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Trading idea: EMETAL – Seeds sown for a brighter future; Ripe for bottom fish

Publish date: Mon, 15 May 2017, 11:07 AM
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  • A machinery and equipment master. EMETALL’s core business activities are categorized into two key segments, namely, steel products manufacturing (Steel Product Division - contributes about 70% to topline) and machinery and equipment manufacturing (Machinery and Equipment Division – generates about 30% to revenue). Currently, the group exports ~40% of its steel products to over 45 countries in Asia, Asia Pac, Middle East, Africa etc.
  • In general, EMETALL is a midstream and downstream steel player that produces flat steel products such as cold rolled coils or CRC (120k MT pa) and galvanized coils (50k MT), mainly for internal consumption. It also produces secondary flat steel items (30k MT) such as slotted angles, conduit pipes, purlins and filter meshes, and light-duty/heavy-duty steel storage systems). Embracing its philosophy to push beyond traditional manufacturing boundaries and leverage on multiple disciplines to deliver total solutions in automated design & engineering, manufacturing and cost effective project investment, EMETALL is also involved in the machinery and equipment manufacturing (50 units). Today, the group is a leading design innovator and fabricator of patented solvent extraction plant (SEP- 10 units) technology for palm mesocarp fibre and palm kernel cake.
  • Cost advantages. The group has two unique cost advantages underpinning its operations. Firstly, production capabilities to process steel coils raw material until the production of final steel downstream finished products. The second point is in the internal sourcing of metalwork machinery which reduced capital costs, tremendously resulting in enhanced competitiveness in the market whilst boosting its margins. It is a beneficiary of recent sliding iron ore prices (core raw material to produce HRC) and a stable RM (vs US$) as the group imports HRC, which is the core raw material to produce CRC steels.
  • Gaining traction in SEP. EMETALL’s SEP technology is able to recover about 80% of the residual oil in the mesocarp fibre and has registered patents in Malaysia, Indonesia and India. The technology has penetrated several locally listed key industry players and several private palm oil mills.
  • To-date, 18 SEP plants constructed in Malaysia and Indonesia have commissioned operations. The Group anticipated further demands for the SEP mainly from the GLCs moving forward. There exist tremendous opportunity for high growth taking into the consideration of over 1,500 palm oil mills operating in both Malaysia and Indonesia. As such, the presumption that the technology will gain traction is reasonable and the Group is positive on the exponential growth of this patented technology. Overall, the Group shall strive to convert its business model into Built Operate-Transfer (“BOT”) model to transform itself as an operator of plant rather than solely depending on revenue on project sale. The BOT model shall provide more consistent annual income which and expected to contribute about 30% of the Group earnings moving forward.
  • Outlook. Following its capacity expansions since 2015, EMETALL is expected to register earnings CAGR of 43% for FY15-18 to RM18.3m on the back of revenue CAGR of 17.5% to RM129m. This is mainly premised on resilient global economic conditions, positive steel industry, growing acceptance by palm oil millers in Malaysia and Indonesia for its SEP technology amid resilient plantation sector outlook, coupled with the insourcing of inputs (steel products and metalwork machinery) used in the fabrication of these plants.
  • Ripe for bottom fishing. Since hitting a 52-week high of RM0.96 (19 Aug), the stock tumbled to a low of RM0.51 on 1 Dec before creeping up to end at RM0.63 last Friday. We anticipate of continuous improvement in both momentum and trend in near term amid recent positive medium term downtrend line breakout and share prices have been consistently closing above the support trend line.
  • Should RM0.65 resistance level (daily upper Bollinger band) be broken, it may continue to lift price higher to RM0.67 (200-d SMA) and RM0.70 psychological levels before heading further to our LT objective at RM0.78 (61.8% FR). On the flip side, key supports are RM0.61 (50-d SMA) and RM0.60. Cut loss at RM0.59.

Source: Hong Leong Investment Bank Research - 15 May 2017

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I dont concur with the analyst's view

HRC price has been high from January to March. In December 2016 quarter, EMetal's profit was hit by high HRC price. I expect same impact this quarter

2017-05-15 11:51


My guess only, not necessarily correct

I am an armchair analyst, no insider info

2017-05-15 11:57


OBV trending price flat

2017-05-15 12:22


should be a better idea than Lion Industries.

2017-05-15 12:58


Who cares what you think ? You got no brain no integrity

You only know how to sxxx cxxx

2017-05-15 14:12


The interplay between selling price, cost price, stock valuations, is complex but share prices should reflect the trend.....but Lion Industries cannot change its shareholders.

2017-05-15 16:25


Go and suck lah

He waiting for you

Don't talk so much

2017-05-15 16:48


kc can wait.

2017-05-15 18:34


Longterm TP of Hlib is 0.78 but they expect P/E of 6.5 in 2017 and 5.9 in 2018 (based on price of 0,63 as it was 2 days ago). Those figures are very sound and the company has a lot of opportunities with her specialised technologies and therefore I could imagine that a much higher P/E in the near future may be expected.

2017-05-18 13:08

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