Thursday, 19 July 2018

Analysts maintain cautious view on UMW Aerospace

Analysts maintain cautious view on UMW Aerospace
January 11, 2018, Thursday Sharon Kong,

KUCHING: Analysts who recently visited UMW Holdings Bhd’s (UMW) Aerospace Rolls-Royce fan case manufacturing plant have left their cautious view unchanged due to the group’s mixed prospects.

As per UMW’s website, UMW Aerospace Sdn Bhd (UMW Aerospace) signed a 25 plus five year agreement with Rolls-Royce Plc (Rolls-Royce) on August 12, 2015 to manufacture and assemble fan cases for Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and Trent 7000 aero engines, which power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A330 neo aircrafts.

The research arm of Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd (Kenanga Research) had factored in RM750 million capital expenditure (capex) allocated for the first 2.5 years.

According to Kenanga Research, UMW Aerospace has delivered 6 fan cases for 4Q17 and additionally, expects to ramp up its production to 80 fan cases for 2018 and 160 fan cases by 2019 before hitting full capacity of 250 fan cases by 2020.

“UMW Aerospace is expected to be profitable at 160 fan cases level in 2019 considering that some front-loaded investments need to be amortised.

“The full production capacity is in line with the full production capacity of Seletar Rolls-Royce engine assembly plant,” the research arm said.

Kenanga Research highlighted that UMW Aerospace expects to post double-digit revenue growth over the next five years.

“However, due to the stringent contract condition with Rolls-Royce, the company is unable to disclose the information regarding the average selling price or the costs breakdown for the fan cases.”

Based on the first nine months of 2017 (9M17) results, the manufacturing and engineering (M&E) segment posted pretax losses of RM13.2 million and Kenanga Research estimated that UMW Aerospace has incurred start-up losses of circa RM47.1 million. This is given that other business in M&E segment remained at the same level as of financial year 2016 (FY16).

The research arm thus factored in the start-up losses in FY17E reported net profit (NP) while maintaining FY17E CNP numbers.

Overall, Kenanga Research maintained its neutral stance on UMW in view of the single-digit growth in the group’s automotive segment sales volume pending the completion of its new Bukit Raja Plant (expected to be operational in early 2019, an additional 50,000 capacity (one-shift) to the current 75,000) and the gestation period for its Rolls-Royce plant (expected to break even in FY19).

“Moving forward, the group’s strategic exit from the oil and gas (O&G) industry is expected to improve the group’s profitability,” the research arm said.

“Furthermore, the automotive segment is expected to be driven by the new models namely 2018 Toyota C-HR completely built up (CBU), 2019 Toyota C-HR completely knocked down (CKD), 2018 Toyota Harrier, all-new Perodua MyVi and face-lifted variants of existing models.”

GITP remains cornerstone for Malaysia’s gaming sector

GITP remains cornerstone for Malaysia’s gaming sector
January 16, 2018, Tuesday Sharon Kong,

KUCHING: The Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) remains the catch in 2018 in Malaysia’s gaming sector, analysts opine in an industry insight.

The research arm of Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd (HLIB Research) believed that in Malaysia, the multiyear growth story of GITP will continue to be the catch for Genting Malaysia Bhd (Genting Malaysia) this year, which will be driven by the recently opened VIP gaming areas in November 2017, the upcoming indoor theme park by the first half of 2018 (1H18) and the much awaited 20th Century Fox World Theme Park by end-2018.

HLIB Research noted that the target of reaching 30 million of visitation by 2020 from the current 22 million level signifies a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of circa 10 per cent from 2016.

On another note, growing optimism is seen in Singapore as the overall market condition has improved with higher gaming volume attributable to higher patronage coupled with the return of high rollers.

The research arm believed the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) margin expansion in 2017 after the cost rationalisation initiatives will continue to bear fruit moving into 2018.

HLIB Research also highlighted that with the growing middle class in China, the appetite of outbound travel has been growing tremendously and the trend is set to continue in 2018.

Chinese are now the largest tourist arrivals group for Singapore and third for Malaysia,” it said.

“We believe the restrictions for Chinese to travel to South Korea could be beneficial to both Genting Malaysia and Genting Singapore.”

HLIB Research expected any favourable news from Japan pertaining to the casino bill in 2H18 will create excitement for Genting Singapore.

The research arm also noted that Resorts World Las Vegas is on schedule to open in 2020 while the casino plan in Miami may be revived.

“On the contrary, casino plans in Massachusetts are stalled due to the ongoing legal issue.”

As for the number forecast operator (NFO) market, HLIB Research expected it to be stagnant or decline due to cannibalisation from illegal operators which undermine the growth potential.

The research arm pointed out that in the absence of fresh catalyst, dividend yield of circa six per cent will continue to serve as the support for share price.

