VS Industry expects sustained sales growth after 86% profit surge

PETALING JAYA: VS Industry Bhd expects its strong sales orders momentum, which partly lifted the latest fourth-quarter net profit by a whopping 86%, to sustain into the following financial year.

The integrated electronics manufacturing services provider said that the launch of new models by its customers would further fuel the sales orders.

“At the same time, the management remains attuned to potential challenges and will persist in exercising prudence to ensure streamlined and efficient operations.

“This is further backed by our lean balance sheet with low net gearing, which gives us agility and serves as a strong financial buffer to navigate any unforeseen contingencies.

“Barring unforeseen circumstances, the board opines that the financial performance of the group for the coming fiscal year will be satisfactory,” it told the stock exchange in a filing.

In the fourth quarter ended July 31, the net profit of VS Industry surged by 85.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM66.08mil as compared to RM35.59mil in the previous corresponding quarter.

Revenue also rose by 15.7% y-o-y to RM1.16bil.

VS Industry noted that its improved earnings in the current quarter were mainly attributable to higher sales orders from existing customers, coupled with the absence of impairment on investment in associate of RM26.8mil.

In addition, the lower impairment loss on plant and equipment of RM4.7mil recognised during the period also strengthened the bottomline.

“Note that a similar impairment loss on plant and equipment of RM12.4mil was recorded in the previous year corresponding quarter, according to the group.

Following the stronger bottomline, the group’s earnings per share for the quarter under review were 1.72 sen.

It is noteworthy that VS Industry’s operations in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia remained profitable in the fourth quarter on a profit before tax basis.

However, its operations in China continued to sustain losses given the highly challenging environment in the country.

“In the absence of large orders, the low revenue base was insufficient to cover fixed costs,” stated VS Industry.

A dividend of one sen has been proposed for the May to July 2023 period.

Cumulatively, for the financial year of 2023 (FY23), VS Industry recorded a net profit of RM183.92mil, which increased by 7.7% year-on-year.

Revenue for the 12-month period also rose by 17.5% to RM4.6bil.

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