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Censof Delivers Commendable First Quarter 2022 Financial Performance

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First quarter FY2022 Highlights

– Revenue surged by 59.5% to RM21.1 million.

– PBT from Financial Management Solutions for Government climbed 87.3% to RM3.2 million.

– PBT from Financial Management Solutions for Commercial and SME jumped more than 100% to RM2.7 million.

– ‘Cash and bank balances’, including fixed deposits of RM16.0 million.

– Gearing ratio – zero times

Kuala Lumpur, 11 August 2021 – Censof Holdings Berhad (“Censof” or the “Group”), a technology holdings company specialising in financial management software solutions, reported its first quarter results for the financial year ending 31 March 2022 (“Q1FY2021”) today.

For Q1FY2022, total revenue jumped 59.5% to RM21.1 million, as compared to the first quarter results for the financial year ended 31 March 2021 (“Q1FY2020”) of RM13.2 million. The improvement was driven by strong organic growth of the financial management solutions for the government (“FMS – G”) and the financial management solutions for the commercial and small-medium-enterprise (“FMS – C & SME”) divisions. For the quarter, revenue from FMS – G and FMS – C & SME divisions were RM12.8 million and RM6.8 million respectively, versus RM8.3 million and RM4.3 million generated a year ago. Correspondingly, the profit before tax of both divisions were RM3.2 million and RM2.7 million, translating to an increase of 87.3% and more than 100% respectively.

Despite the stronger revenue reported during the quarter under review, profit after tax (“PAT”) was 72% lower on a year-on-year basis, at RM2.3 million. This was mainly attributable to the loss on fair value adjustment of approximately RM2.05 million on short-term investment on Dagang Nexchange Berhad (“DNeX”), in contrast to a RM8.89 million gain recognised in the same quarter last year. Excluding the fair value adjustment on DNeX, the Group would have recorded a significant growth with an adjusted PAT of RM4.3 million in Q1FY2022, against the adjusted loss after tax of RM0.8 million in Q1FY2021.

Censof’s financial position as at 30 June 2021 remains healthy with cash and bank balances of RM16.0 million, from RM8.8 million a year ago. The Group has zero debt gearing ratio as its short-term borrowings of RM0.3 million were fully repaid in the quarter under review.

Commenting on the results, the group managing director of Censof, Ameer Shaik Mydin said, “Our first quarter financial results reflect a good start to the current year. Censof is still yielding results amid the overall economic landscape that have been challenging for everyone, which has proven our continuing effort and commitment to grow our business to greater heights. Our core businesses remain profitable, and we see strong adoption of digitalisation and implementations of financial management solutions across the Asian regions, particularly within the government and SME sectors. There are ample opportunities in the Malaysian e-government space as supported by the MyDigital blueprint. The Singapore government has also extended its enhanced support of up to 80% for existing enterprises schemes till end March 2022. Without doubt, these government initiatives present great prospects for the Group in the near future in the face of digital transformation that will further enhance Censof’s business offerings to achieve a better long term financial result. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we are cautiously optimistic that this current financial year will be better than the previous years’ after the major re-alignment of the Group’s core businesses and the significant reduction in borrowings.”

In May 2021, Censof was announced as one of Microsoft’s partners to support and drive Microsoft’s “Bersama Malaysia” initiative to advance digital transformation in Malaysia. The partnership will see Censof’s Government Resource Planning (GRP) system to run and operate on Microsoft Azure platform to meet the evolving needs of the government and Malaysian public sector.

Is Censof Out Of Woods For Good?

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Censof is back in investors’ radar as it surged to its record high recently after it was named as a partner of Microsoft.

XiFu- Investments  senior presenter Doreenn Leong speaks with our Censof Group MD Ameer Shaik Mydin, Group Deputy MD Tamil Selvan Durairaj and Executive Director Ang Hsin Hsien on their plans ahead in the series of interviews. Click on the images below to check out the interviews.

The technology company has been facing tough times in the last 3 years as it reported consecutive losses. It finally returned to the black in FY21 but can Censof maintain its profitability moving forward?

