Tuesday, December 27, 2016

VS: Earnings Rebounded Somewhat

Result Update

For QE31/10/2016, VS's net profit rose by 206% q-o-q but dropped 44% y-o-y to RM34 million while revenue rose 22% q-o-q & 11%  y-o-y to RM680 million.  

Table 1: VS's last 8 quarterly results

Q-o-Q Comparison

The Group's profits rose q-o-q mainly due to higher sales contributed by the Malaysia operations and the absence of impairment loss.

Y-o-Y Comparison 

The Group's profits dropped y-o-y due to:
1. Malaysian operation recorded a lower profit before tax mainly owing to high initial start-up cost incurred in preparation for the upcoming substantial box built order anticipated from a key customer.
2. China operation recorded a higher due to lower sales and higher raw materials incurred arising from a weaker RMB against USD during the period under review.

Table 2: VS's segmental results

Graph: VS's last 47 quarterly results


VS (closed at RM1.38  last Friday) is trading at a trailing PE of 18 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 7.83 sen). At this PER, VS is deemed fully valued.

Technical Outlook

VS had a strong rally from a low of RM0.25 in late 2013 to a high of RM1.60 in late 2015. Since then, it has been consolidating at around RM1.40.

Chart 1: VS's monthly chart as at Dec 23, 2016 (Source:

The question is whether VS has peaked in 2015 like it did in early 2000 & late 2007 (see Chart 2). Unlike the past 2 instances, VS seems to be climbing back up after the peak. Is this due to better earnings as a result of favorable forex movement or is it due to new orders in the pipeline. 

Chart 2: VS's weekly chart as at Dec 23, 2016 (Source:


Based on weaker financial performance (albeit a slight recovery), demanding valuation and prior sharp price run-up, I would maintain VS as a SELL INTO STRENGTH. However, if its earnings continue to grow- from the new large orders- I may revise my rating accordingly. 


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1 comment:

ronnie said...

The results are atrocious.

The poor results are not reflected in the share price yet.