A reader, Dexter Choo, asked me how did I value SembCorp Industries and determine a “safe price of entry“? Before I go on, I must establish that if we believe that valuation exercises are subjective and this is something I have blogged about many times before, then, it follows that “safety” is also relative.

So, with that in mind, I am going to share in this blog my approach in this instance. Now, please note that I am not saying that this is the right or best approach. It is simply something that makes sense to me and that I am comfortable with. After all, what we do should have a strong connection to our motivations.

For a while now, in view of rising interest rates in the not too distant future, I have been looking to increase my investment in companies which:

1. Are net cash or have very low net gearing.