Haily to raise RM20.4m from IPO, prices new shares at 68 sen apiece

From left: Haily Group Bhd executive director See Swee Ling, Haily Construction Sdn Bhd director Kik Siew Lee, Haily Group founder and executive director See Tin Hai, and Haily Group CEO and executive director Yoong Woei Yeh

From left: Haily Group Bhd executive director See Swee Ling, Haily Construction Sdn Bhd director Kik Siew Lee, Haily Group founder and executive director See Tin Hai, and Haily Group CEO and executive director Yoong Woei Yeh

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 30): Haily Group Bhd, a building contractor of residential and non-residential buildings, aims to raise RM20.4 million via its initial public offering (IPO) on Bursa Malaysia’s ACE Market. 

The IPO exercise involves a public issue of 30 million shares at 68 sen each.

In a statement today in conjunction with its prospectus launch, Haily said out of the RM20.4 million raised, it intends to utilise RM4.2 million (20.59%) for the purchase of construction machinery, equipment as well as new contract management and accounting software and office equipment. Another RM6 million (29.41%) of the amount raised has been earmarked for working capital for construction projects, RM7 million (34.31%) for repayment of bank borrowings, and the remaining RM3.2 million (15.69%) as listing expenses, the group added.

Haily founder and executive director See Tin Hai said: “The listing exercise is an important next step which will increase the stature of our group, thus enhancing our reputation as we market our construction services and expand our customer base in Malaysia. We are excited to provide an opportunity for investors and institutions to participate in our equity and continuing growth.”

“Taking into consideration our healthy cash position, expected profits to be generated from our operations, the amount that is available under our existing banking facilities and proceeds expected to be raised from the public issue, we will have adequate working capital to meet our present and foreseeable requirements as we continue to replenish and enlarge our order book to provide business growth,” he added.

Haily has an intention to distribute dividends of at least 30% of its annual profits attributable to its shareholders upon completion of the listing but it noted that it "is not a legally binding obligation/guaranteed commitment to the shareholders”. 

It also said dividends declared and distributed by the group for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2017 (FY17), FY18, FY19 and FY20 were RM10.01 million, RM5.25 million, RM6 million and RM2.5 million respectively.

The group also noted that it has 18 ongoing building construction projects as well as two civil engineering related construction projects.

Haily added in the statement that its total secured contract value and unbilled contract value as at June 10, 2021 stood at RM460.04 million and RM249.58 million respectively. 

The ongoing projects are expected to be completed progressively between 2021 and 2023, it said. 

Haily’s core competency is building construction in Johor, mainly in the districts of Johor Bahru and Kulai, and the group plans to continue focusing on building construction there while leveraging its experience to extend its reach to the other districts, Haily noted. It added that the listing exercise will help accelerate this, as well as enable them to purchase new construction machinery and equipment in anticipation of future growth.

For the IPO exercise the group stated that of the 30 million shares, 8.92 million new shares will be made available to the Malaysian public, of which at least 50% will be set aside for Bumiputera investors; 10 million new shares to its eligible directors, employees and persons who have contributed to the success of the group; and 11.08 million new shares to selected investors by way of private placement.

In addition, there will be an offer for sale by its promoter that involves 18 million existing ordinary shares in Haily by way of private placement to selected investors which is expected to raise gross proceeds of RM12.24 million. Its promoters are Haily Holdings Sdn Bhd, See and Haily Construction Sdn Bhd director Kik Siew Lee.

For the IPO exercise, TA Securities Holdings Bhd is the principal adviser, sponsor, underwriter and placement agent.

Joyce Goh