MyNews, 7-Eleven, Mr DIY top picks for convenience, speciality stores


Cover Story: MyNews, 7-Eleven, Mr DIY top picks for convenience, speciality stores

TheEdge Thu, May 13, 2021 02:30pm - 4 hours ago

OPERATORS of mini-marts, convenience stores and cooperatives anticipate that revenue growth will be maintained this year after a strong 2020. First-quarter 2021 (1Q2021) growth is projected at 12.5%, according to an industry report.

Retail growth for the furniture and furnishings, home improvement as well as electrical and electronics subsectors is pegged at a higher 14.6% in the first three months, states the Malaysia Retail Sales Report by Retail Group Malaysia.

From a stock perspective, analysts are sanguine about the prospects of convenience store operators such as MyNews Holdings Bhd, 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Bhd and QL Resources Bhd, as well as home improvement retailer Mr DIY Group (M) Bhd. We take a closer look at the stocks.

MyNews Holdings Bhd

Since the opening of its first print media outlet MAGBIT at One Utama Shopping Centre in 1996, MyNews has grown into a formidable force in the Malaysian convenience store landscape. Today, the group operates myNews, myNews SUPERVALUE and WHSmith branded stores across the country, with a total store count of 542 as at end-October last year.

Earlier this month, the group opened its first outlet of the popular South Korean convenience store franchise CU at Centrepoint Shopping Centre in Bandar Utama. Much more is to come as the group plans to expand the number of CU outlets to 500 within the next five years.

RHB Research is positive on MyNews’s CU store expansion plan, and in an April 2 note, said: “With the target of opening 500 CU stores in Malaysia in five years, the 24-hour store — measuring 1,700 sq ft — is the brand’s pilot store in the country as well as in Southeast Asia. We gather from management that the target to roll out 30 to 50 CU stores for FY2021 (financial year ending Oct 31, 2021) is on track.

“Essentially, we believe CU provides a strategic platform for the group to offer its quality fresh food products, leveraging the higher-end brand image that is able to attract discerning consumers with higher spending power.”

For the first quarter of its financial year ending Oct 31, 2021, MyNews reported a net loss of RM8.94 million, compared with a net profit of RM4.35 million a year ago, while revenue fell 29.8% to RM98.65 million. The group said its first-quarter results were adversely affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Year to date, MyNews shares have appreciated 48% to close at 93 sen last Friday, valuing the company at RM634 million. RHB Research has a “buy” call on MyNews, with a target price of RM1.25, an upside of 34% to its Friday close.

7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Bhd

7-Eleven Malaysia, which is controlled by tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, has maintained its strong foothold in the local convenience store space over the past 37 years. In June last year, the group made its foray into the retail pharmacy segment with the acquisition of Caring Pharmacy Group Bhd. As at Dec 31 last year, the group had 2,557 stores under its belt — 2,413 convenience stores and 144 pharmaceutical stores.

For its financial year ended Dec 31, 2020, the group reported a 44.9% decline in net profit to RM29.77 million, owing to the impact of the movement restrictions last year, notwithstanding a 7.5% increase in revenue to RM2.54 billion.

In an April 21 note, CGS-CIMB Research says it remains optimistic about 7-Eleven Malaysia’s efforts to improve its operating efficiencies and the profitability of its sales product mix while maintaining its store expansion drive. It also noted strong growth prospects for Caring Pharmacy. “The appointment of Jalil Rasheed as the CEO of Berjaya Corp Bhd (BCorp) has led to a rerating of BCorp-related stocks, including 7-Eleven Malaysia, which we think could be due to expectations of better synergy and value realisation among BCorp-related companies.

“While nothing concrete has been announced, we think there could be long-term synergy realisations between 7-Eleven Malaysia and other BCorp-related retail companies, including Caring Pharmacy, in areas such as procurement, logistics and rental negotiations.”

Year to date,7-Eleven Malaysia shares have appreciated 9% to RM1.48, which translates into a market capitalisation of RM1.67 billion. CGS-CIMB Research has an “add” call on 7-Eleven Malaysia, with a target price of RM1.87, indicating an upside of 26% to its close last Friday.

QL Resources Bhd

QL Resources, an agro-food producer involved in the manufacturing of marine products as well as integrated livestock farming(ILF), is also the Malaysian operator of the Japanese FamilyMart convenience store chain. As at March 31 last year, there were 184 FamilyMart stores in Malaysia.

For the nine months ended Dec 31, 2020, QL Resources posted a marginal 0.5% increase in net profit to RM197.34 million, while revenue declined slightly by 0.4% to RM3.16 billion.

