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Annual Financial Report

Wed, 29th Jul 2015 07:00

RNS Number : 3756U
Hidong Estate PLC
29 July 2015

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Hidong

Estate

PLC

(Incorporated in England)

Contents

Page

Notice of meeting .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

1 - 2

Corporate information .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

3 - 4

Chairman's statement .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

5

Strategic report .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

6

Report of the directors .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

7 - 12

Directors' remuneration report .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

13 - 14

Statement of directors' responsibilities in respect of the annual report and the financial statements .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

15 - 16

Independent auditor's report to the members of Hidong Estate Plc .. .. .. ..

17 - 19

Profit and loss account .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

20

Balance sheet .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

21

Statement of total recognised gains and losses .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

22

Reconciliation of movements in shareholders' funds .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

22

Cash flow statement .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

23

Notes to the financial statements .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

24 - 32

Comparative statistics .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

33

Notice of meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the NINETY-SECOND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Company will be held at the head office of the Company, Third Floor, Standard Chartered Bank Chambers, Beach Street, 10300 Penang, Malaysia on Monday, 28 September 2015 at 10:30 a.m. for the following purposes:-

1. To receive and consider the audited financial statements and the reports of the directors and auditors thereon for the year ended 31 March 2015.

2. To re-elect Mr. Diong Chin Teck who retires in accordance with article 108 of the Company's Articles of Association, and being eligible, offers himself for re-election.

3. To re-appoint the auditors and to authorise the directors to fix their remuneration.

Ordinary Resolution:-

"THAT KPMG LLP be and is hereby appointed auditors of the Company to hold office from the conclusion of this meeting until the conclusion of the next general meeting at which financial statements are laid before the Company, and that their remuneration be fixed by the directors."

4. To approve the Directors' Remuneration Report

Ordinary Resolution:-

"THAT the Directors' Remuneration Report for the year ended 31 March 2015 be and is hereby approved."

5. To approve the Directors' Remuneration Policy

Ordinary Resolution:-

"THAT the Directors' Remuneration Policy be and is hereby approved"

6. To approve the following resolutions as Ordinary Resolutions :-

(a) "THAT subject to the passing of Ordinary Resolution 2, authority be and is hereby given to Mr Diong Chin Teck who has served as an independent non-executive director of the Company for a cumulative term of more than nine (9) years to continue to act as an independent non-executive director of the Company."

(b) "THAT authority be and is hereby given to Tuan Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud who has served as an independent non-executive director of the Company for a cumulative term of more than nine (9) years to continue to act as an independent non-executive director of the Company."

(c) "THAT authority be and is hereby given to Mr Chew Beow Soon who has served as an independent non-executive director of the Company for a cumulative term of more than nine (9) years to continue to act as an independent non-executive director of the Company."

7. To transact any other business of which due notices shall have been given.

By order of the Board

GRACE SMITH

Secretary

28 July 2015

Notes

1. A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting is entitled to appoint one or more proxies to attend and vote instead of him. A proxy need not be a member of the Company. A form of proxy is enclosed for your completion and return.

2. A statement of all transactions of each director and, where applicable, of his family in the share capital of the Company will be available at the head office of the Company on any weekday during normal business hours from the date of this notice until the conclusion of the annual general meeting. There are no service contracts in existence with the directors.

3. Biographical details of the directors presenting themselves for re-election and re-appointment are set out on the following page. The Board has reviewed the performance of each individual director, including the directors presenting themselves for re-election and re-appointment, and concluded that each director has performed effectively and continues to demonstrate commitment to the role.

Corporate information

DIRECTORS

Chew Sing Guan (Chairman)

An executive director and chairman of the Company since 1983. A non-executive director of the managing agents and Malaysian registrars, Plantation Agencies Sdn. Berhad. Age 65.

Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud

A non-executive director of the Company since 1986. A director of several private limited companies involved in palm oil milling. Age 76.

Diong Chin Teck

A non-executive director of the Company since 2000. A director of several public limited companies, a few of which are quoted. Age 82.

