Auto dealer MeGroup files for Catalist IPO to raise around S$3.8 million

MeGroup Mazda dealership in Malaysia; image used with MeGroup permission.MeGroup Mazda dealership in Malaysia; image used with MeGroup permission.

Malaysian auto dealer MeGroup filed on Monday for an initial public offering (IPO) on Singapore Exchange’s Catalist board, with plans to raise around S$3.8 million after issuing 16.5 million invitation shares at S$0.23 each.

It will comprise 1.5 million offer shares in the public offer and 15 million placement shares, with new shares will represent 13.9 percent of the company’s post-invitation share capital of 118.5 million shares, it said. The market capitalization post-invitation is expected at around s$27.3 million, it said.

The offer price is at around 7.9 times its historical earnings per share, it said.

The invitation will close on 29 October, with listing and trading expected to begin on 31 October, the statement said.

The proceeds will be used for business expansion, both via organic expansion and potential acquisitions, and for general working capital, it said in a statement on Monday.

MeGroup owns and operates several 3S and 4S automobile dealerships to sell new vehicles in Malaysia under the Honda, Mazda and Peugeot brands, it said. A 3S dealership offers the sale of new autos, after-sales services and sells auto parts and accessories, while a 4S dealership offers the 3S services and has additional services for auto body paintwork and collision repair, it said.

It has one 3S Honda dealership, one 4S Mazda dealership and two 4S Peugeot dealerships, while also planning to upgrade the Honda dealership to 4S and setting up a second 3S Honda dealership, it said. The new Honda dealership will start operations by November in an interim location, with the permanent facility’s construction to begin in the first half of next year, it said.

The company also manufactures noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) components and non-NVH components, mainly for the auto industry in Malaysia, it said, adding it is an approved supplier to the Malaysian manufacturers of Perodua, Honda, Mazda and Proton auto brands and to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) manufacturer Johnson Controls Hitachi.

It has two plants in the Klang Valley of central Selangor in Malaysia, it said.

“Malaysia in recent years had also attracted several investments and acquisitions by global automotive players. Investments in the Malaysian automotive industry are expected to result in an increase in automobile production, which in turn is likely to lead to an increase in demand for automotive components manufactured in Malaysia,” MeGroup said in the statement.

“The group will continue to actively tender for, and position itself as a supplier of NVH and non-NVH components for new models under the Perodua, Mazda, Proton and Honda brands,” it added.

MeGroup said it plans to invest in new technology and upgrade its machinery and equipment, and to diversify into other NVH businesses which complement its existing operations.

“Investing in technologies like automation for example, will also enable us to increase our productivity and cost efficiency. To achieve greater economies of scale and to diversify our customer base, we are also looking at supplying NVH components and non-NVH components to other industries such as the HVAC industry,” Wong Cheong Chee, executive chairman and CEO of MeGroup, said in the statement.

The company had revenue of 148.8 million ringgit in the fiscal year ended 31 March 2018 and net profit of 8.9 million ringgit, the statement said.

It said its revenue has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2 percent from 106.5 million ringgit in fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2018, while its net profit’s CAGR was 42.2 percent over the same period.

CIMB Bank’s Singapore branch is the sponsor and issue manager, while CGS-CIMB Securities (Singapore) is the underwriter and placement agent, it said.

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