Censof Holdings Bhd is looking to focus on its 5 core businesses for growth. In particular, emerging technologies will be key to it staying ahead of the curve.


Financio Connect Mobile App Released Globally

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PETALING JAYA, June 23 (Bernama) — Asian Business Software Solutions Sdn Bhd (ABSS), a subsidiary of Censof Holdings Berhad, announced the launch of CONNECT mobile application (mobile app) on APPLE App Store, for its Financio Premium subscribers.

Dubbed as a next-generation mobile app, Financio CONNECT facilitates and provides convenient business accounting transactions where subscribers will be able to instantly access their data, anytime, anywhere by merely using a smartphone. CONNECT permits business owners’ real-time access to transactions, recording of expenses, quotation creation and invoicing, which automatically synchronizes to the cloud across all devices. The mobile app is efficient, easy to navigate and facilitates a secured collaboration across departments with information security settings that enable a business owner to assign role-based access to empower personnel to perform their job efficiently.

Financio, a cloud accounting software by ABSS, which helms the small business accounting automation in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and other countries, has been redefining how the over 25,000 small business and SME owners handle their accounting and tax tasks. The launch of the CONNECT mobile app allows Financio Premium subscribers to manage their business accounts in a seamless and integrated platform while on the go. Financio users claim that the software has helped improve productivity. It is believed that CONNECT mobile app will transform how SMEs manage business accountings by enabling accounting operations executable through smartphones.

ABSS Chief Executive Officer, Rhys Brown elaborated, “Small business owners work hard and are often on the move. Along with their business’s growth and expansion, there is a rising need for a reliable and efficient mobile accounting app. Therefore, we built CONNECT mobile app to fill the gap. Made available on all the three major app stores to ensure the ease of managing business accounting, Financio CONNECT provides business owners the flexibility they need to manage business accounting and perform necessary financial administration while on the go. Our app users will be able to record expenses, send invoices, see what is owed, chase payments, reconcile accounts and more with just a smartphone.”

The Financio CONNECT mobile app is currently available for download from Google Play Store, Huawei App Gallery and Apple App store. Details and information about CONNECT including its features and functions can be found at financio.co/malaysia/connect.

Tenderwizard Empowers Transformation of Hospital Pengajar Universiti Putra Malaysia Tendering System Easing Procurement During Pandemic

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TenderWizard Cloud Based e-Tendering System Promotes Digitalization Solution for The Healthcare Industry in line With Malaysia’s Digital Transformation Plan

PETALING JAYA, June 28 (Bernama) — Censof Holdings Berhad (“Censof”), a technology holdings company specialising in financial management software solutions announced the official partnership with Hospital Pengajar Universiti Putra Malaysia (HPUPM) to implement TenderWizard system for all their tendering and procurement processes, through its subsidiary, Century Software (M) Sdn Bhd (“CSM”). The partnership, which was piloted in February 2021 and is now at full integration, will see massive increase in the departments’ daily operations’ efficiencies and will provide win-win solutions to increase outcome and efficiency in tandem with Censof’s effort to drive digital transformation in the public sector.

TenderWizard, a software that runs on Telekom Malaysia’s Cloud, is the latest system of its kind that offers end-to-end solution for all e-Tendering and e-Auction processes. It is an exclusive web-based government-to-business (G2B) or business-to-business (B2B) product for buying goods and services through quotations, tenders, reverse or forward auctions and supports selling and buying of goods through tender-cum-auction. TenderWizard can be used for all types of tendering, including works tendering processes.

The cost-effective solution comes integrated with a payment gateway (for vendor registration & sale of tender documents) and is designed with user-friendly features. The solution, which provides end-to-end solution is expected to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of any procurement process, resulting in speeding up the procurement cycle, as well as ensuring the transparency and integrity of the procurement process. This attainment is aligned with the country’s endeavours to progress towards digitalization.

