[MEGA FIRST CORP BHD：随着六月的雨季来临，Don Sahong发电厂的能源利用率预计将在2020年下半年提高到90％以上，而1H2020年为78.7％]
2Q20 vs 2Q19:
能源部门在本季度的收入为1.304亿令吉，来自向Électricité du Laos或“ EDL”的能源销售（2019年第二季度：无）。在本季度中，Don Sahong记录的平均能源利用率为86.7％，高于上一季度的70.7％，这是由于老挝摆脱了干旱季节。该部门在回顾季度从能源销售给EDL的EBITDA为1.188亿令吉，税前利润为9370万令吉，分别意味着EBITDA和税前利润率分别为91.1％和71.8％。
YTD20 vs YTD19：
在成功测试并同步了EDL通往柬埔寨的新500 KV旁路输电线路之后，Don Sahong在2020年1月7日实现了全面的商业运营。报告的今年6个月期间的电力收入为2亿3千370万令吉，代表该时期按需付费的能源账单系数为78.7％，略高于管理层预期。随着6月天气变湿，预计下半年平均能源利用率将超过90％。能源部门向EDL出售能源，其EBITDA为2.097亿令吉，税前盈利为1.584亿令吉，分别占EBITDA和税前利润率的89.7％和67.8％。
新资本连同营运产生的现金被用来偿还银行借贷（8,470万令吉）和服务利息（1,250万令吉），部分偿还欠Don Sahong EPC承包商的欠款（9,080万令吉）和资本开支（2000万令吉）。集团的现金和现金等价物增加了200万令吉，至8990万令吉。
2Q20 vs 1Q20:
美佳第一拟参与即将举行的马来西亚发展第四轮大型太阳能项目（“ LSS4”）的招标。 LSS4提供总计1,000 MW的太阳能电量，分为两个500 MW的组件。一个package用于10 MW至30 MW之间的电量，另一个package用于30 MW至50 MW之间的较大电量。招标工作的结果预计将于2021年1月宣布。如果成功，该项目为期21年，预计将在2023年投入使用。
美佳第一拟扩大对C＆I太阳能光伏项目的投资。自2019年9月与Pekat Teknologi Sdn Bhd合作以来，该集团已获得四（4）个太阳能C＆I项目，总装机电量为16MW。从2021年开始，这些投资预计将为集团的收入带来积极贡献。
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[MEGA FIRST CORP BHD: With the onset of the wet season in June, energy availability factor of Don Sahong power plant is expected to rise in the second half of 2020 to more than 90%, compared to 78.7% in 1H2020]
2Q20 vs 2Q19:
Group revenue in current quarter rose 14.0% to RM181.3 million (2Q2019: RM159.1 million) mainly due to RM130.4 million energy sales revenue (2Q2019: Nil) and higher contribution from Packaging & Labels Division (up 31.0% to RM21.6 million). Pre-tax profit jumped 224% to RM97.4 million (2Q2019: RM30.0 million), underpinned by a RM93.7 million pre-tax profit from energy sales (2Q2019: RM0.6 million loss) and RM1.7 million contribution from the Packaging & Labels Division (2Q2019: RM0.3 million loss).
Profit after tax surged 289% to RM95.3 million (2Q2019: RM24.0 million) on 224% increase in pre-tax profit and lower effective income tax rate. Income from energy sale in Laos is exempted from income tax in its first five years of commercial operations, whereas in 2Q2019, a 20% deferred tax was provided for construction profit during the construction period of the Don Sahong.
The Power Division derived its RM130.4 million revenue in the current quarter from energy sales to Électricité du Laos or “EDL” (2Q2019: nil). During the current quarter, Don Sahong recorded an average energy availability factor of 86.7%, an improvement from 70.7% in the preceding quarter as Laos emerged from its dry season. The division recorded an EBITDA of RM118.8 million and a pre-tax profit of RM93.7 million from energy sales to EDL in the quarter under review, representing an EBITDA and pre-tax profit margin of 91.1% and 71.8%, respectively.
Pre-tax profit fell 55.6% from RM4.4 million to RM2.0 million.
Packaging & Labels Division:
Sales grew 31.0% from RM16.5 million to RM21.6 million in the current quarter, underpinned by flexible and paper packaging orders from new customers. Consequently, the Division posted a pre-tax profit of RM1.6 million, compared to a loss of RM0.3 million in the same period last year, on higher turnover, improved plant efficiency and lower wastage.
YTD20 vs YTD19:
The decrease in turnover was substantially offset by maiden energy sales revenue of RM233.7 million (6M2019: nil). Revenue from the Packaging & Labels Division rose 30.2% to RM40.9 million (6M2019: RM31.4 million). Group pre-tax profit from continuing operations however expanded 118.5% from RM75.0 million to RM163.8 million in the 6-month period ended 30 June 2020, underpinned by profit from energy sales amounting to RM158.4 million and higher pretax profit contribution from the Packaging & Labels Division (up RMRM3.0 million).
Power Division (Don Sahong Project):
Don Sahong achieved full commercial operation on 7 January 2020 following successful testing of and synchronization with EDL’s new 500 KV by-pass transmission line to Cambodia. Reported power revenue of RM233.7 million for the 6-month period this year represented energy billing to EDL during the period on a take-or-pay basis, Despite the seasonal dry season in January-May, the period recorded an average energy availability factor of 78.7%, slightly ahead of management expectations. With the onset of wetter weather in June, the average energy availability factor is forecast to exceed 90% in the second half of the year. The Power Division posted an EBITDA of RM209.7 million and a pre-tax profit of RM158.4 million from energy sale to EDL, representing an EBITDA and pre-tax margin of 89.7% and 67.8% respectively.
