The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has started an investigation into Seatrium (formerly Sembcorp Marine) on alleged corrupt offences in Brazil.
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has started an investigation into Seatrium (formerly known as Sembcorp Marine) and individuals from the company on alleged corrupt offences that occured in Brazil.
Seatrium believes that this relates to events that occurred prior to 2015 and to the Sembcorp Marine group in existence at that time.
This would mean that these events would have taken place before the merger with Keppel Offshore & Marine in February 2023.
Let us dive deeper to understand how this latest development may affect Seatrium's share price performance.
What you need to know about Seatrium
#1 - Seatrium was under investigation for 'alleged irregularities' by Brazilian authorities in March
According to Seatrium, the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil (CGU) has initiated a preliminary administrative liability proceeding against its subsidiary Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz (EJA).
These relate to investigations of alleged irregularities practiced by EJA, Seatrium’s shipyard in Brazil which started operations in 2014.
However, the Seatrium announced that these proceedings were suspended in April 2023, and it will continue to cooperate with the Brazilian authorities.
#2 - Seatrium had brushes with Brazilian authorities earlier
Seatrium had faced several brushes with Brazilian authorities previously. Here’s a quick recap of what happened in the past.
- 2012: Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiaries secured a number of rig construction contracts with the subsidiaries of Sete Brasil
- Feb 2015: Various media reports that Petrobras’ former engineering manager had made statements that illegal payments had been made in connection with contracts into by Petrobras and/or Sete Brasil
- July 2019: Brazilian authorities executed a search warrant on EJA in connection with the ongoing investigations
- Feb 2020: Martin Cheah, former president of EJA, charged in Brazil with money laundering and corruption. The charges are in his personal capacity and not against EJA. Martin Cheah’s employment with Sembcorp Marine had been terminated in 2015.
What would Beansprout do?
When Seatrium announced that its subsidiary was under investigation in March, its share price fell by 8% in one day.
The share price of Seatrium subsequently recovered after proceedings were suspended.
As its strong order wins led to an increase in its orderbook to above S$20 billion, Seatrium's share price has bounced back strongly since, closing at S$0.123 as of 31 May 2023.
As with the previous episode, Seatrium's share price could see a knee-jerk selloff at the back of this news. The investigations could dampen its share price performance until there is more clarity on the outcome.
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