Monday, December 08, 2008

One for your portfolio

"YTL Cement Berhad achieved a 30.9% increase in net profit to RM157.9 million (US$48.6 mil) for the 9 months ended 31 March 2008, compared to RM120.6 million (US$37.1 mil) for the previous corresponding 9 months ended 31 March 2007.

Revenue grew 21.4% to RM1,012.4 million (US$311.5 mil) this year, compared to RM833.8 million (US$256.6 mil) last year. The growth in revenue and profit arose mainly from higher demand for cement in the construction industry, improved operational efficiencies and better selling prices during the period."

One way to gain exposure to the Chinese market is to buy shares in YTL Cement. The company has announced an interim dividend of 5 sen of which 3 sen are tax free. For entitlement of the dividend you must buy before 31.12.08. If you trust my judgement, adopt a buy-and-hold strategy for this counter. The more you buy, the more you will pick up in the years ahead.
YTL Cement closed at RM2.30 last Friday.

One thing to remember is that in the stock market, there is no such thing as a certainty. You always buy at your own risk.

Cheers! and good luck.