A Sound Investment (so far)
Jaya Holdings (S$0.63) was the subject of a takeover bid recently. We are of the view that it was a technical bid by the new controlling shareholder Cathay because it had to satisfy the rules of the Takeover Panel. As expected, the independent financial advisor Kim Eng had recommended minorities not to accept Cathay's offer. The takeover has since lapsed. As this poor sentiment dissipates, we expect the price of Jaya shares to quickly breach its book value of S$0.68 and next settle at least in the S$0.70s range. Following its restructuring, we have no issue with the fundamental prospects of the company and estimate its fair value to be substantially higher given the buoyant prospects of the oil and gas industry as well as the new builds in progress. Street estimates its RNAV to be north of S$1.00.
Asia Enterprise Holdings hit an intra day high of S$0.375 as excitement returned to the oil and gas sector. Despite its cash laden balance sheet, the stock closed at S$0.34, below its NAV. Our other recent name Selangor Properties also advanced to RM4.36 from RM4.20 as regional investors take note of the steep discount to NAV of RM5.11. Looking at how the counter is stirring, more upside could be in store.
Malaysians will readily tell you that one of the most prime plots of real estate in KL is in Damansara locality. The area has also received a further boost with the government's plans to put up a MRT line through the locality.
Asia Enterprise Holdings (AEH) continued to perform credibly in FY2010. The group registered EPS of 3.52 cents, extending its track record of profitability to 38 straight years.