Malaysian Airline shares sink to record low on rights plan
Ahmad Jauhari, chief executive of Malaysia's national carrier, said in a statement to the stock exchange late on Tuesday that the rights issue was aimed at paying capital and debt expenses, without specifying the number of shares or the price for the issuance.
The share plunge came despite the carrier swinging to a profit of 37.1 million ringgit in the third quarter, reversing a loss of 477.6 million ringgit in the same quarter a year earlier. The struggling carrier posted a small operating profit of 4 million ringgit, ending six quarters of losses.
The dilution on the company from the issue will be immense, there will be supreme volatility in the stock until there is more clarity on the exercise, an analyst from Maybank IB Research, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters.
Maybank has a 'buy' call and a target price of 1.20 ringgit for MAS, although the rating is under review pending further details on the rights issue.
MAS was down 17.8 percent at 83 sen as of 0254 GMT, after falling as much 20.8 percent earlier, its biggest single-day drop in about 14 years.
There is no doubt the market is over-reacting, but this is what will happen until there is input from the management on the structure of the rights
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