The Straits Times  Mar 16  Comment 
March 17, 2015 1:34 AM SPH Media Fund, the corporate venture capital fund of Singapore Press Holdings, is part of a group of investors that has pumped US$5 million (S$7 million) into global online ticketing platform Peatix.
The Straits Times  Jan 15  Comment 
January 16, 2015 1:02 AM A VETERAN of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Mrs Sng Ngoi May, is retiring after more than 33 years at the media group.
The Straits Times  Jan 13  Comment 
January 14, 2015 1:16 AM AN UNCERTAIN economic environment that hit advertising and circulation dragged down first-quarter earnings at Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), the company said yesterday.
The Straits Times  Jan 13  Comment 
January 14, 2015 1:13 AM A MEDIA fund run by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has invested in a Dutch tech firm called Crowdynews that collates content from sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Channel News Asia  Jan 13  Comment 
Singapore Press Holdings said its Newspaper and Magazine business continued to soften, hurt by the uncertain macroeconomic environment and general softening of the advertising market. 
The Straits Times  Jan 12  Comment 
January 13, 2015 1:20 AM HIGHER rents and healthy leasing helped to boost SPH Reit's first- quarter distribution, its management said yesterday.
The Straits Times  Dec 2  Comment 
December 03, 2014 1:16 AM SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) is "building an ecosystem around the media" through investments and partnerships in related sectors like online classifieds and education, said its chairman, Dr Lee Boon Yang, yesterday.
The Straits Times  Dec 1  Comment 
December 02, 2014 12:42 AM SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) has bagged two silver awards for mobile apps at an international competition for creative digital ideas.
The Straits Times  Nov 28  Comment 
November 29, 2014 1:12 AM BRICK-AND-MORTAR shopping still plays an important role even as retailers embrace e-commerce opportunities, said SPH Reit Management chief executive Susan Leng.

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Trends and Forces

Propane, a clean burning and non-toxic gas, is created as a byproduct of oil and natural gas processing and is used to heat homes, cooking and sometimes to power vehicles as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). According to the National Propane Gas Association, about 8.1 million households in the United States use propane to heat their homes as an inexpensive alternative to electricity. New Jersey based Suburban Propane services over 1 million residential and commercial customers in 30 states. Suburban Propane also provides customers the option to rent large propane tanks from them and since these tanks are often buried underground, switching to a different provider is not an easy option, giving Suburban Propane a "lock" on certain customers.

Hedging with Propane futures

The company hedges part of the propane it has in physical inventory by going short propane futures. When propane prices rose earlier this year, the company had to take a $14.5 million loss against its hedges in the fiscal third quarter ended June 28, 2008. This was right before oil hit its peak of $147 in July. If the company continued its hedging activity in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended September 2008, the sharp decline in oil and propane prices during the quarter should prove beneficial to the company. Even if the company suspended its hedging program, the decline in propane prices should benefit the company as there should be no significant drop in retail propane prices that Suburban Propane charges its customers. This is one of the key reasons whySuburban Propane attractive ahead of its fourth quarter conference call scheduled on Friday, November 14th, 2008.

The company also has a consistent history of raising quarterly distributions and has done so 19 times since 1999. Distributions in the recent past have been financed entirely through operating income and the company has built up its cash position to $118.6 million, while holding long-term debt steady at $548 million over the last three years.


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