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A Walk in the Park with Cypark Resources Berhad (5184)

Lately, I have been searching for a company which has good profit margins, a business model which is non-conventional (i.e., not manufacturing, banking, plantation, and trading in nature), and resilient to external market shocks. I hope I have found the right company!


This week I will be looking at Cypark Resources Berhad (5184). Cypark is a company that is involved with the provision of environmental solutions. It has 4 main business segments which are:
1. Environmental engineering: Provision of nature conservation and environmental improvement services.
2. Landscaping and infrastructure: Provision of landscape services, project management services, and infrastructure development.
3. Maintenance: Provision of specialist maintenance works on leachate treatment plants, landscape services for parks, and maintenance of public amenities.
4. Green technology & renewable energy: Solar panel, biogas, biomass, waste-to-energy, and other renewable energy projects.
The business segment with…

Mikro MSC Berhad (0112)

Mikro MSC Berhad (0112) is a company that manufactures and sells analogue, digital and computer controlled electronic devices for the purpose of protecting, monitoring, and programming an electrical system.

Its products are an integral component in any building as it helps monitor and regulate a building’s electrical system. It functions through protecting electrical equipment by isolating and tripping a circuit breaker when an electrical fault is identified and allowing unaffected areas within the electrical network to continue operating. Protective relays are found in any building, from industrial buildings, plants, office buildings to shopping complexes, and hotels; hence, the usefulness of its products.

Picture 1: Mikro’s products

Don’t worry if you do not have an engineering background; I am not an engineer myself. The beauty of investing is that one does not need to be an expert in that field. But a good understanding of what a company does, identifying potential growth opportuni…

Apollo Food Holdings Bhd (6432)

Is investing in Apollo Food Holdings Berhad (6432) a secure and risk-free investment? If you are not sure what Apollo Food Holdings does, you would at least have come across its products in your childhood. Do these snacks below ring a bell?

Who would have thought that this company is listed on the Malaysian Stock Exchange? Based on the BCG growth share matrix, Apollo Food is categorized as a “cash cow.” Milking cash from its day-to-day operations. There has not been much excitement in its share price; it has been in a trading range of RM4.50 – RM6.00 for over 2 years.

This stock will ultimately disappoint investors who are seeking growth companies with quick capital appreciation. However, those who are seeking a safe haven for their capital, or intend to protect their capital may consider this stock in their portfolio.

To invest in Apollo, an investor ought to look at a longer time horizon. Hence, I will be looking at a time frame of 5 years.

Chart 1: Key Financial and Investment Stati…

Part 1: Ways to make money in the stock market

I recently stumbled upon an article on the net on ways one can make money investing in the stock market. The article was written in a manner that was fairly simple and easy to understand. It highlighted 3 ways that one can make money from the stock market as an investor:

1. The company’s growth in intrinsic value
2. Appreciation in the company’s share price
3. Dividends received from the company

These are all useful concepts. If these concepts are internalized by every investor, everyone will have a pleasant experience investing. As simple as it seems, many people still lose money in the stock market despite being very familiar with the 3 concepts above; note that the 3 methods were intentionally placed in that particular order by me.

(1) Growth in intrinsic value
Of the 3 concepts, growth in intrinsic value is the most important. The first step is to identify a great business. A business can grow year-on-year if it has a competitive advantage over it competitors. H…