The warning was there. Posted on 14th November, Saturday morning, LCL: New trouble brewing?
Today, LCL posted its earnings and it was not a pretty sight!
On the Edge Financial Daily: LCL posts RM25m net loss in 3Q
- KUALA LUMPUR: LCL CORPORATION BHD posted net loss of RM25.39 million in the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2009, a stark contrast from the net profit of RM9.74 million a year ago due to continuous costs overrun for the Dubai projects.
The interior out-fit company said on Monday, Nov 30 that revenue fell 61% to RM57.78 million from RM147.9 million a year ago. Loss per share was 17.74 sen compared with earnings per share of 6.81 sen.
LCL also reported its trade receivables amounted to RM221 million while amounts due for contract works from customers totalled RM154 million.
"The (3Q) losses were mainly attributed to the unexpected delay in the project resulting in cost overrun arising from the prolongation of projects," it said.
LCL also said since it was not tendering new projects in Dubai, it had also incurred additional cost in right-sizing its Dubai operations which were workers' compensation, logistics and pre-mature termination of accommodation arrangement.
"The delayed payment from clients also worsen the situation whereby the group need to shoulder additional operational cost and financing cost associated with project financing facilities procured for the projects," it said.
Compared to the nine-months ended Sept 30, 2008, group revenue fell by 30.2% to RM243.7 million from RM349.1 million previously recorded.
"This is mainly due to the lower progress billing for most of the on-going Dubai projects which are near to completion by 4Q09," it said.
It recorded net loss of RM58.63 million compared with net profit of RM26.73 million.
I was more worried about its balance sheet.
On 27th Aug 2009, I posted Quick Look At LCL's Earnings
Here is a clickable link to LCL's Balance Sheet back then. I mentioned the following back then.
- Cash balances is now only 16.4mil and receivables has increased to 270.501 million. (Given the massive issues in Dubai housing market, should one discount this issue? Perhaps a chunk of these receivables might be doubtful? )
Here is LCL Balance Sheet as per tonight's announcement.
Hmm.. slight improvement in its balance sheet. Cash balance dropped but there is slight improvement in its receivables.And the total debts reduced.
However the cash versus total debts is at rather extreme, yes?
Given the whole mess in Dubai, would you want to be in this stock, now?