Strange how things tie up. Readers would have know that I liked Coastal Contracts before, however following their corporate exercise, the stock has not been able to see daylight for a few months. It so happens that I was at the Forbes Asia Awards for the 200 Best In Asia Under A Billion. Well, Malaysia had about 12 awardees and I think 10 were there, so bumped into KKB Engineering people, Paul Chan of HELP and was at the same table, can you believe it, with the Ng brothers of Coastal Contracts. LOL.
Did I ask about their stock price? No, but they seemed genuinely "happy humble people with a good business", I don't know how else to convey that. Anyways, I digressed. I think Coastal Contracts is the last few remaining deep value-oversold counters available to investors at this juncture. I spoke to Mr. Koon this morning and said I was going to highlight Coastal, and he agreed that the counter is very very cheap as well. Mind you, Mr. Koon already has a large position in Coastal already.
Some would point to the fact that revenue for the last reported quarter jumped over 60% but profit remained the same. Management indicated that margins were tightened somewhat. While that is a concern, we are still talking about a 12 sen EPS a quarter or 48 sen a year annualised. BELOW RM2.00 is less than 4x PER ... hey, I don't think Coastal Contracts is a Chinese shoe-maker, are they???
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Look at the price chart, its all adjusted for the warrants and bonus shares. However, the chart looks like the stock of a very poorly performing company. Maybe there were too many enthusiastic buyers prior to the corporate exercise, which may have inflated the run up to RM2.70 (ex-all). Looking at how the stock behaved after the exercise, one can only conclude that the many who bought for the corporate exercise SOLD continuously, firstly they had "margin of profits", second;y, the rumbles and tumbles caused by the E.U.-crisis pushed many weak holders to sell as well.
Besides the corporate exercises, the company also paid out a decent interim dividend in early September, meaning controlling shareholders are likely to sell some shares after the exercises than to keep buying after the exercises. Just a hint.
Interim dividend of 21% tax exempt dividend equivalent to 4.2 sen per ordinary share in respect of the financial year ending 31 December 2011.
Kindly be advised of the following : The above Company's securities will be traded and quoted [ "Ex - Dividend" ] as from : [ 8 September 2011 ]
One of the key unknown is the volatility in margins. Many may not know of Coastal's "build and sell strategy". Its an important aspect of their business model, and one that should be viewed positively to better understand their solid business model. What is “Build and Sell” strategy? Coastal is adopting a “Build and Sell” strategy which differs from other industry players that build on contract basis such as Sealink. The emergence of this strategy was due to the long lead-time for the delivery of marine engines during 2006 and 2007.
According to the management, if they were to wait until they secure buyer’s order first then only source for the critical yard space and machine, there is a risk that the different delivery timelines will mismatch. Thus, the “Build and Sell” strategy has allowed the company to overcome the challenges associate with delivery interface and able to secure orders from customers who require shorter time-to-delivery. On the flip-side, a prolonged slow down in the demand or oversupply of OSVs will likely to lead to higher than expected stock-up and putting pressure on the working capital management. However, the risk is mitigated by: 1) 30% of upfront payment from the vessels buyers and 2) expected greater demand in OSVs due to the increase in deepwater exploration activities.
The Bloomberg screenshot indicates that there are 4 houses covering the stock and their estimated EPS for year ending 2011 ranges from 42 sen to 50 sen, while for year ending 2012 the EPS is estimated to hit 46 sen-61 sen.
The second screenshot denotes the target prices: the lowest is RM2.51 while Macquarie is the most bullish at RM3.60.
Final reason why Coastal at these levels are insane ... look at the 52 week high-low for the stock on an adjusted basis: 1.59-2.86. The low of 1.59 was achieved back in December last year. Seriously, that was way before the corporate exercises started to move the stock. It got very close to that when it went below RM1.80 recently but this is just begging to be bought at grossly oversold levels.
Plus the company has been buying back shares from the market over the past few weeks, from RM2.10 down to RM1.80, a good indication of where they see deep value.
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