For QE31/3/2020, BAT's net profit dropped 46% q-o-q or 43% y-o-y to RM51 million while revenue dropped by 27% q-o-q or 23% y-o-y to RM481 million.
The sharp drop in revenue was attributed to disruption from the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the last two weeks of quarter one, which caused consumers to turn to cheap, black market cigarettes. Operating expenses were marginally lower due to improvement in operational efficiencies but this was not enough to offset revenue loss, resulting in a decline of 48% q-o-q or 41% y-o-y in profit from operations to RM71 million.
Table: BAT's last 8 quarterly results
Graph: BAT's last 53 quarterly results
BAT (closed at RM11.72 last Friday) is now trading at a PER of 10.9 times (based on the last 4 quarters' EPS of 107.8 sen). BAT has paid out quarterly dividend payment totaling of 105 sen over the past 4 quarters; thus giving a Dividend Yield of 9.0%. Though its valuation looks attractive, the concern for many investors is whether BAT can stop the continuous decline in both revenue and profits, since the MCO period covers the whole of the next quarter. Only time will tell.
BAT broke below its medium-term uptrend line, SS at RM12.60. It may slide to the horizontal line at RM11.00.
Chart: BAT's daily chart as at May 22, 2020 (Source: Malaysiastock.biz)
Based on a weak financial performance and a bearish technical outlook, BAT may be a contrarian stock for long-term investment. All the negative factors could be substantially factored in the share price which is trading at a PER of 10.9 times and a dividend yield of 9.0%.
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