Bintai Kinden Corporation Berhad (Bursa: BINTAI, 6998), a mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering services specialist, which has been classified as an affected listed issuer pursuant to Para 2.1(f) of Practice Note 17 (PN17) of the listing requirements of the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (Bursa Securities), is pressuring the Melaka government for not taking action to address payments owed the Company from the Universiti Melaka (UNIMEL) project resulting in the default of an RM109.0 million Islamic financing facility.
Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden
The PN17 classification came after MBSB Bank Berhad (MBSB) issued a notice of termination dated 29 March 2023 to Bintai Kinden as the corporate guarantor and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Optimal Property Management Sdn Bhd (OPM), as the borrower in respect of RM109.0 million in Islamic banking facilities in which the Company and/or OPM has defaulted on.
En. Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden said, “We are being victimised into PN17 status because the Melaka government has not seen fit despite a series of meetings to take action to address the RM49.8 million owed to OPM by Kolej Teknologi Islam Melaka Berhad (KTIMB) for the construction of the UNIMEL student campus accommodation.”
KTIMB is the operator of UNIMEL, which had awarded a contract via a concession agreement to OPM in early 2016 valued at RM121.0 million to construct student accommodation for the campus. The 25-year concession agreement comprised three years of construction and 22 years of maintenance services in which KTIMB is obliged to pay OPM for the upkeep of the campus accommodation. OPM had taken a 17-year tenure Islamic financing facility of RM109.0 million with MBSB to part-finance the UNIMEL campus accommodation project, which was completed in 2019.
“We have also sent various reminders to KTIMB as well as Melaka Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI Melaka) on the matter. Let us be clear that despite non-payment or irregular payments by the parties, Bintai Kinden has been honouring its debt to MBSB and has paid RM18.6 million from March 2021 to December 2022 towards the financing facility despite collecting only RM3.7 million from KTIMB.”
“Bintai Kinden would like to appeal to the Prime Minister to seek redress on this issue for the sake of the UNIMEL students, as we have been trying our best to maintain the campus accommodation. CMI Melaka is obliged to top-up any shortfall in the payments as part of the financing facility agreement with MBSB but the top-ups have been inadequate while KTIMB, which was required as part of the concession agreement to pledge land or properties with a market value of not less than RM42.5 million to safeguard Bintai Kinden’s credit risk, has not done so.”
Pursuant to the PN17 classification, Bintai Kinden is required to announce within three months of today’s announcement on whether the regularisation plan will result in a significant change in its business direction or policy and, within 12 months of today’s announcement, to submit a regularisation plan to the Securities Commission (“SC”) if the plan will result in a significant change in the business direction or policy of the Company and to complete the implementation of the plan within such timeframe as prescribed by the SC or, submit a regularisation plan to Bursa Securities if the plan will not result in a significant change in the business direction or policy as well as complete the implementation of the plan within such timeframe as prescribed.
Bintai Kinden reassures stakeholders that its other businesses such as the Mechanical & Engineering and Oil & Gas are running as usual. The Company has total unbilled orderbook to RM142.95million.
Bintai Kinden Corporation Berhad (Bursa: BINTAI, 6998), a mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering services specialist, today announced that the Company recorded 60.8% gain in revenue to RM93.80 million for the nine months ended 31 December 2022 (9M FY2023) compared with RM58.34 million in the corresponding period of the last financial year (9M FY2022).
Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden
The Company reported a loss before tax (LBT) in 9M FY2023 of RM2.22 million compared with profit before tax (PBT) of RM2.62 million in 9M FY2022.
For the third quarter ended 31 December 2022 (3Q FY2023), revenue decreased 22.7% to RM22.36 million compared with RM28.93 million in 3Q FY2022. The Company recorded LBT of RM3.38 million for 3Q FY2023 compared with PBT of RM1.13 million in 3Q FY2022.
En. Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden said, “The Company’s revenue increase for 9M FY2023 reflected the better contribution from the M&E business. The LBT reflected the higher costs of operations and bad debts incurred in 3Q FY2023. For the quarter under review, revenue decreased due to the lumpiness of projects as the M&E business is highly dependent on the stage of completion of various projects.”
