the accuracy of chart reading is diminished due to ISOTeam’s illiquidity.

Chart 1: ISOTeam has breached a multi time tested resistance $0.590 – 0.605

Source: CIMB chart 30 Dec 15


ernest newphotoErnest Lim, CFA, CA Singapore.This is just a short write-up on my thoughts of the acquisition. Readers can refer to my previous write-up on ISOTeam dated 29 Aug 15 here. Readers are encouraged to take a look at ISOTeam’s corporate website for more information.

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#3 Rex 2016-01-01 22:16
ISOTeam could also buy shares from employees exercising stock options, or from any shareholder wishing to unload. The sellers just need to make their intention known to the company in advance, and a married deal (or pseudo married deal) can be executed.
#2 Connie 2015-12-31 12:55
This announced intent to partially pay for acquisition by treasury shares is a clever way of saying we will support the share price at 63 cents! The illiquidity of the stock, as pointed out in the article, is real but it can be easily resolved thru a bonus issue or stock split. I will be totally unsurprised if ISOTeam soon announces such a move.
#1 lotustpsll 2015-12-31 09:03
The strategic roll-out of its strategies is evident of the management's long term vision. Business is highly cash generative and the balance sheet remains solid. Clearly, Isoteam is a stock to watch.

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