Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad – Household Food Products in Malaysia

Nestle's Product Portfolio

Here’s a company whose products you’d definitely find around your household as a Malaysian. Boasting a huge range of food products, NESTLE has its tentacles everywhere.

While NESTLE has had to deal with its fair share of criticisms (aka the Milo incident), it has bounced back from it with a range of new products. And new profits.

Nestle Malaysia 2017 Annual Report

This here analysis is based on NESTLE’s 2017 annual report which can be downloaded here: nestle_annual_report_2017

Being awarded the ‘Highest Return on Equity Over the Past Three Years’ is no small feat.

NESTLE AGM

Also, NESTLE had quite a turnout at this year’s AGM with a very supportive base of shareholders.

I’ve got videos of the fun-filled fare up on my instagram.

Understanding the Business and its Products

Nestle's Product Portfolio
Nestle’s Product Portfolio

You would’ve been living under a rock if you fail to recognise just one of these household names. The products shown here has crept into the lives of Malaysians since we were children.

Let me paint you a picture.

You’ve had Nestle Milk when you were young. You remember the Milo trucks parked at your school compound serving free cups of chocolate goodness. You somehow recall that annoying Mat Kool song cruising round your neighbourhood.

And as you got older, you went to college where you had to tighten your belt and save some money so you filled your stomach with Maggi for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You stayed up late at night studying, buzzed on Nescafe.

What’s next you say?

You get a new job at some high-flying company, what’s that coffee machine you find in your pantry? Nestle again. Your boss pays Nestle every month to keep the machines churning. You enjoyed late night outs with your friends and colleagues at the mamak. Guess what your resident Ah-ne uses in his food and drink? Nestle.

Hell, you even remember them ‘Take a Break, Take a Kit Kat’ ads! Your parents and grandparents are probably taking Nestum in the morning and Omega at night for their bones and stuff.

My point being, Nestle’s products are here to stay for the foreseeable future. And you my friend, have been lining the pockets of NESTLE shareholders since you were 5.

 

Facts and Figures

Nestle Malaysia Growth
Source: Yahoo Finance

Investor’s realized the value of NESTLE in 2018, in a huge way. The company’s stock price has almost doubled since 2017, despite their latest Milo Incident.

I do not foresee any big jumps in the share price in the near future. Neither do I see too big of a dip for the company. At the current price of RM147.90, NESTLE’s dividend yield is below 2% the mark. My dividend yield for the stock, because I bought it at an average price of RM66.88 is at 4.04%.

NESTLE has had a continuous increase in net profit since 2014. As a rule of thumb, companies offering food products like Nestle are able to keep up with inflation.

 

Dividend Growth Perspective

NESTLE has been paying dividends consistently. I’ve held the shares since 2014.

Dividend yield was at 4.56% (2015), 4.04% (2016) and 4.04% (2017). However, with the sudden surge in share price and company growth, we should see dividends increase over the coming years.

Investors shouldn’t expect this metric to go sky-high since growth in the industry is somewhat limited.

Valuation

With the recent price increase, NESTLE is trading at 53.71 P/E.

They’re currently overvalued in my opinion. With everything factored in, I would definitely wait on this stock. Dividend history isn’t there to back up a strong buy signal.

An added note, I’m sure I’ll get many comments and messages saying Nestle is ‘expensive’. Technically it is because to buy the minimum number of 100 shares, you’d have to pay RM147.90 * 100, which comes up to RM14,790 at the current price.

However, if you’re serious about investing, get serious about saving your money. NESTLE is a worthwhile investment and it has been an invaluable defensive stock in my portfolio.

 

End.

NESTLE

Bought Price – RM66.88

Current Price – RM147.90

Capital Gain – 121.14%

Total 2018 Dividends – RM410 (so far)

Dividend Yield – 3.07%

Disclosure: I hold 200 units of NESTLE shares in my Freedom Fund portfolio. At its current trading price of RM147.90, I’m up 121% on the stock.

I will continue to hold onto my Nestle stocks for now, without adding any to the portfolio.

As always, my opinions and strategies are never intended to be a buy/sell recommendation. The strategy used has worked for me and it is for you to decide if it can be implemented into your own financial plan. Always do your own research and due diligence before investing.

A list of good dividend stocks in Malaysia can be found hERE.

