For those who believe that Temasek always gets things wrong (buying into and selling out of Barclays, Merrill Lynch/ BoA; buying into Shin, ABC Learning, Global Crossing), then Temasek’s sale of its oil and gas exploration and production company, Orchard, is a sign to load up on oil-related stocks.
It got its timing into E&P wrong, creating Orchard just as world oil prices started their climb towards a record US$147 in July last year. High oil prices meant it was more expensive to buy into E&P assets then. But one would have thought that the fail in oil prices combined with the credit crisis should have meant opportunities for Orchard. Smaller oil amd gas E&P companies needed funding.Apparently, Orchard did nothing because it was sold to listed RH Petrogas for “peanuts”: S$351,000-$371,000.
One can reasonably wonder if MM’s thoughts affected Orchard’s plans. MM Lee said (at about the same time as Orchard was created) GIC would not invest in mining ventures, because he didn’t understand mining. What is oil and gas E&P except a form of mining?