Financial Analysis Amway and Cosway Malaysia

					                 Financial Analysis and Comparison between

 AMWAY MALAYSIA BERHAD & COSWAY CORPORATION BERHAD


       Amway (Malaysia) Holdings Berhad is principally engaged in the distribution of

consumer products principally under the Amway trademark. Beginning with just five employees,

in a small office and warehouse facility in Jalan Ipoh in 1976, Amway Malaysia was one of the

pioneers in the direct selling industry at that time. Today, Amway Malaysia is the leading direct

selling company in Malaysia with a core distributor force of 195,000 from all corners of the

nation, making Amway a household name in Malaysia.



       Amway offers Malaysians a unique entrepreneurial opportunity rooted in its 200

meaningfully differentiated products under five core lines bearing the Amway trademark. To

support its distributors' retailing efforts, the company has embarked on branding campaigns

during its last 3 fiscal years for its two key power brands, Nutrilite health food supplements and

Artistry skin care and cosmetics. Amway's core distributor force stands at 176,800 distributors

as at December 31st, 2006.



Amway Malaysia is a founder member of the Direct Selling Association of Malaysia (DSAM).

Amway Malaysia representatives are actively involved in various industry committees. DSAM,

founded in 1978, has 59 members who are both multinational and local direct selling

companies. Its subsidiaries include Amway (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and Amway (B) Sdn. Bhd.

Both subsidiaries markets a wide range of premium products under the AMWAY trademark,

categorized under five core product lines:
   Nutrition & Wellness (including food supplements and beverages under the

    NUTRILITETM brand name - a global vitamin and mineral brand, which grows, harvests

    and processes plants on their own certified organic farms).



   Skin Care & Cosmetics (ARTISTRYTM skin care and cosmetic products)



   Personal Care (including GLISTERTM oral care, toiletries and SATINIQUETM hair care

    products)



   Home Care (including laundry, car care products and household cleaners)



   Home Tech (including ATMOSPHERETM air treatment system, eSpringTM water

    treatment system is an in-home system to combine ultraviolet light technology with a

    multi-stage carbon-block filter to provide drinking water and iCOOKTM cookware offers a

    range of Cookware products)
   COSWAY Corporation Berhad is a subsidiary of Berjaya Group, a multinational

conglomerate known for diversified interests. COSWAY Corporation Berhad began its

operations in December 1979. It is a Malaysian-based and leading multi-level network

marketing company in Malaysia, distributing a wide range of superb quality consumer products

through an extensive network of members and sales centers throughout Malaysia. COSWAY

distributes a wide range of exclusive, quality products from established manufacturers all over

the world. The products including home care, personal care, food, auto care, healthcare and

fashion. These products are readily in demand as they fulfill the everyday needs of consumers.



   Headquartered in Wisma COSWAY, a 26-storey building located in the middle of Kuala

Lumpur premier Golden Triangle, it has a paid up capital of RM155 million. Furthermore,

COSWAY started expanding its operation in the international arena in 1995 and has since

spread its wings to Brunei, Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, and Mexico.



   On the other hand, Cosway Corporation was incorporated to acquire the entire issued share

capital of Singer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd ("Singer Malaysia"). The Company was listed on the Bursa

Malaysia Securities Berhad in October 1990.



   Berjaya's participation in Singer Malaysia commenced in March 1985 with a 48%

shareholding. In 1989, Berjaya made a take over bid for Singer Sewing Machine Company

("SSMC") Inc on the New York Stock Exchange, the holding company of SSMC. The bid

subsequently resulted in Berjaya acquiring a majority stake and management control of Singer

Malaysia.
    Through the acquisitions of the Unza Group of Companies, Cosway (M) Sdn Bhd and other

consumer related businesses, Cosway Corporation then established itself as a leading marketer

of a broad range of consumer products.



    Cosway Corporation further diversified into manufacturing when it acquired Dunham-Bush

(Malaysia) Bhd (“Dunham- Bush”), an acknowledged key player in the Global Commercial and

Industrial Heating, Ventilating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration business.



    On 11 September 1998, Cosway Corporation adopted its present name to reflect the

Company's long term focus in the direct selling business through its subsidiary, Cosway (M) Sdn

Bhd. On 15 January 2004, Cosway Corporation completed the divestment of the entire

shareholdings of Unza Holdings Berhad for a total cash consideration of RM186.37 million.



    On 28 April 2006, Cosway Corporation completed its capital distribution of 51,665,054

Dunham-Bush shares to its shareholders on the basis of three (3) Dunham-Bush shares for

every twenty (20) existing shares held in Cosway Corporation. As a result, Dunham-Bush

ceased to be a subsidiary of Cosway Corporation.



