The market could consolidate within a tight range as positive sentiment from Wall Street is checked by falling oil price following OPEC's decision not to deepen output cuts.
Regional markets opened mixed in Tokyo (-0.2%), Sydney (-0.6%) and Seoul (+0.4%). Technically, the STI is expected to consolidate within the 3,190-3,275 range.
Stocks to watch:
*GLP: Updated that discussions on the non-binding proposals it received during its strategic review are ongoing and due diligence process is still in progress
*Oxley/KSH/Lian Beng: A consortium by Oxley (35%), KSH (35%), Lian Beng (20%) and Apricot Capital (10%) has purchased a former HUDC estate, Rio Casa, in a collective deal for $575m. The 286-unit residential property sits on a site area of 36,811 sqm, with gross plot ratio of 2.8. Inclusive of $208m differential premium payable for lease top-up and redevelopment, the estimated land cost works out to $706 psf ppr.
*Oxley: Proposed to sell its 19.85% interest in MGlory to Sociedade De Investimento E Desenvolvimento Glory for Rmb22m.*Accordia Golf Trust: 4QFY17 DPU fell to 1.48¢ (-24.5%), bringing FY17 payout to 6.04¢ (-8.9%), meeting expectations. Quarterly revenue declined 5.1% to ¥9.91b due to a 0.2% dip in visitorship to its gold courses as well as the absence of a one-off refund recorded in 4QFY16. Consequently, operating loss deepened to ¥2.32b (4QFY16: ¥622m). Course utilisation rate inched up 1ppt to 70.2%, while loan-to-value ratio held steady at 28.9%. NAV/share at $0.91.
*Pan Hong: FY17 net profit jumped 25.3% to Rmb100.9m, while revenue surged 131.1% to Rmb1.4b, buoyed by the handover of property units at Nanchang Sino harbour Kaixuan City Zone 3, Pan Hong Run Yuna Phase 1 and Huzhou Hua Cui Ting Yuan Phase 2. Gross margin jumped 5.6ppt to 18.9% from improved sales mix. NAV/share at Rmb4.33
*Jason Marine: Broke even in FY17 with net profit of $0.3m (FY16: $6m loss). Revenue fell 10.8% to $33.2m, with weakness across all business segments. But gross margin widened 11ppt to 30.1% due to cost and operational efficiency. Bottom line was further boosted by a overall drop in operating expenses. NAV/share at 21.3¢
*Hiap Tong: FY17 net profit more than doubled to $4.8m mainly due to $3.8m in fair value gain on investment properties. Revenue rose 3.7% to $41.6m, mainly on the strength of its leasing business (+3.8%). Gross margin compressed to 19.2% (-5ppts) on higher wages. Bottomline was shored up by lower finance (-33.8%) and tax (-30.2%) expenses. NAV/share at $0.2696.
*BBR: Acquiring Goh & Goh Building at Upper Bukit Timah Road in $101.5m en-bloc deal, following the exercise of a call option. The 4-storey freehold property has a plot ratio of 3 and comprises seven apartments and seven shops, which can be redeveloped into 100 residential units with ground floor retail space, subject to a development charge.
*Rickmers Maritime: Received US$24.7m from the sale of 14 vessels to Navios Partners as part of its US$59m sale, which also saw Navios assume US$34.3m of secured loan obligations.
*ISDN: Entered into strategic cooperation framework with HK-listed Comtec Solar Systems to develop and operate solar power generation station projects, as well as collaborate on power storage and electric bar charging businesses. Group will also offer Comtec right of first refusal for sale of roof distributed photovoltaic power stations that it might develop in the future.
*DISA: No longer proceeding with the 50-into-1 share consolidation, citing the increase in company’s share price over the past few months (ytd return: +117%). However, as shareholder approval has been sought for the consolidation, management will have to seek approval to disregard the exercise.