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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mah Sing stock jumps on profit gain

Mah Sing Group Bhd, Malaysia’s fifth-biggest property developer, rose the most in almost three months after the company said third-quarter profit jumped 42 per cent and it announced land acquisitions and a bonus issue.

The shares climbed 3.4 per cent to RM1.84 ringgit at 9:56 a.m. local time, headed for their steepest gain since Aug 6. The stock is set be the best performer on the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Top 100 Index, which fell 0.8 per cent.

Fourth-quarter earnings “should be stronger due to the recognition of robust sales,” Terence Wong, an analyst at CIMB Investment Bank Bhd., said in a report today. The bonus issue was “another piece of good news” that “could help improve liquidity of the stock.”

Mah Sing is benefiting from an economic recovery spurred by the government’s RM67 billion (US$19 billion) of stimulus initiatives.
The company yesterday acquired 46 acres of land with plans to develop RM1.05 billion of homes and offices.

Profit climbed to RM23.5 million in the third quarter from RM16.5 million a year earlier, boosted by higher sales, it said. Mah Sing said it plans a one-for-five bonus share issue.

The company also proposed a private placement to raise RM103 million for working capital, it said in a statement yesterday.

It’s “perfect timing to build its land bank and war chest,” Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd said in a report today. Kenanga raised its target price on Mah Sing to RM2.36 from RM2.33 and maintained its “buy” rating.

Mah Sing has been “on a roll” in terms of buying land this year, having spent RM289 million on 180 acres, CIMB’s Wong said. The land has a combined gross development value of RM1.9 billion, he said.

By Bloomberg

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