Monday, December 12, 2011

RHB Research downgrades Gamuda to market perform, FV RM3.02

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 12): RHB Research Institute had downgraded GAMUDA BHD [] to market perform and cut its fair value to from RM3.41 to RM3.02.

It said on Monday that it expects 1QFY07/12 net profit to come in at RM100 million to RM105 million that will have met its expectations but miss the market consensus.

'We believe 1QFY07/12 core net profit declined 17-21% on-quarter due to the absence of a writeback of over-provision of scheduled highway maintenance, continued easing in property profits and slightly reduced CONSTRUCTION [] margins,' it said.

'Fair value cut from RM3.41 to RM3.02, now valuing Gamuda's construction business at 12 times one-year forward earnings (from 14 times previously),' it said.

RHB Research said this was in line with the downgrade in its one-year forward target PER for the construction sector to 8.0 times and 12 times (from 10 times to 14 times previously).

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