It noted that the immediate risk on tax hike is unlikely given that NFOs are still experiencing lacklustre sales outlook since the introduction of goods and services tax (GST) three years ago.

“Any increase in the gaming tax or pool betting duty may cause a lose-lose situation while benefiting illegal operators instead,” the research arm said.

Overall, HLIB Research maintained ‘overweight’ on the gaming sector as the research arm believed captivation of GITP expansions will continue to drive the market with the reopening of both indoor and outdoor theme parks, supported by the overall domestic growth upcycle theme while international operations continue to show stabilised and improved performances.

“The return of VIP players seen in the regional markets is the another stimulus for the sector,” it added.

Uncertainty surrounds UMWOG’s HWU utilisation

Uncertainty surrounds UMWOG’s HWU utilisation
January 18, 2018, Thursday

KUCHING: While analysts are mildly positive on UMW Oil and Gas Corporation Bhd (UMWOG) securing ane umbrella contract to provide hydraulic workover units (HWUs) to Petronas Carigali Bhd, uncertainty lies in its HWU utilisation rate.

In a corporate update, AmInvestment Bank Bhd (AmInvestment Bank) said the umbrella contract could involve the use of all or any of UMWOG’s five HWU units – UMW Gait 1, UMW Gait 2, UMW Gait 3, UMW Gait 5 and UMW Gait 6 – to undertake workover services.

“The contract, which commenced on December 22 last year, is under an umbrella framework which may comprise of a series of individual orders and call-out.

“However, at present, there has not been any call-out or work order which will be made at stipulated prices for those HWU services,” it guided in the update.

Due to this uncertainty of utilisation, the HWU segment currently registered losses for the group due to its units being largely idle over the past year, and contributes to the ongoing losses for the group.

Looking beyond the HWU segment, the group’s full rig utilisation rates and margins remained a large concern.

“Separately, even at near full rig utilisation of 90 per cent in the third quarter of financial year 2017 (3QFY17), UMWOG still suffered a minor core loss of RM14 million.

“As there will be three rigs out of charter in 1QFY18 or an utilisation rate of 60 per cent, we expect a resumption of losses for the group,” said the bank.

Similarly, Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd (HLIB Research) also reported a resumption of losses for UMWOG in FY18-19 with forecasted profit after tax and minority interests (PATAMI) of RM102 and RM71 million loss respectively.

While UMWOG has guided that there may be 12 rig charters expected to materialise in 2018, AmInvestment Bank argues that these may be short-term charters to replace current contracts which are expiring in 2018.

Even with full utilisation at current day rates, the bank said UMWOG would only be barely breaking even, notwithstanding the group’s efforts to draw further cost efficiencies with a stronger credit profile amongst suppliers and financeiers.

“Hence, we do not expect any near-term re-rating for the stock,” said the bank.

With that said, AmInvestment Bank has decided to downgrade their recommendation on UMWOG to ‘sell’ from ‘Hold’ as its share price has rebounded above their unchanged fair value of RM0.30 per share.

Meanwhile, HLIV Research is maintain its ‘hold’ call with an unchanged target price of RM0.40 as the group’s completion of rights issue and removal of debt maturity overhang risks are expected to provide a catalyst for share prices while earnings outlook appear more encouraging in 2018.

MRCB-Quill REIT declares a DPU of 8.39 sen for FY17

MRCB-Quill REIT declares a DPU of 8.39 sen for FY17
January 20, 2018, Saturday

KUCHING: MRCB Quill Management Sdn Bhd (MQM), the manager of MRCB-Quill REIT, a listed real estate investment trust, wishes to announce that MQReit achieved a realised net income of RM21.42 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17).

This is an increase of approximately 61 per cent from the realised net income of RM13.30 million recorded for 4Q16. The higher realised net income for this quarter was attributable to the recognition of income from Menara Shell, net of higher property operating expenses, finance costs, trustee’s fee and manager’s fee.

For the full year, MRCB-Quill REIT achieved a realised net income of RM88.01 million, an increase of 48.8 per cent compared to the realised net income of RM59.16 million recorded for the financial year ended FY16.

Correspondingly, realised earnings per unit (EPU) for financial year ended FY17 of 8.24 sen was recorded.

After taking into consideration the non-cash adjustment for manager’s fee payable in units and net fair value loss on investment properties, MRCB-Quill REIT achieved a distributable income for FY17 of RM92.4 million.

FY17 distribution per unit (DPU) was 8.39 sen, which is 0.1 per cent higher compared to the FY16 DPU of 8.38 sen. The FY17 DPU of 8.39 sen translates to a distribution yield of 6.7 per cent based on the closing price of RM1.25 per unit as at 29 December 2017.

Tan Sri Saw Choo Boon, chairman of MQM said: “We expect the office market outlook to remain challenging this year. We will focus on asset management and leasing strategies that are centered on tenant retention as well as managing MRCB-Quill REIT’s operational cost effectively.”

