Management Online Q&A With Investors
Thank you very much for your questions and the opportunities to respond to them.
We hope you have a better understanding of our business through this online exchange.
Your questions are reposted in blue followed by our replies in black.
The Management Team
1. Dear David Koh, you wrote:
How has record low oil prices affected your business?
In general, a decline in oil price can have the following impacts on the chemical industry:
We are, to a large extent, more involved in specialty chemicals. As such, the overall impact, taking all factors into consideration, has not and is not likely to affect us significantly.
2. Dear George Chen, you wrote:
Why sales from the US drop so much? I though the economy has recovered.
The America segment of our business refers mainly to the South America region. The decline in sales from the region followed our conscious effort to actively mitigate the potential risks in light of the current geopolitical climate there. By being more prudent in our approach, we believe that Megachem will be in a stronger overall position. We will continue to assess the situation carefully.
3. Dear Alvin Tan, you wrote:
The profit margin for the manufacturing activity segment is higher than the distribution activity segment.
We expanded the size and capacity of our contract manufacturing plant in 2012 and continue to seek opportunities to increase sales contribution from that segment. While our manufacturing activities and distribution operations are complementary to each other, they are not directly comparable since the nature of revenue derived from our manufacturing activities is mainly fee-based.
4. Dear Ng Ting Ling, you wrote:
Have you considered buying over Meghmani to increase your manufacturing capacity in a low cost centre like India?
We currently have no intention of doing so. As a business, the contract manufacturing of chemicals is not very labour intensive. Hence, labour costs typically would not be the paramount consideration in deciding on the location of the plant. Other important factors include the proximity of the plant to the customers' markets, availability of raw materials and whether the business environment enforces a good level of intellectual property protection.
Thank you for all your questions and your interest in Megachem Limited. We have come to the end of this Q&A session.
We have enjoyed the session and have learnt much from your questions. We hope that through this Q&A, you have gained better insights to our Company and our operations.
The Management Team
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