Stocks to watch:* Amway, Prestariang, Can-One, Mulpha Intl

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Written by Joseph Chin of
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:10

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 15): Stocks on Bursa Malaysia could see cautious trade after the FBM KLCI snapped its two-days of gains despite the firmer broader market.

However, lending support could come from the better-than-expected economic numbers where the fourth quarter 2011 GDP expanded at 5.2%. Economists had expected the 4Q2011 GDP to have expanded 4.5% on-year, driven by upbeat domestic demand.

Among the stocks to watch are Amway (Malaysia) Holdings Bhd, Prestariang Bhd, CAN-ONE BHD [] and Mulpha International following the latest corporate developments.

Amway’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2011 rose 36.1% to RM24.93 million from RM18.31 million a year earlier, due mainly to improved gross margin arising from the lower cost of products and lower operating expense.

Amway declared a fourth interim single tier dividend of nine sen net per share for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2011, to be paid on March 30, 2012. The company was adopting a dividend payout ratio of no less than 80% of the company’s current year net earnings from the financial year 2012.

For the financial year ended Dec 31, Amway’s net profit was up 14.9% to RM89.99 million from RM78.32 million in 2010, while revenue rose to RM735.81 million from RM719.41 million.

Prestariang posted net profit of RM10.55 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2011, underpinned by strong demand for its information communications TECHNOLOGY [] (ICT) training. Its revenue was RM32.63 million. Its earnings per share were 4.80 sen. It proposed a final single-tier dividend of 4.0 sen per share.

For the financial year ended Dec 31, 2011, it reported net profit of RM33.61 million on the back of RM111.75 million in revenue.

The legal tussle between Can-One Bhd and Kian Joo Holdings Sdn Bhd resumed. The former managing director of KIAN JOO CAN FACTORY BHD [] (KJCF) Datuk See Teow Chuan and 13 others have filed an application seeking the review of the Federal Court ruling that gave the nod for Can-One to buy the 32.9 pct stake of KJCF.

Mulpha expects to record a one-off gain of about RM57.35 million from the sale of its 75% stake in Hong Kong listed Manta Holdings Company Ltd for HK$285 million (RM111.15 million).

Mulpha said its unit Jumbo Hill Group Ltd had on Tuesday entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Eagle Legend International Holdings Ltd to dispose of the stake, comprising of 150 million shares, at HK$1.90 a share.

Meanwhile, DENKO INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION [] Bhd saw Green Power Resources Ltd increasing its stake in the company. Green Power, which is based in Singapore, acquired 9.0 million shares in Denko on Feb 9 and increased its shareholding to 13.14% or 13.72 million shares. The shares were disposed of by Yong Boon Cheong at 30 sen each.

GD EXPRESS CARRIER BHD []'s net profit for the second quarter ended Dec 31, 2011 rose 30% to RM2.11 million from RM1.62 million a year earlier, due mainly to growth in customer base and increase in business from existing customers.