In a Feb 26 note, MIDF Research said it expects QL Resources’ ILF division to improve in FY2022 compared with FY2021, premised on a recovery in consumption and economic activities, which is also expected to boost FamilyMart sales.

Year to date, QL Resources shares have climbed 4% to RM6.05 as at last Friday, for a market capitalisation of RM14.7 billion.

Mr DIY Group (M) Bhd

Home improvement retailer Mr DIY Group (M) Bhd had a total of 734 stores as at Dec 31 last year. This year, the group plans to open a further 175 stores across its three brands — MR DIY, MR TOY and MR Dollar.

For the first financial quarter ended March 31, 2021, Mr DIY’s net profit more than doubled year on year to RM124.79 million, while its revenue increased 62.9% to RM870.18 million, on the back of higher average monthly sales per store, as well as an increase in the number of stores from 628 in 1Q2020 to 788 in 1Q2021.

In an April 15 note, AmInvestment Bank Research said it is optimistic about Mr DIY’s future earnings outlook, given its unrivalled gross profit margins of around 43%, expansion into less urban areas, quick store break-even periods of less than two years, and expected success of its multi-store format. “Also, a recovery in pandemic restrictions will improve footfall and the transaction volume of high-margin stationery and sports equipment items.”

Since its listing on Oct 26 last year, Mr DIY shares have surged 129% to close at RM3.99 last Friday, for a market capitalisation of RM25 billion. AmInvestment Bank has a “buy” call on the stock, with a fair value of RM4.48, indicating a further upside of 12% to its closing price last Friday.




About the company

P.A. Resources Berhad is an investment holding company. 

The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged as a manufacturer of aluminum billets and tolling; contractor in design, supply, fabricate and install of aluminum products, and money lender, among others.

 The Company's segments include aluminium extrusion and fabrication segment, which extrudes a range of aluminum profiles for various applications.

Aluminium billet casting and tolling segment, which casts the aluminum billet for general or miscellaneous use;.

Construction contract segment, which involves the design, supply, fabricating and installation of aluminum products.

Solar industry segment, which involves the supply, installation and commissioning of solar panels, and provision of after installation services,.

And money lending segment, which provides funding needs to the customers purchasing solar power generation devices.

 In addition, the Company is equipped with fabrication and a surface finishing facility.


Stock Market Ample of Liquidity =Ample of Fortune?


PGLOBE (3611) 

   Stock market---Ample of fortune?

AMPLE liquidity has kept the momentum in the equity market at a reasonable level, allowing retail investors to seek better investment returns in the current low interest rate environment. The key risk to this is inflated share prices, which could lead to huge losses for investors when heavy selling pressure occurs.

By leveraging news flow or the spread of “insider information” through social media, certain investors with deep pockets will find their way to pump up stock prices. But when the party is over, it is usually the retail investors who will eventually bear the brunt of the losses.

Here are the characteristics of stocks that are often more susceptible to manipulative activities.

1. Small-cap/penny stocks

Owing to their low prices, penny stocks — in which retail investors have higher participation — have always been the target of speculative activity. This was more so after the global market rout in March 2020.

For many, it is far easier to make gains on penny stocks or those with low prices. For example, when a stock rises from 10 sen to 20 sen, it has already made a 100% gain, and maybe within a short period of time.

Enthusiasm for penny stocks has sent many counters to multi-year and even all-time highs. Notably, most of these stocks were underpinned by the healthcare-related ventures some of these companies undertook when the pandemic broke out a year ago.

The share price of Inix Technologies Holdings Bhd spiked in August last year, ahead of the appointment of Macau billionaire Wan Kuok Koi as its new chairman. The stock had soared to 89 sen on Aug 11, 2020, from less than 10 sen a month earlier. However, selling pressure swiftly emerged, pushing the share price down to the 30 sen level the following week.

The group’s plans to venture into the glove industry, develop a Covid-19 vaccine and diversify into the durian industry also made the news, sending its share price to 42 sen on Jan 11.

Early last month, Inix announced that it had called off its durian venture as well as its plans to acquire a factory in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan, that was supposed to be used for its rubber glove business.

Meanwhile, loss-making bus operator Gets Global Bhd’s move to jump onto the glove-making bandwagon made it one of the best-performing stocks last year, with a gain of 1,140% in 2020. The counter’s all-time high of RM4.05 was recorded in mid-November. However, it had lost about half its market value to close at RM2.13 last Thursday.

So far, there has been no update on the company’s diversification into gloves.

Nonetheless, sometimes a rally could be attributed to a “good reason”. The shares of Berjaya Corp Bhd saw strong buying interest recently in response to the changing of the guard at the conglomerate.