Yong Su-Lin, chief executive officer of MQM said: “The manager’s active leasing and asset management strategies throughout the year has ensured successful tenant renewals of 80 per cent for the leases due in 2017.

“On the back of this as well as new tenancies entered during the year, MRCB-Quill REIT’s average occupancy rate for the year stood at 96.3% in terms of Net Lettable Area (NLA).

“In respect of 2018, MRCB-Quill REIT has approximately 28 per cent of its leases based on NLA that are due for renewal, with the bulk of the leases due after the first half of 2018.

“In tandem with executing our on-going marketing strategies, we continue to identify asset enhancement initiatives centered on enhancing the quality and physical condition of MRCB-Quill REIT’s portfolio of properties.

“Premised on the above, scheduled enhancement works will be initiated for a few properties for this financial year, namely Wisma Technip, Plaza Mont Kiara, Platinum Sentral and Menara Shell.”

She added: “As at Dec 31, 2017, MRCB-Quill REIT’s gearing ratio stood at 37.3 and 76 per cent of its total borrowings are on fixed interest rate.

“As part of our capital management strategy to maintain majority of fixed rate borrowings, we will continue to monitor the interest rate environment with the aim of locking in fixed interest rates at an appropriate time via interest rate swaps.

“This will help to mitigate MRCB-Quill REIT’s exposure to future interest rate risk and provide income stability to the Trust.”

REITs to see earnings impact from higher borrowing costs

REITs to see earnings impact from higher borrowing costs
January 23, 2018, Tuesday

KUCHING: Real estate investment trusts (REITs) is expected by analysts to have potential earnings impact of 0.2 per cent to 2.1 per cent from higher borrowing costs.

According to the research arm of MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd (MIDF Research), market is expecting an announcement of a 25 basis points (bps) increase in overnight policy rate (OPR) to be announced later this Thursday.

Some had even predicted the possibility of two rate hikes of 25 bps each for 2018 while MIDF Research’s house expected only one rate hike this year.

Based on the research arm’s sensitivity analysis, earnings per unit (EPUs) of REITs under its coverage are limited to minus 0.2 per cent to minus 2.1 per cent if there is one rate hike of 25bps.

“REITs with higher floating rate loans are more likely to be affected by the increase in interest rate,” it said.

Among the REITs that MIDF Research covered, Amanahraya REIT’s loans were all based on floating rates.

“Conversely, IGB REIT’s floating rate loans was only kept at one per cent.”

The research arm gathered that REIT managers were working on converting part of their floating rate loans to fixed rate loans to mitigate the risk of potentially higher interest costs.

MIDF Research highlighted that although a rate hike may have adverse impact to the bottomlines of REITs notably due to higher borrowing costs and potentially a slightly narrower spread between 10-year Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) yield and dividend yields from REITs, other factors at play may change the dynamic of the unit price movement.

“For instance, when Bank Negara announced a 25bps rate increase on July 10, 2014, price movements of REITs were mixed,” it said.

“Of the seven REITs under our coverage, only two REITs showed downward price movement of minus 5.9 per cent (Capitaland Malaysia Mall Trust) and minus 6.7 per cent (Amanahraya REIT).

“The rest had showed positive movement from the period of July 10, 2014 until December 10, 2014.”

All in, MIDF Research kept its estimates unchanged until the actual announcement of the rate hike and maintained ‘neutral’ on the sector.

Bursa Malaysia activities in 2017

  • FBM KLCI saw growth of 9.4 per cent.
  • Market capitalisation grew by 14.4 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM1.9 trillion.
  • Significant increase in retail participation, which grew by 41 per cent y-o-y.
  • RM10.8 billion net foreign inflow in 2017.
  • Bursa Malaysia attracted 13 new listings, raising a total of RM7.4 billion.
  • Average daily trading value (ADV) for securities market on-market trades grew by 27.7 per cent to RM2.3 billion.
  • The average daily contracts traded in the derivatives market in FY2017 were 57,677 contracts.
  • A total of 14.0 million contracts was traded in FY2017.
  • Islamic capital market, trading revenue in FY2017 fell by 3.7 per cent to RM15.8 million despite an improvement in ADV by 20.2 per cent to RM19.6 billion.

Bursa Malaysia records higher earnings in FY17
February 6, 2018, Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia Bhd’s pre-tax profit for financial year ended Dec 31, 2017 (FY17) rose to RM305.88 million from RM270.59 million a year earlier.

Revenue surged to RM556.83 million from RM506.78 million previously.

In a statement yesterday, Bursa Malaysia chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Atan, said 2017 was one of the strongest years for the local equity market.

The FBM KLCI saw growth of 9.4 per cent and market capitalisation grew by 14.4 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM1.9 trillion, he said.

