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Bursa’s first virtual listing – Samaiden Group

According chief executive officer Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, Bursa Malaysia welcomed Samaiden Group Berhad as its newest “member” on the ACE Market via a virtual listing ceremony. This first virtual listing is a new offering by the exchange arising from the reinstatement of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. In line with the CMCO requirements, the exchange introduced this virtual listing service, enabling flexibility for new issuers during CMCO. Samaiden Group is one of Malaysia’s leading consultants of renewable energy and environmental service provider. Historically, listing ceremonies on the local bourse marked a significant milestone in a company’s life cycle. The event would usually attract many invited guests of the company who come together to celebrate the event with the company’s owners and promoters. Notwithstanding the CMCO, the exchange is happy to maintain this long standing tradition. It will continue to leverage on technology to adapt traditions to the continuously changing environment while always prioritising the health and safety of our stakeholders.

BNM sees spike in property market risks as MCO takes toll

According to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the risks in the real estate sector have risen due to both prevailing oversupply and a re-evaluation of business property needs due to the various movement control orders. In its Financial Stability Review for 1H 2020 Report that was prepared prior to the latest CMCO that has been imposed on the entire Klang Valley, the most apparent loser of the movement curbs was the retail space sector with consumers either shying away due to restrictions or perceived risks amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Overall, property transactions fell by over 25 per cent by volume in the first half and by nearly 27 per cent in terms of value. Amid pre-existing oversupply conditions and changes to consumption behaviour since the pandemic, rental rates in the retail commercial property market are likely to remain depressed in the period ahead. The estimated timeline for a recovery could be as long as 12 months, according to industry experts cited in the report. Another loser was the office space sector citing the shift towards telecommuting and home-working arrangements that were forced by the initial MCO and which were kept up by some firms even after restrictions were relaxed. The report suggested that some firms may make such arrangements permanent or at least incorporate more of these into their operations in the immediate term. Such a trend would further depress both office occupancy and rental rates. Both the retail and office space sectors already had significant overhang prior to the MCO first imposed in March. More worryingly from the report was the conclusion that the property market risk could also extend to the residential market. The pandemic may increase risks of a broader decline in house prices due to a deterioration in income and weaker demand conditions. This in turn would increase risks to financial stability given that loans for the purchase of residential properties account for the bulk of banks’ total property-related exposures. For the residential sector, however, it cited previous findings that four in five mortgages were for owner-occupied homes, which reduced the risk of default. It also said mortgages were also typically held by “higher-income” borrowers with monthly incomes of above RM5,000 who were financially more resilient. Repeated cuts to the overnight policy rate should also support demand for residential property.

Total value of loan repayments reached 70% of pre-moratorium levels

According to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) deputy governor Jessica Chew, data showed that the total value of loan repayments had reached 70% of what it was prior to the blanket loan moratorium period. Many borrowers are starting to repay their loans. The data revealed that two million borrowers had been engaged by banks by the end of September, out of which 514,000 were R&R (rescheduling and restructuring) applications received with a 98% approval rate. For businesses, banks approved 6.3 times applications compared to total outstanding R&R loans at the end of 2019. Just this month, Malaysia transitioned into a targeted moratorium after the blanket automatic loan moratorium period ended on Sept 30, 2020. According to BNM’s latest Financial Stability Review Report for 1H 2020, at the start of the blanket moratorium period, more than 95% of individuals and small and medium enterprise (SME) borrowers took up automatic repayment deferment. Up to Sept 25, 2020, a total of 840,000 individuals and SME borrowers had opted out or already started to resume repayments in line with improved economic conditions. This number is expected to increase further following the end of automatic repayment deferment. With the automatic moratorium in place, aggregate impairment and delinquency ratios remained low at 1% and 0.9% of total outstanding household debt respectively (2019: 1.2% and 1.1%). Household asset quality is expected to see some deterioration in 2H2020 and throughout 2021 with the automatic moratorium ended, but banks are well positioned to absorb higher credit losses. At its peak, close to 90% of household borrowers with about 87% of outstanding household loans in the banking system were under the moratorium as most borrowers elected to defer their loan repayments to secure greater flexibility in managing their cash flows during a highly uncertain period. Many of these borrowers would have been able to continue servicing their debt if chosen to. Based on the enhanced financial margin framework, it estimated that household borrowers who may experience difficulties (such as those with negative financial margins) in servicing their debt as a result of income and unemployment shocks are unlikely to account for more than 15% of total borrowers. Among these borrowers, about 1% of total borrowers with 3% of outstanding household debt are expected to default after accounting for financial buffers held and targeted repayment assistance extended to borrowers in need. It also noted that about 40% of potential defaults arise from housing debt with an average loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 70%, thus limiting financial exposure of affected borrowers and losses for the banking system. It noted that household loan impairments are projected to double — albeit from historically low levels. Higher household impairments are expected to emerge in 2H21 given the extended repayment assistance programmes that will remain in place through the first quarter of 2021 (1Q21) for individuals who have experienced a loss in income.

This week, on Thursday (15Oct), the Ringgit eased to 4.1480 against the USD from 4.1385 on Monday (12Oct). Meanwhile, the Ringgit was 3.0553to the Sing Dollar on Thursday (15Oct). On Monday (12Oct), the FBM KLCI was down 11.92 points (0.78%) to 1518.43 from previous Friday’s close of 1530.35. As at Friday (16Oct) 10:00am, the FBM KLCI was sideways for the week at 1518.33. US stocks were lower after the close on Thursday as fears of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases and a lack of additional fiscal stimulus led investors to safer havens like the USD. At the close in NYSE, the Dow shed 19.80 points (-0.07%) to 28,494.20 while the NASDAQ declined 54.86 points(- 0.47%) to 11,713.87.

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Bursa aims to educate investors on fraud & scams

2020 GDP projection kept at -5.5% to -3.5% despite Covid-19 resurgence

According to Bursa Malaysia Bhd’s chief executive officer Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, its education programmes are aimed to increase investor awareness of financial frauds and scams, which are on the rise, as financial products become more complex. An educated investor is less likely to fall prey to financial frauds. He sounded the exchange’s ceremonial gong in front of the session’s virtual audience to mark the ‘Ring the Bell for Financial Literacy’ ceremony held on Wednesday in conjunction with World Investor Week 2020. It is a global initiative by the World Federation of Exchanges to promote financial literacy and boost financial inclusion. This year, nearly 40 exchanges have come together in support of this cause. He added that Bursa Malaysia has a strong commitment towards advocating financial literacy in its marketplace and the wider community. It is an important agenda, not just for encouraging retail participation but also to enhance investor protection through education. Bursa Malaysia, over the last 12 months, had accelerated the use of digital technology to effectively reach large segments of the population and promote financial inclusion. In June, the exchange had launched Bursa Academy, a comprehensive one-stop e-learning platform targeted at retail investors across the securities, derivatives and Islamic capital markets. Since its launch, Bursa Academy has continued to grow in traction, registering close to 93,000 users with more than 217,000 pageviews as at end-September 2020. Through its digital learning webinars conducted at the onset of the pandemic, the exchange has reached out to 51,943 investors.