“For Censof to arrive at this momentous milestone with HPUPM with the adoption of TenderWizard reflects the testament of our work in digital transformation for Malaysia’s healthcare industry. This marks our initiative to strengthen Censof’s position as a significant player in providing top-notch digital technology and solutions to improve workflow efficiency and productivity for Malaysia’s public healthcare sector. We will constantly innovate with the latest developments on technologies and continue to capitalise on our experiences, knowledge and capabilities to create and provide improvements to our existing products and solutions. The innovation will further facilitate digital adoption across the public sector and accelerate the public healthcare industry by enhancing participation from local players in the procurement activities,” said Dr. Zainul Ariffin Harun, Chief Executive Officer, Century Software (M) Sdn Bhd.

“The collaboration with Censof for this project is our move towards adopting the digital initiative that was announced by our Prime Minister earlier this year. We have experienced 40% efficiency and improvement upon the implementation of TenderWizard in our tendering and procurement processes. We are exultant as this reflects positively on the optimization performance of HPUPM as a public healthcare provider in Malaysia,” said YBhg. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Roslan Sulaiman, Vice Cancellor, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

TenderWizard is proven to maximize procurement results by improving process effectiveness, eliminating fraud and introducing cost-efficiencies, as there are no cost of change management and implementation.  At the same time, it also ensures timely award solutions in a user friendly and efficient environment. Through the adoption of TenderWizard in various government statutory bodies and agencies, the evaluation of the procurement process has ascertained to be faster and accurate, resulting in an improved quality of tender specification and supplier response in a wider geographical coverage. To maximize the accessibility of TenderWizard to any new agencies, CSM is offering a waiver on all implementation and change management fee throughout this year to assist and accelerate the effort in digitising Malaysia’s public sector.

Censof Partners with Microsoft to Accelerate Digital Transformation of the Public Sector in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, 20 May 2021 – Censof Holdings Berhad (“Censof” or the “Group”), a technology holdings company specialising in financial management software solutions, has been announced as one of Microsoft’s partners to advance the digital transformation of Malaysia’s key industries, including the public sector.

Under the collaboration, Censof will be working together with Microsoft to deliver its Government Resource Planning (GRP) system, which will run on Microsoft Azure, to meet the evolving needs of the Government and public sector. The GRP system, which is a flexible and scalable modular financial management system, redefines the future of resource planning for the Malaysian public sector while enabling the government to deliver enhanced public services with greater accountability and transparency to the people.

“For Censof to arrive at this momentous milestone with Microsoft is a testament of our work in digital transformation of the nation. This marks our initiative to strengthen Censof’s position as a significant player in providing efficient software solutions to the ministries and government agencies. We will constantly stay abreast with the latest developments on innovative technologies and continue to innovate and capitalise on our experiences, knowledge and capabilities to create and provide improvements to our existing products and solutions to support and drive Microsoft’s “Bersama Malaysia” initiative. I also value the support from Crayon in ensuring the impact of this remarkable initiative will be a positive one for our country,” said Ameer Shaik Mydin, Group Managing Director of Censof.

In line with the objective of digitalising Malaysia, this collaboration will see Censof’s renowned GRP system being integrated seamlessly, with Microsoft Azure and other data technologies. As the Government of Malaysia commits to embark on its digital aspirations, Censof’s GRP system is ready to further provide vast and greater technological advancements for the government resource planning system that will directly create a positive impact on the Malaysian government’s ability to maximise its resource and widely influence how other industries operate their businesses in the future.

The collaboration between Censof and Microsoft is made possible with the support and assistance by Crayon –a global leader in digital transformation services, and one of the few accredited Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Providers. “Being the nominated partner by Censof for this project is a great honour for us. We are committed to bridge the growth of our partners, and hence add value by providing end-to-end services and premium support that will reflect positively on their adoption and optimization performance,” said Harith Ramotheram, CEO for Crayon Malaysia and Indonesia.

This relationship reflects Censof’s joint commitment in supporting Microsoft’s “Bersama Malaysia” initiative, to advance the nation’s digital transformation across the public and private sectors.

