Powermatic Data Systems Ltd (BCY.SI) - Full Year 2017 Financials.Hi to the select few readers of my blog. It's been a while since my last blog on this stock 2 years ago when I first started The Blue Fund blog.
Back then the share price was 18c. Powermatic has since gone through a share consolidation of 5 to 1. So a price of 90c post-consolidation. Though it would be nice to put out a short post on how things are going with this company.
It seems the company has not done much in past 2 years. It has managed to improve its property and rents are going ok now and has had some cost savings moving into this property. As the commercial property market hasn't crashed, the value of it's main property asset is still doing ok.
It's other arm of business producing Wireless and network products is not growing át all but at least is going at a steady pace. Revenue has been flat despite improved global conditions in the past half year.
What's surprising is in the last half year, there have been some realisation of profits from available for sale assets of $3 million, which has not only boosted earnings but also net asset values (NAV). As I had alluded before, this company is going towards more and more of a holding investment company, rather than a technology manufacturing one.
Going forward, it seems boss Dr. Chen Mun will be going back to doing more R&D and leaving the main running of the company to the younger Katherine Ang, which looks like a good thing.
It will also be interesting to see if the company is really working with Google and Uber on some secret project, perhaps some sort of wireless self driving technology which is the buzz with electric vehicles and drones becoming mainstream. Management had alluded to this in last year's AGM.
Of note, the company now has a pile of liquid assets of 25.95million and no debt vs. a market cap of 42million (61.59% of Mcap). Whilst NAV has gone up to $1.51, RNAV is probably in the vicinity of $1.90 now. Earnings are 8.1c per share at the moment, however they would probably moderate to 5 or 6cents should global business conditions deteriorate in the near term. Co. has a pile of excess cash on hand, perhaps we will see this cash pile reinvested into the above-mentioned projects which management had mentioned last year, it seems like management is not going to return much of that to shareholders in the short term.
For this year at least, management has been pretty generous and has announced a record dividend payout of 7c, an additional 2c to the usual yearly 5c payout. With the recent fervor in manufacturing stocks still going strong on the SGX and Tech stocks in general, it seems this big fat dividend payout may be a short term catalyst in pushing up the share price in the near future.There is also a slim possibility that the company could be sold off or privatised as Top 20 shareholders own almost 80% of all the shares.
Now all we need is an analyst from CIMB or someone from The Edge or NextInsight to do an article, fingers crossed!!
[author holds shares in this company]