KPS managing director/group CEO Ahmad Fariz Hassan Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad (KPS) reported RM1.1bil revenue for its fiscal 2020, setting a new financial milestone by surpassing the RM1bil revenue mark for the Group’s performance. For the quarter ended Dec 31 2020, the Group posted revenue of RM318.6mil, higher than the pre-Covid-19 revenue it recorded in the corresponding quarter the year before of RM297.2mil. The steady revenue growth during a period of uncertainty when the pandemic’s impact was still elevated was a show of the Group’s success in balancing the tactical decisions needed to build operational and financial resilience while staying focused on its long-term strategic goals. The Group’s profit attributable to owners of the parent almost doubled to RM26.9mil from RM16.1mil it posted the previous year. Highlights for the quarter ended Dec 31,2020 KPS’ manufacturing business – which is represented by Toyoplas Manufacturing (M) Sdn Bhd Century Bond Bhd, CPI (Penang) Sdn Bhd, and King Koil Manufacturing West LLC – recorded 14% revenue growth YoY, contributing RM273.2mil or 86% to the Group’s revenue, as compared to RM239.5mil in the corresponding quarter the previous year. With its plants in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, Toyoplas’ contribution grew by 9% to RM129.9mil, driven mainly by the consumer electronics and industrial tools divisions. This was followed by Century Bond, contributing RM61.3mil, or 14% more, given higher traction from the offset carton and consumer divisions. CPI added RM49.8mil at a moderate growth of 4%. King Koil Manufacturing West added the remaining revenue of RM32.2mil on 76% growth, riding on higher capacity utilisation, additional new key retailers, and stronger sales in the premium bedding lines. Aqua-Flo Sdn Bhd’s revenue contribution was 10% lower at RM31.2mil due to lower water chemicals sales. At RM31.2mil, Aqua-Flo contributed 10% to the Group’s revenue. The licensing business, King Koil Licensing Company LLC, contributed RM11.2mil. King Koil Licensing grew its revenue by 29% from RM8.7mil in the corresponding quarter the previous year, supported by steady traction from international royalty fees. King Koil Licensing contributed 4% to the Group’s revenue in this quarter. The infrastructure business represented by Smartpipe Technology Sdn Bhd and KPS-HCM Sdn Bhd has been a laggard in revenue contribution to the Group. For the quarter ended Dec 31 2020, Smartpipe contributed merely RM0.7mil, sales derived from the on-site works for Package 12 of the pipe replacement project for Air Selangor. There was no revenue contribution from KPS-HCM for this quarter due to the absence of new projects. The infrastructure business’s contribution to the Group’s revenue was negligible this quarter. The remaining revenue contribution of RM2.3mil was from investment holding and property investment, mainly from net rental income at Summit Hotel KL City Centre. Higher raw materials costs experienced during this quarter had shaved the operating margins of the manufacturing subsidiaries. This situation was exacerbated by lower interest income and considerable amount of forex loss, leading to the 61% decline in the operating profits to RM12.2mil, as compared with RM31.3mil in the corresponding period the previous year. However, earnings were supported by lower finance costs of RM6.6mil which was in line with the progressive repayments of loans, and a strong share of profits from associate companies, which came in higher at RM25.7mil compared with RM2.7mil in the corresponding quarter the previous year. The RM18.6mil share of profits from Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Holdings Berhad (SPLASH) was due to the gain from the securitisation of the remaining proceeds from the disposal of its subsidiary (SPLASH) to Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd in 2019. Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat Sdn Bhd (SPRINT) and NGC Energy Sdn Bhd each shared RM6mil and RM1.1mil, respectively. The Group posted a 32% increase in profit before tax and zakat to RM31.4mil, as compared to RM23.7mil recorded in the previous year. Having adjusted for tax and zakat and non-controlling interests, KPS posted a profit attributable to owners of the parent of RM26.9mil, as compared with RM16.1mil it recorded the previous year. Manufacturing arm the main and steady contributor “The steady growth in revenue we registered this quarter was the result of our agility in navigating the operating challenges such as disruption in supply chains and customer demand, ” said