Transporting Commodities With A Fleet Of 36 Precious Ships

Transporting Commodities With A Fleet Of 36 Precious Ships


Precious Shipping Public Company Limited is a dry bulk ship-owner. PSL operates since 1989 and is also involved in complementary activities to ship owning and chartering. These include port development and ship management.

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PSL’s fleet consists of 36 ships with a total capacity of 1.6m deadweight tonnes, mainly transporting commodities.

Business Description

The main service provided by PSL is ship chartering for commodity freights. The company’s fleet size stands at 36 ships with a total capacity of 1,585,805 Dead Weight Tonnes (DWT). The average age of ships is 6 years old.

The company owns four types of vessels: 15 Handysize (5,000 to 35,000 DWT), 9 Supramax (50,000 to 60,000 DWT), 8 Ultramax (above 60,000 DWT), and 4 Cement carriers (around 20,000 DWT).

The Handysize and Supramax vessels usually transport iron ore, coal, phosphate, finished steel products, wooden logs, fertilizers and grains. Cement vessels carry construction materials and the Ultramax ships are used for larger operations.

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Most of the company’s operations take place in Asia, with a few leases in other areas. PSL is also lightly involved in complementary activities to ship owning and chartering, such as port development and ship management.

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) bottomed out in February 2016 and has since been on an upward trend. This should further be supported by China’s shutdown of coal mines and import of iron ore.


Thira Wipuchanin has served as the independent chairman of PSL since the year 2000. He is also the Chairman of United Palm Oil Industry Public Company Limited (UPOIC TB) and an independent director of Siam Makro Public Company Limited (MAKRO TB). He received his B.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from University of Wisconsin, US. In addition to his education and experiences, he has also received training and certification from the Thai Institute of Directors.

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Khalid M. Hashim has worked for PSL since 1991 and was appointed as the Managing Director in 1994.  He also holds directorship in 60 subsidiaries of PSL and owned 8.43% of the company’s shares as of December 2017.  He completed his Master’s Degree in Management Studies at the University of Bombay, India.

World Class Benchmarking

Since 2013, Profitable Growth has been among the worst relative to 1,390 medium-sized Industrials companies worldwide.

Profitability exhibit the same trend as Profitable Growth while Growth has improved to a great ranking in the past 12 months.

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Both Asset utilization and Profit margin have consistently ranked at #10 since 2014.

Sales growth and Margin change have seen a downward trend in 2015 and 2016 but have recovered to be among the best in the past 12 months with Margin change showing more extreme changes in comparison to Sales growth.

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In 1992 Dr. Andrew Stotz, CFA, left a management career at Pepsi-Cola in California to teach finance in Thailand. In 1993, he found his life calling as a financial analyst, a job for which he was eventually voted #1 in Thailand. In the second half of his 20-year career in investment banking, Dr. Stotz was a Head of Research, leading teams of financial analysts. He served as a two-term president of CFA Society Thailand and now runs his firm, A. Stotz Investment Research, which provides research and tools for institutions and high-net-worth investors and helps CEOs make their companies financially world class.
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