2020 GDP projection kept at -5.5% to -3.5% despite Covid-19 resurgence

According to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, there is no further deceleration of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) projection despite the sudden rise in Covid-19 infections and the 2020 growth projection remains between -5.5% and -3.5%. The second wave is very much concentrated and more than 60% is confined. We did not implement a movement control order (MCO) so all business activities are allowed to go on. However for this year, Malaysia, along with 150 other countries, is undergoing a recession. But come 2021 the economy would pick up and Malaysia’s GDP growth is expected to be around 5.5% to 8%, a projection that is in line with the stronger GDP forecast by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). The government had announced various stimulus packages which would end this year but will continue to look at various avenues to save the people’s livelihood and focus on the recovery momentum in the upcoming Budget 2021.

More small- and mid-cap companies aim to have 30% of board comprising women directors

According to the Securities Commission of Malaysia (SC), gender diversity on boards of listed companies showed slight improvement at 24.82% of the top 100 listed companies as at Aug 31, 2020, up from 23.68% in 2018. Across all listed companies, the ratio stood at 16.96% as at Aug 31 compared with 15.69% in 2018. There are five companies with all-male boards on the top 100 listed companies, namely Comfort Glove Bhd, Focus Dynamics Group Bhd, Frontken Corp Bhd, Guan Chong Bhd and Pentamaster Corp Bhd. Overall, the number of companies with all-male boards stood at 248. The data shows that there’s progress in relation to gender diversity on the boards. However, it appears unlikely to achieve the 30% target [for the top 100 PLCs] by Dec 31, 2020. While the SC, together with other relevant stakeholders will continue to drive greater gender diversity on boards, other measures and interventions are also being considered to accelerate progress. It is worth noting that the number of large companies that had adopted the target of having 30% or more women directors in 2019 remained at 42, the same as in 2018. Among mid-cap companies, however, the number of adopters increased to 28 in 2019 (25 in 2018) and among small-cap companies, the number of adopters rose to 342 in 2019 (302 in 2018) according to data in the CG Monitor 2020. Overall, a total of 412 companies adopted the target in 2019, up from 369 in 2018. There are 682 public-listed companies with at least one woman director on the board, up from 634 in 2018. A total of 165 listed companies here have complied with the target of having 30% women directors, up from 145 in 2018. In 2019, women accounted for 21% of new board appointments. The trend of appointing younger women directors continued, with 41% of women directors below 50 years old and 11% below 40 years old. More listed companies adopted best practices as outlined in the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance (MCCG) in 2019, compared to the year before. Areas which show an increase in adoption include the two-tier voting process and board practices to determine the remuneration of directors and senior management. The CG Monitor 2020, which is available on the SC’s website, also presents observations on three thematic reviews on the adoption of two-tier resolutions, board remuneration of listed companies on the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Top 100 Index and the conduct of fully virtual general meetings by listed companies since the Movement Control Order.

OPEC, in major shift, says oil demand to plateau in late 2030s

According to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the world oil demand will plateau in the late 2030s and could by then have begun to decline in a major shift for the producer group that reflects the lasting impact of the coronavirus crisis on the economy and consumer habits. The prediction, made in its 2020 World Oil Outlook, comes amid a growing number of other forecasts that the pandemic may prove the tipping point for peak oil demand. Oil use will rise to 107.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2030 from 90.7 million bpd in 2020, a 1.1 million bpd below its 2030 forecast last year and over 10 million bpd below its 2007 prediction of 2030 demand. Global oil demand will grow at relatively healthy rates during the first part of the forecast period before demand plateaus during the second half. Future demand will likely remain persistently below past projections due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19-related shutdowns and their impact on the global economy and consumer behaviour. While oil use to fuel cars, trucks and industry will rebound as economies recover, it voiced concern that future growth may be partly offset by factors like a post-pandemic shift to homeworking and teleconferencing over commuting, as well as efficiency improvements and a shift to electric cars. Even before the pandemic, rising climate activism in the West and widening use of alternative fuels were putting the strength of long-term oil demand under more scrutiny. This year will also see potential for demand to begin to decline after 2030 given developments like faster adoption of electric cars, more fuel efficiency and a larger reduction in business and leisure travel after the pandemic. This year OPEC, with Russia and other allies, a grouping known as OPEC+, agreed record output cuts of 9.7 million bpd, the equivalent of 10% of global supply.

This week, on Thursday (08Oct), the Ringgit gained to 4.1555 against the USD from 4.1595 on Monday (05Oct). Meanwhile, the Ringgit was 3.0573 to the Sing Dollar on Thursday (08Oct). On Monday (05Oct), the FBM KLCI was up 12.13 points (0.81%) to 1512.43 from previous Friday’s close of 1500.30. As at Friday (09Oct) 10:00am, the FBM KLCI continued marginally upwards for the week gaining only 4.2 points to 1516.63 dragged by a surge in Covid-19 infections, continued political uncertainty and lacklustre regional markets. Meanwhile US stocks were higher after the close on Thursday despite uncertainty over proposed stimulus aid as investors’ focus on value stocks saw gains in the Financial Services, Industrials and Energy sectors. At the close, the Dow added 122.05 points (+0.43%) to 28,425.51 and the NASDAQ climbed 56.38 points (+0.50%) to 11,420.98.

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Malaysian manufacturing returns to growth in June

Malaysia trade surplus above RM10b mark in May

According to IHS Markit PMI’s survey, Malaysia’s manufacturing sector returned to growth in June, rising sharply to 51.0, its highest since September 2018. This was up from 45.6 in May, indicating an improvement in the health of Malaysia’s goods producing sector and stronger economic growth more generally. Output grew at the joint fastest rate in the survey’s history as an increasing number of businesses restarted their operations post MCO. Its chief economist Chris Williamson said such a rapid turnaround in production since the severe collapse in April bodes well for a V-shaped recovery. However, a sustained recovery is by no means assured, and growth could easily lose momentum after the initial rebound. While business expectations continued to improve in June, confidence remains well below levels seen at the start of the year, in part reflecting worries about the impact of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions on demand, both at home and abroad. The survey noted there were encouraging signs that demand conditions were beginning to stabilise during June, with the New Orders Index rising to a six-month high. That said, overseas demand remained particularly fragile, weighing down total order book volumes.

Malaysia’s trade surplus above RM10b mark in May

According to International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Malaysia recorded a trade surplus above RM10 billion in May – the fourth time this year – registering a double-digit growth of 14.7 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM10.41 billion. Major exports in May are E&E products (RM23.5 billion), petroleum products (RM3.94 billion), chemicals and chemical products (RM3.68 billion), palm oil and palm oil-based agriculture products (RM3.6 billion) and rubber products (RM2.71 billion). The country’s total trade in May amounted to RM114.96 billion, down 27.8 per cent from May 2019. Exports totalled RM62.69 billion, contracted by 25.5 per cent while imports decreased by 30.4 per cent to RM52.27 billion. Malaysia’s trade during the first five months of 2020 declined 8.7 per cent to RM688.57 billion compared to the corresponding period of 2019. Exports of rubber products especially rubber gloves registered double-digit growth for two consecutive months, increasing 20.5 per cent or RM461 million in May 2020. The contraction of manufactured goods, which constituted 86.5 per cent of total exports, was due to lower exports of electrical and electronic (E&E) products, petroleum products, manufactures of metal, chemicals and chemical products as well as machinery, equipment and parts.