KPS managing director/group chief executive officer Ahmad Fariz Hassan. “With our continuous efforts in ensuring the continuity of our operations, we have strengthened our business resilience. We have assessed and responded quickly to these disruptions, ensuring the adaptability of our production with optimised inventory planning. “To this effect, our manufacturing arm has been the main and steady contributor to the Group’s revenue even in a volatile operating environment. “However, the impact of the pandemic on our manufacturing business was more permeating given the exposure to the vagaries of external factors that were beyond our control. “For instance, the earlier decline in demand for most raw materials during the early months of the pandemic caused many suppliers to reduce capacity. This is now resulting in limited supply and higher prices of many raw materials such as thermoplastics, copper, aluminium and steel products. In addition, supplier deliveries continued to slow as the impact of the pandemic has curtailed the capacity of the global and Chinese shipping markets due to labour shortages. “Thus, KPS faced heightened logistical challenges due to shortages of vessels to transport raw materials for some of our products, which resulted in longer lead times in optimising our inventory. This partly impeded our efforts to generate stronger revenue. “In addition to the logistical challenges, input costs increased. We experienced higher supplier charges due to material shortages, resulting in higher costs of sales and hence, our manufacturing business experiencing lower margins. Consequently, the impact of the pandemic on our manufacturing business pressured on the Group’s operating profits. “We believe the challenges affecting the operating margins of our manufacturing business are temporary. Logistical challenges are expected to moderate, given a positive outlook for the container shipping markets moving into 2021, as reported by The Maritime Executive. “The staggered availability of Covid-19 vaccine is also expected to support the progress of the global economic revival, with many industries already adjusting to the new normal and planning for business recovery. “Therefore, we expect to ride along this recovery phase in the near term with further improvement in our operational efficiency, ” he said. Highlights for the year ended Dec 31,2020 The Group surpassed its RM1bil revenue mark for fiscal 2020, growing commendably by 24% to RM1.1bil, as compared with RM866.8 million it recorded in the corresponding period in 2019. Manufacturing contributed 83%, growing by 37% to RM894.6mil. This was followed by trading and licensing, each contributed 11% and 4%, growing at 6% to RM124.1mil and 8% to RM39.2mil, respectively. Infrastructure slagged, contributed 1% or RM9.4mil. Property investment contributed lower this period, contributing to the remaining RM9.5mil or 1% to the Group’s revenue. Lower interest income, higher forex loss and impairment on an asset held for disposal resulted in lower operating profits by 32% to RM51.5mil. The impact of operating profit to the bottom line was buffered by lower finance costs of RM30.4mil and higher share of profits from associates of RM36.6mil. As a result, profit before tax and zakat increased moderately by 5% to RM57.7mil. The Group posted RM34.8mil profit attributable to the owners of the parent, 30% higher compared with RM26.9mil registered in the corresponding period last year. Group prospect for 2021 “Having managed business continuity and business resilience in 2020, in 2021 the focus will be on recovery, strategising on how we can thrive on new possibilities to ensure that the Group continues to strengthen its prospect and as a result, its earnings visibility, ” said Ahmad Fariz. “To drive this, we shall continue with the long-term strategic goals that include further improvement in operational efficiency, penetration into new market segments and expansion of product mix and services across the subsidiaries. “While the impact of Covid-19 is expected to present continued challenges given the recent rise in number of infections, a situation which warrants caution in manoeuvring our business going forward, our resilience in critical areas such as customers, cash flow, supply chain, workforce, digital enablement and safety at workplace has enabled us to navigate the complexity with more agility. “Going forward, we are prepared to take advantage of the Group’s underlying fundamentals for potential success as we head into the new business reality, ” he said.
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