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Why the Decmil share price is plummeting 50% today

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The Decmil Group Limited (ASX: DCG) share price has been cut in half today after shares resumed trading on the ASX for the first time since mid-May.

Decmil offers a range of services to the Australian resources, infrastructure, transport and energy sectors, specialising in engineering, construction, and maintenance. 

The company has a blue-chip customer base across its core markets, which includes big ASX names like BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP), Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) and Origin Energy Ltd (ASX: ORG).

Why the Decmil share price has been cut in half

At the end of last month, Decmil announced a $50 million equity raising to strengthen its balance sheet and provide working capital to fund its pipeline of opportunities.

The equity raising is being undertaken via a pro-rata entitlement offer on the basis of 4.2 new shares for every 1 existing share – at an issue price of 5 cents per share. This represents a 75% discount to Decmil’s last trading price of 20 cents per share on 18 May.

As a result, Decmil shares were punished when they were reinstated to official quotation this morning. As part of being reinstated, Decmil announced the successful completion of the bookbuild for the institutional component of its equity raising.

The company received $30 million of commitments during the institutional bookbuild, along with commitments to partially underwrite up to ~$11 million of the retail component.

Decmil will issue around 600 million ordinary shares under the institutional offer. These shares are expected to commence trading on Wednesday, 10 June 2020.

With the retail entitlement offer being partially underwritten, the equity raising will raise a minimum of $41 million and a maximum of approximately $50 million.

The retail offer is expected to open on Friday, 5 June 2020 and close on Wednesday, 17 June 2020.

Management commentary

Commenting on the rationale behind the equity raising last week, CEO Dickie Dique said:

“Decmil had some significant challenges as we entered 2020, including a tight balance sheet. This capital raising addresses that issue and will set us up well to continue pursuing and delivering profitable new contract opportunities”.

“With a reset balance sheet, ongoing contract wins and a refreshed structure, Decmil will be well placed to continue our business turnaround. We also expect that significant infrastructure spending in Australia over the next few years will further drive this turnaround and return Decmil to robust profitability and strong shareholder returns,” he added.

At the time of writing, the Decmil share price is sitting 50% lower for the day at 10 cents per share after plunging 62.5% at the open.

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