Stocks to watch: PacMas, Leader, Public Bank, LFE Corp

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The fresh flow of corporate news on Bursa Malaysia, with a proposed takeover of LEADER UNIVERSAL HOLDINGS BHD [], the windfall for PACIFICMAS BHD [] shareholders and strong earnings from PUBLIC BANK BHD [] will underpin market sentiment.

Other stocks to watch are LFE Corp Bhd, TENAGA NASIONAL BHD [], GADANG HOLDINGS BHD [], Malayan Flour Mills and Nadayu PROPERTIES [] Bhd,.

OCBC Capital (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (OCSB) has made offer to acquire all of PacificMas’s stakes in five companies for RM450 million of which RM164.23 million be in cash and RM285.76 million due and owing by OCSB to PacificMas.

After the completion of the corporate exercise, PacificMas’ assets would comprise mainly cash, available-for-sale/trading securities and the deferred amount. PacificMas will promptly distribute its remaining cash via the declaration of special dividend(s) and/or the implementation of a capital repayment exercise.

Leader Universal’s top officials, via HNG Capital Sdn Bhd, have made a takeover offer for the company for RM480.10 million or RM1.10 per share. This is 26 sen above the last traded price of 84 sen. Leader said the purchase consideration would be RM410.94 million in cash and RM69.16 million as an amount remaining due and owing by HNGC as a debt due to Leader.

Public Bank Bhd’s earnings rose 14.8% to RM898.79 million in the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2011 from RM782.7 million a year ago. Revenue increased by 13.7% to RM3.27 billion from RM2.87 billion. Earnings per share were 25.66 sen compared with 22.35 sen a year ago.

For the nine-months ended Sept 30, 2011, its earnings rose 18.3% to RM2.606 billion from RM2.202 billion. Revenue increased 16.9% to RM9.434 billion from RM8.064 billion. Pre-tax profit grew by 16.6% to RM3.447 billion from RM2.955 billion.

LFE CORPORATION BHD [] has been awarded RM26.35 million in its suit against its major shareholder and former director, Alan Rajendram A/L Jeya Rajendram.

LFE said the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration had awarded RM26.35 million, interest at the rate of 8% per annum from Dec 21, 2008, legal costs of RM200,000 and costs of the arbitration of RM104,352.

Tenaga Nasional’s share price rallied 37 sen to RM5.57 on expectations of a resolution over its gas supply issue. Market talk was that Tenaga might get a writeback from Petronas.

Gadang said Messrs Ernst & Young was not seeking reappointment as auditors of the company for the financial year ending May 13, 2012 at its AGM.

It said Meloria Sdn Bhd, a substantial shareholder, had in its Oct 3 letter, nominated Messrs PKF as auditors in place of Ernst & Young and to hold office until the conclusion of the next AGM.

Malayan Flour Mills’ proposed EGM fixed for Wednesday, Oct 19 will go ahead after the application for an injunction to restrain or prevent the meeting had been dismissed.

Nadayu Properties Bhd, a medium sized property developer, aims to hit a sales target of at least some RM300 million next year.

Its executive chairman Hamidon Abdullah said on Monday, Oct 17 the sales target was based on its upcoming property launches.


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