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Author: DonkeyStock   |   Latest post: Tue, 22 Oct 2019, 1:36 PM

 

Efficiency, Valuation and Gearing of Malaysia listed Real Estate Companies

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KL Property Index

KL Property Index has fallen by half since the year 2014 and is now back to the price level of the year 2009.
 
 
The 2020 Budget includes a few measures to boost the property sector, such as:
·         Lowering of the threshold of high-rise property prices in urban areas from RM1 million to RM600,000 for foreign buyers
·         Shifting the real property gain tax base year from 2000 to 2013
·         A new Rent-to-own scheme for first-time homebuyers
·         Extension of BSN's Youth Housing Scheme
 
Encouraged by the government effort to boost the real estate sector and the low valuation of properties companies, I started to check out those smaller properties companies not covered by any news or any research house.
 

 

 

 
Turns out that not all companies that have a lower gearing ratio command a lower valuation. Companies that are consistent in paying out dividends actually command a higher valuation when they increase their gearing ratio.
 
 
Also, I did a chart that shows the relationship between the company valuation and the efficiency of the company. I used Return on Asset (ROA) to gauge its efficiency as the number of sales generated from the underlying asset is very important for a real estate company since it is a high capital intensive industry. The result was pretty satisfactory. Companies that generate a higher ROA command a much higher valuation. This can also explain why some of the companies like UOA Development has been pretty resilient in this industry downtrend while the share price of companies like Ecoworld and SP Setia has been plunging like a waterfall.
 
Here are some of the outstanding companies from my view.
 
1)Matrix Concept is a company that is able to generate a good return from its assets and delivers a consistent dividend. But it is still trading above 1x PB Ratio.
2) UOA Development is another company that has the same characteristics but trading below its NTA.
3) Mah Sing Bhd, MKH Bhd and Malton Bhd are companies that have above-average ROA but below-average valuation, which make them a good counter to buy if once their price revert to the industry mean.
 
UOA Development and MKH are now On my watch list. Which property company is in your watchlist currently and why? Share it with us.
 
You can access the interactive chart here if your desired company is not being labelled in the chart above. 
 
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valuelurker Nice work
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