“There was a significant increase in retail participation, which grew by 41 per cent y-o-y. This was in line with our continued focus to engage and educate by building our retail outreach efforts and financial literacy programmes, further expanding our retail base throughout the year,” he said.

Bursa Malaysia saw a RM10.8 billion net foreign inflow in 2017.

In FY2017, Bursa Malaysia attracted 13 new listings, raising a total of RM7.4 billion compared to RM0.6 billion in 2016.

“We will expand our marketing efforts to build a strong IPO pipeline and look forward to rolling out our initiatives aimed at widening our products and services to create a conducive capital market ecosystem for all market participants,” said Tajuddin.

For the year under review, securities market trading revenue increased by 21.9 per cent to RM259.6 million from higher average daily trading value (ADV) for securities market on-market trades, which grew by 27.7 per cent to RM2.3 billion.

The average daily contracts traded in the derivatives market in FY2017 were 57,677 contracts and a total of 14.0 million contracts was traded in FY2017 compared to 14.2 million contracts in FY2016.

In the Islamic capital market, trading revenue for Bursa Suq Al-Sila’ in FY2017 fell by 3.7 per cent to RM15.8 million despite an improvement in ADV by 20.2 per cent to RM19.6 billion, mainly due to the introduction of volume-based pricing scheme.

“We will continue to work closely with our intermediaries to improve liquidity and increase trading activities,” said Tajuddin.

Bursa Malaysia’s board of directors has approved a second interim dividend of 18.5 sen per share for FY2017, amounting to approximately RM99.4 million, which is payable on March 5, 2018.

With that, the total dividend, including special dividend declared for the year amounted to 53.5 sen per share. — Bernama

Neutral on Bonia’s proposed demerger

Neutral on Bonia’s proposed demerger
February 10, 2018, Saturday

KUCHING: Bonia Corporation Bhd’s (Bonia) proposed demerger and subsequent listing of wholly-owned subsidiary CRG Incorporated Sdn Bhd (CRG) on the LEAP Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd has garnered neutral views from analysts.

According to AmInvestment Bank Bhd (AmInvestment Bank), the intended objective is likely to position Bonia with greater visibility and coherence of earnings drivers.

AmInvestment Bank anticipated that CRG may command lower valuations than Bonia seeing the LEAP Market is less liquid and has a lower pool of investable institutional investors, which effectively translate into demand.

“Should CRG command lower valuations than Bonia, it could be value destructive to existing Bonia shareholders in the near term,” the research firm said.

“We are neutral over the development. While we appreciate greater visibility and coherence of Bonia earnings drivers excluding CRG over the longer term, it may be offset by the potential near-term restructuring drag.”

All in, AmInvestment Bank maintained its ‘buy’ recommendation and fair value of RM0.67 per share.

The research firm noted that valuations are pegged to financial year 2019 (FY19) with a target price earnings (P/E) of 14.5-fold, in line with Bonia’s five-year historical average P/E.

“We continue to like Bonia’s flagship brands, Braun Buffel and Bonia and its turnaround-led growth,” the research firm said.

“Meanwhile, valuations are attractive for a regional luxury brand going through an upcycle in consumer spending.”

EPF proven to be successful retirement funds globally

EPF proven to be successful retirement funds globally — CIMB
February 12, 2018, Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has proven to be one of the most successful retirement funds globally, said CIMB Group.

Its Group chief executive, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz said the commendable dividend rate is truly reflective of a well-diversified investment strategy.

On Saturday, EPF declared a dividend rate of 6.9 per cent for conventional accounts for 2017, with a payout amounting to RM44.15 billion and 6.4 per cent for Simpanan Shariah for 2017, with payout amounting to RM3.98 billion. Zafrul said CIMB also strongly supports EPF’s cause to make retirement a mainstream topic so that more youths could plan for it, whether through the EPF or Private Retirement Scheme, as soon as they start working. — Bernama


EPF eyes Latin America as new investment destination
February 13, 2018, Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is eyeing expansion into the Latin American market as part of its efforts at boosting its global assets portfolio to 32 per cent this year from 28 per cent in 2017.

Chief executive officer, Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan, said an increase in the overseas asset portfolio would provide the fund with the necessary diversification and returns to meet contributors’ expectations.

“Like many global pension funds, we need to have a balanced portfolio and increase its exposure as much as possible to growth around the world,” he told reporters at the fund’s 2017 dividend briefing yesterday.

He said overseas investments also provided high returns, contributing 41.4 per cent of the total income, despite only making up of only 28 per cent of total investments last year.

“Our historical chart has shown that global assets give us the necessary diversification and exposure to growth, which is vital for the fund to continue to perform and provide the kind of return that our members expect,” he said.

He said diversification into overseas markets also helped the fund compensate for any downturn in any of its investment market and continue to grow.

