Thursday, May 16, 2019

Penta: Earnings Continued to Grow

Results Update

For QE31/3/2019, Penta's PBT increased by 4% q-o-q or 171% y-o-y to RM19.6 million while revenue rose 6% q-o-q or 20% y-o-y to RM119 million. Group revenue rose q-o-q due to increase in sales from automated equipment operating segment. Group profit before taxation rose by 9% q-o-q which was in tandem with the increase in revenue.

Table: Penta's last 8 quarterly results

Graph: Penta's last 25 quarterly results 

Financial Position

Penta's financial position is satisfactory, with current ratio at 3.6 times and gearing ratio at 0.3 time. In addition, it is noted that Penta has a net cash balance of RM373 million or RM1.18 per share!!


Penta (closed at RM4.20 yesterday) is now trading at a PER of 19 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 21.9 sen). Based on an earning CAGR of 42% over the past 3 years, PENTA's PEG ratio is at 0.5 time. At this PEG ratio, Penta is deemed a very attractive growth stock.

Technical Outlook

Penta is rising in a long term uptrend (in blue). However the current rally may be hitting the resistance from the line connecting its recent peaks (in red). Unless there is a breakout above the red line (at RM4.50), Penta's upside will be limited.

Chart: Penta's weekly chart as at May 15, 2019 (Source:


Based on good financial performance & financial position and attractive valuation, Penta is a good stock for long term investment.


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