    On 4 June 2007, Cosway Corporation was de-listed from the official list of Bursa Malaysia

Securities Berhad (Bursa Securities) pursuant to Paragraph 16.04 of the Listing Requirements

of Bursa Securities.




    With total employee strength of over 1,700, the Group is currently engaged in the following

core activities:
a) Marketing of household, beauty, health care and other consumer products through a

   multi-level direct selling network and an online shopping portal known as eCosway.com



b) Marketing and selling of consumer durables under the brand name "SINGER" on cash or

   installment payment terms



c) Retailing of multi-brand consumer durables on cash or equal payment terms



d) Distribution, sale and rental of audio/visual home entertainment products and distribution

   of children's education learning aids' products.
QUESTION TWO
Based on the companies’ 3-year financial statements, calculate the yearly values of the
following financial ratios:
              i)     debt ratio;
              ii)    debt-equity ratio;
              iii)   net profit margin;
              iv)    return on equity; and
              v)     dividend-payout ratio



    AMWAY                                         Year 2007         Year 2006           Year 2005

 i) Debt ratio         Total liabilities/total    =    434 000     =     433 000     =    445 000
                              assets             171 853 000           90 480 000       89 551 000
                                                 = 0.00252541      = 0.00478559     = 0.00496924


ii) Debt-equity      Debt(liabilities)/equity     =    434 000     =     433 000    =      445 000
      ratio                                      171 419 000       176 682 000       175 753 000
                                                 = 0.00253181      = 0.00245073     = 0.00253196


 iii) Net profit       Net Income / Sales        = 70 354 000      = 60 108 000     = 61 065 000
    margin                                            90 345 000       81 648 000        83 423 000
                                                 = 0.77872599      = 0.7361846      = 0.73199238
                                                  = 77.87%          = 73.61%             = 73.2%


iv) Return on             Net Income /           = 70 354 000      = 60 108 000     = 61 065 000
     equity           Shareholder's Equity        171 419 000       176 682 000      175 753 000
                                                 = 0.41042125      = 0.34020444     = 0.34744784


 v) Dividend-        Dividends per Share /             = 7.5            = 7.5             = 7.5
 payout ratio          Earnings per Share                49               31.6              32.6
                                                 = 0.15306122      = 0.23734177     = 0.23006135
                                                      = 15.3%       = 23.73%             = 23%
  COSWAY                                       Year 2007       Year 2006       Year 2005

i) Debt ratio       Total liabilities/Total   = 275 543 000   = 297 633 000   = 289 456 000
                           assets               239 069 000     344 254 000     336 262 000
                                              = 1.15256683    = 0.86457383    = 0.86080497


ii) Debt-equity    Debt(liabilities)/Equity   = 275 543 000   = 297 633 000   = 289 456 000
     ratio                                      477 993 000     588 163 000     573 179 000
                                              = 0.57645823    = 0.50603829    = 0.50500106


 iii) Net profit    Net Income / Sales        = 56 821 000    = 14 984 000    = 10 413 000
    margin                                      25 880 000       9 530 000       15 645 000
                                              = 2.1955641     = 1.57229801    = 0.66558006
                                               = 219.56%       = 157.23%        = 66.56%


iv) Return on           Net Income /          = 56 821 000    = 14 984 000    = 10 413 000
    equity         Shareholder's Equity        477 993 000      588 163 000    573 179 000
                                              = 0.11887413    = 0.0247593     = 0.0181671


v) Dividend-       Dividends per Share /        =    3.6         = none          = none
 payout ratio       Earnings per Share              28.51
                                              = 0.12627148
                                                = 12.63%
QUESTION THREE
Analyze the trend of the ratios for the 3-year period and compare their performances based on
your answer in (2) above. Discuss your views on the companies’ policies and performance in
relation to the following:


            i)      financing policy (aggressive and/(or) conservative approach);
            ii)     capital structure;
            iii)    dividend policy; and
            iv)     operating performance.



        From the answer in (2) above, we can see the situation of each company’s base on the

ratios that have been computed. Firstly, from the debt ratio, it shows how much the business is

in debt. Amway has between RM0.0025 to RM0.005 in debt for every Ringgit of assets. So for

this business, the total debt ratio tells us that this business is in good health. Meanwhile, the

debt ratio for Cosway is between RM0.86 to RM1.15 in debt for every Ringgit of assets.