As of last year, EPF has presence in 30 markets, primarily in the developed market, North Asia and Asean.

On Shariah Savings, Shahril said, they had, as of last year, attracted about 700,000 contributors with a total size of RM68 billion from RM100 billion allocated for the savings.

The total Conventional Savings and Shariah Savings have about 14 million contributors and total fund size of RM768.51 million, he said. He said Shariah assets made up 47.5 per cent of the fund’s total asset exposure and contributed 42.9 per cent of total income last year.

“Shariah investments’ underperformance was attributed to oil and gas and mobile telecommunication sectors,” he said.

Nevertheless, he said, Shariah investments contributed 36 per cent to conventional savings dividend distributions on top of 100 per cent contributions to Shariah savings.

On Saturday, EPF announced 6.9 per cent dividend for conventional savings with a payout amounting to RM44.15 billion and 6.4 per cent dividend to Shariah savings, with payout amounting to RM3.98 billion. — Bernama

MAHB net profits surges more than three fold

MAHB net profits surges more than three fold
February 22, 2018, Thursday

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) net profit surged more than three fold to RM237.09 million the financial year ended Dec 31, 2017 against RM73.17 million registered in 2016.

The group’s revenue in 2017 rose 11.5 per cent to RM4.65 billion from RM4.17 billion, previously, attributable to growth in both airport and non-airport operations.

“Airport operations recorded revenue growth of 9.8 per cent, mainly driven by the aeronautical and non-aeronautical segment,” it said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

In the fourth quarter), MAHB registered a decrease in net-profit to RM27.85 million from RM37.12 million the previous corresponding quarter in 2016.

On outlook, the airport operator said 2018 held the promise of being another exciting year for MAHB.

“The group remains committed in delivering high quality services to our stakeholders by embedding a customer-centric culture in airport operations to provide an innovative and digitalised airport experience for passengers, airlines and retailers,” said MAHB.

— Bernama

Malaysia Airports hits record 96.6 million passengers in 2017
February 22, 2018, Thursday

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) passenger movements at its domestic airports grew 8.7 per cent to a record of 96.6 million passengers in 2017, surpassing the 90 million mark for the first time.

In a filing to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, MAHB said the passenger traffic was mainly driven by the international sector, which rose 14.6 per cent to 49.5 million passengers in 2017 over 2016.

“Domestic traffic on the other hand recorded 47.1 million passenger movements, an increase of 3.1 per cent over the same period in 2016. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) recorded 58.6 million passengers in 2017, a double-digit growth of 11.4 per cent over 2016.

“KLIA handled 28.3 million passengers, 11 per cent higher than in 2016 while klia2 handled 30.3 million passengers, a growth of 11.8 per cent over 2016. KLIA and Kota Kinabalu were among the airports that registered a double-digit growth in passenger movements,” it said.

MAHB said other airports that also registered positive growth were Penang, Kuching, Langkawi, Kota Bharu, Melaka, Tawau and Bintulu, while overall aircraft movements for airports in Malaysia increased by 4.5 per cent in 2017.

It said the international movements increased by 11 per cent while domestic sector increased by 0.7 per cent, with the overall average load factor for 2017 at 76 per cent, the highest since 2012.

Despite the high increase in the international aircraft movements, MAHB said average load factor for the international sector was an all-time high of 77 per cent, while overall cargo movements increased by 7.9 per cent in 2017 to 955,936 tonnes, the first positive growth since 2014.

Meanwhile, MAHB said the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport’s (SGIA) total passengers surpassed the 30 million mark for the first time in 2017, registering 31.3 million passengers, an increase of 5.7 per cent over 2016.

“International passengers increased by 8.4 per cent, while domestic passengers increased by 4.5 per cent. Istanbul SGIA’s passenger traffic picked up momentum after February 2017,” it added.

Based on prevailing economic conditions and the additional airlines seat capacity offered, MAHB said Malaysia passenger traffic in 2018 is expected to register 103.7 million passengers over 96.6 million recorded in 2017.

“The international and domestic passenger traffic is expected to register 53.9 million and 49.8 million movements, respectively. It is expected that fuel cost (single largest airline cost at 20-40 per cent) will remain close to current prices.

“Malaysia would continue to benefit from visa relaxation for Chinese and Indian tourists. The 2018 traffic numbers are expected to be mainly contributed by China, India and Southeast Asia sectors which currently make up 75 per cent of the international traffic,” it said. — Bernama

Petronas Chemicals’ FY17 pre-tax profit rises to RM5.24 bln

Petronas Chemicals’ FY17 pre-tax profit rises to RM5.24 bln
February 21, 2018, Wednesday

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd’s pre-tax profit for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2017 (FY17) increased to RM5.24 billion from RM4.11 billion in 2016.