“Microsoft is committed to supporting Malaysia’s MyDigital ambitions and further empower the nation’s inclusive digital economy in collaboration with our strong ecosystem of partners. The Government of Malaysia has outlined a progressive Digital-First and Cloud-First strategy for the public sector, and we look forward to working closely with Censof to help realise our nation’s digital goals, with Microsoft Azure as the trusted technology foundation for Malaysia,” said K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.

Censof Declares Interim Single-Tier Dividend of 0.75 Sen

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Full year FY2021 Highlights

Full year revenue of RM87.7 million, up by 12.6%.

PBT improved to RM29.8 million, from LBT of RM70.8 million.

PATAMI improved to RM26.8 million, from LATAMI of RM72.4 million.

Basic EPS of 5.32 sen.

Declares interim single-tier dividend of 0.75 sen per share for FY2021.

Fourth quarter FY2020 Highlights

PBT turnaround to RM13.5 million, from LBT of RM73.8 million.

PATAMI turnaround to RM12.7 million, from LATAMI of RM74.0 million.

Completion of the Subscription Agreement with Packet Interactive Sdn Bhd (Kiple Pay) to subscribe a 51% stake in T-Melmax Sdn Bhd.

Equity interest in ABSS increased to 89.07% from 58.20%.

Kuala Lumpur, 18 May 2021 – Censof Holdings Berhad (“Censof” or the “Group”), a technology holdings company specialising in financial management software solutions, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended 31 March 2021 (“FY2021”) today.

For the full year, revenue jumped 12.6% year-on-year to RM87.7 million, as a result of higher contributions from the financial management solutions – government (“FMS – G”) and financial management solutions – commercial and small and medium enterprises (“FMS – C & SME”) business segments. Correspondingly, profit before tax (“PBT”) and profit after tax and minority interests (“PATAMI”) were RM29.8 million and RM26.8 million respectively. The significant improvement in the Group’s earnings in FY2021 were largely due to the higher profit contributions from FMS – G and FMS – C & SME of RM12.1 million and RM5.4 million, an increase by 47.5% and 126.4% respectively, as compared to FY2020. The recognition of a gain on fair value adjustment on short-term investment of approximately RM16.2 million and a gain on disposal of short-term investment of about RM2.1 million were also the positive contributing factors to the Group’s profitability. On the whole, this was a major turnaround in contrast to the loss before tax of RM70.8 million and loss after tax and minority interests of RM72.4 million in FY2020, where a substantial loss was recognised in relation to the divestment of an associate, Dagang NeXchange Berhad’s shares. Basic earnings per share for FY2021 was higher at 5.32 sen, compared to a loss of 14.43 sen in the previous year.

As for the fourth quarter 2020, revenue increased marginally by 0.6%, year on year to RM32.7 million, as a result of higher revenue generated from the Netsense Group and higher sales demand for the ABSS products in Singapore. Both fall under the ambit of the FMS – C & SME segment. More importantly, the PBT and PATAMI experienced impressive turnaround, having recorded profits of RM13.5 million and RM12.7 million respectively, from significant losses of RM73.8 million and RM74.0 million respectively a year ago. The profits were mainly attributable to improved contributions from the FMS – C & SME segments by 79.3%, savings of finance costs by RM0.7 million per quarter upon the settlement of share margin loan from MIDF and term loan from Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad, fast track of project deliverables from the FMS – G segment and a gain recognition of RM6.8 million from the fair value adjustment on its short-term investment.

The Group’s financial position remains healthy. Net assets per share improved to 15.89 sen as at 31 March 2021 from 11.51 sen twelve months earlier. The cash and bank balances in turn, surged to RM29.3 million from RM11.4 million as at end FY2020.

“I am extremely pleased that Censof has finally achieved a turnaround year after booking three consecutive years of losses. FY2021 has been a turning point for Censof where we will continue to accelerate forward. While the overall economic conditions continue to present a challenge for us with re-imposition of the COVID-19 related restrictions, Censof will remain resilient in such uncertain times. As this is only the beginning of our turnaround story, we pledge to strive and deliver the highest standard of products to serve all our customers.

