For QE30/6/2018, Penta's PBT increased by 46% q-o-q or 105% y-o-y to RM24.1 million while revenue rose 2.9% q-o-q or 87% y-o-y to RM102 million. Revenue rose q-o-q mainly due to increase in sales from automated manufacturing solution operating segment. The Group recorded a higher profit before taxation of RM24.1 million in the current quarter as compared to the profit before taxation of RM16.5 million in the immediate preceding quarter- the latter does not include the non-recurring expenses of RM7.1 million. If the non-recurring expenses were included, profit before taxation recorded an increase of 2.1% which was in tandem with the increase in revenue of 2.9%.
Table: Penta's last 8 quarterly results
Graph: Penta's last 22 quarterly results
Penta (closed at RM3.10 last Friday) is now trading at a PER of 25 times (based on last 4 quarters' EPS of 12.4 sen). At this PER, Penta is deemed fully valued.
Last week, Penta surpassed its January high of RM3.14, and made a new all-time high of RM3.26. However this breakout could not sustain and the share price corrected on Friday. This could lead to further correction in the days ahead.
Chart 1: Penta's weekly chart as at Aug 17, 2018 (Source: ShareInvestor.com)
Chart 2: Penta's monthly chart as at Aug 17, 2018 (Source: ShareInvestor.com)
Despite the good financial performance, it is advisable to take some profit on Penta after the sharp rally in the past few weeks. Thus I revised my rating from a BUY to a TAKE PROFIT.
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