 

 

 

AirAsia AGM 2017 – RM500 Flight Voucher

AirAsia AGM 2017

AirAsia’s 2017 AGM

First off, do forgive me for the lack of Facebook updates this time around as I was feeling a little under the weather throughout the day. That being said, I had a marvelous time attending AirAsia’s 2017 AGM this year with my newfound friends – Steve and Heng.

I arranged to meet up with them at Subang’s LRT station at 8 am. Steve had graciously volunteered to give us a ride to the Asian Aviation Centre Of Excellence where AirAsia’s AGM was to be held at 10 am. We arrived with an hour to spare and set about registering ourselves for the meeting first. Next up was the food!

The Food

There were significantly fewer shareholders attending the AGM this year so registration was swift and smooth for us.

We headed for the food next and this was what AirAsia served up. I think it’s similar to what you’d get on their flights. Compared to some of the other AGMs I attended, AirAsia’s nasi lemak was amazing!

Air Asia AGM 2017
AirAsia’s Nasi Lemak

The Annual General Meeting

AirAsia’s 2017 AGM was truly well run. The questions posed by shareholders were well-thought out and intelligent. The management revealed their capabilities and experience through their answers as well as video presentations.

AirAsia AGM 2017
The AGM
Air Asia AGM 2017
People rushing forward after the AGM
AirAsia AGM 2017
Sir Francis!

AirAsia 2017 Doorgift / Goody Bag

AirAsia AGM 2017
RM500 Flight Voucher

The doorgift this year was similar to the previous year’s. All attending shareholders got a RM500 flight voucherHoliday, here I come!

The terms and conditions of the voucher will be delivered together with the vouchers. I’ll update accordingly. Another fantastic thing about AirAsia is their annual report, they’re actually making money through endorsements and sponsors with their reports! I’ve requested for mine to be delivered so again, I’ll update when I get it.

My very lucky friend Steve managed to get his cap signed by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Ms. Aireen Omar.

AirAsia AGM 2017
Autographed Cap

Findings from AirAsia’s 2017 AGM

Logistics for AirAsia

The management’s plan to venture into the logistics industry was one of the airline’s strategies I found to be the most exciting. With over 200 aircraft at AirAsia’s command and tons of belly space in those said aircraft, the plan seems to be a remarkably viable one.

“Companies like Amazon were planning to buy airlines and incorporate them into their logistics operations. AirAsia already has an airline.” Tony Fernandes on the management’s vision of AirAsia as a future logistics player. AirAsia is currently in talks with POS Malaysia and Singapore Post with possible partnerships and cooperations.

No Merger with AAX

At the AGM today, AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the merger was never tabled to the board of directors, and the management remains in their belief that both short and long haul operations should be separated.

“AirAsia’s position is very clear, the board has never discussed this and there is no merger at all,” he said.

“The whole purpose of setting up AAX as a separate company, is because we believe it should be separated, and 10 years on we still believe that,” he added.

This came amid wild speculations from research analysts on potential mergers between the two airlines. The statement from Fernandes should put them to rest.

Special Dividends

Tony Fernandes also mentioned his plans for several special dividends for shareholders as AirAsia unlocks value from the assets it currently owns. Currently in the mix are the sale and disposal of Asia Aviation Capital (AAC), AirAsia’s leasing arm. Other potential assets mentioned were the 50% owned Academy – Asian Aviation Centre Of Excellence as well as stakes in companies such as Expedia.

Fernandes plans to pay out special dividends every 2 -3 years if and when AirAsia manages to dispose of their many assets and stakes.

Digitalization and Market Share

AirAsia is moving ahead of its competitors through technology. The airline plans to utilize their vast database of customers via their many planned digital platforms. From increasing ancillary sales on flights by understanding their customers better to grabbing and retaining market share through their BIG loyalty program.

There are many innovations and new things coming to AirAsia in the not too distant future. While I’m excited by some, I’m equally unsure about some of the initiatives mentioned. We shall see.

End.

At 6 pm yesterday, AirAsia released their Q1 2017 results which saw net profit drop by 29.8% to RM615.81 million. A key contribution to the drop in net profit is the sharp increase in staff cost by 27% as the airline aims to prevent a shortage of pilots by offering more attractive remuneration packages.

Many of you would’ve been shocked at the dip in AirAsia’s price on 24 May 2017 mainly due to the bad results of AAX. I am hoping for a further drop in price today as I am looking to purchase more of the stock.

I very much still believe in the management team at AirAsia and I’m confident of a good year ahead for the airline.

What do you think of AirAsia? 

Thanks for reading and a special thanks to Steve for the ride to the AGM!