What a supersonic form! Investors must buckle their seat belts and brace for the wildest ride of their lives. AEM share price went on a rampage following a series of share purchases by its biggest shareholder – Temasek Holdings. Temasek’s entry in August 2021 saw the sovereign wealth fund taking an initial stake of 9.5% in AEM. Within six months, Temasek increased its stake to 12.08% following a slew of share purchases in 2022. What is the game plan that Temasek has in mind for AEM?
Whilst Temasek’s strategic investment in AEM may seem like a no-brainer, the narrative may not be so straightforward, at least for Temasek. To put things into perspective, Temasek used to have two major assets in the semiconductor industry – Chartered Semiconductor and Stats Chippac. Chartered Semiconductor used to be the world’s third largest chipmaker while Stats Chippac was the biggest Southeast Asia assembly and chip-testing company. Despite so, Temasek had disposed them during the previous downturn of the semiconductor industry.
Chartered Semiconductor was sold to Abu Dhabi in 2009 while Stats Chippac was sold to China’s JCET in 2015. Both companies were delisted from SGX following the buyouts. The rationale for Temasek to sell was understandable as both assets were struggling to turn around for years. Back then, stiff competition from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) had led to razor-thin margins for chips. To compound matters, the higher manufacturing costs also mean that it is difficult to sustain operations in Singapore.
Given the notorious boom and bust cycle of the semiconductor industry, what could have caused Temasek to turn its head and invest in AEM? Surely, the motivating factors must be compelling enough after the experiences of Chartered Semiconductor and Stats Chippac. In this article, I will share my thoughts on the plausible factors in regard to Temasek’s investments in AEM and also share my insights on the outlook of AEM share price in 2022.
Note that this is an opinion article and not meant to be a financial advice. Please do your due diligence or engage financial advisors before investing in the stock market. I am vested in this counter, so my views on AEM share price (SGX: AWX) may be biased.
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