13 May 2012

Multi-Purpose Holdings: Week 19 (7-11 May) Stock Picks Commentary

Stock Picks #1
Multi Purpose Holdings (MPHB)

Week high : RM 3.02 (Up 14 sen – 4.9%)

On 8 May, MPHB's finance executives (who are involved in the corporate plan) told TheEdge that Datuk Lim Tiong Chin is negotiating for a management buyout for MPHB's stockbroking firm AA Anthony which analysts estimates to worth around RM 170 million.

Their analysis showed that if the entire non-gaming assets are disposed under their asset rationalisation exercise, the proceeds is enough to repay their entire debts and borrowings to a net cash position of RM 805 million. This position gives them the ability to pay a special dividend of up to 56 sen per share.

Kenanga Research favours MPHB’s move to become a pure NFO play citing that this will trigger the market to re-assess MPHB’s valuation to be up to par with current favourite Berjaya Sports Toto Bhd’s valuation.

MPHB is currently traded 23% discount in terms of valuations against Berjaya Sports Toto.

Market reacted positively on MPHB’s ongoing asset rationalisation exercise where non-gaming assets are planned for disposal to enable MPHB fully focus on its Number Forecast gaming business and proceeds from sale of assets will enable MPHB to pare down its borrowings or to be repaid to its shareholders.

It currently has a 100% stake in Magnum, which is one of the largest Number Forecast Operator (NFO) in Malaysia.

MPHB stock rose 4.9% (14 sen) since 8 May to week’s highest RM 3.02 on the same day and closed at RM 2.91 at the end of this week.


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