Scientex posts stronger net profit of RM102.9mil in 1Q


KUALA LUMPUR: Scientex Bhd posted an 11.2% higher net profit of RM102.9mil in the first quarter ended Oct 31, 2021, compared to RM92.5mil a year ago.

In a statement, the packaging manufacturer and property developer said revenue rose 15.7% to RM928.2mil in the quarter from RM802.3mil previously on firm demand for packaging products and higher sales of affordable homes.

At the annual general meeting, the shareholders approved a final dividend of five sen per share for the financial year ended July 31,2020, bringing total payout for the year to nine sen, representing about RM139.6mil or 30.5% of the group's FY21 net profit.

By segment, the group's packaging division remained its main revenue contributor in the recent quarter at RM678.1mil, which was a 16.2% increase from the year-ago quarter, resulting from the healthy sales of industrial and consumer packaging products in the domestic and export markets.

Meanwhile, the property division saw a 14.5% year-on-year jump in revenue to RM250.1mil on steady progress billings for ongoing projects and a good take-up rate for its latest launches in Johor and Penang.

Additionally, revenue improved due to completion of several project phases in Rawang, Selangor and Durian Tunggal, Melaka.

"The healthy 1Q22 performance highlights the resilience of our twin-core model of packaging and property development.

"To deliver sustainable growth, we are maintaining expansions in capacity and capabilities of both divisions to reinforce our market position and leadership," said Scientex CEO Lim Peng Jin.

He added that the group is targeting to build 8,000 home a year by FY23, which is up from 6,000 home a year, in line with its commitment to meet the demand for more affordable homes.

Scientex’s existing property developments are situated in Johor, Melaka, Selangor, Perak, and Penang, while maiden launches are expected in Negeri Sembilan and Kedah in the current financial year ending July 31, 2022
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