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Seacoast Shipping RI review (Avoid)

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•    SSSL is engaged in bulk vessel segment and agricultural products trading.
•    It marked inconsistency in its financial performance. 
•    The offer document is missing clarity on its vessel's operation capacity.
•    It has just 7 employees as of the date of filing this offer document.
•    There is no harm in skipping this "High Risk / Low Return" bet. 

Seacoast Shipping Services Ltd. (SSSL) -erstwhile known as Mahaan Impex Ltd. - is focusing on the all-size dry bulk vessels segments such as Handy vessel (5000-40000 MT), Supramax (40000-55000MT), Ultramax (60000-70000MT), Panamax (70000-80000 MT) wherein Supramax &Ultramax vessels are considered to be the most versatile amongst the various dry bulk ship types due to both their size and specifications. Seacoast provides transportation solutions to a diverse group of customers, including miners, producers, traders, and end users. Typical cargoes carried include both major bulk cargoes (coal, grain, and iron ore) and minor bulk (fertilizer, steel products, pet coke, cement, forest products, and more). The company offers various services starting with dry bulk into various areas such as chartering, hiring of vessels, operations, etc., and developing business by entering into aggregates business in Bangladesh and handling Persian Gulf cargos, South Asian coal from Indonesia etc.

Presently, SSSL engages in the trading of agricultural commodities. The company deals in products such as wheat, rice, tomatoes, onions, chana dal, masur dal and various other products. Recognizing the prevailing economic uncertainties and the potential risks associated with the shipping industry the company has strategically shifted its focus towards agricultural trading. This move has proven to be highly profitable and has positioned us as a key player in the agricultural market.

While the company is talking big on its shipping logistics services, the offer document is silent on its vessels and overall capacity data. As of the filing of this offer document, it had just 7 employees on its payroll. It appears that the company is doing its business on third-party sources. 

The company is coming out with its Rights Issue (RI) of 202005000 equity shares of Re. 1 each at a fixed price of Rs. 2.40 per share to mobilize Rs.48.48 cr. The issue opens for subscription on July 21, 2023, and will close on August 02, 2023. SSSL is offering RI in the ratio of 3 shares for every 5 shares held by the eligible stakeholders as of the record date of July 13, 2023. The full amount is to be paid along with the application for the number of shares applied. It is spending Rs. 0.50 cr. for this RI process, and from the net proceeds, it will utilize Rs. 36.74 cr. for working capital, and Rs. 11.24 cr. for general corporate purposes.

The issue is self-managed and Swaraj Shares and Securities Pvt. Ltd. is the advisor to the RI. KFin Technologies Ltd. is the registrar of the issue and MCD Share Transfer Agent Ltd. is the registrar of the company. 

Post-RI, SSSL's current paid-up equity capital of Rs. 33.67 cr. will stand enhanced to Rs. 53.87 cr. Based on the RI pricing, the company is looking for a market cap of Rs. 129.28 cr. 

On the financial performance front, for the last three fiscals, SSSL has posted a total revenue/net profit of Rs. 243.23 cr. / Rs. 10.56 cr. (FY21), Rs. 127.81 cr. / Rs. 3.39 cr. (FY22), and Rs. 429.62 cr. / Rs. 14.38 cr. It suffered a major setback for FY22 following general trends in the market on account of the pandemic. Its financial performance also raises eyebrows and concern over the sustainability going forward as it is operating in a highly competitive and fragmented segment. 

The company has not declared any dividends for the reported periods of the offer document. It will adopt a prudent dividend policy post listings of RI shares based on its financial performance and future prospects. (However, as per the BSE Website, it paid a dividend of Rs. 0.50 per share (FV of Rs. 10)  in July 2021. In November 2021, it split its shares from Rs. 10 to Re. 1). 

The scrip last closed on cum-right basis at Rs. 4.15 on July 12, 2023, and opened on an ex-right basis at Rs. 3.32 on July 13, 2023. Since then, it has marked a high/low of Rs. 4.23 / Rs. 3.32. The scrip last closed at Rs. 3.95 as of July 20, 2023. For the last 52 weeks, it has posted a high/low of Rs. 5.20 / Rs. 1.73. The counter is under ESM Stage-1, at present.

The promoters' holding has declined to 44.55% as of March 31, 2023, compared to 52.88% as of December 31, 2022.

The counter is well-managed above the RI price to lure investors. 

Conclusion / Investment Strategy

The company is engaged in Shipping logistics and Agri-products trading. It is missing the info on its segment-wise revenue details. It has paid penalties for non-compliance matters for five times since September 2021 (refer to pages 30-31 of the offer documents). Even this offer document has suppressed much information relevant to investors. There is no harm in skipping this RI – a “High Risk / Low Return” bet.

Reviewer recommends Avoid to the issue.

Review By Dilip Davda on July 20, 2023

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1. DINESH     Link|July 27, 2023 11:45:57 PM
Hi. I have 600 shares and got offered of RI 360 shares@ ₹2.40. Is it good yo buy? CN anyone suggest me.
Thanks in advance
1.1. Mohit Shukla     Link|October 9, 2023 2:33:37 PM
Did you end up buying or not?