Chin Teck 3Q net profit falls 62%, declares 10 sen dividend

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 31): Chin Teck Plantations Bhd's net profit dropped 62.4% year-on-year mainly due to lower revenue and other income.

Quarterly net profit fell to RM7.77 million in the third financial quarter ended May 31, 2019 (3QFY19) from RM20.65 million a year ago.

Revenue for the current quarter fell 15.5% to RM33.48 million, from RM39.64 million in 3QFY18, due to lower average selling prices of palm products despite higher sales volume recorded.

Other income was also substantially lower, mainly due to an amount of RM17.45 million being net fair value gain transferred to profit or loss upon sale of available-for-sale of investment securities recognised in the preceding year corresponding quarter.

Nonetheless, the group declared a second interim dividend of eight sen per share, as well as a special dividend of two sen per share for the financial year ending Aug 31, 2019 (FY19), payable on Aug 30.

The weak quarterly performance dragged Chin Teck’s net profit for the cumulative nine months (9MFY19) down to RM25.58 million, a 55.7% decline from RM57.8 million a year ago, while revenue contracted 26% to RM92.07 million from RM124.35 million in 9MFY18.

On prospects, Chin Teck expects average selling prices of crude palm oil to remain weak, which would have a corresponding effect on the group's financial performance for FY19.

Chin Teck shares closed unchanged at RM6.50 today, with 1,000 shares done, bringing it a market capitalisation of RM593.86 million.