CEKD makes strong debut on ACE Market at 60 sen

CEKD makes strong debut on ACE Market at 60 sen
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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29): Die-cutting solution provider CEKD Bhd made its debut on the ACE Market at 60 sen on Wednesday, notching a premium of 12 sen or an increase of 25% over its initial public offering (IPO) price of 48 sen.

At the opening bell, the counter saw 6.29 million shares changing hands.

Its independent non-executive chairman Datuk Zulkifli Adnan said the IPO is expected to give the group more visibility and aid in the expansion of the business.

“We have plans in the pipeline post listing to expand our operations and manufacturing services in our existing markets as well as solidify our position in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

“We believe that there are plenty of opportunities that we can tap into in these markets due to growth in the electrical and electronics (E&E), plastic and packaging, automotive as well as textile and leather industries,” he said in a speech during the virtual listing ceremony on Wednesday.

On Sept 21, CEKD announced that the public portion of its IPO was oversubscribed by 131.61 times.

The group aimed to raise RM24.28 million through the IPO exercise.

CEKD is a manufacturer of die-cutting moulds and trader of related consumables, tools and accessories mainly for the paper printing and packaging industry, E&E industry and other industries, such as the automotive, plastic packaging, textile and leather industries.

Managing director Yap Kai Ning said from the proceeds, RM8.8 million would be used to expand its current premises for the acquisition of a factory for its wholly-owned subsidiary Hotstar (M) Sdn Bhd to increase production capacity.

“We would like to invest in two new factories in Kepong to consolidate the Hotstar operations to improve productivity. Hotstar’s operations are currently conducted at three different locations. So with the consolidation, we are sure that we can increase our efficiency and increase management ability as well,” she said.

On the rest of the proceeds, Yap said RM3 million would be used to purchase new machinery, RM1.3 million for upgrading and development of computer software and servers, and RM4 million for repayment of bank borrowings.

The remainder will be used for marketing activities, general working capital and listing expenses.

“We will be investing in technology, software and new machineries to increase our capability due to higher demand for the accuracy of die-cutting moulds, the fast turnover of the packaging industry and the sophisticated packaging needed.

“We also will invest in software and systems to increase automation of certain operation processes in line with the Industry 4.0 to have higher automation in our business, and it will be one of the key investments to cater for our future growth,” she said.

Along with the rapid development of e-commerce, Yap said the boost of e-commerce would lead to higher demand for packaging, such as paper boxes and corrugated boxes, as well as eco-friendly packaging opted by some e-commerce players.

“As they will need our die-cut moulds for their packaging, it will also provide us opportunities for innovation in the packaging industry to enhance packaging design and product safety, improve the unboxing experience and optimise packaging for last-mile delivery,” she said.