In QE31/12/2018, Liihen's net profit rose 41% q-o-q or 40% y-o-y to RM21.5 million while revenue rose 8% q-o-q or 17% y-o-y to RM217 million. Revenue in current period increased 8% compared to the immediate preceding quarter mainly due to the increase in export sales by 6.4% from USD 47 million to USD 50 million and slight appreciation of USD against RM by 2% (4th Qtr 2018 :4.16; 3 rd Qtr 2018: 4.08). With the operating cost maintained at relatively constant level and stronger USD compared to the immediate preceding quarter, the fourth quarter’s profit before tax increased 21%. The lower effective tax rate in the current quarter of 13% was due to certain export tax allowance claimed.
Table: Liihen's last 8 quarterly results
Graph: Liihen's last 25 quarterly results
As at 31/12/2018, Liihen's financial position is deemed healthy with current ratio at 2.4 times and total liabilities to total equity of 0.4 times.
Liihen (closed at RM2.83 yesterday) is now trading at a trailing PER of 8.8 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 32 sen). Based on this, Liihen is deemed an attractive stock.
Liihen is hovering at the horizontal line at RM2.80 for the past 2 months. If it can surpass this resistance, it may go up to test the next horizontal line at RM3.30.
Chart: Liihen's weekly chart as at Feb 21, 2019 (Source: Malaysiastock.biz)
With improved financial performance, healthy financial position and attractive valuation, Liihen is a good stock for long-term investment.
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