2nd Executive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, 3-4 Nov 2016, Singapore. MCF Training Grant is available for eligible participants.  Please refer to www.mpa.gov.sg/mcf for information”.
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2nd Executive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, 3-4 Nov 2016, Singapore. MCF Training Grant is available for eligible participants.  Please refer to www.mpa.gov.sg/mcf for information”.

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Global Ports Forum presents – 2nd Executive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, 3-4 Nov 2016, Singapore

“Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore's MCF Training Grant is available for eligible participants.  Please refer to www.mpa.gov.sg/mcf for information”.

About the Course

Intense, participative learning about all aspects of Ports related corporate finance in five modules with defined learning objectives, subject content, simulation among participants and deliverables by participants over a 2 day period.

The end of the course each participant will go away with a clear view how each component of Ports Corporate Finance works and how it links with every other part of the business.

  • o   Module One - Financial Analysis –  using PSA/ APM Terminals/ DP World As Case Studies
  • o   Module Two - Port Concessions – using a live bid document
  • o   Module Three  -   Debt Financing in  Ports – Business Analysis, Project Financing, Re financing, Case Study – APM Terminals,.
  • o   Module Four - Preparing an Equity Investment Case, ending with a simulation exercise on preparing for PSA’s IPO.
  • o   Module Five - Port M&A, ending with a preparation of a M&A pitch and an acquisition approval presentation to a Board of Directors

Course Format

Pre Course Reading Materials

  • o   Select Ports’ business – last annual report, investor presentation & call transcript; every participant will be sent a reading pack to be read.

During the course

  • o   Overview of corporate finance concepts linked to ports Corporate Finance extensive use of tools.
  • o   While this is not a modelling course, we will use excel to the extent possible, participants with limited exposure to excel will be helped by the trainer during the course.

After course

  • o   Trainer available for follow up emails, questions on phone.
  • o   Distribution of discussion materials.
  • o   Form a participant only online group.
  • o   Video recording / transcript distribution?



Endorsement for the executive workshop from past participants:

“Excellent workshop. Course director is very knowledgeable and the discussions provided good interactions. Like the exercises in P&L, Finance spreadsheets and Due Diligence.”

Capt. Samuel Arava, CEO, ABIJAM Global Enterprises LTD, Jamaica

“A lot of case studies being used which helped us the participants to understand the financing processes better.”

Jonathan Chia, Manager, Portek International Pte Ltd, Singapore


Who Should Attend?

  •         Non corporate finance professionals from Ports businesses – technical, business development, operations, legal, controllers to get a deeper understanding of the corporate finance function and how their day jobs are linked to the corporate finance function. 
  •         Fresher's who are joining corporate finance, business development, M&A divisions of Port businesses; equity research analysts, Investment Banking professionals  beginning to cover or in the early stages of covering Port Businesses
  •         Corporate finance or non-corporate finance professionals who interface with Ports as a customer – Heavy Industries (Dry Bulk), Oil & Gas, Freight Forwarders, Shipping Lines, land logistics asset owners or service providers   

About the Course Director

Rahul Saikia, Director Corporate Finance  & Investment Banking (CFIB), at Pricewaterhousecoopers  India, is a Ports & Logistics focussed Investment Banking professional for the last 14 years with transaction closure track record across global M&A, IPO, Private Equity, Debt raises, refinance, concession transactions across ports.

Select Ports Corporate Finance Experience

  •         Recent Global Advisory Roles
    •         Sale of Container sea port in Jamaica, Refinancing Dry Bulk port in Canada, Infrastructure Fund investment into an Oil Terminal in UK
    •         Maritime  IPO
      •         Mundra Port IPO  - $380 million, 2007, Pipavav Shipyard (now Pipavav Defence & Offshore) - $100 million, 2009
    •         Maritime Private Equity  Raises & Strategic Transaction Advisory
      •         Mundra Port – Private Equity raise of $62 million, 2005, Sea King Infrastructure Limited (SKIL) Private Equity raise from AIG Investments - $50 million, 2008, Included preparation of business plan for ports, logistics & shipyard, Shell Hazira LNG – Entry  strategy & transaction adviors for Total

