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Yongnam: FY 2011 results.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Went through Yongnam's FY2011 results as I munched on my lunch of wholemeal bread with margarine. I am very impressed with the results. For a company in a sector which is expected to suffer from the vicissitudes of cyclical effects with weak margins, it has done really well.

Year on year, revenue dipped 0.7% while gross profits improved 8.2%. Gross profit margin improved from 28.6% to 31.1%! This shows an increase in productivity. I always like using less resources to do more.

EPS improved 15.5% year on year from 4.38c to 5.06c. NAV improved from 18.92c to 23.25c. This is an increase of 22.9% as gearing reduced 38.8% from 0.49x to 0.30x. Earnings and assets are up while borrowings are down. Very nice.

To make the picture nicer, a dividend of 1c per share has been declared. This represents a pay out ratio of about 19.8%. At a share price of 25.5c, it translates to a dividend yield of 3.92%. 

The dividend paid out in the preceding year was 0.65c per share. Dividend per share has grown 53.8% year on year, therefore.

In FY2011, Yongnam saw greater contribution by its Specialist Civil Engineering business which commands a higher gross margin over its Structural Steelworks business. This allowed its gross profits to grow while revenue flatlined.

In FY2012, this trend is likely to continue. As of end December 2011, Specialist Civil Engineering already had a 61% share of its order book value of S$462m.

Not only does Yongnam have an enviable number of projects on hand, the high barrier to entry in the niche it has carved out for itself means that competition now and in the future is quite limited, allowing it to command better margins.

The increased spending by regional governments on infrastructure projects and Yongnam's strong ties with reputable international contractors will probably see Yongnam winning more contracts as the year progresses. This bodes well for the company, especially with expectations of a slow down in private sector demand.

See presentation slides: here.

See press release: here.

Related post:
Yongnam: Smart money is accumulating.


Ray said...

I went in twice for some small stakes when they price briefly dropped by $0.005.
Now I'm a shareholder (a very small one) of both YN and HLS... ha ha...
Mr Market seem to also seem to like these two at the moment.

AK71 said...

Hi Ray,

Of course, we wonder if their share prices might weaken at XD. ;p

Personally, I would like to accumulate on weakness.

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