“We foresee an acceleration in the shift of businesses towards adopting digitalisation with the support of grants and initiatives by the government in that agenda. As such, we are confident that the demand for technology solutions will continue to grow as we explore more opportunities to develop unique products and solutions together with our strategic alliances and partners to expand our business solutions. The collaboration with Kiple Pay via the 51% subscription into T-Melmax and the recent increased equity interest in ABSS testify our efforts in exploring synergistic partnerships in enhancing our business in a sustainable manner. We are highly optimistic Censof will achieve better financial results, in line with our strategic roadmap to continue focusing and expanding our core businesses,” said Ameer Shaik Mydin, group managing director of Censof.

The Board of Directors has declared an interim single-tier dividend of 0.75 sen per share on 552.3 million ordinary shares, amounting to approximately RM4.1 million, which shall be paid on 25 June 2021.

Censof Inks Contract Worth RM17.86 Million from the Ministry of Transport

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Kuala Lumpur, 10 March 2021 – Censof Holdings Berhad (“Censof” or the “Group”), a technology holdings company specialising in financial management software solutions has accepted the Letter of Award from the Ministry of Transport Malaysia (“MOT”) for a contract named “Perolehan Pembangunan Sistem Pelesenan Kenderaan Perdagangan” (“the Contract”) through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Century Software (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“Century Software”).

 This contract, valued at RM17.86 million, involves the development of a commercial vehicle licensing system for a tenure of 36 months, commencing from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2024. The licensing system generally caters for the application of commercial licenses for land transportation.

“This contract is a testament of our work in digital transformation and this marks our initiative to strengthen Censof’s position as a significant player in providing software solutions to the government agencies, which will ultimately contribute positively to the Group’s bottomline. With this said, I would like to express my gratitude to MOT for their trust and confidence in us as we continue to deliver and meet the standards expected by MOT,” said Ameer Shaik Mydin, group managing director of Censof.

“We will constantly stay abreast with the latest developments on innovative technologies for businesses needs and to capitalise on our new experiences, knowledge and capabilities to create and provide improvements to our existing products and solutions,” he added.

To recap, Censof was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Finance in early January this year to provide maintenance and support services for the government’s budget management information system, MyResults. The contract, which is valued at RM10.12 million, is for the tenure of 24 months, from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022.

Happy International Women’s Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge

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A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

Ang Hsin Hsien – We live in a man’s world, no pun intended. I learned that at times it can be quite tiring to exist in a world, by default, not designed for you. And we as women, adapt.

Digitalization offers a clean slate and a variety of opportunities for women participation from the labor force, financial markets, entrepreneurship, or even be part of the gig economy.

Armed with our softer social skills, empathy, and willingness to adapt to changing circumstances, women now have the potential to bypass some of the traditional cultural and mobility barriers, work flexibly and distantly.

So, we have gone a full circle, the world is now built for us.


Siti Safiah Yahaya – As a mother, daughter, wife, career lady, and in a leadership roles, we need to embrace digital technology either to educate people around us, or learn from them.


Lena Lee – With the increasing number of women participation in the workforce, we should embrace the power of the latest technology and implement it in our work as it proven to simplify our work and increase operational efficiency. Technology knowledge makes it more possible for women to have a career, contribute to nation’s building and still handle the domestic role.


Mazlina Mat Nawi – The role of women in the digital industry will boost the economy if allowed for their full participation in society. My wish on IWD2021 for all the women around the globe is for everyone to support every woman and respect everything they do because they deserve it. The world will soon learn to treat women the way they deserve to be treated.


Amutha – With the increased participation of women in the tech sector will boost the economy and allow for their full participation in society. Digitalization offers a variety of opportunities for female empowerment and for a more equal female participation in labor markets, financial markets, and entrepreneurship. Currently, digitalization seems to favor the female labor force that faces a lower risk of being replaced by machines, as compared to the male labor force. Women’s often superior social skills represent a comparative advantage in the digital age, and this is particularly when social skills are complemented with higher education and advanced digital literacy.