Malaysia’s current account to rebound in 2021

According to S&P Global Ratings, Malaysia’s current account surplus which has backed the economy against its long-running fiscal deficit, should recover to up to three per cent next year. But for 2020 the surplus is expected to shrink to between 1.0 per cent and 2.0 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). This would be due to lower prices of oil and gas and palm oil. The country’s current account balance reportedly came in at 2.9 per cent of GDP for the year until the first quarter. The figure was broadly steady from the average current account surplus of 2.7 per cent of GDP in the preceding five years. Malaysia had for a long time been running on a fiscal deficit but its economy was supported by an external account surplus. However, the surplus has gradually come down over the years, and there was a bit of correction due to the tumble of commodity prices in 2014 and 2015. Over the past five years, Malaysia’s account surplus was averaging 2.0 per cent to 4.0 per cent of GDP. The rating agency expects oil prices to recover over the new few years, and this will most likely lead to a gradual recovery in Malaysia’s trade volume.

Malaysia’s AAA/stable foreign currency rating affirmed

Malaysian Rating Corp Bhd has affirmed its foreign currency sovereign rating of AAA/stable for Malaysia under its national rating scale. It said the AAA rating reflects the country’s several credit strengths, including a competitive and well-diversified economy. Malaysia was, for example, positioned relatively high at number 27 in the 2019 edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 rankings. It pointed out that Malaysia’s competitiveness has been evident in among other things, a persistent current account surplus, and consequently, a healthy external position. Due in part to this, as well as proactive and practical economic and monetary management, spill-overs from episodic financial market volatility into the real economy have been minimal. The rating agency said the key credit challenges included the disruptive Covid-19 pandemic and the recent crude oil price collapse. Not surprisingly, it said the pandemic was the most worrisome factor with still no vaccine to fight the coronavirus.

Short Selling suspension extended until year end

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) and Bursa Malaysia have extended the temporary suspension of short-selling till Dec 31 2020. In a joint statement, the market regulators said the scope of the suspension remains unchanged in that it applies to Intraday Short Selling (IDSS) and Regulated Short Selling (RSS) as well as intraday short selling by Proprietary Day Traders. Permitted Short Selling (PSS) is not affected by the temporary suspension of short selling as PSS is necessary for market makers to market make the relevant securities such as exchange-traded funds efficiently. The temporary suspension which began on March 24 was extended to June 30 and now to year-end is part of a slew of proactive measures to mitigate potential risks arising from heightened volatility and global uncertainties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Electricity bill discount period extended till December

The Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, announced that domestic electricity users across Malaysia will continue to enjoy discounts of up to 50 percent on their bill till Dec 31, 2020. It is an extension to the previously announced April 1 – September 30 discount period unveiled by Prime Minister on March 27 as part of the Prihatin Economic Stimulus Package. The extension also applies to the 601-900kWh (per month) energy usage and 10 percent discount under the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik (BPE) which was announced on June 20. The extension will benefit 7.66 million users in peninsular Malaysia, while the 2 percent discount for users in East Malaysia will benefit around 520,000 users in Sabah and 580,000 in Sarawak. He added that in peninsular Malaysia, the extra three months of discounts amounting to about RM392 million will be funded by Kumpulan Wang Industri Elektrik (KWIE), while the Ministry of Finance has allocated about RM6 million for the discounts to be enjoyed by domestic users in East Malaysia.

This week, on Thursday (2July), the Ringgit was 4.2860 against USD from 4.2850 on Monday (2July). Meanwhile, the Ringgit was 3.0755 to the Sing Dollar on Thursday (2July).

On Monday (29Jun), the FBM KLCI gained 6.29 points higher or 0.42% to 1494.43 from previous Friday’s close of 1488.14. But as at Friday (3July) 10:00am, the FBM KLCI, following regional markets, was higher at 1541.62 from Monday, buoyed by Wall Street’s strong gains and NASDAQ’s all time high due to the massive 4.8million jobs rise in the US for June. But as at Friday (3July) 10:00am, the FBM KLCI was rose to 1541.62 from Monday, following regional markets optimism on business reopening globally and the yesterday US reported better than expected employment data report.

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Retail net investment on Bursa soars to RM5.83b YTD

Malaysia’s stimulus packages have softened COVID-19 impact on the economy

The YTD net retail investments on Bursa have increased to RM5.83 billion compared to RM2.45 billion for the whole of 2019. Net investments from local institutions stood at RM8.21 billion. In terms of participation rate, the local institutional participation rate stands at 48.4% with retail investors at 38.3% and foreign investors making up the remainder 13.3%. Trading value hit a record high of RM9.3 billion on May 29 following the surge of retail investors’ participation. It is left to be seen if the momentum will continue now that Recovery MCO is in place and almost all business have reopened and the workforce is no longer stuck at home.

According to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, the Government’s initiatives PRIHATIN Rakyat and PENJANA have softened the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and paved the path towards economic recovery. Malaysia is fortunate to have a very diversified economy that does not depend on just one or two sectors. Food was provided for the people and no Malaysian family is unable to have access to food. Health was prioritized to ensure effective prevention of the pandemic. He said “Going forward from the fiscal point of view, the strategy for the next five to 10 years – we introduced the Shared Prosperity Vision in October 2019 with three main objectives, we want Malaysians to enjoy a decent standard of living. Secondly, we want to close the gaps – development for all – and finally, we want to achieve a united, prosperous nation.” 

Malaysia’s growth slated to average 3.4% in the next decade

According to Fitch Solutions, Malaysia’s growth is expected to moderate to a 3.4% average rate over the next decade compared to an average of 6.4% over the past 10 years, dragged by the likely contraction in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It also noted that Malaysia’s active population growth is projected to slow to an average 1% in the next decade compared to 2.3% previously, while slower than before, this will still provide a tailwind to the economy. An added complication could be the boom in household debt fuelled by low interest rate in recent years, which will act as a drag on growth and would pose risks to financial stability if interest rates need to be raised sharply. Household debt as a share of GDP stands close to 85%, which is one of the highest in Asia. While debt service ratios are still manageable, a rise in interest rates could tip service ratios to unsustainable levels, leading to a rise in defaults. It also noted that the Malaysian economy is undergoing a process of external economic rebalancing, which will act as a drag on overall headline real GDP growth. At the same time, it will see private consumption growth outperform, creating investment opportunities in catering for the domestic middle class rather than overseas demand. Additionally, a more domestic focused demand picture will allow the economy to be more resilient to global demand shocks, reducing recession risks.

Malaysia’s debt might hit 55% of GDP

According to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, Malaysia’s debt level could hit the statutory limit of 55% of gross domestic product at the end of the year from 52% currently following the implementation of measures to save lives, protect livelihoods and stimulate the economy. The government had announced the RM260bil Prihatin Rakyat economic stimulus plan followed by the RM35bil short-term Penjana economic recovery plan aimed at stimulating the country’s economy that has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic bringing the government’s direct fiscal injection to RM45bil. He added that the government is very committed to ensuring fiscal discipline is maintained. He said “Moving forward, what is most important is what we can do to improve the situation. The government is committed to fiscal discipline and to reduce the fiscal deficit to below 4% within the next three to four years.”

