RHB Research keeps Pestech International on Neutral


  • Business
  • Thursday, 15 May 2014


KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Research is maintaining its Neutral call on Pestech International Berhad at a fair value of RM4.72 and at a target price-to-earnings ratio of 14 times which is below its highest price-to-earnings ratio of 19.75 times since listing.

The research house says it believes Pestech would have a higher price-to-earnings ratio due to its position as a one-stop power transmission system provider, solid earnings outlook and exposure to emerging economies such as Laos and Combodia. 

However, it is maintaing a Neutral call on the stock due to the limited price upside.

“Pestech has proposed a 2-for-3 bonus issue by issuing 65.6 million shares,” it said.

After the bonus issue exercise is completed, Pestech’s issued and paid up share capital will be boosted to 164.1 million shares, amounting to RM82.1mil.

The research house expects a good year on year results of Pestech due to its contracts from Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and higher progress billing from its Sarawak projects in Samalaju development area.

Pestech has recorded a strong orderbook of RM670mil at the end of March 2014, which included a Cambodian contract worth US$86.1mil. In total, Pestech had a tenderbook close to RM2bil.

“We remain positive that the company could win more jobs locally and aboard, underpinned by rising population growth and higher electricity demand,” it said.

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