MUI Properties declares first dividend in 10 years after weathering challenging FY21

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 21): MUI Properties Bhd yesterday announced its first dividend payout in 10 years after a steady performance for the financial year ended June 30, 2021 (FY21) despite construction delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The group, which is developing Bandar Springhill in Negeri Sembilan, posted a net profit of RM7.67 million or 1.04 sen per share for FY21, down 39.5% from RM12.73 million or 1.72 sen for FY20.

The lower earnings were due partly to a loss of recognition of dormant subsidiaries, the group said in a bourse filing.

MUI Properties announced an interim dividend of 0.45 sen per share, payable on Sept 22. The last time it paid a dividend was in FY11.

At pre-tax profit level, the property developer saw a smaller contraction of 12.5% to RM21 million from RM24 million in FY20. Revenue slid 0.24% to RM76.5 million from RM76.69 million.

Also contributing to the weaker bottom line performance was lower net forex gains in 4QFY21, which contributed to the 75.7% decline in quarterly net profit to RM2.14 million or 0.29 sen per share, from RM8.81 million or 1.19 sen per share a year earlier.

Quarterly revenue however rose 4.7% to RM19.43 million from RM18.55 million, mainly from the ongoing Phase E6 of Bandar Springhill, it said.

"Despite the initial fears and concerns following the outbreak of Covid-19 at the beginning of 2020, the group has been able to weather the numerous challenges by diligently completing its projects without undue delay and careful launches of new phases that saw promising take-up rates," MUI Properties said in its filing.

"The opening of UCSI Hospital in Bandar Springhill in March 2021 is expected to further improve the vibrancy and attractiveness of the township. For the financial year ending June 30, 2022, the group will continue with this strategy and also expand its product offering in line with market demands," it added.

Shares of MUI Properties fell 0.5 sen or 2.56% to close at 19 sen, valuing the group at RM141.54 million as of yesterday. 

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