Malaysia’s Leading Index (LI) slumped to negative 5.5% in April, pointing to weaker growth

According to chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin from the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM), Malaysia’s Leading Index (LI) which provides an early signal of the future economic direction slumped to negative 5.5% in April 2020 from negative 3.6% in March 2020. The main components driving the 5.6-point downward shift were the number of housing units approved and the number of new companies registered. Considering the weaker performance of the annual LI and the LI growth cycle deviation from the long-term trend, it is anticipated that the economy will remain on the contraction trajectory in the coming months. The year-on-year (y-o-y) CI slipped to negative 19.3% in April 2020 from negative 3.6% in March 2020. This showed that businesses shut down and demand plunged in April 2020. The roll-out of Penjana the short-term economic recovery plan with the thrust of empowering people, propelling businesses and stimulating the economy will help to relieve economic pressures despite the challenging economic outlook. Thus, short-term and long-term economic measures are seen to foster robust economic revival.

This week, on Thursday (25Jun), the Ringgit was 4.2790 against USD from 4.2740 on Monday (15Jun). Meanwhile, the Ringgit was 3.0734 to the Sing Dollar on Thursday (25Jun).

On Monday (22Jun), the FBM KLCI gained 3.98 points higher or 0.26% to 1511.24 from previous Friday’s close of 1507.26. But as at Friday (26Jun) 10:00am, the FBM KLCI was trading sideways at 1491.95 from Monday, indicating the market is looking for clearer direction ahead.

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Company Spotlight on Pintaras Jaya Berhad (9598)

By Evelyn Yong


Pintaras Jaya Berhad (PTARAS) was incorporated as a limited company on 23rd November 1989 by their founder Dr Chiu Hong Keong, a civil and geotechnical engineer and successfully listed on Bursa Second Board in 1994. Then in 1998 it transferred to Main Market. Since then PTARAS has gained a solid reputation and grown as a foundations and pilings specialist leader in the Malaysian construction industry. In 2018, they acquired a Singapore-based piling contractor  Pintary International Pte Ltd in Singapore and its piling subsidiaries, Pintary Foundations Pte Ltd and Pintary Geotechnics Pte Ltd to expand its footprint outside of Malaysia.

Business Model

PTARAS’s core business is in the Malaysia and Singapore construction industry with specialization in foundation and piling systems. Its range of expertise includes earth retaining systems, abasement and substructure works, ground improvement, earth works and civil engineering works with their own large fleet of top-range equipment such as drilling rigs, crawler cranes, vibro-hammers etc. Over the years, it has completed some well-known projects such as MRT (from One Utama station to The Curve station), Pavilion Hilltop, Plaza Mont’ Kiara, I-City – Central Plaza to name a few.

PTARAS also manufactures metal containers via its subsidiary Prima Packaging Sdn Bhd operating in Selangor. The company produces industrial pails and cans and has served the paint industry for 40 years with long-term clients such as Nippon Paint, Colourland and Jotun Malaysia.

Financial Review

PTARAS has a stable dividend payout over the years and maintained a dividend yield at above 7% over past 4 financial years. For FY2019 a total of 20sen per share dividend amounting to RM33,172,960 has been declared with a dividend payout ratio of 127%. Although the dividend payment amount is more than the net profit, the company’s financials is still considered healthy since it has a cash ratio of 0.737.

PTARAS managed the lowest quality of earnings at 1.16 times in FY2019 compared to 2.03 times in FY2018 and 1.33 times in FY2017 and this was due to the interest charged on borrowings and unexpected higher operating expenses. Despite the lowest quality of earning over past 3 financial years, the Quality of Earnings at more than 1 indicates that the company is still having a healthy operating cash flow.

The Current Ratio for FY2019 shows the lowest over past 3 years at 1.98 compare to 5.859 in FY2018 and 4.763 in FY2017. The decline was due to a bad debt being written off amounting to about RM1.5 million. The increasing value of bank borrowings for leasing finance on building, site equipment and investment properties as well as motor equipment were also contributing factors. However, the investment is considered important for the company’s growth and the ratio at 1.98 indicates the company is still financially sound.

PTARAS obtained the highest gross profit margin in FY2019 among past 3 years at 20.89% compared to 14.4% in FY2018 and 20.6% in FY2017. The Singapore division has contributed around 78% of the revenue with full utilization of plant and equipment while the average utilization of the Malaysia division was only about 20% for the construction part and which contributed around 11% to the revenue. The low revenue from the Malaysian construction side was a result of suspension of works involving 2 projects due to non-payments and a deferment of the commencement of a major secured contract.

The Return on Equity of PTARAS is 8.2% in FY2019 while 4.8% in FY2018 and 10.6% in FY2017. Although the unexpected expenses have trimmed the FY2019 net profit for PTARAS, the company still managed to generate a 3.4% increase compared to the previous year and generated an increase in returns for investors.

The Debt to Equity ratio of PTARAS in FY2019 shows 0.086 times and was zero previously. Generally, the benchmark ratio is at 1 and the lower the better to imply a more financially stable position. PTARAS had no bank borrowings before FY2019. In some views, a manageable borrowing is essential to help boost the company’s growth and in this case PTARAS has decided to invest in its construction assets.

Cash Flow Statement

The net cash from operating activities has provided a positive cash flow of RM27.37 million in FY2019 as compared to RM28.58 million in FY2018. The decrease in net cash from operating activities was mainly due to the increase in working capital with a RM53million in negative receivables. Even though the cash flow indicates lesser than last year, the company has enough cash to use to cover their operations.

The net cash from investing activities in FY2019 (-RM46.49 million) was mainly due to the purchases of machinery and assets as well as acquisition of a subsidiary company. The negative cash flow has shown that it is investing in the business for growth.

The net cash generated from financing activities in FY2019 (RM45.04 million) was mainly due to the proceeds from bank borrowings (RM9.5 million) and repayment of finance leases as well as borrowings (RM21.41 million).

Prospect and Challenges

PTARAS revenue in FY2019 has indicated its reliance on its Singapore operations which provided a strong contribution to the overall result. The construction sector has just started to turnaround with good job prospects after several difficult years. However, the operating environment remains tough and competitive. Overheads and labour costs are higher than previous years. In addition, the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic has halted the progression of the construction works. For FY2019, steel prices were stable but concrete prices were up about 12%. The capital expenditure has been increasing to RM38 million as PTARAS has to rapidly expand its office, storage space and plant and equipment to meet the higher business expansion. These challenges are foreseeable to continue into FY2020.

For the manufacturing division, the revenue of RM36million improved by about 12% from FY2018 due to higher selling prices. But margins remained squeezed by higher tin plate prices averaging RM3,900 per tonne, up by about 5% from FY2018.