The counter had more than doubled to its intraday high of 50.5 sen on April 1 from just 20 sen in mid-March. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if the share price can be sustained at this level.

2. Low liquidity

Stocks with thin trading volume can be easily pushed up or down if some parties acquire and then dump a huge block of shares.

When buying interest emerged a year ago, office furniture manufacturer Euro Holdings Bhd’s share price got a strong boost and eventually rose more than 17 times to a high of RM5.76 in January — even after the completion of its bonus issue in November last year — from less than RM1 in May 2020. This valued the company at more than RM3 billion.

Euro shares are tightly held by its major shareholder SPA Furniture (M) Sdn Bhd, which has 63.55% equity interest. SPA Furniture has reiterated that it has not traded the company’s shares since early last year.

Financially, Euro swung back into the black by registering a net profit of RM1.6 million for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2020, against a net loss of RM12.74 million the year before. Last month, it proposed another bonus issue exercise on the basis of four bonus shares for every share held.

The stock has already retreated 34% from its peak.

3. Spike in trading volume

For those who rely on chart analysis, a spike in trading volume is one of the indicators that suggest strong buying pressure has emerged. But hang on, it could be a trap. You wouldn’t know that the huge number of transactions may have been undertaken by a particular group of investors.

AT Systematization Bhd, an integrated designer and manufacturer of industrial automation systems and precision engineering solutions, came under the spotlight last June following news of its venture into the glove industry. During the week ended Nov 13, 2020, it saw 10.85 billion of its shares change hands. This represented more than 16% of the total trading volume on the local bourse that week — a scenario that has rarely been seen in recent years.

Nonetheless, the company’s multiple corporate deals have come under scrutiny. Last November, it scrapped plans to acquire industrial glove maker Pearl Glove (M) Sdn Bhd for RM22 million, to focus on building its own glove production capacity in Perak.

The stock reached a high of 25.5 sen on Nov 9 last year before paring its gains to close at 11 sen last Thursday.

4. Financial performance not in line with share price movement

When a stock continues its upward trend without good fundamentals, you should think twice before investing.

Dataprep Holdings Bhd has lost more than 70% of its market value after the stock reached its peak of RM4.13 on March 16 amid weak financial results. Its net loss had widened to RM9.78 million for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2020, from a net loss of RM5.87 million a year earlier.

The fall in Dataprep’s share price came after Bursa Malaysia cautioned investors about trading the stock. It hit limit down last Tuesday, plunging 29.9% or 47 sen to a low of RM1.10, before closing at 90.5 sen last Thursday.

Likewise, Macpie Bhd’s share price has slumped almost 90% from its peak of 85 sen on March 22. The company remained in the red for the six months ended Dec 31, 2020, with a lower net loss of RM1.67 million from a net loss of RM1.98 million in the previous corresponding period.

Last month, the retail and distribution management firm said that together with Techninier Sdn Bhd, it had signed an agreement concerning the deployment of services to eSukan.gg, a government-linked eSports portal.

Ultimately, investors should consider to what extent the company will benefit from the deals announced to gauge whether the response to the share price movement has been exaggerated.

5. UMA

An unusual market activity (UMA) query by the regulator serves as an early warning of speculative activity. It is a tool used by the stock exchange to caution investors about a spike or fall in share price that is not accompanied by any corporate exercise announcements.

A UMA query is issued when a sudden significant fluctuation or trading activity is detected. The company must then make enquiries with its directors, major shareholders and other relevant persons to assess whether there has been any corporate development related to its business that has not been previously announced, such as whether there is any rumour or report concerning the business, or whether the company is aware of any other possible explanations.

A total of 17 companies were queried by Bursa in 1Q2021 compared with 20 in 4Q2020.

When a stock rally is “out of control”, the regulator will advise shareholders to exercise caution. Most of the time, the move has proved to be “effective” in curbing a continued rise in the share price.

In addition to the UMA query and trading alert, Bursa could freeze the share price of a company if its upper limit price or lower limit price is reached on a market day and is followed by another upper limit price or lower limit price.

This year, Seni Jaya Corp Bhd and G3 Global Bhd were among the companies that saw a freeze on their upper limit prices after their stocks hit limit up for two consecutive trading days.

6. A slew of corporate deals

Without doubt, corporate developments draw the attention of the investing fraternity. These also serve as rerating catalysts from a valuation standpoint. But judging from the share price movements of some stocks, some of the corporate announcements may seem too good to be true.

Frozen food processor Saudee Group Bhd’s share price went on a roller-coaster ride after the company announced its expansion plans. The stock surged to an all-time high of RM1.19 on March 23 following news that it would supply frozen meat and products to the Chinese market, including Hong Kong and Macau. However, it had pared all the gains in just two weeks, closing at 30 sen last Thursday.