“We expect to see more revenue coming in from the newly awarded projects from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) over the coming quarters compared to 3Q FY2023 where several of the projects are at the end-stage phase. The Company will continue to assess the risks and opportunities of diversifying into other businesses while ensuring the growth of the M&E business.”
TNB recently awarded a total of RM53.2 million in M&E contracts to the Company for the installation of underground cables, bringing the total unbilled orderbook to RM142.95million.
Bintai Kinden Corporation Berhad (Bursa: BINTAI, 6998), a mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering services specialist, is redesignating Mr. Ku Chong Hong to Group Managing Director from Executive Director effective 18 January 2023. Mr. Ku was appointed to the Board of Directors as an Executive Director on 24 February 2022. He joined Bintai Kinden as Group Accountant in June 2019 and was subsequently redesignated Head of Finance and Accounts on 17 September 2019 and then Chief Financial Officer on 12 October 2020. He is a member of the Executive Management Committee of the Company. Besides Bintai Kinden, he is also an Executive Director at Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Malaysian Genomics Resources Berhad.
Mr. Ku worked for several audit firms before joining Grant Thornton Malaysia as an audit senior manager in 2017. He has over eight years as an auditor with exposure to audit and assurance as well as business advisory in a broad spectrum of industries such as property development, construction, manufacturing, trading, poultry, agriculture, aquaculture, service provider, trading of software and real estate. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
“I would like to thank the Board for this appointment. I am excited for Bintai and will do my best to bring the Company to the next level. The Company will continue to focus on our core business in mechanical & electrical engineering segment and endeavour to secure more opportunities and recurring projects in Malaysia which are able to contribute positively to the future earnings of the Group,” said Ku.
En. Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden said, “The Board of Directors and I congratulate him and are looking forward to working even closer with him. His redesignation reflects a changing of the guard and a younger generation helming the business operations. On a more personal note, having a young and dynamic team enables the Company to adapt to trends in the corporate world and technology while coming out with solutions that are outside of the box.”
“As an ex-Grant Thornton auditor, we have every confidence that with his industry knowledge and experience, he will be able to guide Bintai Kinden to greater success. His familiarity with the business operations will also be of great help as the Company leverages on its strengths as a M&E engineering services specialist to expand in Malaysia and the region.”
Mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering services specialist Bintai Kinden Corporation Berhad’s (Bursa: BINTAI, 6998) sub-subsidiary, Bintai Energy Sdn. Bhd., has entered into a business collaboration agreement with PT Raintech Indo Energi (PTRIE) in which PTRIE has been appointed to market and promote flanges, fittings, pipes and other oil and gas (O&G) equipment on behalf of Bintai Energy in Indonesia.
Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden
Bintai Kinden owns a 51% stake in Bintai Energy through Kejuruteraan Bintai Kindenko Sdn Bhd, an M&E engineering services specialist. PTRIE provides integrated solutions with a focus on the upstream, midstream and downstream O&G industry as well as the marine, industrial, aviation, water and waste water, food and beverage and, healthcare industries.
Under the agreement, which is valid for three years, Bintai Energy will collaborate and work together with PTRIE to promote business opportunities and provide the necessary technical and competitive price support on the products to be represented by PTRIE, which will be responsible for the promotion of the products in Indonesia and advise Bintai Energy on market-related information on these products.
En. Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden said, “The collaboration with PTRIE opens up vast opportunities for us as Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest economy with a GDP of US$1.19 trillion as of 2021 and a population of 270 million. Its O&G industry is an important contributor to the economy and a key growth driver.”
“We look forward to working together with PTRIE, whose founders are renowned experts in Indonesia’s O&G industry, to seek opportunities that are beneficial to us both as Indonesia has set a target to ramp up crude oil and condensates production to 705,000 barrels a day.”
Ms. Verra Christianty, Director of PTRIE said, “We are happy to collaborate with Bintai Energy to introduce these products to Indonesia. We are sure that, with their technical and pricing knowledge, both parties will be able to penetrate a vast market.”
Bintai Energy was recently awarded additional sub-contracts to supply high-grade carbon steel/stainless steel piping, valves and piping accessories with a value of approximately RM4.43 million and has to-date clinched approximately RM9.0 million in sub-contracts.