Course Introduction  

  • Introduction to financial statements, financial analysis, corporate finance and how the 3 link up.
  • Introduction to the port business – economic rationale, technical, market, operations  - Participants to participate with elaboration of their roles
  • Port Business Corporate Finance
    • o   Overview of recent Ports transaction  global activity
    • o   participants to participate with comments on the assets they are familiar with

Module one - Financial Analysis – using PSA/ APM Terminals/ DP World As Case Studies

Accounting overview

  • The Three Core Financial Statements and what they tell you – Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statements.
  • Financial statement integration
  • Core accounting principles
  • Ratios for financial analysis and performance measurement


Cash Flow Statement Overview

  • Analysing a cash flow statement
  • Working capital management
  • Cash conversion
  • Cash based interest coverage
  • Capex expansion – maintenance vs. investment capex
  • Free cash flows and net financing requirements
  • Leverage multiples

M&A Accounting Overview – Merger - Acquisition accounting overview

Module Two - Port Concessions

  • Port – the land lord & its Customers
  • Port master planning – overview
  • Inventory of a port
  • What do customers/ sub concessioners  expect from the Port Authority
  • CONCESSIONS: Models & Players
  • The different Port Models
  • Port privatization issues methods and constraints
  • Criteria of a port Authority to award a concession to a terminal operator
    • o   Views towards future expansion
    • o   Experience
    • o   Financial results
    • o   Existing clients/potential clients
    • o   Employment in the past and the future
    • o   Business plan
    • The needs of the port customers
    • The cost of a port
    • Impact of a chosen concession system for all players concerned”
      • o   General conditions for concessions
      • o   Governance of the concession policy
      • o   Public –private partnership
      • o   The dual character of a concession
      • o   Tariff policy of a port
      • Choosing a Port Over Another – Terminal Operator View
        • o   Granting concession in a port(case study)
        • o   Competition and collaboration between ports
        • o   Rules and regulations for a fair competition between public and private terminal operators:
        • o   Why facilities public and private.
        • o   Reasons to choose a port over another
        • o   Forces stimulating port reform
        • Case Study
          • o   Analysis of a live concession bid document
          • o   Simulation – Participants divided into port land lords, competing terminal operators across cargo types – dry bulk, container. liquid


Module Three  -   Debt Financing in Ports   Businesses  – Business Analysis, Project Financing, Re financing, Case Study – APM Terminals

Analytic Overview

  • Purpose: quantification of borrowing amount by a Port Business and use of funds
  • Payback: link credit assessment to primary and secondary sources of repayment
  • Risks to repayment: the need for Port as a sector and  Port company analysis to evaluate debt servicing ability
  • Structure: assess the ability of the debt to meet the commercial needs of the identified Ports business while protecting lenders' interest

Market Indicators of Credit Risk

  • Credit ratings – Review, analysis of at least five Port business ratings reports
  • Debt market indicators: bond spreads vs. rating curves and CDS pricing
  • Equity signals: share price movements and key multiples – linked to Equity modules
  • Risks to Repayment

Macro considerations

  • Operating environment
  • Influence of social issues
  • Government intervention and regulation
  • Political and sovereign risk.

Port Sector Analysis

  • Sales growth, operating profit margin and working capital requirements
  • Capital expenditure and asset requirements
  • Competitive forces and critical success factors to sustain a competitive advantage
  • Tools to analyze Comparative advantage vis a vis competing ports in the vicinity

Management and Shareholders

  • Review the strengths and weaknesses of management and the influence of company ownership:
  • Management performance
  • Corporate aims and goals and their effect on the company's future
  • Shareholder structure, support and influence.

Business strategy

  • A company's markets, products, services and competitive position
  • Corporate actions underpinning its growth strategy.