”What we women need to do, instead of worrying about what we don’t have is just love what we do have, Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”


Dini Anggraini – The digitization of technology has greatly influenced various areas of life. Become a woman is not a barrier to new innovation. The role of women in the digital industry has grown, it is proven by many female developers, female leaders, and other professional rankings even to C-level management, which proves that women have equal opportunities and potential roles as men in contributing to the digital industry.

Happy International Women’s Day, be a person full of dreams and love.


Netsense Business Solutions’ CEO, Abdul Rehman, Receives Acumatica’s Most Valuable Professional Award 2020

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Petaling Jaya. 1 March 2021 – Netsense Business Solutions’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Abdul Rehman was named Acumatica’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) 2020. He is the only MVP named in Asia currently. The Acumatica MVP Program was created to show tangible gratitude to community members who actively participate and contribute in growing and improving Acumatica’s cloud ERP solution and cloud xRP platform by engaging in various activities organized by Acumatica for the benefit of its community.

The award announcement was made by Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, Executive Vice President, Products and Chief Strategy Officer of Acumatica during Acumatica 2021 R1 Virtual Launch Event. The esteemed title is awarded to Abdul Rehman in acknowledgement of the passion, commitment and support he has shown towards the continued success of the Acumatica community. Acumatica’s MVP is described as an individual who has influenced the growth and direction of Acumatica in a positive way through sheer passion and dedication. Abdul Rehman is the founder and CEO of Netsense Business Solutions’ companies since 2013. His experience in Mid-Market ERP applications, paired with his vision, leadership and knowledge in the industry has boosted Netsense’s success and growth in the recent years as ERP specialist.

“I appreciate the recognition from our technology partner, Acumatica, and I would like to thank my colleagues at Netsense and the management of Censof Holdings Berhad for their support and guidance. Receiving this honour for the first time has inspired myself and my team to strive for continuous success and growth. It is indeed a proud moment for us to be recognised and be given this award and to be the only MVP in Asia currently,” said Abdul Rehman.

Netsense Business Solutions Pte Ltd & Netsense Business Solution Sdn Bhd, subsidiaries of Censof Holdings Berhad, has presence in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Providing business solutions to more than 40,000 active users worldwide and 500+ business process automated, Netsense’s array of business solutions include ERP Software (Enterprise Resource Planning System Solutions), Intermediate Accounting Software, CRM, HR Software (Human Resource Management Solutions), Payroll, Project Management, Business Intelligence Tools, Customized Dashboards, Mobile Apps and E-Commerce Solutions that benefit 100+ SME’s.

Censof Proud To Be Part Of The Digital Initiative In Pushing The Digital Economy Forward

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LAST week, scores of technology-related companies saw their share prices climbing ahead of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement of the MyDIGITAL blueprint on Friday.

Digital services and solution providers such as Revenue Group Bhd, Dataprep Holdings Bhd, GHL Systems Bhd, Dagang NeXchange Bhd, Censof Holdings Bhd and ManagePay Systems Bhd were among the top gainers, along with two obvious winners — Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) and AwanBiru Technology Bhd.

Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd, a unit of AwanBiru — formerly known as Prestariang Bhd — has been appointed a managed service provider (MSP) to manage cloud services for the government.

TM, on the other hand, has received conditional approval to provide services to the government for the migration of 80% of public data into the hybrid cloud system by end-2022. This is expected to translate into lower government cost in information technology management and better efficiency in the collection and management of data.

Besides TM, the other international cloud service providers named for the task were Microsoft, Google and Amazon.

Market observers opine that the impact of upcoming contracts on their bottom lines will only be seen over a long-term period of 5 to 10 years.

“Note that the contracts that will be awarded to the said beneficiaries of Malaysia’s digital blueprint are for the long term. The impact on bottom lines will not be seen immediately, but rather, be visible only over the next 5 to 10 years. For now, we can only tell that negotiations have begun,” Areca Capital Sdn Bhd CEO Danny Wong tells The Edge.