Pre-tax profit fell 20.3% to RM6.3 million (6M2019: RM7.9 million).
Packaging & Labels Division:
Revenue from the Packaging & Labels Division rose 30.2% to RM40.9 million (6M2019: RM31.4 million) on new customer orders for flexible packaging products and paper bags. The division posted a pre-tax profit of RM2.1 million for the 6-month period ended 30 June 2020, compared to a pre-tax loss of RM0.8 million in the same period last year, on higher turnover, lower wastage and improved capacity utilisation.
At 30 June 2020, total borrowings (exclude lease liabilities) amounted to RM689.7 million, a drop of RM56.4 million from RM746.1 million recorded at 31 December 2019. The decrease in total borrowings since 31 December 2019 was primarily attributable to RM84.7 million loan repayment of Malaysia Ringgit borrowings.
The Group generated RM123.0 million cash from its operating activities during the 6-month period ended 30 June 2020, a marked improvement from RM8 million reported in the corresponding period of 2019. In the same period, the Company raised RM84.1 million capital from the issue of new ordinary shares arising from Warrants 2016/2020 conversion and the exercise of ESOS options.
The new capital together with cash generated from operations were used to repay bank borrowings (RM84.7 million) and service interests (RM12.5 million), partially settle remaining amount owing to Don Sahong EPC contractor (RM90.8 million) and fund CAPEX (RM20.0 million). Group’s cash and cash equivalents improved RM2 million to RM89.9 million.
2Q20 vs 1Q20:
Group turnover improved 12.8% from RM160.7 million in the previous quarter to RM181.3 million in the current quarter, spurred mainly by a 26.3% or RM27.2 million increase in energy sales to EDL. Packaging revenue rose 12.3% to RM21.6 million, while the Resources Division registered a 22.8% decline in turnover to RM26.6 million.
Group pre-tax profit rose RM31.0 million or 46.5% sequentially to RM97.4 million mainly on a RM29.0 million or 44.8% increase in profit contribution from the Power Division. The Resources Division recorded a 54.1% decline in pre-tax profit to RM2.0 million, whereas the Packaging & Labels Division posted better pre-tax earnings.
The 26.3% quarter-on-quarter increase in revenue from RM103.3 million in 1Q2020 to RM130.4 million in the current quarter was underpinned by an increase the average energy availability factor of Don Sahong hydropower plant from 70.7% in 1Q2020 to 86.7%. Pre-tax profit rose at a sharper rate of 44.8% to RM93.7 million (1Q2020: RM64.7 million) on stable O&M cost and lower interest expense. Consequently, pre-tax margin improved sequentially from 62.6% to 71.8% in the current quarter.
Pre-tax profit of the division more than halved to RM2.0 million (1Q2020: RM4.3 million).
Packaging & Labels Division:
Revenue increased 12.3% sequentially to of RM21.6 million due mainly to new customer orders for flexible packaging products and paper bags. Packaging & Labels Division’s pre-tax profit continues on the uptrend, rising 246.3% from RM0.5 million in the last quarter to RM1.7 million in the current quarter, thanks to increase in sales revenue, higher capacity utliisation and lower raw material wastage.
Hydro - Don Sahong:
With the onset of the wet season in June, energy availability factor of Don Sahong power plant is expected to rise in the second half of 2020 to more than 90%, compared to 78.7% in 1H2020. This would translate into higher earnings for the Power Division in the remaining part of this year. Construction of the 5th turbine is expected to take 2-3 years to complete.
Solar – Large Scale Solar (LSS):
The Group intends to participate in the upcoming bidding for the development of the 4th cycle of Large Scale Solar projects (“LSS4”) in Malaysia. LSS4 offers a total of 1,000 MW solar capacity divided into two packages of 500 MW each. One package is for capacity between 10 MW and 30 MW, and the other package is for larger capacity of between 30 MW and 50 MW. Results of the bidding exercise is expected to be announced in January 2021. If successful, the project which carries a term of 21 years, is expected to be commissioned in 2023.
Solar - Commercial & Industrial (“C&I”) Projects:
The Group intends to expand its investments in C&I solar photovoltaic projects. Since teaming up with Pekat Teknologi Sdn Bhd in September 2019, the Group has secured four (4) Solar C&I projects with total installed capacity of 16MW. These investments are expected to contribute positively to Group earnings starting from 2021.
Following the gradual re-opening of the Malaysia and regional economies, demand for lime products has gradually recovered from its trough in April-May. Overall sales volume of lime products by the Resources Division has recovered to pre-pandemic levels in June 2020, in part due to orders from a newly secured customer. Management expects earnings performance of the Resources Division to improve in the second half of this year.
Packaging & Labels Division:
The performance of the Packaging & Labels Division has not been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Management expects the growth momentum achieved in the first half of the year to be sustained throughout the remaining part of the year, underpinned by continuing strong overseas demand for their flexible packaging products and paper bags.
The Group’s packaging products are considered environmentally more friendly and sustainable when compared to many other types of packaging materials. These products offer tremendous growth opportunities as consumers become increasingly more conscious of the importance of sustainability.
To cope with growing domestic and overseas demand, the division has embarked on a major expansion program to increase the production capacity of paper bags by 200% and production capacity of flexible packaging by 100%. The expansion, including the construction costs of two new factories, is expected to cost about RM80 million over the next 2 years.
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