Malaysia is the 34th largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity, and it has an inflation rate of only 3.8%. It is also ranked 32 in the world in terms of GDP. The country has only 5.1% of its population below the poverty line, and has an unemployment rate of only 3.5%. It exports to the United States, Singapore, Japan, China, Thailand, and Hong Kong, and is negotiating free trade deals with Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, Thailand, and Chile. It also has the largest number of industrial robots in the Muslim world.
Here are some Malaysian companies which might be worth taking a look at:
Amsteel Berhad ADR New [AMSBY.PK], is involved in the businesses of property development, operation of hotels, oil palm and rubber, manufacture and sale of steel related-products, security services and security-related equipment. Its net profit margin for the latest quarter was 33.52%, and the operating margin was 81.91%.
Boustead Holdings Berhad [BSTHF.PK], is a diversified Malaysian holding company involved in plantations, finance and investments, real estate properties, manufacturing and trading, the service industry and Boustead Emastulin, its automotive division. Its revenues for the latest year were up over 113%., and its earnings per share were up 8.3%.
Genting International PLC [GIGNF.PK] , is involved in the business of developing, operating and marketing integrated resorts and casinos in Australia, North America, South America, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Its revenues for the latest year were up 262%, whereas earnings per share dropped by 61%.
Kuala Lumpus Kepong (OTC:KLKBY), is a Malaysian diversified and agricultural company in the businesses of plantations, manufacturing, retailing and property development. Its revenues for the latest quarter were up over 20.7% over the same period last year, and its net income per share was up 89.6%.
Malayan Banking ADR (OTCPK:MLYBY), is Malaysia’s largest bank holding company. Its interest income was up 22.2% for the latest quarter, and fully diluted earnings per share increased by 15.5%.
MBF Holdings Berhad [MBFBF.PK], is an investment holding company which is involved in card and payment services, trading and manufacturing, property and hospitality, plantations, financial services. Its net profit margin for the latest quarter was 8.21%, and its operating margin was 7.85%.
Resorts World Berhad (OTC:RSWSF), is in the amusement, gaming, hotel and entertainment business. Its net profit margin for the latest quarter was 22.33%, and its operating margin was 34.76%.
Sime Darby Berhad ADR (OTC:SIDBY), is involved in plantations, properties, heavy equipment, motor vehicle, energy and utilities, and general trading and services. Its net profit margin for the latest quarter was 5.79%, and the operating margin was 7.45%.
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (OTCPK:TNABY), is a Malaysian electrical utility involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity to residential, commercial and industrial customers. Its net profit margin for the latest quarter was 18.70%, and its operating margin was 22.58%.
Disclosure: The author does not own any of the above.