In QE31/12/2018, Aji's net profit rose 16% q-o-q or 5% y-o-y to RM18.1 million while revenue was mixed- down 2% q-o-q but up 5% y-o-y to RM115 million. Revenue dropped q-o-q due to higher sale volume in the preceding quarter as a result of the tax holiday prior to the implementation of Sales
and Service Tax on 1 September 2018. However, the operating profit in the current quarter increased to RM20.1 million from RM17.5 million in the immediate preceding quarter mainly contributed by lower purchase cost of a key raw material and advertising and sales promotion expenses in the current quarter.
Table: AJI's last 8 quarterly results
Below, I tabulated the financial performance & dividend payment as reported as well as adjusted for extraordinary gain & special dividend, as the case maybe. In QE31/12/2018, AJI's recurring PBT made an all-time high! (Note: AJI reported a pre-tax profit of RM161 million in QE31/3/2017 which includes an extraordinary gain of RM145 million from the disposal of a piece of land.)
Graph: AJI's last 53 quarterly results
AJI (closed at RM18.62 yesterday) is trading at a trailing PER of 19x (based on adjusted 4 quarters' EPS of 98 sen). At this PE, AJI is deemed fairly attractive.
AJI has been hovering at the horizontal line at RM18.00 for the past 6 months. Its immediate resistance is at the psychological RM20.00 mark and thereafter at the line connecting its high for the past 18 months (AB) at RM22.30.
Chart: AJI's weekly chart as at Feb 27, 2018 (Source: Malaysiastock.biz)
Based on satisfactory financial performance and attractive valuation, AJI is a good stock for long-term investment.
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