Chew Beow Soon

A non-executive director of the Company since 2000. A director of several private limited companies. Age 66.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud (Chairperson)

Chew Beow Soon (Member)

Diong Chin Teck (Member)

COMPANY SECRETARY

Grace Smith

HEAD OFFICE, MANAGING AGENTS

AND MALAYSIAN REGISTRARS

Plantation Agencies Sdn. Berhad

Third Floor, Standard Chartered Bank Chambers,

Beach Street, 10300 Penang, Malaysia.

P.O.Box 706,

10790 Penang, Malaysia.

REGISTERED OFFICE

Neville Registrars Limited

Neville House

18 Laurel Lane

Halesowen

West Midlands

B63 3DA

U.K. REGISTRARS

Neville Registrars Limited

Neville House

18 Laurel Lane

Halesowen

West Midlands

B63 3DA

AUDITORS

KPMG LLP

15 Canada Square

London, E14 5GL

LISTING

London Stock Exchange

Chairman's statement

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to present our Annual Report of Hidong Estate Plc for the financial year ended 31 March 2015.

For the financial year ended 31 March 2015 the Company recorded a profit before tax of RM194,882 (2014 : RM388,504). The gain is mainly attributable to dividend and interest income.

The overall increase in shareholders' funds of RM159,661 was attributed to current year profit after tax of RM127,031 and increase in fair value reserve of RM32,630 as a result of stronger share prices as at 31 March 2015.

The Board continues to look for viable business ventures with the objective of maximising long term growth and enhancing shareholders' value.

The Company's principal financial asset is cash and short term deposits with banks and reputable established financial institutions. With this prudent liquidity management, the Company maintains sufficient levels of cash or readily convertible investments to quickly respond to opportunities should they eventualise.

The fragile economic conditions in major economies have been increasingly challenging. The rapid decline in oil prices and quick adjustments in exchange rates are just a few examples of the economic factors at play. There is increased financial volatility in emerging market economies, and increases in the cost of capital will likely dampen investment and weigh on growth. China growth is projected to edge down as the restructuring of the economy progresses, with services taking over from investment and real estate as the main driver of economic growth. In the past year, the Board has studied several business proposals but there is yet no successful conclusion to report. The Board will continue to look out for possibilities.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the Directors, management and all the staff for their dedication, commitment and contribution to the Company in the past year. I would like to also express my sincere thanks to the shareholders, bankers and associates for their continued support.

CHEW SING GUAN

Chairman

Penang, Malaysia

28 July 2015

Strategic Report

The original principal activities of the Company which were the production of natural rubber and oil palm fresh fruit bunches ceased when the Company sold its land and plantations in 2006. Since then, the Board has been actively identifying suitable investments for the Company.

The Company's assets after the disposal of the plantation and its other plant and equipment comprise cash and bank deposits all of which earn interest and investments in listed equities.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The Company's performance in its investment activities are highlighted as follows:

2015

RM

2014

RM

Income from investments

46,332

60,063

Lower income derived from investments in 2015.

Gain on disposal of investments

37,186

149,681

Lower gain on disposal of investments in equities in 2015.

Interest receivable on short

term bank deposits

359,721

334,178

Consistent returns from interest on short term bank deposits.

All performance measures are in line with management's expectations.

PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

As the Company's assets comprise cash and bank deposits and investments in listed equities, the financial risks involved are minimal. The principal risks and the steps the Company has taken to manage these risks are disclosed in Note 13 to the financial statements.

All of the Company's day-to-day management and administrative functions are outsourced to third parties. As a result, the Company has no employees or internal operations. The Company has therefore not reported further in respect of these provisions in this annual report.

CHEW SING GUAN CHEW BEOW SOON

Chairman Director

Penang, Malaysia

28 July 2015

Report of the directors

The directors present their annual report and financial statements of the Company for the financial year ended 31 March 2015.

