Magni-Tech Industries Bhd

The Edge FD Top Pick 2017

Magni-Tech Industries Bhd, the largest original equipment manufacturer for Nike in Malaysia for apparel products, could ride on the sportswear giant’s impressive growth story as Nike’s latest second quarter for fiscal year 2017 beat estimates on both sales and earnings per share.

Last year, Magni-Tech’s share price performance was disappointing as it fell by 6.47% to close at RM4.19 on the last day of 2016 despite an increase of 31.9% in its net profit for the second financial quarter ended Oct 31, 2016 to RM28.5 million.

Inter-Pacific Research Sdn Bhd has maintained its “buy” call on the apparel manufacturer with a target price of RM5.72, indicating a 36.5% upside from its last closing price on Dec 30, 2016.

With a price-earnings ratio of about 8.5 times (below the industry’s average of 9.3 times) and a strong balance sheet, the year ahead looks bright for Magni-Tech although Inter-Pacific Research cautioned that upside might take some time to materialise. It has zero debt with a total cash holding of RM62.6 million and RM74.1 million invested in investment securities.

With its dividend yield of about 3% expected to continue, its proven track record in the industry, excellent balance sheet, a stronger US dollar and an expected earnings growth riding on Nike, Magni-Tech could just entice investors to give it a second thought for 2017 after being overlooked for most of 2016. — By Billy Toh