Press Metal rises on positive outlook

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 7): Shares of Press Metal Bhd rose today on the back of positive outlook for the company in the near-to-medium term.

At 9.41am, Press Metal (fundamental: 0.95; valuation: 2) rose 1.75% or five sen to RM2.90 with 1.07 million shares traded.

In a note today, Kenanga IB Research said Press Metal’s outlook remained bright in the near-medium term as the research house expects earnings growth from the new capacity to start kicking in from January 2016 onwards.

“We also reaffirm our aluminium price assumption at US$1,900/MT as we expect aluminium prices to stabilise in later part of 2H15 when demand is expected to recover, driven by growing usage of aluminium in the auto sector,” it said.

“We like Press Metal for its solid earnings growth potential and globally competitive margins of 17.7% versus industry peers’ 12.4%,” it said.

(Note: The Edge Research's fundamental score reflects a company’s profitability and balance sheet strength, calculated based on historical numbers. The valuation score determines if a stock is attractively valued or not, also based on historical numbers. A score of 3 suggests strong fundamentals and attractive valuations.)