23 May 2011

New IPO: UOA Development Berhad

Being one of the most established developer in Klang Valley, UOAD is going to be a darling property stocks for investors once listed. The strong "UOA" brand name as a developer of high end residential and commercial properties, makes it stands out from its competitors.

What's so interesting about UOAD?
Based on the IPO price of RM2.90 per share, the company is listing with a market capitalization of RM3.5bn, which eventually will place UOAD to be the 4th largest property company in Bursa Malaysia. The top 3 are UEMLand, SP Setia and IJMLand.

Don't forget about UOA REIT, which is the real estate investment trust of UOA Group in Malaysia. In other words, whatever properties that was construct by UOAD may inject into REIT one day. With UOAD being granted a "Right of First Refusal" to inject its completed commercial buildings into UOA REIT, it definitely provides UOAD the opportunity to redeploy its capital where the proceeds from asset injections will be re-utilized for future development projects. This would act like a "ready-exit" strategy for UOAD's asset. Not good enough?

Source: OSK Research

By managing its construction works in-house, this gave UOA a very competitive cost advantage, resulting in gross development margins of 50%, which is way above the industry average. They got their own team of architects, planning experts, M&E and civil engineers and quantity surveyor, hence, giving UOAD the edge to respond wisely and promptly to any unforeseen changes.

At last but not least, of course, is UOAD's flagship integrated property development project - Bangsar South. RM8bn, 60-acre located near Federal Highway and Mid Valley. According to HL Research, the land was acquired in 2005 for RM46psf, and its Horizon project has commanded pricing of RM600psf despite its leasehold status. In short, strategic location with huge value enhancement potential.

Fair Value?
OSK gave RM3.57
RHB gave RM3.45
HLIB gave RM2.57

Source: HLIB Research

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