It is worth noting that Fintech Global Bhd, which has interest in various companies, is the single largest shareholder of Saudee after buying a 21.55% stake from Wide Symbol Sdn Bhd via a direct business transaction in August 2020.

Interestingly, Chin Hin Group Bhd founder Datuk Seri Chiau Beng Teik ceased to be a substantial shareholder of Saudee ahead of the company’s announcement. His equity interest was reduced to 4.9% after a disposal of a 0.12% stake on Feb 8. He emerged as a substantial shareholder of Saudee last November.

In January, Saudee proposed a private placement and a rights issue to raise up to RM101.78 million for the expansion of its production capacity and repayment of borrowings.

Meanwhile, some shareholders of Metronic Bhd, wanting to take advantage of its proposed vaccine venture, could be stuck with a high entry price. The counter swelled to a peak of 20 sen last November, but quickly slumped after the company terminated the deal. This came after it said it would be making a RM180 million profit from its memorandum of agreement with Taiwan’s Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp.

TheEdge Mon, Apr 19, 2021 02:00pm - 1 week ago


SMTRACK BHD,DATUK SERI DATUK TAN CHOON HWA (JP, JMK)1) Metronic Global Berhad 2) ML Global Berhad 3) Len Cheong Holdings Berhad 4)Ni Hsin Resources Berhad.


KLSE: SMTRACK (0169)     SMTRACK BHDACE : Technology
Last PriceToday's Change  Day's Range  Trading Volume
0.085   -0.005 (5.56%) 0.085 - 0.095 1,614,300


DesignationExecutive Director
QualificationsUniversity Malaya (Ekonomi)
Working ExperienceDatuk Tan is a businessman with twenty (20) years of experiences in various industries such as timber, mining, hotel resort, housing, land development and finance investment holding. He is the Executive Chairman of TCH Group and holds directorships in Wazlian Group. He also holds other chairmanship in several associations, President Malaysia
China Chamber of Commerce (Kelantan Branch) and Centre Committee, Vice President Malaysia Volleyball Association and Advisor Malaysia Chinese Business Association.
Directorship of Public Companies

1) Metronic Global Berhad
2) ML Global Berhad
3) Len Cheong Holdings Berhad
4)Ni Hsin Resources Berhad.





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Kindly be advised that the aforesaid Company has changed its name to MGB Berhad. As such, the Company’s securities will be traded and quoted under the new name with effect from 9.00 a.m., Thursday, 4 January 2018.

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However, the Company's Stock Code remain unchanged.

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Minetech bullish about its diversification strategy


Minetech bullish about its diversification strategy

TheStar Sat, May 01, 2021 08:30am - 3 hours ago

Minetech Resources Bhd executive chairman Datuk Awang Daud Awang Putera executive chairman.

FROM renewable energy to financial technology (fintech) and from blockchain to food security. Those are the big trends in the global economy today.

Not many Malaysian companies can lay claim to being leaders in these sectors let alone being involved in all of them.

But one loss-making Main Market-listed company has set its sights on all these sectors.

Minetech Resources Bhd, an aggregate mining firm, is looking to diversity into such areas.

The group has made known that it is looking to diversify its portfolio in oil and gas (O&G) and renewable energy sectors.

Moreover, two months ago, Minetech also revealed that it was diversifying into the fintech sector via the acquisition of a payment solutions specialist, Uniqa (M) Sdn Bhd.

And last month, the group registered itself as a solar photovoltaic (PV) investor with the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia, announcing its venture into the solar business.

But there are still more ventures the group is proposing to look into such as the food security and the telco industry, says its executive chairman Datuk Awang Daud Awang Putera. (pic below)

“We will share more news as soon as these are finalised in the near future, ” he tells StarBizWeek.

Notably, Minetech’s existing businesses are in the production of quarry, asphalt premix and bituminous products as well as in civil engineering works.

The group has made it clear how it intends to fund the proposed diversifications.

Awang says all diversifications including food security and the telco business would be funded through both proposed private placement and rights issue of irredeemable convertible preference shares, which would raise RM72.9mil to RM98mil.

Although Minetech appears to be following the mantra to not have all its eggs in one basket, market participants may price in a discount to the value of the group that has several diversified portfolios.

This would mean that as Minetech stretches its hands in diverse business portfolios, its earnings would be discounted at a lower value because investors prefer to undertake investments in companies that are focused on not more than two businesses, says a financial adviser.

“Nevertheless, some conglomerates do not mind the discount, ” says the adviser.

