Hi-P International: For 8 months, from Feb 25 till early Nov, Hi-P laid off buying its shares from the market.
However, when its share price tumbled by about 50% from its Feb 25 price of $1.20, the company re-started its buyback programme.
Between early Nov and 13 Dec, it made purchases on eight days, totaling 2,383,000 shares.
They were made at between 59 cents and 66 cents, which is below its Net Asset Value of 70.65 cents.
An integrated contract manufacturing services provider, Hi-P is in a strong net cash position of S$200 million (as at end of Sept) to buy aggressively its shares if it so wishes.
The company has a track record of strong buying. Under the previous year’s buyback mandate, the company scooped up a whopping 41,992,000 shares, or a 4.8% stake.
Recently, Hi-P’s stock price has been dragged down by poor 3Q profit of $6.5 million, an 80.5% plunge compared to the same period last year.
The company, whose key customers are RIM and Apple, attributed the decline mainly to a shift in product mix to more high level assembly with higher cost of materials and an increase in headcount and wages.
It, however, expects the current 4Q to be stronger than 3Q2011 as the delayed programs of its customers come on-stream.
Serial System: Its chairman, Derek Goh, is a true believer in his company’s stock, going by his regular purchase of shares of Serial shares.
In his most recent buying spree, he has raised his holding to 305.9 million shares or a 33.78% stake in Serial, which he founded.
The dividend yield is a key attraction of Serial stock: At the recent price of 10.1 cents, the 12-month trailing yield is about 11%, according to Bloomberg.
Serial has paid out 0.3 cent a share at half-time and 0.16 cent a share after its 3Q results.
Investors can expect a final dividend to be paid also, as in past years, said Derek recently, guiding for an overall payout ratio of 40-50% of the net earnings for FY11, which is unchanged from the past few years.
For FY10, the final dividend was 0.67 cent, compared to 0.38 cent for FY09.