Revenue rose to RM14.41 billion from RM13.86 billion previously, the group said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

It said the higher revenue was mainly driven by improved product prices and higher sales volumes, as well as benefitting from the strong US dollar.

“Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) also increased by RM1.3 billion or 25 per cent to RM6.6 billion and profit after tax increased by RM1.2 billion or 37 per cent to RM4.4 billion, in line with higher revenue,” it said.

Moving forward, Petronas Chemicals said the results of the group’s operations were expected to be primarily influenced by

  • global economic conditions, 
  • utilisation rate of production facilities and 
  • petrochemical products prices which have a high correlation to crude oil prices, particularly for the Olefins and Derivatives Segment.

 — Bernama

The whats, whys and hows of personal financial planning

The whats, whys and hows of personal financial planning
February 21, 2018, Wednesday AKPK

KUCHING: What do you do when you want to go somewhere?

You probably ask the following questions: What is the best way to go there? Will there be traffic jams? Is it better to take the LRT or bus? Should someone drive me there instead?

As you evaluate the options available to you, you ask questions about what you need to do and then make your decision — these are the steps involved in the planning process. Planning can be for the short-term, medium-term or long-term.

It is the same in personal financial planning, except that the time frame is over a longer period. Ideally, you should be looking as far ahead as your retirement years.

Personal financial planning involves asking questions about your future, your dreams and goals. It is thinking about what you want to do in your life, such as getting married, buying a car or a house, having children and planning for their education.

To achieve your life dreams and goals, you need to plan from the financial aspect. In personal financial planning, you look at how you will be budgeting, saving and spending your money over time.

Steps in personal financial planning

There are five steps in financial planning:

1. Assessing where you are now in financial terms 
2. Setting goals 
3. Creating a financial plan 
4. Implementing the plan 
5. Monitoring and reassessing

Benefits of financial planning

Many people think that financial planning is a hassle and that it stops them from doing fun things. If you consistently live on a budget, surely you would have to sacrifice some fun activities now, wouldn’t you? Think about it, if you have to save, you can always budget your money in such a way that you have some money to go out with friends and having a good time.

If you set a good financial planning habit, you can always have more fun in the future!

With a personal financial plan, you will:

Have more control of your financial affairs and be able to avoid excessive spending, unmanageable debts, bankruptcy or dependence on others.

Have better personal relationships with people around you, such as your family, friends and colleagues, because you are happy with your life and not borrowing any money to make ends meet or expecting hand-outs from others.

Have a sense of freedom from financial worries because you have planned for the future, anticipated your expenses and achieved your personal goals in life.

Be more effective in obtaining, using and protecting your financial resources throughout your lifetime, not only for yourself but also for the people you love.

With a good personal financial plan, you will be more informed about your future needs and the resources that you have. You will also have peace of mind knowing that your financial situation is in control.

Life stages and financial goals

In your adult life, you will go through various stages, from starting a career to retiring, from being single to getting married, having children and sometimes being single again. At various phases in your life, you have different priorities, responsibilities and financial goals.

Each stage of your life presents different investment opportunities and challenges. Discipline and perseverance play a key role in maintaining a reliable financial strategy. As your life changes, so do your needs and goals. Sound financial planning can prepare you to meet them successfully.

When you are in your 20s, you will be looking at money and spending it differently from when you get into your 50s. For example, when you are single, you probably want to have enough money to make a down payment for a car or go on a holiday with your friends.

After you get married, you may want to buy a house. Later, when you have children, you would want to plan for their education and maybe even start a retirement fund.

You have to adjust your financial priorities to meet the varied needs at different points of your life. Therefore, how you spend your money as you go through your adult life depends on your financial goals.

The Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK) is an agency under Bank Negara Malaysia tasked to help individuals take control of their financial situation. For assistance, please contact AKPK’s Power Infoline at 03-26167766 or visit

Understanding the time value of money

Understanding the time value of money
February 28, 2018, Wednesday AKPK

Imagine that you are offered a sum of money and asked to choose whether you want the money now or one year later. It is good to think what RM1 could buy back in 1990, what it could buy today and what would it be able to buy in the future?

Instinctively, you would know that money you have now – at the present time – is worth more than the same amount in the future. This is a key principle of economics that states as long as money can earn interest, any amount of money is worth more the sooner it is received. This concept illustrates the time value of money, also known as ‘present discounted value’.

Let us understand this idea. Say you deposit money into an interest bearing savings account at a five per cent interest rate, RM1,000 saved today will be worth RM1,050 in one year. Here multiplication is used when the ringgit amount is deposited in an interest bearing account. This is because from now to a given time in future it would continually yield interest.

On the other hand, RM1,000 received one year from now is only worth RM952.38 today. Division is used to represent the losses that arise during the period that a ringgit amount is not in an interest bearing account. It is that simple!