In the current market environment, the consultant notes that it is more practical for companies to stay focused on areas they can excel and venture into businesses that complement each other.

However, debt restructuring specialist Davin Fernandez, who is the director of Sage 3 Capital Sdn Bhd, says there is no harm for companies to venture into other businesses as long as the valuation of the acquisition is “rightly priced”.

But the big question is does Minetech have too much on its plate?

To this, Awang says the group will tread carefully and evaluate each opportunity thoroughly before making any decision.

“Not all opportunities that come our way are economically viable.

“There will be the usual due diligence and evaluation process that we have to carry out before we commit ourselves into anything new, ” he explains.

However, Awang says the group has to be attentive to any available possibilities, as this year is important for it to move towards a more sustainable business framework.

With its recent venture in acquiring Uniqa, Minetech has plans to provide a stack of fintech solutions which include remittance products.

Given that the remittance industry has grown significantly in the last decade, Awang says the group would be applying for a Class B remittance licence to explore e-wallet payment.

“This will allow us to also focus on selling remittance products to unbanked consumers such as workers in plantation and offshore, ” he adds.

Besides remittance products, Awang says Minetech’s focus in the near term would be peer-to-peer (P2P) lending as well.

Next year, the group plans to launch its artificial intelligence solutions and blockchain technology.

On the blockchain technology front, Awang discloses that its team is exploring to enhance its current remittance technology with Ripple.

By the first quarter of next year, he says the group will be expanding its remittance services via blockchain networks.

“Our current focus for Uniqa this year is to expand our remittance coverage and help our existing clients to introduce additional remittance products, multiple modes of payments, additional networks and technology expansion.

“We are in the midst of establishing the necessary foundations to create a full spectrum of fintech solutions before we add in more products and launch our SuperApps!, ” he says.

In two years, the group’s strategy is to drive additional revenues from remittance, e-Wallet and micro Lending or P2P lending business, Awang says.

In the third quarter ended March 31, the group’s net profit fell 80% to RM232,000 from RM1.18mil a year ago.

Citing Minetech’s focus in the provision of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning, Awang reveals that the group is in talks with several industry players in the O&G sector.

“I am not at liberty to disclose any of these at the moment as discussions are ongoing, ” he says.

Overall, Awang is confident that the group would be able to record growth in “leaps and bounds” in the coming years through diversifying its portfolio in the O&G and fintech sectors.

“We expect moderate growth in revenue from new ventures this year, as this is the first year that we are focusing our attention on new business sectors.

“For the subsequent years, we expect stronger growth as we build and expand our capabilities and portfolio further, ” he says.

MR DIY-----Strong FINACIALresults


Strong results for MR DIY

TheStar Sat, May 01, 2021 08:50am - 3 hours ago

Chief executive officer Adrian Ong (pic) said the group’s store network would continue to grow, allowing it to be more accessible to consumers restricted by movement restrictions.

KUALA LUMPUR: MR DIY Group (M) Bhd posted its strongest quarterly results to date, with its net profit and revenue surging 113% and 63% to RM124.8mil and RM870.2mil, respectively, in the first quarter ended March 31,2021.

The group said its strong results were supported by higher average monthly sales per store, led by strong performance of its standalone stores and lower sales from a year ago due to the movement restrictions.

“The improved performance was also a result of positive contribution from new stores, where its store network increased by 25.5%, from 628 in the first quarter of 2020 to 788 in the first quarter of 2021, ” it said in a statement.

Total transactions for the quarter rose 21.7% to 29.9 million from 24.6 million.

Chief executive officer Adrian Ong said the group’s store network would continue to grow, allowing it to be more accessible to consumers restricted by movement restrictions.

“Our breadth of products has expanded to about 18,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) today and we are investing in growing our e-commerce platform and in managing efficiencies. These have been the cornerstones of our growth strategy which continue to deliver sound results, ” he added.

The group’s store network grew by a net 54 stores across its three brands, comprising 30 new MR DIY stores, 22 new MR DOLLAR stores and two new MR TOY stores.

As at March 31,2021, total number of stores stood at 788, of which 713 were MR DIY stores, 39 MR TOY stores and 36 MR DOLLAR stores.

This year, the group aims to open a further 121 stores across its three brands.

Moving forward, Ong said it would continue to increase sales in existing stores, expand its e-commerce business and create sustainable growth through the strategic expansion of its store network across its three brands.

“In addition, the home improvement industry is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 10.7% over five years from 2020-2025, which indicates that there is significant scope for our business to further penetrate the home improvement retail market, ” it added.

MR DIY has declared a dividend of RM50.2mil for the first quarter of 2021.