STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-M1 to post lower Q3 net profit- Maybank


Telecommunications firm M1 Ltd is expected to postlower net profit in the third quarter compared to the previousthree months, but dividends should still be maintained, MaybankKim Eng said.

By 0231 GMT, M1 shares were up 0.4 percent at S$2.66 andhave gained 6.4 percent so far this year, compared to the FTSEST Telecommunications Index's 6 percent rise.

The brokerage forecasts M1 to report net profit of S$33-34million in the third quarter, as earnings before interest taxesdepreciation and amortisation margin is expected to fall furtherquarter-on-quarter.

Margins may stay depressed in the fourth quarter fromsubsidies for iPhone 5, but will see an improvement in thesubsequent quarters, Maybank said.

Although positive catalysts are limited for M1, withdividends likely to be maintained at 2011 level of S$0.45 ashare, the stock's yield of 5.5 percent should limit downside,Maybank said.

1030 (0230 GMT)

(Reporting by Charmian Kok in Singapore; Editing by SunilNair; charmian.kok@thomsonreuters.com)


9:51 STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-Nam Cheong's 2012 profits likelyhigher - DMG

DMG & Partners said Singapore-listed Malaysian offshorevessel builder Nam Cheong Ltd's net profit this yearis likely to exceed what it made in 2011, helped by strong orderwins.

By 0137 GMT, Nam Cheong shares were up 2.2 percent atS$0.235. They have surged about 80 percent this year, comparedwith the Thomson Reuters Asia Pacific + Russia Industrial GoodsIndex's 5 percent drop.

Nam Cheong said on Wednesday it won contracts of $52.1million to build two platform supply vessels from customersbased in West Africa.

DMG said the two vessels are expected to contribute at least20 million ringgit to Nam Cheong's profits, meaning it couldpost 105-100 million ringgit in profits, exceeding last year'snet profit of 93.2 million ringgit.

"Nam Cheong has run up a good 23 percent since ourinitiation, but we still see deep value in this company," saidDMG in a report, maintaining its 'buy' rating and a target priceof S$0.29 on the firm.

0941 (0141 GMT) (Reporting by Charmian Kok in Singapore;charmian.kok@thomsonreuters.com; Editing by Prateek Chatterjee)