I happen to recall an episode on an adult cartoon about 2 foul characters known as “Terrence & Philip”. But this is not a post about their cartoon, but rather to borrow a phrase from them that depicts their favorite game where one of them says “Let’s look for treasure!”. Most often, this game was played in the oddest of places.
As I was browsing the stock market to hunt for bargains (did I mention that the stock market is now like a Great Singapore Sale?), I happened to notice the developments of M1. Here is a brief take on the situation to help you decide if it is a true hidden treasure.
According to M1’s CEO Neil Montefiore in statement recently on its 3rd quarter results for 2008, there are some tidbits of information that he mentioned that are of particular interest to me as a share owner of the company:
- The stock expects a single digit % drop in net profit earnings for 2008
- M1 aims to pay 80% of net profits out as dividends
So what do these information tell me? If all else remains constant, we can expect:
- Net profit to be at S$154.17 million assuming a 10% drop in profits (yes, I am a pessimist!)
- Expected dividends can be S$123.34 million
- Current outstanding shares in market – 893.88 million shares
- Dividend per share is then S$0.137 per share
- Dividend payout of 7.4% against a valuation share price of S$1.85, or
- Dividend payout of 8.5% against the current share price of S$1.61
Compared to the interest rates of what is available out there, is this a hidden treasure or what?
P.s. Take note that the current price of M1 is at S$1.61 at the time of writing.