Earnings dynamics

  • Quality and stability of revenue and cash flow from core operations
  • Cost base analysis, profitability and cash flow measures
  • Peer and ratio analysis to evaluate performance
  • Different accounting conventions and misleading accounting practices

Asset management

  • Asset conversion cycle, asset efficiency and investment needs
  • General and industry specific ratio and cash flow tools to analyse and compare asset efficiency

Cash flow drivers

  • Forecast operating performance and asset investment requirements.
  • Financial Risk
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of a company's funding structure given all factors identified

Financial strategy

  • Corporate treasury objectives:
  • Risk appetite of capital providers
  • External rating maintenance
  • Tenor matching, funding and liquidity and refinancing needs
  • Alternative sources of funding: trade, bank debt, capital markets, structured finance, equity etc.


  • Financial flexibility: measuring liquidity or payment readiness
  • Funding instruments used by companies that can increase the refinancing risk and overall financial risk


  • Funding structure including off balance sheet obligations
  • Debt servicing ability using cash flow analysis
  • Rating medians to evaluate a company's financial standing
  • Future cash available for debt service using a simple debt capacity cash-flow model
  • Refinancing risk: debt capacity vs. borrowing capacity
  • Structure
  • Review the appropriateness of existing or new debt instruments
  • Debt profiles in view of repayment sources
  • Ranking: different ways to achieve seniority or pari passu ranking vs. other capital providers
  • Safeguards: the use of financial and non-financial covenants to mitigate risk
  • Pricing fundamentals: bond prices, swaps and CDS.

Deliverable – Credit note on a financing, refinancing proposal by APM Terminals

Module Four -  Preparing an Equity Investment Case

  • Land lord & Terminal Operator
  • Analysis of one PE and one IPO concluded transaction
  • Preparing the investment case
  • Preparing transaction documents – IPO, Private Equity
  • Following a listed company – Earnings call, analyst notes for  building investment cases, generating transaction ideas

Simulation – PSA IPO

Participants to be divided into Groups  - PSA offeror, Investor Groups, Bankers, Lawyers 

  • Preparing for PSA’s IPO
  • Investment case
  • Pricing
  • Investor targeting

Module Five - Port M&A

  • Overview of M&A activity in Ports
    • o   Trends in Landlord Ports, Terminal Operators
    • o   Building a case for M&A
    • M&A & Strategy Linkages
    • Originating M&Q transaction
    • Financial Analysis, Valuation & M&A Pricing
    • M&A Due Diligence
    • M&A Stricture & Documentation
    • M&A Integration

Simulation & Deliverables

  • Pitching for a M&A mandate
  • Making an acquisition note  for Board Approval


On or Before 3 Oct 2016: The ‘Early Bird’ Rate is S$2895 – Save S$400!
Special Offer! – 3 Delegates For The Price of 2 in This Category! Save S$2895!

• From 4 Oct 2016: The Regular Rate is S$3295

Special Offer! – 3 Delegates For The Price of 2 in This Category! Save S$3295!

Note: All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.


To register, please submit the following details to thomasng@globalportsforum.com:

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Account Name:             Global Ports Forum Pte. Ltd.,   

Account No. :                695 477 141 001

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                                    Address : 65 Chulia Street #01-00, OCBC Centre, Singapore 049513.


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Kindly note that as we are providing a special rate for ‘early bird’ sign up, we will need to receive your company payment by 3 Oct 2016 to enjoy the discount.

Look forward to welcoming you at the executive workshop in Singapore!


Kind regards

Thomas Ng


The Global Ports Forum



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International Plaza

Singapore 079903


Website: http://www.globalportsforum.com/


DID:    +65 65197662

Fax:    +65 6725 8438

Email:  thomasng@globalportsforum.com

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No delegate registration will be accepted without completing registration details and full payment.

Upon receipt of your registration details and full payment, further programme information will be emailed to you including your proforma invoice and, if required, a letter of invitation for entry visa application.

Delegates will not be admitted unless payment has been received in Full.

Flights, Airport Transfers and Accommodation are not included in your delegate registration fee.

Refund Policy - a reimbursement of the registration fee, minus administrative charges will only be made if the participant has notified Global Ports Forum Pte. Ltd. in writing that he/she is unable to attend the event no less than 30 days prior to the commencement of the event. No cancellation is allowed after that, but a replacement with another participant is allowed.

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