GuocoLeisure (NZX: GLL ) was formerly known as Brierley Investments however Sir Ron Brierley retired from the Board in March 2001 and the company has since changed its name to GuocoLeisure in October 2007.
Today it bears little resemblance to the company it once was and it has a diverse and unrelated range of investments in Hotels (UK), Property Development (Hawaii and Fiji) and Oil and Gas (Australia). GLL’s primary stock exchange listing is in Singapore with a secondary New Zealand listing.
GLL appears to be a mini conglomerate with a diverse range of international investments and it just reported its first half results which showed a profit of US$36 million.
In the first half ended 31 December 2011 GLL reported a 5% fall in revenue to US$190 million, but it did benefit from higher oil prices from its 50% stake in its Bass Strait oil and gas investment.
Hotel revenue was higher but volatility in its Gaming investments meant that gaming revenues fell which led to an overall decline in first half revenue. GLL’s overall strategy is unclear and it does not pay a high level of dividends to shareholders.
Its bizarre investments include 55,000 acres of land in Molokai, Hawaii which it plans to develop at some stage and property assets in Denarau, Fiji, which it is looking to sell.
It has also just struck off a dormant wholly-owned subsidiary incorporated in the British Virgin Islands.
Investors holding shares in GLL probably do so by default through its previous association with Brierley Investments. However the company has long since restructured its assets and direction, and Kiwi investors may want to consider investing in companies that operate closer to home.
GLL’s shares recently traded at 58c.
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