16 April 2014

Ezion - 100M shares placement - April 2014

Singapore, 16 April 2014 – Ezion Holdings Limited (“Ezion” and together with its subsidiaries the “Group”), a leading Singapore headquartered, Liftboat developer, owner and operator as well as offshore logistics support service provider, announced the subscription of 100 million new ordinary shares (the “New Shares”) by Asia Fountain Investment Company Limited, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Guoco Group Limited and GuoLine Capital Limited, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Leong Company (Malaysia) Berhad for approximately USD155 million (the “Proposed Subscription”).

Owning one of the largest and most sophisticated class of Multi-Purpose Self Propelled Jack-up Rigs liftboats”) globally, Ezion today has operations around the world. It is one of the first to promote the usage of Liftboats in Asia, Middle East and West Africa. Ezion is also the market leader in Southeast Asia and Australia to have the experience and track record to handle offshore logistics projects in environmentally challenging conditions. Ezion expects to grow its fleet and capabilities significantly as it strives to achieve its vision to be a world-class corporation and the market leader in Asia Pacific.

Mr Chew Thiam Keng, Group CEO of Ezion said: “We are most happy to have the privilege of working with Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan, an esteemed and most well regarded global investor. On behalf of the Board and management of Ezion, I warmly welcome his investment. This investment will allow Ezion to leverage on our new shareholders’ extensive network of resources and vast experience, in particular in Asia, and to further expand our business in the vibrant offshore Oil and Gas industry. We also believe that the proceeds received from this investment will allow us to better position ourselves to meet the strong demand of clients for our product and services, balance our capital structure and allow us to keep up with the growth without having to raise further equity for at least the next 12 months based on current business prospects.

My Notes

This is a good move for Ezion management to further strengthen its leadership in niche lift-boat market in Asia market. This news followed the charter contract of US$82M yesterday. I believe that with Ezion fully utilizing its MTN programme, the last choice is private placement, which will dilute the EPS in future.

However, with Tan Sri Quek as substantial shareholder of Ezion, I believe Ezion's longer term outlook would be improved. I still believe that the company could achieve US$300M net profit by FY2016 with more projects on hand. Let's see if the company could clinch more projects for the rest of the year.

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