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More excitement ahead. The eventual award of the RM1.3b Pahang-
Selangor raw water transfer tunnel works on 28 Apr confirms that the
new administration sees the urgency for construction in stimulating the
economy. Langat 2 should be next in the limelight, together with the
massive Klang Valley LRT system. We expect more positive news flow
over the near-term. Continue to Overweight Construction.
Langat 2 next. Langat 2, the downstream portion of the water transfer
project, comprises a 2,180 mld treatment plant and the distribution
pipelines. The estimated RM5b construction contract was awarded in
Feb ’08 to Kumpulan Darul Ehsan, which holds 60% of Kumpulan
Perangsang Selangor (KPS). As KPS does not have a major
construction arm, we think that potential beneficiaries are Gamuda, Loh
& Loh and Taliworks, which have had working experience with, and/or
are affiliated to KPS via shareholdings.
Klang Valley LRT to follow. Local companies have been invited to
submit “expressions of interest” for the LRT extension and upgrading
works, with the government keen to see construction works start within
the next 3-4 months, according to today’s Edge. The extension works
could cost RM7b, including RM1b to buy rolling stocks. Our view is that
the project may be parcelled out and experienced contractors like IJM,
Gamuda, UEM Builders and YTL Corp may bid as turnkey contractors.
Overweight Construction. We continue to expect mid-sized projects
to lead the momentum of construction sector recovery under the fiscal
stimulus. Meanwhile, the inter-state water transfer (including Langat 2)
and Klang Valley LRT extension are also two priority projects under the
9th Malaysia Plan with works expected to start before the decade turns.
IJM, WCT and HSL remain on our Buy list. Meanwhile, Gamuda is a
strong contender for the two mega water and LRT projects. Our Hold
call on the stock is under review, with upward revision potential.