MSWG Weekly Newsletter 12 August 2022 (English)

At a glance, the projection of 2022 being a bumper year for initial public offerings (IPOs) on the local bourse seems to have gone astray with the global economic growth coming under scrutiny, following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict which has subsequently led to worldwide inflationary pressure and recessionary concerns.

Despite a risk-off environment sparked by a hawkish US Federal Reserve and external headwinds, Bursa Malaysia does not foresee major delays in listing plans slated for 2022.

Instead, the bourse expects to welcome 37 IPOs in 2022 against 30 in 2021, primarily driven by higher number of listings on the ACE Market following the re-opening of economy. For the record, the year of 2020 only saw 19 new listings while there were 30 IPOs in 2019.

MSWG Weekly Newsletter 22 July 2022 (English)


A rare case of warrant price runs ahead of its mother share

Some interesting developments happened at Metronic Global Berhad last week.

First, it was the resignation of former attorney general Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali as its independent non-executive director on 14 July. Apandi, 72, who was appointed to the board in July 2021 resigned “due to personal commitments”, according to the Group's filing with Bursa Malaysia.

On the same day, Metronic also announced the emergence of Fitters Diversified Bhd as the Group’s new substantial shareholder after its unit Fitters Property Development Sdn Bhd subscribed for Metronic’s rights shares and excess rights shares recently.

Fitters Diversified now holds a 13.255% indirect stake or 201 million shares in Metronic which is involved in the provision of hardware and software required for buildings’ control and management. This is followed by Sanichi Technology Berhad with 13.068% stake and BCM Alliance Berhad with 6.66% stake.

But these developments pale in comparison to the extreme price volatility of its newly issued warrants. Subscribers of Metronic’s recently completed rights issue exercise would be laughing all the way to the bank for having reaped handsome profit from the free warrants that came with their subscriptions.