Rating System

Return on Equity (ROE) = Poor

Revenue [3 Years CAGR] = Excellent

Net Earnings [3 Years CAGR] = Good

Dividend Yield = Excellent

Interest Coverage = Excellent

Quality of Earning = Good

Pintaras Jaya Berhad Share Price Over 3 Years

My Insight

Based on the calculation on Discounted Earnings Model, PTARAS has an intrinsic value of RM2.40. The current share price of PTARAS is RM2.62 which makes it a fair-valued stock (as at 25 Jun 2020). It has a beta of 0.868 (500 days) indicating that the share price is less volatile than the current market. However, the value is close to 1 indicating it is just slightly behind the market. Based on the computation of Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) on 10 years period, PTARAS has an expected market return of 1.412%.

On the dividend prospect, although PTARAS has maintained a dividend yield of above 7% over the years, in latest 2Q of FY2020, the company has announced a dividend of 4sen per share which is lower than previous years. As with most other companies, PTARAS too has been pressured by the lockdown due to the pandemic crisis. The stoppage in construction works in Malaysia and Singapore is expected to affect the revenue of FY2020. Hence the company will need to depend on sound financials and a strong management to help endure this FY. However for the long-term view, PTARAS still has a good outlook as it has secured in its order book a few big projects in both Malaysia and Singapore. As such the earnings outlook over the next 2-3 years remains positive on the back of its high-quality work and operational efficiency.


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Bursa Malaysia announces six new additions to FTSE4Good Index

“MSWG urges PLCs to appoint independent moderators at virtual general meetings”

 As published in Inve$t Malaysia 19 June 2020 issue

Bursa Malaysia announces six new additions to FTSE4Good Index Bursa Malaysia Bhd announced the addition of six companies and the deletion of two companies in the FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia Index (F4GBM). The F4GBM Index measures the performance of PLCs demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The six additions are Bermaz Auto, Duopharma Biotech, Inari Amertron, Karex, RCE Capital and Star Media Group while the two deletions are Parkson Holdings and UMW Holdings. Bursa Malaysia and FTSE Russell have been conducting outreach programmes to encourage and support companies in improving their ESG disclosures and practices. With this latest review, the total number of constituent companies is at 73, reflecting a 204 percent increase since its launch in 2014. The F4GBM Index constituents are drawn from the companies on the FTSE Bursa Malaysia EMAS Index, comprising PLCs from across the small, medium and large market capitalisation segments.

The Minority Shareholders Watch Group (MSWG) has called upon public-listed companies (PLCs) to appoint independent moderators at virtual general meetings to boost the transparency of Q&A sessions. PLCs have had to embrace technology in an unprecedented manner by having to hold their AGMs fully virtual online. According to MSWG CEO Devanesan Enanson, corporate representatives of MSWG have encountered cases of PLCs skipping questions posed to the PLC via the query box during the live streaming process of the virtual general meetings. And that subsequent to the virtual AGM, shareholders may sometimes get feedback from the PLC that the PLC was not able to address the question during the virtual general meeting due to ‘lagging’ or ‘buffering’, hence shareholders sometimes do not get their questions answered. More often than not since the moderator is the company secretary or an employee of the PLC, MSWG expressed its concern that PLCs would conveniently ‘overlook’ questions asked by shareholders, especially those that are ‘hard-hitting, sensitive or controversial’. Hence the presence of independent moderators will lead to more fair, objective and impartial Q&A sessions that will better replicate the experience of a physical meeting. To help prevent incidents of questions being overlooked by the board, MSWG also suggested presenting all questions on screen during the general meeting so that all shareholders see what questions are being asked. It also foresees virtual meetings becoming the preferred choice of the PLC (no longer a choice by necessity) which means the transparency of Q&A sessions are essential.

Malaysia’s RM35 billion short term Economy Recovery Package (ERP) called ‘Penjana’ was announced recently. To have a better insight on the sectors and companies that stand to benefit from this, please register for ShareInvestor’s free webinar on Monday 22June at 8.30pm hosted by JT Low, a full-time trading coach and the Founder-Director of Stock Aid Sdn Bhd.

Meanwhile, Honda Malaysia has issued a product recall for 55,354 vehicles to replace the fuel pump as a precautionary measure, in line with the carmaker’s global fuel pump recall. Among the affected models are the Accord produced in 2018, BR-V (2018), City (2019), City (HEV) (2019), Civic (2018), CR-V (2018 & 2019), HR-V (2018), HR-V (HEV) (2018), Jazz (2019) and Jazz (HEV) (2019). The company believes this product recall is necessary as a preventive measure to address the possibility of a loss of engine power or vehicle stalling. Honda Malaysia urges all affected customers to contact any Honda authorised dealer to make an appointment upon receipt of notification to replace the fuel pump subject to parts availability. The company said the replacement of the affected fuel pump, of which stock will be available in stages, is free of charge and all costs related to this replacement activity will be borne by the automaker. As the Honda toll-free number is undergoing technical maintenance, the company said vehicle owners could obtain more information on this product recall by contacting any Honda authorised dealer or log on to to check the status of their vehicles.

Ambank in its research expects the ringgit’s movement to come under pressure as the US dollar strengthened on the back of geopolitical concerns involving border skirmishes between Chinese and Indian troops, fresh provocation by Pyongyang as well as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. However, the central bank will use its ‘full range of tools’ to cushion households and businesses. The ringgit is expected to trade between the support levels of 4.2509 and 4.2673 while resistance is pinned at 4.2944 and 4.3126. Compared to major currencies, the ringgit rose mostly higher against major currencies, strengthening against the euro at 0.55%, British pound at 0.53%, 0.19% against the Australian dollar and appreciated 0.08% against the Singapore dollar, year-to-date. However, regionally the ringgit closed lower by 0.44% against Japanese yen, slid 0.06% against Thai baht, 0.20% to Philippine peso.

This week, on Thursday (18Jun), the Ringgit was 4.2755 against USD from 4.2725 on Monday (15Jun). Meanwhile, the Ringgit was 3.0709 to the Sing Dollar on Thursday (18Jun). On Monday (15Jun), the FBM KLCI shed 47.19 points or 3.05% to 1498.83 from previous Friday’s close of 1546.02. But as at Friday (19Jun) 10:00am, the FBM KLCI has recovered to 1508.67 from the lowest point of the week which follows the recovery of the global markets from the Monday drop.


Company Spotlight on Formosa Prosonic Industries Berhad (9172)


Formosa Prosonic Industries Berhad (9172) is a high-quality sound system manufacturer with a team of audio experts each of whom has over 30 years experience in the design, manufacturing and marketing of sound system products to worldwide multinational companies.

Formally established in 1989, Formosa Prosonic Industries Berhad (FPI) was listed in the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia on 17th June 1994. FPI is headquartered in Malaysia with manufacturing facilities strategically located in Malaysia’s Port Klang, Selangor and Sungai Petani, Kedah. FPI has also established a design and engineering centre in Taiwan.

Business Model

FPI specialises in Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) services including woodworking, plastic injection, driver units, PCB assembly and finished-products assembly as well as Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services. These services are supported by proven engineering expertise, experience as well as reliable testing capabilities.