He adds that any impact and true value arising from the deals will depend on the details of the actual contracts when they are awarded, and thereon, the earnings, which will then reflect the execution and good delivery records of these technology partners.

TM reported a 26% increase in net profit to RM329.4 million for the third financial quarter ended Sept 30, 2020 (3QFY2020), from RM261.3 million a year earlier, which is partly attributed to the working from home shift amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Revenue for the quarter fell 5.7% to RM2.69 billion from RM2.85 billion for the previous year’s corresponding quarter.

On a quarter-on-quarter basis, its net profit increased 20% from RM274.7 million, while revenue grew 3.8% from RM2.59 billion.

The sequential increase in revenue was attributed to higher contribution from voice, internet and data services. Lower operating cost, as a result of cost optimisation programmes, contributed to the increase in net profit.

During the quarter, TM said it invested 15% of its revenue in capital expenditure (capex), amounting to RM400 million, on network optimisation.

In a filing, it said 50% of the amount was invested in network access, 17% for its core network, and the balance 33% on its support system.

In a recent CGS-CIMB’s report on TM, analyst Foong Choong Chen says investors agree with the research house that the mobile industry lacked growth, while the fixed line business projected a more positive growth outlook.

When asked if TM’s recent earnings improvement was sustainable and if there would be further upside to its share price, Foong opines that TM will continue to enjoy good growth in its fibre broadband, backhaul leasing and ICT businesses, while cost savings will see its Ebitda margin rising further from FY2019’s 35.2% to 39.5% in FY2022 forecast. CGS-CIMB raised its target price on the stock to RM7 from RM5.60 previously.

Meanwhile, AwanBiru remained in the red for the first quarter ended Sept 30, 2020, with a narrowed net loss of RM968,000, from RM3 million in the same period the previous year. Revenue was RM35.5 million, 7% lower from RM38.1 million earlier.

The group said it made substantial progress in its rationalisation plan to monetise non-core assets and reduce operating cost by disposing of non-core assets and loss-making operations over the year. This helps strengthen overall cash flow and is expected to improve future results.

RHB Research analyst Lee Meng Horng believes that there will be more opportunities in the e-government space with the launch of MyDIGITAL. AwanBiru, which offers a full suite of cloud-based products, is looking to drive and promote digital adoption in the public sector.

That said, Lee is bearish on the stock as AwanBiru’s share price has run ahead of fundamentals. This is owing to the “uncertainties on its earnings sustainability, the discontinuation of it being a Microsoft Channel Partner, and the expiry of its Master Licensing Agreement 3.0 with the Malaysian government, which contributed more than 90% of group revenue”.

“These factors could continue to undermine the firm’s turnaround efforts, despite it scoring a recent contract win,” Lee says in a report. RHB Research had previously ascribed the stock with a “sell” call with a target price of 32 sen.

While actual contracts for MyDIGITAL have yet to be announced, a significant contribution to both TM and AwanBiru’s bottom lines can be expected.

“The digital blueprint is a timely and much-needed plan to drive the country’s digitalisation economy. Stocks of online-based businesses or operations related to cloud and e-payments will stand to benefit as more announcements are made,” says Rakuten Trade Research vice-president Vincent Lau.

Digital initiatives to keep momentum in technology stocks

Worth noting is that digital banks and technology-related companies are also potential beneficiaries of the MyDIGITAL blueprint.

Lau points out that the digital initiatives will give technology stocks “legs to run” for some time after their share prices have reached fairly rich valuations. Interest in technology stocks is expected to be sustained for the long term.

“Retail participation will be sentiment driven until the actual contract awards to the intended companies. This positive [run] will flow to the second- and third-tier players, something that is encouraging as glove stocks are taking a breather.

“Everyone [technology and related players] will stand to benefit. With the advent of technology and issues such as global chip shortages, you can see the trends that will be pushing the digital economy forward,” Lau notes.