Construction Sector

Maintain OVERWEIGHT. We believe that our RM18bn domestic jobs win target for 2011 could likely be breached should the various projects under the ETP kick off faster than expected. Given the likelihood of an early General Election this year, we expect the momentum of news flow within the sector to accelerate.

Our top sector pick is Gamuda for its MRT exposure, with its Vietnam property launches and resolution of the water assets consolidation as the wild card. For the small caps, we like Ahmad Zaki. In view of the state elections which must be held by May, we continue to like the Sarawak theme and highlight sector laggard Naim Holdings. Investors may also consider looking at Iskandar construction plays, with Kim Lun as key proxy.

Below are the target price for selected stocks in construction sector.

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In 2010, there is 29 new Initial Public Offering (IPO) compare to 14 in 2009. Out of 29 listings, 23 companies were listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia, while the rest were on the ACE Market.

How do they performed?

Based on data compiled from Bursa Malaysia, 17 out of 29 stocks closed higher than their offer price on the listing date. However, on 30th December 2010, the last trading day, only 12 closed higher than offer price. Seem like IPO stocks performance in 2010 is not very encouraging.

In January 2011, 3 more IPOs will be listed in Bursa Malaysia. They are K. Seng Seng Corporation, Benalec Holdings and Tambun Indah Land. With 2010 IPO performance data, are you going to subscribe to 2011 IPO?

The table below are the summary of 2010 IPO performance.

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Benalec Holdings Bhd, Malaysia’s second largest marine construction firm, is schedule to be listed in Main Market on 17th January 2011. The company, was established in 1978 is also eyeing to expand its marine construction services regionally especially in Indonesia and Vietnam.

Benalec’s IPO consists of a public issue of 100 million ordinary shares at an IPO price of RM1.00 per share with RM0.25 par value.

36.5 million shares will be allocated for the Malaysian public, 57 million shares for private placement and 6.5 million shares for eligible directors, employees and business associates of the group. On top of that 130 million shares will be allocated for placement to identified investors.

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