Once upon a time, a rich man from the city arrived in a village. He announced to the villagers that he would buy Monkeys for 100 each.
The villagers were very happy, after all there were hundreds of Monkeys in a nearby forest.
They caught the Monkeys and got them to the rich man. He bought hundreds of Monkeys and paid 100 for every Monkey the villagers gave him.
They began to make a living out of getting Monkeys from the forest and selling it to the rich man.
Soon, the forest began to run out of monkeys that were easy to catch.
Sensing this, the rich man offers 200 for every monkey. The villagers were ecstatic.
They went back to the forest, set up traps and caught the monkeys and got them to the rich man.
A few days later, the rich man announced he would pay 300 per monkey.
The villagers began climbing trees and risking their lives to catch monkeys and get them to the rich man – who bought them all.
There were no Monkeys left in the forest!
One day, the rich man announced he would like to buy more monkeys – this time for 800 each.
The villagers couldn’t believe this. They were desperately trying to get more monkeys.
Meanwhile, the rich man said he had to go back to the city on some business work and until he returns his manager would deal on his behalf.
Once he left, the villagers were unhappy. They were making quick and easy money from selling monkeys, but the forest no longer had monkeys.
This is when the manager of the rich man stepped in.
He made an offer the villagers could not refuse.
Pointing out to all the monkeys that the rich man had caged. He told the villagers he would sell the monkeys for 400 each.
“Sell them back to the rich man at 800 each when he comes back” the manager said.
The villagers were over the moon. Buy for 400 and sell for 800 in few days. They had just found the easiest way to double their money.
The villagers collected all their savings and even borrowed money.
There were long queues and within a few hours, almost all the monkeys were sold out.
Unfortunately, their happiness did not last long, as the manager went missing the next day and the rich man never came back.
Many villagers kept the monkeys with them, hoping the rich man would come back. But soon, they lost hope and had to let the monkeys back into the forest as feeding and taking care of the noisy monkeys became extremely difficult.
Review of Performance Current Quarter vs Corresponding Quarter of last year The Company recorded higher revenue of RM125.4 million in the current quarter compared to RM119.4 million in the corresponding quarter last year. 。 。 The Company recorded an operating loss of RM19.0 million in the current quarter as compared to the operating profit of RM6.8 million in the corresponding quarter last year. The operating loss was attributed to the increase in the purchase price of key raw materials, depreciation, computer software and hardware maintenance costs and other administration expenses in the current quarter.
Large increase in purchases (presumably raw materials costs) under RPT: from 149 m to 203 m (12 month period).
Depreciation and amortisation increased as well but not significant in comparison.
I agree that management ought to put in more effort to explain what has happened. It’s not helpful to group all cost factors broadly together when their magnitude varies so greatly.
Points for management:
1. Is this a one-off aberration - pricing simply must be changed as this loss position cannot continue.
2. Will depreciation be increasing significantly in the coming quarters with the completion of the new plant - this will be a further burden on the financials if the mis-pricing issue is not addressed quickly.
3. Over RM325 m of shareholders’ funds have been allocated for the new plant. There needs to be more transparency on its progress (a deadline), and what its expanded capacity will be.
4. We are presumably nearing the move from the present Kuchai Lama premise to Bandar Enstek - there needs to be guidance on what will happen to the Kuchai Lama land (over 1.1 m square feet of valuable commercial land).
5. I appreciate that Aji Group owns 51% of the company, but there needs to be more effort to communicate publicly on the progress of the company.
This book is the result of the author's many years of experience and observation throughout his 26 years in the stockbroking industry. It was written for general public to learn to invest based on facts and not on fantasies or hearsay....