From this illustration you can observe that money has a time value. All things being equal, the present value of money is greater than the value of the same amount of money at any given time in the future.

The power of compound interest

How important is it to begin putting aside money for savings right now, instead of sometime later?

For example: Ahmad, Siti and Zainal consistently invest the same amount of money, i.e. RM3,000 per year for 10 years, which earn the same interest return of five per cent per annum. But they start investing at different ages – Ahmad at 18, Siti at 28 and Zainal at 38.

When all three retire at 60, Ahmad has more money than Siti and Zainal. He has RM198,228.14, whereas Siti has RM121,694.88 and Zainal has RM74,710.

Ahmad has more money at age 60 compared to Siti and Zainal although each of them invested RM30,000.

Important notes

Investment return will fluctuate over the years due to economic and stock market conditions. Some years may be lower than five per cent per year and some years may be higher than five per cent per year. Therefore, the total investment value may be more or less than the original investment amount.

The total investment that Ahmad, Siti and Zainal will get at the age of 60 will be as stated above only if the annual investment return is consistently at five per cent per year.

The outcome in the example above is due to the effect of compound interest. It is the additional interest earned on top of the original savings amount plus the interest received.

The power of compound interest is that, the earlier you start saving, the greater the interest accumulated on your original investment.

This simply means the more money you keep aside now, the faster you can fulfil your dreams. will you get interest on the original investment, you also receive interest on the interest you earned the prior year. This is called compounded interest, which is basically interest applied to interest.

Compound interest is important to investors who are able to leave their investments to grow over long periods. The RM10,000 investment mentioned above, when invested for 10 years at five per cent per annum, will be worth RM16,289.

If the interest rate of five per cent is compounded on a monthly basis, the monthly interest rate is 0.42 per cent, which is five per cent divided by 12 months.

If the same amount of RM10,000 is invested based on 0.42 per cent per month and invested for 10 years, it will be worth RM16,401, which is RM112 more than if invested at a yearly rate of five per cent. Therefore, you will gain more if you invest in an investment that pays interest on a monthly instead of yearly compounded basis.

Compound interest can be what we call a double-edged sword. It can work both to your advantage and disadvantage.

It can help give you more return on your investment as the benefit of compounding interest means you will earn more interest income the longer you keep your money invested.

In contrast, if you have a loan or credit card debt, you can end up paying more interest if these debts are calculated on a compounded interest rate.

This is because if you delay your loan or credit card repayment for a longer time, you will be charged more interest, eventually making it increasingly difficult for you to settle your loan or credit card debt.

Next week, AKPK will focus on the importance of setting your financial goals for a better future.

The Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK) is an agency under Bank Negara Malaysia tasked to help individuals take control of their financial situation. For assistance, please contact AKPK’s Power Infoline at 03-26167766 or visit

Nestle’s FY18 earnings to grow at steady pace

Nestle’s FY18 earnings to grow at steady pace
February 26, 2018, Monday

KUCHING: Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd’s (Nestle) financial year 2018 (FY18) earnings are projected to grow at a steady pace, while analysts are optimistic on the group’s short to medium term outlook.

Following Nestle’s fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17) results’ briefing, the research arm of MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd (MIDF Research) expected a higher revenue growth for FY18 driven by a more aggressive advertising and promotional (A&P) expenses.

“Due to the recent stabilising commodity prices and strengthening ringgit, more spending is expected to be channelled to A&P activities to boost customer purchase,” it said.

MIDF Research also expected that the A&P expenses for FY18 will be significantly higher than FY17. As per Nestle’s filing on Bursa Malaysia, the group recorded a profit after tax and minority interest of RM645.8 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2017.

“In addition, effective tax rate is expected to be sustained at 21 per cent going forward as most tax incentives such as the Halal tax incentives had been fully claimed.”

All in, the research arm expected that earnings will remain at a steady state of growth in FY18.

Meanwhile, the research arm of Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd (Kenanga Research) highlighted that the brand equity for the Nestle product portfolio continues to be the largest asset for the group.

“This is demonstrated by the group’s ability to register sales growth despite bleak consumer sentiment indicators,it said.

With the turnaround potentially insight, Kenanga Research believed Nestle would be well positioned to enjoy a head start in growth trajectory ahead of their competitors, especially as a market leader in food and beverage (F&B) products.

The research arm also believed that investors may have already bought into the stock in anticipation of the better outlook ahead.

However, with the surge in buying interest in the stock, dividend yields are currently less attractive at 2.4 per cent and 2.9 per cent for FY18 and FY19, respectively. This was down from circa three per cent previously.

PPB expects Wilmar to continue supporting financial performance

PPB expects Wilmar to continue supporting financial performance
March 3, 2018, Saturday

KUALA LUMPUR: Diversified PPB Group Bhd expects contributions from agri-based Wilmar International Ltd to continue to support the company’s financial performance this year.

