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MIIF: Seeing value.

Friday, September 3, 2010

I used to have a very large position in MIIF about a year ago but I've divested most of it.  I still have a smallish investment left in the trust but I am not really doing anything with it.  It broke out yesterday and I blogged about it.  See: MIIF: Breakout.

Today, I received this very interesting email from The EDGE and it seems that we could see MIIF's price going higher in the near future:

Market punters have been fixated on Macquarie International Infrastructure Fund of late, a mutual fund which owns four assets. After selling British broadband operator Arqiva for $238.4 million and Canadian Aged Care for $91 million this March, the fund now owns primarily Asian assets. These are a 38% stake in Changshu Xinghua Port (Jiangsu), an 81% interest in Hua Nan Expressway in Guangdong, 20% stake in Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC) and a 100% stake in Miaoli Wind, a wind farm in Taiwan.
For 1H10, MIIF announced a distribution of 1.5 cents per share which will be paid on Sept 9. The fund has no borrowings at the corporate level, cash of 36 cents per share, and NAV is 80 cents. Dividends for 2H10 are expected to be maintained, and Macquarie Research has forecast a full-year dividend of three cents for FY10, rising to 3.4 cents for FY11.
Why have investors suddenly woken up to the value in MIIF? In a tough market, investing in an infrastructure trust offers yield potential and turnaround potential if it sells its assets. And it isn’t quite the same as investing in property via REITs. For one thing, China isn’t clamping down on infrastructure investment. On the contrary, the country continues to build roads, railroads, renewable energy assets and money is still available to fund their construction.

However, the real reason for the interest in MIIF is probably not China but Taiwan. In the past few months, there has been corporate activity in the broadband and cable TV industry on the island. Taiwan-exchange listed Kbro, owned by Carlyle, was sold in July to the Tsai family, who are Taiwan Mobile’s shareholders. Reuters reported that the price was around NT$65 billion ($2.7 billion), implying a 12–13x EV/EBITDA multiple.
Macquarie Research says such pricing implies that TBC is worth NT$51 billion. If so, MIIF’s interest is worth $221 million, the research report states. In 2007, the fund acquired the stake for just $161 million. Meanwhile, another Taiwanese broadband company, CNS, is being auctioned off by MBK Partners and Macquarie Bank and Providence Equity Partners were identified by Reuters as bidders. Macquarie Research says that MIIF could sell its stake in TBC to Macquarie and Providence which could use TBC to acquire CNS. A sale of TBC would add 14 cents to MIIF’s cash balance, Macquarie Research says. TBC accounts for 17% of MIIF’s asset base.
Already, MIIF’s discount to its NAV has been narrowing, from almost 70% to the current 30%. Macquarie Research has a target of 70 cents for MIIF. On Aug 26, MIIF announced that Macquarie Bank had raised its stake from 8.88% to 9.06%.

The EDGE Weekend Comment Sept 3, Goola Warden.
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AhJohn said...

Hi AK, any update for this stock? will last half year 2.75c sustain? thanks!

AK71 said...

Hi Ah John,

It might be a coincidence but another reader asked me about MIIF recently. :)

I think MIIF has emerged stronger from the last crisis. The current DPU seems to be sustainable.

I know Drizzt of Investment Moats has done some detailed research on MIIF. You might want to visit his blog. :)

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