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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stocks to watch: CIMB, Mudajaya, AirAsia, MAS (Edge)

CIMB Group Holdings Bhd will be among the heavyweights stocks to watch on Wednesday, Aug 24 following the release of its second quarter results which was a record.

Other stocks which could be in focus are MUDAJAYA GROUP BHD [], Axiata Group Bhd and also airlines AIRASIA BHD [] and MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM BHD [], which reported a sharp difference in results.

Oil and gas companies would continue to see interest, including pipe manufacturers Wah Seong Corp Bhd following plans for a 200km pipeline off Terengganu.

CIMB’s earnings rose 9.1% to a record RM970 million in the 2Q ended June 30 from RM889 million a year ago, underpinned by the local consumer banking operations and continued high growth at CIMB Niaga. Its earnings rose 5.8% from 1Q.

For the first half, its net profit rose 9.3% to RM1.887 billion which was equivalent to net earnings per share (EPS) of 25.4 sen.

Mudajaya could see strong trading interest after a 11.2% increase in earnings of RM60.29 million in 2Q from RM54.22 million a year ago, mainly due to more activities. Revenue increased by 70.6% to RM356.11 million from RM208.63 million.

Mudajaya declared a second interim single tier dividend of 12.5% or 2.5 sen per share of 20 sen each.

Axiata's net profit rose 14.94% to RM663.05 million in 2Q from RM576.82 million a year ago, mainly due to higher contribution from XL, Idea and Multinet, as well as lower depreciation, amortisation and impairment charges.

Revenue rose to RM4.05 billion from RM3.85 billion. Earnings per share were 8.0 sen compared with 7.0 sen. It declared an interim tax exempt dividend of 4.0 sen per share for FY ending Dec 31, 2011.

However, net profit fell 19% to RM1.21 billion in the first half from RM1.49 billion a year ago. Revenue increased by 4.2% to RM7.99 billion from RM7.66 billion.

AirAsia reported earnings of RM104.25 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2011 as its operations were affected by higher fuel costs, which rose 31%.

Earnings fell 47.5% from the RM298.93 million a year ago. It declared its maiden dividend of 3.0 sen a share. The low-cost carrier said fuel costs increased by 31% to an average US$140 per barrel from US$106 a year ago.

MAS’ net loss for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011 narrowed to RM526.68 million compared with net loss of RM534.73 million a year ago as it continued to be impacted by the high fuel prices.

Its revenue was RM3.485 billion compared with RM3.213 billion a year ago. Loss per share was 15.76 sen compared with 16 sen. Its derivatives loss was lower at RM56.08 million, a sharp decline from the RM217.16 million a year ago.

However, for the six months ended June 30, MAS’ net loss widened substantially to RM769.02 million from net loss RM224.68 million in 2010.

Petroliam Nasional Bhd and its production sharing partners are embarking on a RM15 billion project to extract gas from fields off Peninsular Malaysia which includes a new 200km pipeline.

Petronas said the project comprises nine discovered gas fields within Blocks PM301 and PM302 and in the Bergading contract area, about 300km off the coast of the peninsula. “It will also involve the development of a new 200km pipeline to transport gas from the fields to Kerteh, Terengganu. The project is estimated to cost RM15 billion,” it said.

IJM Land Bhd expects local property market to remain resilient this year, underpinned by stronger demand as younger people were also buying property.

IJM Land's current unbilled sales is just over RM1 billion which would last the group two years. It plans to launch RM2 billion worth of projects in FY2012.

DIGISTAR CORPORATION BHD []’s net proft surged 425% to RM6 million from RM1.14 million a year ago and expected the momentum to continue into the next quarter as it expands its customer base in the provision of IPTV services to hospitals. Revenue slipped 30.9% to RM24.85 million from RM35.98 million. Earnings per share were 2.88 sen compared with 0.62 sen.

For the first half ended June 30, Digistar's net profit jumped 616% to RM15.02 million from RM2.09 million while revenue increased 15.5% to RM75.99 million from RM65.75 million.

Al-'Aqar KPJ REIT reported earnings of RM11.03 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2011, which was just 0.8% higher that the RM10.94 million a year ago. Revenue rose 14.1% to RM19.82 million from RM17.21 million while earnings per share were 1.90 sen compared with 1.89 sen.

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