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Saturday, 19 November 2011

TA Corporation

For records only

TA Corporation ("TA" or "the Company") is an established property and construction company in Singapore. It is offering 122m shares (113m new and 9m vendor) at a price of $0.28 each. The no. of shares for public amounted to only 2m, which is not unexpected given the current market conditions. The IPO closed on 17 Nov 2011.

At the date of the prospectus, the order book was approximately $316m. Revenue hit $235.5m and net profit to shareholders was $30.1m in FY2010. Adjusted EPS for FY2010 based on the enlarged share cap was Singapore 6.5 cents. The listing PER is about 4.3x. The NAV per share post listing was 30.1 cents, higher than the IPO price of $0.28. The market cap is $130.2m based on the IPO price. First half results showed a revenue of $45.5m and a net profit of $5.8m (to shareholders). Adjusted EPS for first half is 1.2 Singapore cents. As illustrated, the results can be very lumpy in nature, indicating how cyclical the industry can be.

Let's take a look at its listed peers here:
Lian Beng is currently trading at historical PER of 3.4x and an EPS of 9.1 Singapore cents for year ended 31 May 2011.
Chip Eng Seng is trading at historical PER of 2.4x and an EPS of 16.6 Singapore cents for year ended 31 Dec 2010.
Yongnam is trading at historical PER of 6.0x and an EPS of 4.1 Singapore cents for year ended 31 Dec 2010.

In terms of valuation, TA Corporation is valued at a higher valuation than Lian Beng and Chip Eng Seng but lower than Yongnam.  The current "IPO" bull run may provide some upside in the opening hours but don't expect the euphoria to last for too long. The "bigger" float of 122m shares means that there will be active sellers should the price run too far ahead of its rivals and traders might as well switch from TA to other construction companies.

JK Tech Holdings Limited

For records purpose only

JK Tech Holdings Limited ("JK Tech" or "the Company") placed out 10m new shares at $0.20 each for a listing on Catalist.  The offer closed on 10 Nov 2011. 

The Company is a one stop provider of IT products, services and solutions to companies. It reported a revenue of $19.8m for FY2011 with a net profit of $2.7m. The EPS based on the enlarged post IPO share cap was 4.08 Singapore cents. That translate into a listing PER of 4.9x. The market cap post listing is only $13.27m, ultra small cap company.

Just a note of caution: For ultra small cap company like JK Tech or Libra, the free float is actually very small. Imagine the number of shares for free float is 66.4m x 30% = 19.9m shares. At 20 cents, the free float translate into $3.98m value. In other words, the founders just need to find 10 friends to take about $400k each to absorb the free float and push up the price thereafter. That is why you see wild swings in prices of such stocks if they are being targeted by speculators. The name of the game is 'dont be the last one holding the baby'. 

Monday, 7 November 2011

Libra Group Limited

Libra Group Limited ("Libra" or "the Company") is in the air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation business. The Company is placing out 31m Placement Shares (26m New and 5m Vendor) at $0.205 each. The IPO will close on 10 Nov 2011 at 12pm. The market cap of this company is $20.44m.

The Company's revenue was $6.3m in FY2008 and grew to $29.8m in FY2010. Profit grew from $0.8m to $3.7m during the same period. Based on the adjusted EPS of 3.71 cents for FY2010, the Company is listing at a historical PER of 5.5x. The first half performance is not very encouraging with revenue dropping from $17.7m to $11.7m for the same period last year and profit before tax dropping from $2.65m to $1.162m. Looking at the current trend, it seemed the FY2011 will not be as good as FY2010. As such, the company could possibly be listing at a high single digit forward PE.

One pre-IPO investor came in at around $0.15 per share and subject her "profit-portion" number of shares to be locked up for a year. (sounds like an equitable way). 

This is an ultra small cap company and is 'by invitation' only. In this regard, no analysis is done on the 'fair value' of this company and personally, this industry and sector is not my cup of tea and I leave it to investors who knows how to 'appreciate' it better.

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