Tuesday, May 11

Volcano jumps 100 pct on ACE Market debut


(From left) Volcano chief financial officer Khoo Boo Wui, executive director Gan Yew Thiam, managing director Datuk Ch’ng Huat Seng, executive director Yeap Guan Seng and executive director Datuk Wong Tze Peng during their listing ceremony.

KUALA LUMPUR: International manufacturer of nameplates and plastic injection moulded parts Volcano Bhd (Volcano) made a strong debut on Bursa Malaysia’s ACE Market today as it opened at 70 sen — a premium of 35 sen over its offer price of 35 sen.

At the opening bell, the company saw 10.06 million of its shares changing hands.

Executive director and chief financial officer Khoo Boo Wui said proceeds from the listing will be used to accelerate the company’s factory expansion to accommodate new machinery.

“We plan to have additional laser-cutting machine and plastic injection moulding machines. We will expand our factory size to accommodate the new machinery, the existing spaces come in optimum level,” he said at a virtual press conference after the listing ceremony today.

The expansion of the factory in Thailand with a built-up area of about 10,086 square feet to place the five new plastic injection moulding machines is expected to be ready and fully operational by the second half of 2024, he said.

Volcano recorded an overall oversubscription rate of 176.6 times from the new shares made available to the Malaysian public.

Volcano’s foreign market accounts for more than 95 per cent of overall revenue in the financial year ended Dec 31, 2020 (FY20).

Multinational companies comprise 90 per cent of its sales including some leading brand names such as Bernina, Hewlett Packard, Fisher & Paykel Thailand, Donaldson Thailand, Sharp Indonesia and Panasonic Thailand.

Volcano chairman Wong Wan Chin said in a statement that the group seek to capitalise on its current regional presence, particularly in Thailand and Singapore, to tap into the immense business opportunities available from the rising growth of the electrical and electronics and automotive industries.

Rakuten Trade Research Team in its research note said with the additional capacity of its nameplate manufacturing process, Volcano can fulfil high complexity orders with a lower defect rate.

Its current laser cutting production capacity stood at 32.3 million units per year and laser cutting machines’ utilisation rate is high at 88.7 per cent in the 2020 financial year.

Via the IPO, Volcano is set to add six units of laser cutting machines as well as purchase five units of pick and paste machines to enhance the automation in the manufacturing process.

“On top of the four machines purchased using internal funds, laser cutting production capacity will jump to 55.5 million units per year, implying a 71.4 per cent expansion,” said Rakuten.

On other developments, the research house said the group has a formal dividend policy of at least 30 per cent, translating to a projected yield of 2.2 per cent and 2.6 per cent in FY21 and FY22 respectively.

“Its balance sheet is healthy prior to listing with zero borrowings and net cash position of RM12.9 million. Post listing, we expect the net cash position to be strengthened to RM20.3 million,” it added.