Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Stocks to watch 20111123: AirAsia, Mudajaya, Petra Energy, BDRB, PPB

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 23): AIRASIA BHD [] could be in focus on Wednesday after it reported a weaker set of financial results following the impact of higher fuel expense and staff costs.

Other companies which could come under the radar of investors are MUDAJAYA GROUP BHD [], PETRA ENERGY BHD [], BANDAR RAYA DEVELOPMENTS BHD [] and PPB GROUP BHD [].

AirAsia’s earnings for the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2011 fell 53.46% to RM152.29 million from RM327.29 million a year earlier, due mainly to higher fuel expense and staff costs. Revenue for the quarter rose 9.87% to RM1.08 billion from RM979.71 million in 2010.

For the nine months ended Sept 30, the low-cost carrier’s net profit fell 42.89% to RM428.49 million from RM750.33 million in 2010, despite posting an increase in revenue to RM3.2 billion from RM2.78 billion.

Mudajaya’s net profit jumped 76% to RM63 million from RM46.54 million, aided by a currency translation gain of RM19.39 million compared with loss of RM14.95 million a year ago.

It said on Tuesday its revenue increased at the same pace, up 76.4% to RM337.21 million from RM191.15 million.

For the nine-month period, its earnings showed an increase of 8.7% to RM164.54 million from the RM151.36 million in the previous corresponding period. Revenue rose 43.3% to RM916.39 million from RM639.14 million.

Petra Energy Bhd posted net loss of RM13.68 million in the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2011, a contrast from the net profit of RM4.75 million a year ago mainly due to the additional recognition of losses in the onshore civil engineering services on completion of the Kumang project.

It said revenue was flat at RM158.59 million compared with RM158.94 million a year ago while loss per share was 7.02 sen compared with earnings per share of 2.44 sen.

BDRB posted net profit of RM28.40 million in the third quarter ended Sept 30 compared with net loss of RM745,000 a year ago due to better property development gross margins. Other positive factors were higher rental income and gain from disposal of the gourmet delicatessen and foodhall business in the property division.

In a separate development, BDRB said its major shareholder Ambang Sehati Sdn Bhd is mulling the possibility of increasing its stake in BDRB.

BDRB said during its board meeting on Tuesday, an Ambang Sehati representative informed that “it is exploring the possibility of increasing its stake in the company via various means, which may or may not result in a general offer”.

PPB’s earnings fell 20.3% to RM229.40 million in the third quarter ended Sept 30 from RM287.99 million a year mainly due to lower contribution from its associate, Wilmar International Ltd. PPB’s revenue rose 23.6% to RM710.26 million from RM574.53 million while earnings per share were 19.35 sen from 24.29 sen.

TIME ENGINEERING BHD [] posted net profit of RM89.70 million in the third quarter ended Sept 30, up 709% from RM11.08 million a year ago, boosted by a gain of RM91.92 million from the disposal of investment. Its revenue slipped 2.9% to RM15.44 million from RM15.91 million mainly due to reduction in the group’s system integration business.

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