RESULTS AND DIVIDEND

The Company made a profit after tax of RM127,031 for the current financial year as compared to RM321,338 in the previous year. The directors do not recommend any final dividend to be paid for the current financial year (2014 : RM Nil).

DIRECTORATE

The names of the directors who held office during the year together with brief biographical details are shown on page 3. In accordance with article 108 of the Company's Articles of Association, Mr. Diong Chin Teck will retire by rotation at the forthcoming annual general meeting and, being eligible, offers himself for re-election.

The directors do not have any service contract with the Company. Mr. Chew Sing Guan is a non-executive director of Plantation Agencies Sdn. Berhad who acted as the Malaysian Registrars and an agent to the Company in Malaysia.

SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDINGS

At the date of this report, substantial interests in the share capital of the Company, as notified to the Company, were as follows:-

No. of ordinary shares of 10p each

%

Malayan Securities Trust Sdn. Berhad

798,986

46.63

Thomas William George Charlton

234,997

13.72

Flairshare Limited

132,000

7.70

The Temerloh Rubber Estates Berhad

88,442

5.16

Mr. Chew Sing Guan has notified an interest in the shares held by Malayan Securities Trust Sdn. Berhad. The directors are not aware of any other beneficial holding of 3% or more in the share capital of the Company.

PAYMENT TO SUPPLIERS

The Company does not follow any code or standard on payment practice. The Company's policy, in relation to all of its suppliers, is to make settlement according to the terms of payment agreed at the commencement of business with that supplier provided that the supplier has complied with the terms and conditions of the supply agreement.

TAXATION

The Company is tax resident in Malaysia.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

As at the date of this report the Company does not comply in all respects and the Company does not intend to comply in all respects with the UK Corporate Governance Code (2012).

Internal Audit

The need for an internal audit function has been reviewed by the directors. It was decided that the current size of the Company combined with the tight financial and management control exercised by the directors on a day-to-day basis negates such a need. The policy will be kept under review.

External Auditors

The Audit Committee assesses annually the effectiveness of the external audit process and has primary responsibility for making recommendation on the appointment, re-appointment or removal of the external auditors.

The current external auditor was appointed in 1999 and have been re-appointed annually since then. The Company last conducted a tender for external auditors in 1999. Due to the nature of the company it was not felt necessary to tender the audit in accordance with the Corporate Governance Code.

The external auditors did not provide any non audit services in this or the previous year.

Directors

The directors carry out their duties in a manner that will safeguard the shareholders' interests at all times. They are responsible for ensuring sound management of the Company and effective implementation and execution of its policies, decisions and business strategies towards ensuring a successful continuity of the business.

The Board ordinarily meets four times a year. During the year ended 31 March 2015 the Board met on three occasions. Details of the directors' attendance at Board meetings during the financial year are as follows:

Attendance

Chew Sing Guan

Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud

Diong Chin Teck

Chew Beow Soon

3/3

3/3

3/3

3/3

The Board is guided by a formal schedule of matters specifically reserved to it for decision making which includes future strategy, key business policies, material acquisitions and disposals, approval of interim financial statements, annual reports and financial statements. Directors have full and timely access to information and Board papers and reports relevant to the issues of meetings are circulated to Board members in advance of the meetings. Procedures are in place for directors to take independent professional advice in the furtherance of their duties, if necessary, at the Company's expense. In addition, all directors have direct access to the advice and services of the Company Secretary.

Directors (Cont'd)

The Board consists of the executive Chairman, Mr. Chew Sing Guan and three independent non-executive directors namely Tuan Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud, Mr. Diong Chin Teck and Mr. Chew Beow Soon. Even though the entity is not in compliance with the Corporate Governance code as all three non-executive directors have been in post for more than six years, the Board is satisfied that they have continued to demonstrate independence in terms of character and judgement.

