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Malaysia

PP 7767/09/2010(025354)

Corporate Highlights
R e su l ts N o t e

RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd A member of the RHB Banking Group
Company No: 233327 -M

MARKET DATELINE

27 April 2010 Share Price Fair Value Recom : : : RM1.64 RM2.69 Outperform (Maintained)

EPIC
No Surprises

Table 1 : Investment Statistics (EPIC; Code: 8265) Net FYE Dec 2009 2010f 2011f 2012f Turnover (RMm) Profit (RMm) EPS (sen) Adj EPS# (sen) Adj EPS Growth# (%) PER (x) C.EPS* (sen) P/NTA (x) Net

Bloomberg: EPIC MK Gearing (x) ROE (%) GDY (%)

184.0 222.7 232.9 271.5

42.3 45.6 46.1 50.8

24.9 26.9 27.2 30.0

24.9 26.9 27.2 30.0

81 8 1 10

6.6 6.1 6.0 5.5
# Excl. EI

28.0 28.0 30.0

0.9 0.8 0.7 0.7
RHBRI

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
Vs. Above In Line Below

13.4 13.3 12.3 12.5

5.3 5.7 5.8 6.4
Consensus

Main Market Listing / Trustee Stock / Syariah-Approved Stock By The SC

* Consensus Based On IBES Estimates

No surprises. Results were in line with our expectations. Although core net profit accounted for only 21.5% of our full-year forecast, the 1Q is seasonally a weak quarter for the core business under Kemaman Supply Base (KSB) with offshore activity slowing down during monsoon season. 12% and 27% yoy growth in 1QFY12/10 revenue and pre-tax profit respectively were mainly attributed to stronger contribution from Kemaman Port East Wharf (+74% yoy) arising from the pick-up in Perwaja’s activities as well as cost-cutting measures. Overall 1QFY12/10 operating margin increased 6.1%-pts qoq to 30.4% mainly due to lower operating expenses as well as higher contribution from Kemaman Port East Wharf and liquid chemical berth. Kemaman Supply Base – key earnings driver in FY10. Management highlighted that the company will focus on the expansion of KSB under Phase 3. The land-clearing work started in 3Q 2009 and Phase 3 would be operational in early-3Q10. The addition of 97 acres for Phase 3 is expected to increase KSB’s landbank to 419 acres. The company already has one confirmed customer (i.e. Total) for Phase 3 and expects another three more in the short term. Risks. 1) Execution risks - The pressure will be on management to deliver earnings from new businesses, which thus far remain unproven; 2) Political risk – EPIC is majority-owned by the Terengganu state government; and 3) Business risks – although KSB is relatively stable, the fabrication business may be unable to contain rising costs. Forecasts maintained. No change to our forecasts for now. However, we highlight that there could be upside to our FY11-12 earnings driven mainly by stronger contribution from KSB stemming from the stronger pick-up in O&G activities. Investment case. We estimate 64% further upside to our fair value of RM2.69/share based on 10x FY10 PER or 23% discount to our target sector PER of 13x. We believe our target price has adequately discounted the execution risks as well as the company’s relatively small market cap. At current levels, the stock is attractively priced for exposure to Terengganu’s offshore brownfield oil and gas activity. We thus maintain our Outperform call on the stock.

Issued Capital (m shares) Market Cap(RMm) Daily Trading Vol (m shs) 52wk Price Range (RM) Major Shareholders: Terengganu State Govt AZRB

169.5 278.0 0.1 1.23-1.76 (%) 38.2 21.0

FYE Dec EPS revision (%) Var to Cons (%) PE Band Chart

FY10

FY11

FY12

(3.9)

(2.8)

(0.1)

PER = 15x PER = 10x

Relative Performance To FBM KLCI
EPIC

FBM KLCI

Wong Chin Wai (603) 92802158 wong.chin.wai@rhb.com.my Yap Huey Chiang (603) 92802171 yap.huey.chiang@rhb.com.my

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Table 2. EPIC Quarterly Review FYE Dec (RMm) Revenue 1Q09 42.2 4Q09 50.1 1Q10 47.4 QoQ (%) (5) YoY (%) 12 Comments Stronger yoy due to higher contribution from Kemaman Port East Wharf (+74% yoy) arising from the pick-up in Perwaja’s activities. Lower qoq due to seasonally lower Operating profit 10.8 12.2 14.4 18 34 revenue for Kemaman Supply Base (-8% qoq). Operating margins higher qoq and yoy due higher contribution from Kemaman Port East Wharf and liquid Op margin (%) Exceptional items Other op income Pre-tax profit Tax Effec tax rate (%) 25.5 1.0 11.8 (3.7) 31.3 24.3 0.2 12.4 (0.6) 5.0 0.5 14.9 (4.4) 29.3 125 20 600 (48) 27 19 Filtered down from operating profit and partially lifted by higher rental income. Higher than statutory deductible expenses. (62) 1 1 1 1 336 24 24 24 451 Filtered down from PBT but dragged down by higher taxation. tax rate due to certain non30.4 chemical berth as well as cost-cutting measures.

Minority interest Net profit Core net profit EPS (sen)

(0.2) 7.9 7.9 4.7

(2.1) 9.7 9.7 5.7 5.7

(0.8) 9.8 9.8 5.8 5.8

4.7 Core EPS (sen) Source: Company, RHBRI

Table 3. Earnings Forecasts FYE Dec (RMm) FY09 KSB 107.3 Property 2.0 Environmental Mgmt 1.0 Tubex 15.9 Kemaman Port 30.0 Fabrication 27.8 Revenue 184.0 EBITDA EBITDA margin (%) Other operating inc Dim. in invt value Depreciation Pre-tax profit Tax Effective tax rate (%) Minority interest Net profit Core net profit (RMm) 65.1 35.4 1.5 (18.0) 54.6 (5.5) 10.1 (6.8) 42.3 42.3

FY10f 113.8 2.0 1.0 16.7 33.0 56.3 222.7 79.7 35.8 3.5 (20.2) 63.1 (9.5) 15.0 (8.0) 45.6 45.6

FY11f 120.7 2.0 1.0 18.4 34.6 56.3 232.9 84.9 36.4 2.0 (20.7) 66.2 (11.9) 18.0 (8.2) 46.1 46.1

FY12f 127.6 2.0 1.0 20.2 36.4 84.4 271.5 94.5 34.8 3.7 (21.2) 77.1 (15.4) 20.0 (10.9) 50.8 50.8

Table 4. Forecast Assumptions FYE Dec FY10F Cargo handling (m tonnes) 845,445 Utilisation rate (%) 70.5 Source: Company data, RHBRI estimates

FY11F 853,713 71.1

FY12F 859,914 71.7

Source: Company data, RHBRI estimates

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