- The board of SK Chemicals seems unconcerned with its shares trading at an 83% discount to net asset value. In Metrica’s view, the board has a fiduciary duty to care about its share price.
- The company should address the discount by selling a stake in its subsidiary SK Bioscience upon the IPO lock-up expiry of 18 September and distributing the proceeds to shareholders.
- SK Chemicals can pay a special dividend of 1.3x its share price while still retaining 50% ownership in SK Bioscience as well as 100% ownership of its profitable chemical and pharmaceutical businesses.
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