Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Coastal Contracts profit doubles

Coastal Contracts profit doubles
Tags: Coastal Contracts

Written by Joy Lee
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 10:33

KUALA LUMPUR: COASTAL CONTRACTS BHD []’s net profit more than doubled for the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2009 on the back of a strong performance from its shipbuilding and ship repairs division.

Its net profit surged to RM47.95 million from RM22.52 million a year earlier while revenue jumped 113% to RM140.08 million from RM65.93 million previously. Subsequently, earnings per share rose to 13.31 sen from 6.39 sen. No dividend was declared for the quarter under review.

The shipbuilding and ship repairs division booked a higher revenue of RM132.8 million in the current quarter compared with RM60.4 million in the corresponding quarter a year earlier, an increase of 120%, due to more vessel deliveries in the current quarter. Its vessel chartering division recorded a 33% rise in revenue to RM7.3 million from RM5.5 million a year earlier.

“The improved performance was attributed to a combination of greater tonnage transported and higher fleet utilisation,” it said.

Year-to-date, the group said its net profit of RM108.69 million, which rose 66.3% year-on-year, has already surpassed 2008’s full-year profits of RM96.8 million. Its revenue for the cumulative nine months increased 33.5% to RM315.18 million from RM236.15 million previously.

The group said the steady resurgence of crude oil prices had caused previously shelved exploration and production projects to return on the back of revival in capital expenditures by oil companies.

The International Energy Agency has recently revised up its forecast for oil demand for 2010. As at 8.20pm yesterday, crude oil added 91 cents or 1.2% to US$78.38 (RM264.92) per barrel.

“In the light of these positive developments, the near-term outlook for demand of offshore support vessels (OSVs) is expected to improve, although a full-blown recovery may still be far from the horizon. In any event, Coastal group’s revenue and earnings will continue to benefit from the strength of its vessel sales order book, providing visibility for close to two years ahead. Coupled with a healthy balance sheet with low level of borrowings, Coastal group will continue to operate from a position of strength,” it said.

Moving forward, it said the group had increased optimism of securing new contracts to add to its vessel sales order book, especially in the OSVs category, as well as reaping recurrent returns from its chartering division through optimal deployment of the group’s fleet in energy transportation and in various oil and gas support services.

This article appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, November 24, 2009.

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