In non compliance with the Corporate Governance code it is the Board's view that for a Company of this size it is not deemed necessary to separate the posts of chairman and chief executive officer. Furthermore, the Board is of the opinion that there is a strong independent element within the Board in the form of the three independent non-executive directors who provide a check and balance in the Board on decision making. For the same reasons, even though this is not in compliance with the Corporate Governance code, the Board is also of the view that it is not deemed necessary to appoint a senior independent director or to form a Nomination Committee. The Board is assisted by professionals (Managing Agents) who report periodically to it. Important business matters are submitted to the Board for decision.

In addition, in non compliance with the Corporate Governance Code, Mr. Chew Sing Guan is a non-executive director of Plantation Agencies Sdn. Berhad who acted as the Malaysian Registrars and an agent to the Company in Malaysia.

In accordance with the Articles of Association of the Company, all directors are subject to election by shareholders at the first Annual General Meeting after their appointment and thereafter subject for re-election at least once every three years. The Board has always complied with this requirement. The Board has chosen not to adopt the additional provision in the Code that non-executive directors who have served for more than nine years should be subject to annual re-election since the existing practice, which complies with Company law and the Articles, works well.

The directors received only a nominal fee for their services and there is no intention to change the way they are remunerated. Accordingly, the formation of a Remuneration Committee is not deemed to be necessary.

The Board has commenced a self-evaluation process for the performance evaluation of the Board, the Audit Committee and its individual directors. The assessment of the individual directors on the performance of the Board and the Audit Committee are collated for the Chairman's review and presented to the entire Board. Each director also assesses the individual performance of the other directors and the results are presented to the Chairman who then holds discussions with all the individual directors regarding their effectiveness. The performance of the Chairman is assessed collectively by the non-executive directors.

Relations with shareholders

The Board has through the years used the Annual Report and the Annual General Meeting to communicate with its shareholders. It is always ready to hold dialogues with interested investors to improve the Company's business activities.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee comprises three independent non-executive directors, namely Tuan Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud (Chairperson), Mr. Diong Chin Teck and Mr. Chew Beow Soon.

The Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing the Company's risk management, internal control and audit processes. The Audit Committee assists the Board in seeking to ensure that the financial and non-financial information supplied to the Board and shareholders presents a balanced assessment of the Company's position. The Committee is authorised by the Board to investigate any activity within its terms of reference. It is authorised to seek any information it requires from any employee and all employees are directed to co-operate with any request made by the Committee.

The Committee is authorised by the Board to obtain outside legal or other independent professional advice and to secure the attendance of outsiders with relevant experience and expertise it considers necessary.

During the financial year ended 31 March 2015, the Audit Committee met four times and the attendances of the members of the Committee are as follows:

Attendance

Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud

Diong Chin Teck

Chew Beow Soon

3/4

4/4

3/4

During the year the Audit Committee assisted the Board in reviewing the periodic operational and financial reports submitted by the Managing Agents. As part of its function, the Audit Committee reviewed the half-yearly interim report to shareholders and annual financial statements and announcements before submitting the same to the Board for approval. The Audit Committee also assisted the Board to review the system of internal controls put in place by the Managing Agents to manage the operations of the Company.

Significant risk areas

The Company's assets mainly comprise cash and investments in listed equities and this portfolio of cash and listed investments is considered to be the key driver of operations and performance results of the Company. The Audit Committee considered cash and listed investments to be at low risk of significant misstatements or not to be subject to a significant level of judgement. However, due to their high materiality in the context of the financial statements as a whole, the Audit Committee agreed with the auditors' view that they are considered to be the area which had the greatest effect on the overall audit of the financial statements. The Audit Committee are satisfied that the risks surrounding cash and listed investments are adequately mitigated due to the fact that they are:

- comfortable with the processes and controls in place to record investment transactions and to value the portfolio;

- comfortable with the processes and controls in place surrounding the treasury function and the bank reconciliation process; and

- the valuation of listed investments can be agreed to externally quoted prices.

Internal Controls

The Board is responsible for the Company's system of internal control and for reviewing its effectiveness, which it does on an annual basis. Such a system is designed to manage, rather than eliminate, the risk of failure of achieving business objectives and can provide only reasonable, but not absolute, assurance against material misstatement or loss. There is a continuous process for identifying, evaluating and managing the significant risks faced by the Company. This process was in place throughout the year under review and up to the date of approval of the annual report.

