Maybank IB Views

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Oil & Gas: Overweight
ODS-Petrodata's perspective

Broad-based views. ODS-Petrodata expects an improved outlook for the offshore fabricators and shipyard operators in 2011. The vessel market remains in an overbuilt state but charter rates have hit rock bottom. Management believes the overall recovery is progressing but the volatile oil price is a concern. We are of the same opinion. We remain Buyers of Dialog, KNM, Kencana, PGas, SapCrest and Wah Seong. We are placing Alam, Petra Perdana and TOFF (all presently Sell calls) under review as we re-assess the vessel market outlook.

External Trade, February 2011
Exports beat street but "Japan factor" looms on the road ahead...

Exports growth in Feb' 11 surprised on the upside as it grew by +10.7% YoY (revised Jan ‘11: +4.6 YoY; Maybank IB: +1.8%) while imports sustained double-digit growth as it rose by +11.5% YoY (Jan ’11: +13.5% YoY; Maybank IB: +13.7% YoY). MoM, exports and imports contracted by -5.5% and -12.6% respectively as the short working month effect was amplified by Chinese New Year holidays. For the first two months of 2011, exports and imports gained by +7.5% YoY and +12.6% YoY respectively vs. 27.6% YoY and 29.5% YoY in Jan-Feb 2010. No change in our full-year forecasts i.e. 8.3% export growth, 8.9% import growth and RM122.6b trade surplus.

The FBM KLCI closed lower by 2.41 points to 1,553.07 yesterday. Its resistance areas of 1,556 and 1,576 will cap market gains, whilst the obvious support areas are located at 1,529 and 1,554.

Trading idea for today is a Buy call on MHC.

Other Local News
Maxis: To raise non-voice revenue to 50% by 2012. Maxis Bhd aims to raise its non-voice revenue to 50% next year from 41.5% currently boosted by the launch of the Maxis Integrated Partner in Education (MIPE) programme. (Source: The Edge Financial Daily)

TM: Gets SC nod to raise up to RM2b. Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has received approval from the SC to raise up to RM2b via commercial papers and medium term note programmes to meet capital expenditure requirements. (Source: Bursa Malaysia)

Pos: Khazanah board to meet this week on Pos. Khazanah Nasional Bhd's nine-member board is scheduled to meet this week to finalise bids made for Pos Malaysia. (Source: Business Times)

Press Metal: Plans expansion. Press Metal Bhd proposed the phase-2 expansion of its aluminium smelting operation that would be located at the new Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu, Sarawak. (Source: Bursa Malaysia)

Iskandar: Two probes into Iskandar Investment last year. There were two separate probes done within Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB) last year following complaints of how contracts were awarded. The investigations found cases of mismanagement, criminal breach of trust, procedures that were not followed and leaks of confidential information. (Source: Business Times)

Banking: Market to dictate number of banks. The market will determine the number of banks in the country, which are currently well-capitalised. Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz said banks have reached a "minimum size and are well-capitalised with quality capital that has enabled them to take advantage of economies of scale". (Source: The Star)


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