PPB managing director, Lim Soon Huat, said for financial year ended Dec 31, 2017 (FY17), Wilmar’s contributions helped boost the group’s profit by 29 per cent to RM970 million from RM750 million in FY16.

Lim said Wilmar, which PPB has a 18.5 per cent stake, has adopted an integrated business model and this has actually benefitted PPB as Wilmar was not relying heavily on the palm oil business.

“Their businesses are not only palm oil and the fact that they have big presence geographically, including China, will do good to PPB,” Lim said, adding that Wilmar’s share in palm oil consumer pack in China stood at about 40 per cent.

Lim said this to reporters after PPB’s press and analyst briefing yesterday.

He said the company’s indirect subsidiary, VFM-Wilmar Flour Mills Co Ltd, was in the midst of expanding its milling capacity by setting up a new flour mill at its existing location in Vietnam with additional capacity of 500 metric tonnes per day for US$21 million (US$1 = RM3.91).

On PPB’c core businesses, he said, the company has set aside RM622 million capital expenditure (capex) for the next four years.

“Of the capex, RM296 million will be used for its film, exhibition and distribution segment. The company plans to open nine new cinemas, of which eight would operate under Golden Screen Cinemas brand and would be located in Malaysia while another one is expected to be opened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,” he said.

On Dec 8, 2017, PPB’s wholly-owned unit, Mediamore Sdn Bhd, has acquired entire issued and paid-up capital of LGSC Cambodia Ltd.

As for its grains and agribusiness, which contributed 67 per cent to the company’s revenue in FY17, PPB has allocated RM259 million, of which the amount would be channelled to flour mills in China and Vietnam.

The remaining RM67 million would be set aside for consumer products, environmental, engineering and utilities,property and other segments.

For the FY17, the company’s net profit was slightly higher and stood at RM1.24 billion as compared with RM1.11 billion recorded in the previous year, while its revenue rose to RM4.31 billion vis-a-vis RM4.19 billion chalked up in FY16. — Bernama

Sunday, 8 July 2018

KLSE Market PE (6/7/2018)

KLCI 1663.86
Stock  Mkt Cap (b) PAT (m) DIV(m) Equity (m) No of Shrs (m) Last Price

11.273 1131.8 452.0 16517.7 3014.2     3.74
ASTRO 8.499 749.5 651.9 683.0 5214.1   1.63

34.841 523.1 770.0 23348.0 9049.6    3.85
CIMB 49.732 4600.6 2342.4 47662.2 9365.7    5.31
DIGI 32.5 1489.5 1462.5 699.8 7775.1     4.18
GENM 28.503 1194.1 1009.0 19833.3 5938.1    4.8
GENTING 32.022 1383.2 829.4 33642.4 3858.1    8.3
HAPSENG 24.15 1103.7 871.8 6274.0 2489.7    9.7
HLBANK 39.452 2495.4 974.5 24733.4 2167.7    18.2
HLFG 19.944 1711.9 458.7 17683.4 1147.5    17.38
IHH 49.385 557.3 246.9 21353.4 8244.6      5.99
IOICORP 27.526 3340.5 1004.7 9112.5 6284.5    4.38
KLCC 13.757 881.9 652.1 13016.8 1805.4    7.62
KLK 25.876 864.8 533.0 11101.9 1067.5    24.24

40.725 2209.7 1563.8 7035.0 7816.7    5.21
MAYBANK 98.178 7688.2 6018.3 73507.6 10945.2     8.97
MISC 26.426 1616.3 1339.8 33077.1 4463.9    5.92
NESTLE 34.612 646.6 643.8 863.0 234.5    147.6
PBBANK 87.426 5625.9 2369.2 37816.0 3882.1    22.52
PCHEM 67.52 3946.2 2160.6 27360.0 8000.0      8.44
PETDAG 24.638 1505.1 963.3 5722.4 993.5    24.8

33.48 1812.7 1305.7 12650.0 1978.7    16.92
PMETAL 15.707 605.0 232.5 3056.3 3868.7    4.06
PPB 23.26 1036.5 355.9 20225.1 1185.5    19.62
RHBBANK 20.732 2040.6 601.2 22336.0 4010.1    5.17
SIME 15.982 2326.3 135.8 14145.8 6800.9     2.35
SIMEPLT 35.772 0.0 239.7 13941.6 6800.8    5.26
TENAGA 80.971 0.0 3465.6 57928.9 5678.2    14.26
TM 12.777 856.4 807.5 7564.7 3757.9      3.4
YTL 12.438 617.6 546.0 14401.9 10910.5    1.14
Total 1028.104 54560.3 35007.8 597293.1
Market PE 18.84
Market DY 3.41%
ROE 9.13%