A wholly-owned subsidiary, Acoustic Energy Limited which is based in Cirencester, United Kingdom, hosts their in-house brand name Acoustic Energy (AE). Acoustic Energy has been producing a wide range of award-winning speaker system.

FPI is proud of its track record in product quality and services. It does this by working together with customers to provide support for product excellence, prompt feedback and strong service support. FPI values long-lasting relationships with its customers and has been in business with multinational and mid-sized companies in the home entertainment, audio, and musical instruments industries. Their customer list of renowned brands include Panasonic, Onkyo, Sharp, Sony, JVC and Kenwood to name a few brands names reflects FPI’s quality and reliability.

Financial Review

For FY2019, FPI has paid a final single-tier dividend of 11sen per ordinary share amounting to RM27,209,409 (dividend payout ratio of 65.2%) with a dividend yield of 6.47%. The total dividend paid in FY2019 is the highest over past 3 years supported by strong sales growth of 36.7% year-on-year for the full FY2019. (refer to Prospects & Challenges and Insight at the end of this article)

FPI has achieved growth in its Quality of Earnings over the past 3 years (1.801 times) in FY2019 compared to 1.764 times in FY2018 and 0.871 times in FY2017 indicating that the operating cash flow generated from the business is more than the net income suggesting that the business has strong cash flow and is financially sound.

Based on the computation of liquidity ratio, FPI has a lower current ratio of 2.201 times in FY2019 compared to FY2018 and FY2017, although a slight decrease over the past 3 years indicating that the company has used some of its cash to fund the operation expenses. Still, the company has a healthy margin of current assets due to extremely low debt and a substantial amount of RM203.6 million in cash holding and bank balances.

FPI did face some challenges over the years due to geopolitical trade tension and disruption in supply chain affecting the gross profit margin. The company reported 9.7% gross profit margin in FY2019 which is lower than past 2 years.

However, FPI managed to offset the setback by achieving higher revenue in FY2019, an increase of revenue CAGR 30.62% over past 3 years. Without incurring a substantial increase in operating cost, FPI managed to improve net earnings for the company with growth in net earning CAGR 45.54% year-on-year.

FPI’s Return on Equity (ROE) has improved marginally to 13.47% in FY2019 from 12.50% in FY2018 but lower than the 14.92% in FY2017. The company was able to maintain the ROE at double-digit indicating that the net income generated relative to the value of its equity in FY2019 was better as compared to FY2018.

FPI started borrowing in 2019 to improve its cash reserve but with low net debt to equity of 0.016 times, the company has more than enough cash to settle the debt if needed.

Cash Flow Statement

FPI continued to display a strong balance sheet for FY2019. Financial position remained solid with net cash of RM203.6 million, an increase of 21.4% from RM167.7 million FY2018 mainly attributable to strong operating cash flow and lower capital expenditure. Total shareholders’ funds amounted to RM310.0 million, an increase of 5.7% as compared to FY2018. Book value per share was higher at RM1.25 as compared to RM1.19 at FY2018, an increase of 5%.

The trade receivables turnover improved to 49 days from 61 days attributable to vigorous credit vetting and monitoring which was consistent with the terms granted. FPI is comfortable with the quality of the receivables and will continue to exercise due care in managing credit exposure. Inventory level remained largely unchanged despite significantly higher sales value.

This has resulted in reduced inventory turnover to 23 days from 31 days thus driving down inventory holding cost and reducing possible slow-moving and obsolete inventory. These were achieved on the back of strong Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing including streamlining and synchronising the receiving store and incoming quality control (IQC) so that the incoming materials received are inspected in a JIT manner. IQC operations were reconfigured so that material specifications and inspection samples are supplied directly to the inspection stations thereby reducing handling activities by inspectors.

Prospect and Challenges

FPI anticipates 2020 to be a very tough and challenging year in view of the economic downturn due to COVID-19 and turmoil in the global market which have resulted in lower sales and higher operating costs, and barring unforeseen circumstances, FPI expects its performance for the financial year 2020 to be impacted.

Group Managing Director Shih Chao Yuan in the FY2019 annual report Director’s statement mentioned that in order to strive and continue to survive so as to be able to compete in the market, FPI will have the following strategies:- to maintain focus on current customers by providing strong engineering back-up and improving professional labour to increase productivity; to pay extra attention to supply chain and work closely with suppliers’ engineering to lower part cost; to maximize productivity and increase speed through enhanced product and process design capabilities; to further enhance and strengthen the quality control measures to further reduce costs and last but not least to continue to provide training for all engineers, business team and employees.

Rating System

Return on Equity (ROE) Average
Revenue (3 Years CAGR) Excellent
Net Earnings (3 Years CAGR) Excellent
Dividend Yield Good
Interest Coverage Excellent
Quality of Earnings Excellent

Formosa Prosonic Industries Berhad Share Price Over 3 Years

My Insight

Based on the calculation of the Discounted Earnings Model, FPI has an intrinsic value of RM1.78. The current share price of FPI is RM1.40 which makes it an undervalued stock (as at 18 June 2020). FPI has a beta of 1.217 (500 days) indicating that the share price is more volatile than in longer-term overall market movement. Based on the computation of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) on 10 years period, FPI has an expected market return of 1.58%.

FPI’s with its strong management team will be expecting to drive the group into the next level in future. With most countries having to turn towards digitalisation which requires home-based learning and work from home (WFH), hence consumers will have to adopt technology and spend more time at home to appreciate the finer things in life. The resurgence in demand for high-end consumer audio-visual products is expected to benefit FPI with its core business in audio products.

However, with the global economy taking a hit due to COVID-19 pandemic, many analysts foresee that it will take more than 10 years for a full recovery to pre-pandemic era. FPI’s business as with many other businesses will not be spared. Investors need to consider the uncertainties ahead and take into account the new normal which still unknown.


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PM announces RM35 billion Penjana to generate short-term recovery

“Malaysia’s economy is expected to recover with a return of growth in 2021…The World Bank” 

By Stella Goh – As published in Inve$t Malaysia 12 June 2020 issue

Last Friday (5Jun), Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin unveiled a RM35 billion stimulus package which will cover 40 initiatives to help stimulate the economy recovery from the impact of Covid-19. The short-term Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) package called “Pelan Jana Semula Ekonomi Negara” or “Penjana” was launched with three major goals to empower the people, propel businesses and to stimulate the economy. 

The automotive, plantation and property sectors are some of the beneficiaries from the Economy Recovery Plans (Penjana). The PM announced that for the automobile sector there is a 100% sales tax exemption on locally assembled Completely Knocked Down (CKD) models while a 50% exemption on fully imported Completely Built-Up (CBU) models starting from June15 until Dec31. This move is expected to help overcome the lost sales and production during MCO.

In order to tackle the problem of unemployment, Prime Minister stated that the government will allocate RM9 billion to ensure job sustainability during the national recovery period post Covid-19. The allocation will be channelled through various initiatives which will benefit three million workers in the country. The initiatives will be set at RM600 per worker for up to 200 workers per company.

