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The Straits Times
Sunday, Oct 07, 2012
The Gold Guarantee and Asia Pacific Bullion gold trading firms have been preparing for the Genneva bailout for many months, said the firms' owner yesterday.
Mr Lee Song Teck told The Straits Times that he had heard of Genneva's woes almost a year ago and he is offering his "rescue plan" to help out Genneva customers.
Many Genneva customers have not been able to get their monthly payment from the company, which has also failed to fulfil its buyback guarantee.
Mr Lee said that his companies have received about 300 calls from stranded Genneva customers over the past few days and expects about 200 of them to take up his "rescue plan".
Genneva operates by selling gold at a higher price than the prevailing market rate. For example, if a 1kg bar cost US$48,000 (S$58,530), it would sell it at US$57,600, or a 20 per cent premium.
It then offers customers a monthly discount of about 2 per cent, which works out to US$1,152 a month on that initial investment of US$57,600. Customers can also opt to sell their gold back to the company at the purchase price after one or three months.
The Gold Guarantee said it will buy the gold from Genneva's customers, who must then join the firm's own scheme.
This is for a year and offers a monthly discount of 1.2 per cent.
While the two gold bullion purchase plans seem to work the same way, Mr Lee explained that the two companies are very different operationally.
"What many other gold trading companies do is to wait for gold to appreciate, but for me, I generate additional cash flows via physical gold bullion buying and selling," he said.
"Our discount rebate is also lower. I am very conservative because I want to make sure that the business is viable and sustainable."
Mr Lee added that he is already in the final phase of diversifying into gold-mining activities in Kelantan, Malaysia.
The Gold Guarantee plans to sell its own brand of gold bars in the next few months. The gold bars will be assayed by the Singapore Assayer Office.
Mr Lee urged customers to consider the available options before taking up his rescue plan.
He said: "Customers need to research if there are any alternative solutions or see if they can afford to just hold on to the gold and allow appreciation to recoup their losses.
"If there are other rescue plans, they need to question the company's business model and observe the company's management."
But Mr Lee said he could not show proof of his trading activity for competition reasons.
He also said that customers need to recognise that there are risks, including that of a company folding. The Gold Guarantee is exploring talks with insurers to see if it can work out an insurance plan to further safeguard customer interests.
"My family has been doing business for many years, we have a reputation to upkeep, so I will also give my best in ensuring that The Gold Guarantee remains sustainable and viable," he said.