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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mah Sing Q3 net profit up 42% on current projects

PETALING JAYA: Mah Sing Group Bhd posted a net profit of RM23.5mil in the third quarter ended Sept 30, a 42% improvement from the previous corresponding period.

The higher profit was contributed by its current residential and commercial projects.

However, its revenue for the quarter dropped 17.5% to RM135.14mil.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, Mah Sing said its plastics division also contributed to the earnings apart from property development, adding that the latter contributed more than 90% to its operating profit.

“The group’s quick turnaround business model has generated healthy profit and cashflow with about RM120.4mil cash as at Sept 30,” it said.

Mah Sing managing director-cum-group chief executive Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum said: “We believe the property market is gaining momentum for a likely up-cycle in the second half of 2010, and have planned ahead to meet the coming demand with several land acquisitions.”

The company yesterday acquired two pieces of prime land in Selayang and Petaling Jaya that could yield an estimated total gross development value of RM1.05bil.

Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nova Century Sdn Bhd, acquired about 26 acres of freehold development land in Selayang for RM41.65mil cash.

Meanwhile, its other wholly-owned unit, Sierra Peninsular Development Sdn Bhd, acquired about 19.6 acres in Petaling Jaya for RM89mil.

Mah Sing has also announced that it proposed to undertake a share private placement and bonus issue that could potentially raise gross proceeds of RM103mil.

The private placement involves 63 million new 50 sen shares, representing about 10% of its issued and paid-up capital.

The one-for-five proposed bonus issue involves up to 151,286,435 new shares.

The private placement and bonus issue are targeted for completion by year-end and the first quarter next year respectively.

By The Star

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