        Since the ratio in 2007 has become more than 1, the total debt ratio tells us that this

business is not in good health and may become really ill for that year because the total debt

ratio should be 1 or less to maintain good company performance. Moreover, the lower the debt

ratio, the less total debt the business has in comparison to its asset base. On the other hand,

businesses with high total debt ratios are in danger of becoming insolvent or going bankrupt.



        As for Amway, the financing policy that has been utilized by the company is more

towards on conservative policy. This is because, the debt ratio is low. Therefore, conservative

policy uses higher cost capital but postpones the principal repayment of debt, or avoids it

entirely by using equity.
       The total current liability to total asset ratio is used to measure the degree of aggressive

financing policy, with a high ratio being relatively more aggressive. In contrast, Cosway most

probably develops an aggressive approach in 2007, since the debt ratio is slightly higher than in

2005 and 2006. Aggressive financing policies utilize higher levels of normally lower cost short-

term debt and less long-term capital. By lowering capital costs can increases the risk of a short-

term liquidity problem.



       Capital structure always refers to the way a corporation finances its assets through some

combination of equity, debt, or hybrid securities. A firm's capital structure is then the

composition or 'structure' of its liabilities. In this case, the debt-equity ratio (D/E) can be used to

measure the capital structure of both companies. The debt-equity ratio is a financial ratio

indicating the relative proportion of equity and debt used to finance a company's assets. This

ratio is also known as risk, gearing or leverage.



       The debt-equity ratio of Amway and Cosway both are been maintained for 3 year period.

Amway maintained the ratio of 0.25%. Meanwhile Cosway maintained the debt-equity ratio at

50% to 57% for the 3 year period. As D/E increases, management has an increased incentive to

undertake risky (even negative NPV) projects. This is because if the project is successful, share

holders get all the upside, whereas if it is unsuccessful, debt holders get all the downside. If the

projects are undertaken, there is a chance of firm value decreasing and a wealth transfer from

debt holders to share holders.




       As seen here, Amway has paid its shareholders 7.5 cent per share in the form of annual

dividends in 2007. Its earning per share was 49 cent. So its dividend payout ratio will be 15.3%.
in the previous year, the dividend payout ratio is about 23%. This shows that Amway paid low

dividend for its shareholders.



        In addition, Cosway manages to have its payout ratio only in 2007 which is 12.63%. It is

also a low dividend paying. A low dividend paying or the absence of such may be explained by

the fact that the company has decided to grow and as a result it needs money to fund its growth.

These funds can come from dividends and the company may decide to retain some. On the

other hand, 1companies that pay high dividends to their shareholders may do this since they

have reached their maturity and there is no room for growth. As a result, the most efficient and

effective use of the profits will be to return them to the company's shareholders.



        Next, net profit margin will show how much net profit the business’s sales are producing.

The profit margin is an extremely useful measure of how your business is performing over time.

So, for Amway, this business is generating more than 70 cents net profit for every Ringgit in

sales in 3-year period. On the other hand, Cosway generates 66.56%, 157.23% and 219.56% in

3-year period respectively. Generally, 2the higher the profit margins the better off the business.

At a glance, we can see that the business’s net profit has increased for Cosway over the 3-year

period. It shows that the company has a good control over her expenses.



QUESTION FOUR
Based on your evaluation of the companies, assess the relationships between measures of
performance and the following:
             i)      financing policy;


1
 The policy a company uses to decide how much it will pay out to shareholders in dividends.
http://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/dividendpolicy.asp
2
 Is Your Business Sick? Give Your Business a Health Checkup with These Three Ratios, Susan Ward
http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/management/a/3ratios.htm?rd=1
           ii)     capital structure; and
           iii)    dividend policy.
   You are required to apply the relevant financial theories to support your answer.



       Financing decisions is one of the important areas in financial management to increase

shareholder’s wealth. To determine how managers achieve this object, it can say performance

measurement of company. Much of the theory in corporate sector is based on the assumption

that the goal of firm should be to maximize the wealth of its current shareholders.



       One of the major cornerstones of determining this goal is financial ratio. Financial ratios

are commonly used to measure firm performance. It provides the basis for answering some very

important questions concerning the financial well being of the firm. The financial ratios include

liquidity ratio (debt ratio), return on investment (return on equity) and leverage ratios or gearing

(debt-equity ratio). In this case, we have calculated the financial ratio for both companies to see

the financial position of each company. For example, ROE for Amway is calculated by taking the

net result over shareholders’ equity for each specified year. It resulted with a slightly high rate

around 34% to 41% for the three years period. On the other hand, the ROE for Cosway is 12%

in 2007. These depicts that Amway is more capable than Cosway of generating cash internally.



