Thursday, November 17, 2016

CSCStel: Earnings May Have Peaked

Results Update

CSCStel's net profit dropped by 17% q-o-q to RM24.2 million on the back of a 4.5%-decline in revenue to RM258 million. When compared to the corresponding quarter last year, net profit rose 137% despite a 16%-drop in revenue.. Revenue dropped q-o-q due to significant decrease in the sales volume. Profit before tax dropped q-o-q due mainly to significant drop in sale of our higher priced higher margin products and substantial increase in raw material cost.

Table: CSCStel's last 8 quarterly results

Graph: CSCStel's P&L for last 36 quarterly results


CSCStel (closed at RM1.99 yesterday) has a PER of 8.2 times (based the last 4 quarters' EPS of 24.42 sen). At this PER multiple, CSCStel is deemed fairly valued.

Technical Outlook

CSCStel rallied from a low of RM0.90 in September last year to a high of RM2.20 in October.We can see that the share price is within a large "upward channel" with resistance from the upper line, RR at RM2.10-2.20.

Chart 1: CSCStel's monthly chart as at Nov 16, 2016 (Source:

From the weekly chart, we can see the MACD has hooked down though it has not crossed below the MACD signal line. +DMI is still above -DMI, indicating uptrend. ADX has hooked down, signaling a weakening of the uptrend momentum. While the indicators have yet to give a negative reading, the signs are there that the stock could have made a temporary top. Taken together with the monthly chart study above, I am inclined to believe that the risk is on the downside for now.

Chart 2: CSCStel's monthly chart as at Nov 16, 2016 (Source:


Based on the weaker financial performance and recent sharp rally, I am revising my rating for CSCStel from a HOLD to a TAKE PROFIT.

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lai said...

good call! are u still positive on Hevea, Alex?

Alex Lu said...

Hi lai,

Hevea has run up so much that it nearly touched the December 2015 high of RM1.65. For now, let's ignore the intraday high of RM1.76 recorded in January 2016.

The last 3 months price rally was started by a bumper profit in QE31/12/2015. Since then, profit has been dropping.

Thus, I believe that one should TAKE PROFIT on Hevea at the present price.