CELEBRATING BURSA'S BEST
Recognising the best financial performances of listed companies with a market cap of between RM150 mil and RM950 mil.
For the second year running, Focus Malaysia organised the Best Under Billion Awards (BUBA). These awards were created to recognise excellent financial performances of the often overlooked small to mid-capitalisation companies listed on Bursa Malaysia. While the under billon tag might suggest these are small companies, they are in fact a significant force to be reckoned with on Bursa Malaysia. Out of 929 listed companies, 759 or 81.7% fall under the RM 1 bil range. Our 2016 winners were selected from the more than 400 listed companies which have a market capitalisation of between RM150 mil and RM950 mil.
AWARD WINNERS
Top performers were recognised across eight award categories, with two winners named in each one. One winner came from companies with a market capitalisation of between RM150 mil and RM499 mil, and another from companies in the RM500 mil to RM950 mil range. In addition, there was an overall winner and a Best CEO award.

Return on assets (ROA) tells us how efficient a company is in utilising its assets. We calculated the ROA for all the 400 listed companies with a market capitalisation of below RM1 bil for the financial year 2015 (FY15). The company with the highest ROA was named the winner.

Group A Winner

SGM Bhd

Award received by Dato Sri Lee Hock Seng, Executive Chairman of SCGM Bhd

Group B Winner

Power Root Bhd

Award received by Power Root Bhd’s Chairman, Dato Afifuddin Abdul Kadir

We compiled a company’s revenue for the past three years and then calculated the compound annual growth rate (CAGR). A company had to show consistent revenue growth, excluding any extraordinary gains. The company with the highest three-year revenue CAGR was named the winner.

Group A Winner

RGB International Bhd

Award received by RGB International Bhd’s Diorector Encik Mazlan Ismail

Group B Winner

MRCB-Quill REIT

Award received by MRCB-Quill REIT’s CEO, Ms Yong Su Lin

We compiled a company’s net profit for the past three years and then calculated the compound annual growth rate (CAGR). A company had to show consistent growth, not just sharp spurts (excluding any extraordinary gains and growth). The company with the highest three-year net profit CAGR was the winner.

Group A Winner

Huat Lai Resources Bhd

Huat Lai Resources Bhd’s Managing Director Mr Lim Yeow Her receiving the award on stage

Group B Winner

Kawan Food Bhd

Award received by Mr Gan Thiam Chai, Chairman of Kawan Food Bhd

How fast a company makes money from its operations may be the single most important factor in evaluating its health and current growth. Cash is King. Hence, having a healthy cashflow is very important for companies. A company had to show consistent growth, excluding any extraordinary gains and growth. The company with the highest three year cashflow from operations was the winner.

Group A Winner

Luxchem Corporation Bhd

Award received by Dato Mokhtar Samad, Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Luxchem Corporation Bhd

Group B Winner

Power Root Bhd

Award received by Power Root Bhd’s Chairman, Dato Afifuddin Abdul Kadir

The strength of a company is determined by its enterprise value (EV), beyond mere market capitalization, which is subjected to vagaries of the market. We looked at a company’s enterprise value growth rate over two years for all the companies under consideration. The company with the highest year-on-year EV growth was named the winner.

Group A Winner

SGM Bhd

Award received by Dato Sri Lee Hock Seng, Executive Chairman of SCGM Bhd

Group B Winner

Kawan Food Bhd

Award received by Mr Gan Thiam Chai, Chairman of Kawan Food Bhd

The higher the better. This is a very important figure for investors who look for gains from investment stocks. We selected the company with the highest dividend yield for FY15.

Group A Winner

Luxchem Corporation Bhd

Award received by Dato Mokhtar Samad, Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Luxchem Corporation Bhd

Group B Winner

Power Root Bhd

Award received by Power Root Bhd’s Chairman, Dato Afifuddin Abdul Kadir

We put a weighted score on six factors to determine how transparent a company is based on its disclosure to shareholders. These included: a transparency pledge, time taken to file annual financial results, precise remuneration of directors, AGM minutes, video recording or podcast, dividend policy statement and whistle-blower policy. The company with the highest weighted score was the winner.

Group A Winner

SGM Bhd

Award received by Dato Sri Lee Hock Seng, Executive Chairman of SCGM Bhd

Group B Winner

Wellcall Holdings Bhd

Award received by executive director of Wellcall Holdings Bhd, Mr Leong Hon Chong

We put a weighted score on three main areas which were broken down into subsections to determine how comprehensive the company’s sustainability reporting was. These included providing stakeholders with a complete view of the company’s operations linking it to its business goals and credibility, how much of what was reported has in fact materialised into action on the ground and how well the report communicates is intentions and results to its declared target audience. The company with the highest weighted score was the winner.

Group B Winner

Power Root Bhd

Award received by CCM Duopharma Biotech Bhd’s Chairman, Datuk Hajah Normala Abdul Samad.

The editors’ choice of best CEO was based on factors such as leadership skills, dynamism and business acumen. On a broader note, the editors analysed how CEOs steered their companies to greater heights and success.

Group B Winner

SLP Resources Bhd

Best CEO Award received by Khaw Khoon Tee, the Executive Chairman of SLP Resources Bhd

The Best Under Billion Awards categories were divided into financial performance, efficiency and transparency. With a 30:30:40 weightage given to each of the categories respectively, the Overall Winner had the highest scores in all three areas.

Power Root Bhd

BEST Overall Award received by Power Root Bhd’s Chairman, Dato Afifuddin Abdul Kadir

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