       This idea was confirmed by Monteiro (2006, p. 3) who stated that a business that has a

high return on equity is said to be one that is capable of generating cash internally and perhaps

it is the most important ratio an investor should consider.

       Next, with respect to observed link between capital structure and performance, the

conclusion is that company that has high profitability and good performance have less debt.

Between Amway and Cosway, it is clearly confirmed that Amway generates higher profit than
Cosway. Amway manage to attain RM 83 423 000 in 2005, RM 81 648 in 2006 and RM 90 345

000 in 2007. With high profitability of Amway, it will surely have fewer debts to be paid.



       Stulz (1990) like Jensen believes that debts payment decreases cash flows available for

managers. But, on the other hand, he states that this decrease will decrease the opportunities of

profitable investing. Thus, companies with less debt have more opportunities for investment and

in comparison with other active firms in industry, have more liquidity. Additional costs of debt

include potential bankruptcy costs, and agency costs associated with the monitoring of

investments by bondholders.



       The alternative theory, discussed by Meyers (1984) and Fama and French (2002),

describes a firm’s debt position as the accumulated outcome of past investment and capital

decisions. In this theory, commonly called the “Pecking Order” theory, firms with positive net

present value investments will finance new investments first using internal funds, and in the

absence of internal funds will finance them with safe debt, then risky debt, then with equity, but

only if there is no other alternative. Thus, financing investments using internally generated funds

may be the cheapest source, and the firm’s financial structure is the outcome of past cash flows

and investment opportunities.




       Then, it is found that there is a little relationship between measure performance and

dividend policy. Only for small firms there is a significant negative relationship between dividend

payouts and measure performance. In this case, dividend payouts show little sensitivity to

performance. As for Amway and Cosway, both of the companies consume a small percentage
of dividend payout ratios. However, Amway paid higher dividend to its shareholders as

compared to Cosway.



       The theoretical principles underlying the dividend policy and its impact on firms can be

described either in terms of dividend irrelevance or dividend relevance theory. Miller and

Modigliani (1961) irrelevance theory forms the foundational bedrock of modern corporate

finance theory. Miller and Modigliani argued that dividend policy is irrelevant for the cost of

capital and the value of the firms in a world without taxes or transaction cost. They showed that

when investors can create any income pattern by selling and buying shares, the expected return

required to induce them to hold firm's shares will be invariant to the way the firm packages its

dividend payments and new issues of shares.



       Since the firm's assets, investments opportunities, expected future net cash flows and

cost of capital are not affected by the choices of dividend policy, its market value is unaffected

by any change in the firm's payout pattern. Thus, dividend policy is irrelevant and firm can

choose any payout pattern without affecting their value. MM theory implies that dividend payout

will fluctuate as a by-product of the firm's investments and financing decisions. This will not

exhibit a systematic pattern over time.




       Miller and Modigliani (1961) argued that the firm's value is determined only by its basic

earning power and its business risk. The clientele effect also provides an alternative argument

for the irrelevance of dividend policy, at least when it comes to valuation. In summary, if

investors migrate to firms that pay the dividends that most closely match their needs, no firm's

value should be affected by its dividend policy.
REFERENCES

Journals/Books

Fama, E.F., and French K.R. (2002). Testing Trade-Off and Pecking Order Predictions about
Dividends and Debt. The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 15, No.1, pp. 1-33.

Meyers, S.C. (1984). The Capital Structure Puzzle. The Journal of Finance, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp.
575-592.

Miller, M. & Modigliani, F. (1961). Dividend Policy, Growth and the Valuation of Shares, Journal
of Business, Vol. 34, pp. 411-433.

Monteiro, A. (2006). A quick guide to financial ratios, The Citizen, Money Web Business Insert,
6 May, 3.

Stulz, R. (1990). Managerial discretion and optimal financing policies, Journal of Fine
Economics, Vol. 26, pp. 145-158.




Websites

“Divided Policy” at http://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/dividendpolicy.asp Retrieved on 19
October 2009

Susan Ward (26 September 2009) Is Your Business Sick? Give Your Business a Health
Checkup with These Three Ratios.
At http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/management/a/3ratios.htm?rd=1. Retrieved on 15 October
2009

				
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Description: Amway (Malaysia) Holdings Berhad is principally engaged in the distribution of consumer products principally under the Amway trademark. Beginning with just five employees, in a small office and warehouse facility in Jalan Ipoh in 1976, Amway Malaysia was one of the pioneers in the direct selling industry at that time. Today, Amway Malaysia is the leading direct selling company in Malaysia with a core distributor force of 195,000 from all corners of the nation, making Amway a household name in Malaysia