I could not really see and vision how it can grow much. Then few years ago, we hear of it buying Friendster and that was the smart financial dealing when Friendster's patents was used as a negotiation tool for a small portion of Facebook's shares. It must have been worth a lot now i.e. to the tune of at least a billion ringgit now that Facebook is worth USD172 billion (15 Jul 2014).
However news keep on prompting us that MOL Online is doing a hundreds of millions fund raising first locally and over the last few years it seems they have moved to Nasdaq. Frankly, I would have thought this company would have made at least RM50 to more than RM100 million in profits as anything less, it would not be Vincent Tan worth, or at least may not be able to raise that few hundreds of millions. It is not. At last the financial numbers are out with news claiming that it is raising USD300 million. For it to raise USD300 million, the company must be worth at least USD1.5 to USD2.0 billion as they would probably only release 20% of their shares? Maybe more, I do not know. But let me know from the below numbers, is MOL worth that much?
|MOL's last 3 years P&L. Click to enlarge|
Currently, MOL is already operating in many countries - Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and very recently it bought some operations in Turkey (we Malaysians like Turkey now) and Brazil.
|Quarterly income statement for last 8 quarters. Click to enlarge|
|Cashflow for last 3 years - Click to enlarge|
If your read below, most of the growth are through acquisition recently i.e. Thailand, Brazil, Turkey etc. Usually, revenue will also increase especially prior to any IPOs.
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If these numbers are not that fantastic, how can it be worth more than RM4 billion as it would have been. Well, I am also reading Janet Yellen's remark during her statement to Capitol Hill today, "In equity markets, the Fed saw signs of increased risk-taking limited to small-cap stocks and biotech and social media shares."
MOL is not under any of that category though, i.e. social media or biotech - maybe it is not risky then?
However, I personally think that the space it is in is hugely competitive. The barrier to entry is huge and it will not be able to compete against many free platforms such as banks platforms, ATMs etc. when they are providing it as a service. In other areas it is competing against the likes of Whatsapp, Wechat etc. No way it can be dominant as this space is hugely convulated.