3 Investing Things To Know About Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd

Singapore Changi Airport has just been named as the World’s Best Airport for the fourth consecutive year. The airport is also one of the busiest in the world, handling more than 50 million passengers in a year.

Unfortunately, the world-class airport is a private company that is out of reach for most investors in Singapore.

But, there are other airports to invest in as well for those who do have an interest. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which was recently voted as one of the Top 10 airports in Asia, happens to be the flagship asset of Malaysia-listed airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (KLSE:5014.KL).

Here are three important investing things to know about the company.


Malaysia Airports Holdings manages most of the airports in Malaysia, including five international airports and 16 domestic airports around the country. On top of that, the company also operates 18 STOLports (Short Take-off and Landing) in the country and has strategic investments in three other foreign airports in India and Turkey.

In 2014, Malaysia Airports Holdings had served 83 million passengers and 95 airlines in Malaysia.


The company was first listed on Bursa Malaysia, Malaysia’s stock exchange, back in 1999 and currently has a market capitalisation of RM10.6 billion (S$ 3.6 billion).

Since its listing in 1999, Malaysia Airports Holdings’ shares have generated a total return (inclusive of reinvested dividends) of 274%, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Meanwhile, the company’s revenue had jumped from RM1.0 billion in 2000 to RM3.87 billion in 2015, representing compound annual growth of 9.4%. Interestingly, the company’s bottom-line looks messy – a profit of RM127 million in 2000 had become a loss of RM20 million in 2015.

Future plans

Malaysia Airports Holdings had recently completed its development of KLIA2 and moved its budget terminal, the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), over to the newly finished airport. Its anchor tenant, AirAsia Bhd (KLSE:5099.KL) has also started operating in the new terminal.

Now, Malaysia Airports Holdings is looking at redevelopment plans for KLIA to turn it into a “Next Generation Hub.” The redevelopment would be built on the concept of an Aeropolis, with a commercial business district, an airport village, Aerotech park and other infrastructure.

The company’s already the second largest airport operator in the world, but it does not seem to be keen to rest on its laurels. As we’ve seen, Malaysia Airports Holdings continues to have big plans for its future.

For more investing analyses and important updates about the share market, do check out the Motley Fool's weekly investing newsletter Take Stock Singapore. This free newsletter can teach you how to grow your wealth in the years ahead, so come take a look here!

Also, like us on Facebook to follow our latest news and articles. The Motley Fool's purpose is to help the world invest, better.

The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore writer Stanley Lim owns shares in AirAsia Bhd.