In addition the government will allocate RM50 million in matching grants for companies in the gig economy to make SOSCO and EPF contributions for their workers. There will be a special committee chaired by the ministers of Finance and Human Resources with members comprising leaders from the public as well as private sector to monitor initiatives related to the workers. In line with the government’s call to encourage SMEs to implement work-form-home practices, insurance coverage and tax incentives will be provided.

As businesses had been struggling with cashflow issues and reduced demand, the government assured that there would be help for all businesses regardless of size through various initiatives such as Shop Malaysia Online to encourage online shopping through the provision of promotion codes among others. There will be a RM700 million allocation to help SMEs digitalise their operations. Tax incentives would be extended for companies purchasing equipment such as Property, Plant and Equipment as well as thermal scanners. The government also will provide income tax rebates of up to RM20,000 for three years of assessment for SMEs set up between July1 and Dec31 in this year.

Furthermore, there will be a reintroduction of the Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) which will see various incentives such as stamp duty exemptions for the purchase of homes costing between RM300,000 and RM2.5 million from June1, 2020 to May31, 2021 subject to a developer’s discount of at least 10%. The ERP will also encourage foreign direct investments (FDI) where companies both foreign and local, which make capital investment of between RM300 million and RM500 million will be able to enjoy zero investment tax for 10 years. While for capital investment above RM500 million, companies will be given 15 years of tax holidays. For Malaysian companies which relocate their overseas facilities back to home, will be entitled to a 100% Investment tax allowance for five years, which the tax holidays are subject to location transfer.

On 7 June, PM also has announced that the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be replaced by the Recovery MCO (RMCO) with more relaxed conditions from June10 to Aug31 which will allow interstate travel, meetings and workshops and this augurs well for the tourism industry and marks the beginning of the recovery of domestic tourism. 

According to The World Bank’s representative Firas Raad, Malaysia’s economy is expected to recover from the end of this year with a return to growth in 2021. With the pro-growth policies coupled with incentives, it would help to push the private sector which is the engine for growth from the current economic downturn. Firas Raad also added that Malaysia should continue its efforts on the reform agenda such as governance, regulatory environment and competition in economic sectors as well as education reformation in its bid to achieve a high-income nation status. The World Bank is also in the midst of reviewing the economic impact of Covid-19 before deciding whether to revise the country’s 2020 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth target this month. Business activities in Malaysia are resuming as the country gradually eases itself from the Covid-19 MCO measures.  

This week, on Thursday (11Jun), the Ringgit was 4.2495 against USD from 4.2753 on Tuesday (9Jun). Meanwhile, the Ringgit was 3.0493 to the Sing Dollar on Thursday (11Jun).  

On Monday (8Jun), the FBM KLCI gained 18.83 points or 1.21% to 1575.16 from previous Friday’s close of 1556.33. But as at Friday (12Jun) 10:00am, the FBM KLCI was at 1529.79 seeming to have followed the global markets which have all taken a breather from the bullish ride over the past 2 months.


Company Spotlight on EITA Resources Berhad (5208)

By Stella Goh – As published in Inve$t Malaysia 12 June 2020 issue


EITA Resources Berhad (EITA) was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Subang Jaya, Selangor. The comapnt has grown to be a leading supplier to electrical contractors, switchboard fabricators, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and manufacturers of Elevator Systems and Busduct Systems in Malaysia. Today, the company has expanded its business operations to the other Asian countries. 

EITA was listed in Main Market of Bursa Malaysia on 9 April 2012. The company’s suppliers and technology partners comprise some of the most respected names in the world such as Fuji Electric Asia Pacific, Leoni Studer AG (Switzerland), Panasonic Electric Works, Kyoritsu Keiki Co Ltd to name a few. EITA Research & Development Sdn Bhd provides in-house research and development (R&D) services for its own elevator and busduct products. 

Business Model 

EITA is involved in three core business segments namely E&E Components & Equipment, Elevators and Busduct Systems. Its business activities revolve around Design and Manufacturing, Marketing and Distribution, and Services for both passenger and commercial goods elevator systems.

The services provided by the company include designing, manufacture, installation, modernization, commissioning, maintenance and customization such as car size, interior design, hall door jamb, hall call button as well as indicators to suit its customer needs. As the company strives for modernization, passenger elevators can be equipped with LCD panels as well as audio systems to provide passengers with entertainment, news and advertisements.

To provide more rounded service to the clients, EITA also offers products and services such as power equipment system, cabling system, control equipment system and local area network (LAN), security systems, green technology, lighting and surge protection. To-date, EITA has installed over 3,400 units of elevators and escalator systems.

Financial Review

For FY2019, EITA has declared a first interim dividend of 3sen per ordinary share equivalent to RM3.899 million which was paid to its shareholders on 27 September 2019. EITA also has paid a final dividend of 3sen per ordinary share also amounting to RM3.899 million for the financial year end with a total final dividend of 6sen per ordinary share (4.36% dividend yield) in FY2019. Despite the total dividend paid in FY2019 being not the highest over the past 3 years, EITA has been able to pay out a favorable dividend consistently with a dividend payout ratio of 37.5%. The company has been consistently declaring a dividend payout of more than 30% of its net profit to its shareholders over the past 4 years. (refer to Prospects & Challenges and Insight at the end of this article)

EITA has achieved the lowest quality of earnings of 1.133 times in FY2019 over the past 3 years. Inspite of this EITA was still able to maintain its quality of earnings at more than 1 time over the past 3 years indicating that the company’s operating cash flow generated from the business is more than the net income suggesting that the business has strong cash flow and is financially sound. 

Based on the computation of liquidity ratio, EITA has a current ratio of 2.232 times in FY2019 as compared to 3.100 times in FY2018. Even though the current ratio in FY2019 was the lowest over the past 3 years it still indicates that the company does not face any liquidity issue as it is capable of paying back its current liabilities (RM111.806 million) if any unforeseeable circumstances occur. EITA is able to do so by using its current assets such as inventories, contract assets, trade and other receivables, current tax assets, deposit, prepayments, cash and bank balances amounting to RM249.570 million. 

EITA has a marginally lower gross profit margin of 28.17% in FY2019 as compared to 29.87% in FY2018 but was still higher than the 27.3% in FY2017. The decrease of Gross Profit Margin in FY2019 was mainly due to the increase of contract costs recognized as expenses and cost of goods sales as compared to FY2018. However, the company has achieved a total revenue of RM305.386 million in FY2019 compared to RM261.295 million in FY2018. The increase in revenue was mainly due from the Manufacturing (35.8%), Marketing & Distribution (25.9%), High Voltage segments (25.2%) and Services (13.1%). 

EITA’s Return on Equity has tapered down to its lowest over the past 3 years at 12.01% in FY2019. However the company was still able to maintain its Return on Equity (ROE) of more than 10% indicating that it is being well managed and is making good profit in relative to its shareholders’ capital. It may also indicate that the sales generated by the company is more than its asset since the company has an asset turnover ratio of more than 1 times in FY2019. The management of the company is seen as effective and capable in effectively deploying the resources in the company as well. 

EITA has achieved the highest Total Debt to Equity ratio of 0.175 times in FY2019 among the past three financial years. Even though the Total Debt to Equity ratio of EITA has increased in FY2019, the company is able to pay off its debt obligations as its total liabilities amounted to RM127.590 million as compared to RM176.215 million of total equity. 

Cash Flow Statement 

The net cash from operating activities has provided a positive cash flow of RM24.715 million in FY2019 as compared to RM26.794 million in FY2018. The decrease in net cash from operating activities was mainly due to the increase in working capital requirements for the company’s on-going operations. Even though the cash flow is lesser in FY2019, the company has enough cash to use for business expansion.

The net cash from investing activities in FY2019 (-RM17.177 million) was mainly due to the acquisition of property, plant and equipment (RM15.606 million), acquisition of investment property (RM1.805 million), acquisition of intangible asset (RM255,000) and tax paid on the gain of disposal of investment (RM15,000). The negative cash flow indicates that the firm is investing in its business for growth.

The net cash generated from financing activities in FY2019 (RM6.023 million) was mainly due to proceeds received from bills payable (RM6.551 million) and proceeds received from term loans (RM8.833 million).

Prospect and Challenges 

The current geo-political and economic situation certainly poses some challenges ahead. In particular, the on-going trade tensions between China and the United States, Brexit, protectionist European Union sentiments, geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and volatility of commodity prices. 

According to Managing Director Fu Wing Hoong, he remains confident that the current situation is only a slight hiccup to another potentially good year. He also expressed optimism that the company will produce similar, if not better results than FY2019, backed by the company’s existing order book. As at the end of FY2019, its order book stood at a total of RM512.52 million of which about 42% or RM215.33 million was from its manufacturing business. The company’s high-voltage system segment, which involves installation of power substations, has also been growing steadily and now comprises 54% or RM276.38 million for the company’s order book. The contract periods for the projects in both segments range from two to three years. 

EITA’s current orderbook included government projects under the Light Rail Transit Line 3 (LRT3) and Mass Rapid Transit 2 (MRT2) to provide lifts and escalators installation and maintenance services. Both projects have been re-evaluated and renegotiated by the previous government which resulted in the LRT3 original contract sum of RM195 million being reduced to RM67.5 million but the MRT2 contracts value remains unchanged at RM70 million. The Managing Director stated that the MRT2 project’s contract value has been added to its FY2020 orderbook with the revenue progressively recognized from this year until FY2022. 

Rating System

Return on Equity (ROE) = Average 

Revenue [3 Years CAGR] = Poor 

Net Earnings [3 Yeas CAGR] = Good 

Dividend Yield = Average 

Interest Coverage = Excellent 

Quality of Earnings = Good 

EITA Resources Berhad Share Price Over 3 Years

My Insight 

Based on calculation on the Discounted Earnings Model, EITA has an intrinsic value of RM1.689. The current share price of EITA is RM1.25 which makes it an undervalued stock (as at 11 June 2020). EITA has a beta of 0.703 (500 days) indicating that the share price is less volatile than current market. Based on computation of Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR), EITA has an expected market return of 2.04%.

In conclusion, EITA may look attractive to investors due to its consistent dividend payout for the past 4 years which worked out to a dividend yield of 4.36%. EITA’s debt level will be comforting to those investors who find a company’s high debt reason for concern due to the global economic uncertainty ahead. The company has a net cash of RM68.727 million in FY2019 as well as more liquid assets (RM249.570 million) as compared to its current liabilities (RM111.806 million). According to the Deputy Transport Minister Kamaruddin Jaffar, the government has always given priority to improving the public transport system with several large scale public transport projects under construction in Klang Valley such as the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya MRT and LRT3 projects which would boost economic growth while increasing the use of public transport in Klang Valley. Meanwhile, the company’s prospects remain bright as the company’s long-term plans as a provider of lifts and escalators for Light Rail Transit Line 3 (LRT3) and Mass Rapid Transit 2 (MRT2). While investors will need to take into consideration all aspects that could positively affect growth prospects, they still will have to bear in mind the other events that could pose challenges to businesses in the near future.   


The research, information and financial opinions expressed in this article are purely for information and educational purpose only. We do not make any recommendation for the intention of trading purposes nor is it an advice to trade. Although best efforts are made to ensure that all information is accurate and up to date, occasionally errors and misprints may occur which are unintentional. It would help if you did not rely upon the material and information in this article. We will not be liable for any false, inaccurate, incomplete information and losses or damages suffered from your action. It would be best if you did your own research to make your personal investment decisions wisely or consult your investment advisor. 

PM to announce short-term Economy Recovery Plan today at 3pm

Bursa Malaysia sees continued surge in Trading Volume and Value

By Stella Goh – As published in Inve$t Malaysia 5 June 2020 issue

According to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, in line with the reopening of the economy which saw nearly 70% of the workforce returning to work in various sectors, Malaysia has the capacity that is set to spur an economy recovery in 2021. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had forecast a 3% contraction in the global economy for this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva also stated that the global contraction might be even worse than the 3% forecast it made last month. 

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is set to announce later today a slew of initiatives to kick start the economy. The short-term Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) will be focusing on three main goals ie (i) empowering the people (ii) propelling businesses and (iii) stimulating the economy.  

Last Friday (29May), the local stock exchange’s daily traded value hit a record high of RM9.03 billion which surpassed its previous highest of RM9 billion in May 2018 with a turnover of 9.308 billion of shares. On Monday (1Jun), the FBM KLCI has gapped up 16.89 points or 1.15% to 1490.14 from previous Friday’s close of 1473.25, while the trading volume across Bursa Malaysia topped 10 billion securities for the second time in less than a month driven mainly by the rubber glove manufacturers. 

On Tuesday (2June), both Maybank Investment Bank and RHB Bank Investment Bank Berhad tightened their share margin valuation on glove related counters following the recent rush for glove makers’ stocks which sent the stock prices to new heights. The margin financing caps will be imposed on the shares of Hartalega Holdings Berhad, Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Kossan Rubber Industries Berhad, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Rubberex Corporation Berhad and Comfort Gloves Berhad at a lower valuation compared to their current share prices. Share prices of those stocks took a temporary breather upon the announcement but appear to have recovered since. 

On Wednesday (3June), the oil and gas (O&G) stocks dominated the list of most active stocks on Bursa Malaysia after oil prices reached a three-month high. It is expected that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia may extend the production cuts of 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd), equivalent to 10% of global output in July or August. The cuts are currently due to run through May and June, scaling back to a reduction of 7.7 million bpd from July to December but Saudi Arabia has been pushing to keep the deeper cuts in place for longer.  

According to MIDF Research, Malaysia saw the third least foreign selling of RM13.3 billion for year to date (YTD) among seven Asian countries as foreign selling of Malaysian equities narrowed to RM663.8 million last week from RM714.7 million sold in the week before.  

According to the Statistics Department, Malaysia’s exports declined faster than imports to RM64.9 billion, lower by 23.8% resulting in a trade deficit of RM3.5 billion.  

This week, on Thursday (4Jun), the Ringgit strengthened to 4.2738 against USD from 4.3145 on Monday (1Jun). Meanwhile, the Ringgit was 3.0570 to the Sing Dollar on Thursday (4Jun). As at Friday (5Jun) 10:00am, the FBM KLCI was at 1550.65