The key elements of the Company's internal controls are as follows:

· Risk assessment

The Board is responsible for the identification, evaluation and review of risks facing the business. Such risks are reviewed on a continuous basis and are carried out as part of the monthly reporting.

· Control environment and control activities

The day-to-day operation of the system of internal controls is delegated to the Managing Agents. The management and control procedures cover issues such as physical controls, segregation of duties, authorisation levels and comprehensive financial and operational reporting systems. Such procedures are documented for effective control and monitoring.

· Information and communication

The Board holds periodic formal and informal discussions on the Company's affairs where all important business decisions are formally discussed and documented. The Board holds periodic board meetings to formally approve the financial reports submitted by the Managing Agents.

DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION TO AUDITORS

The directors who held office at the date of approval of this directors' report confirm that, so far as they are each aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the Company's auditor is unaware and each director has taken all the steps that they ought to have taken as a director to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the Company's auditor is aware of that information.

GOING CONCERN

Having undertaken all the appropriate procedures and assessing the financial position as at the year end, performance and results for the financial year, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the annual financial statements.

AUDITOR

As recommended by the Audit Committee, a resolution for the re-appointment of KPMG LLP as auditors to the Company will be proposed at the 2015 Annual General Meeting.

CHEW SING GUAN CHEW BEOW SOON

Chairman Director

Penang, Malaysia

28 July 2015

Directors' remuneration report

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to present the Directors' Remuneration Report for the year ended 31 March 2015.

This report has been prepared in accordance with the legislation relating to the reporting of Directors' remuneration and complies with the sections 420 to 421 of the Companies Act 2006 and of Schedule 8 of SI 2008/410 Large and medium-sized companies and groups (Accounts and Directors' Report) Regulation 2008, as amended. The report also meets the relevant requirement of the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority. In accordance with the Act, this report is divided into a section on Directors' Remuneration Policy and a second section on the annual Report on Directors' Remuneration, which details the remuneration paid to the Directors during the financial year under review.

Shareholders will be asked to vote separately on the Directors' Remuneration Policy and the Report on Directors' Remuneration at the Annual General Meeting of the Company at which the financial statements will be approved.

The regulations require the auditors to report to the Company's members on the "auditable part" of the Directors' remuneration. The report has therefore been divided into 2 sections for audited and unaudited information.

Unaudited Information

Directors' Remuneration Policy

In accordance with the Company's Memorandum and Articles of Association, the directors received only a nominal fee for their services. The fees paid to the directors are not linked to performance and the Company has no intention to change the way the directors are remunerated in the future.

Share Options

As at 31 March 2015, no options were granted to the directors to subscribe for any shares in the Company.

Service contracts

There are no service contracts in existence with the directors and they received only a nominal fee for their services.

Audited information

Aggregate Directors' remuneration

The total amounts for Directors' remuneration are as follows:

2015

2014

RM

RM

Emoluments

4,506

4,350

2015

2014

RM

RM

Directors' emoluments - fee

Executive Director

Chew Sing Guan

1,287

1,242

Non - executive Directors

Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud

1,073

1,036

Diong Chin Teck

1,073

1,036

Chew Beow Soon

1,073

1,036

4,506

4,350

Approval

This report was approved by the Board of Directors on 28 July 2015 and signed on its behalf:

CHEW SING GUAN

Chairman

Statement of directors' responsibilities

in respect of the annual report and

the financial statements

The directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Company law requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law they have elected to prepare the financial statements in accordance with UK Accounting Standards and applicable law (UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice).

Under company law the directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the company and of the profit or loss of the company for that period. In preparing these financial statements, the directors are required to:

• select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;

• make judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

• state whether applicable UK Accounting Standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements; and

• prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the company will continue in business.

The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the company and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They have general responsibility for taking such steps as are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the company and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.

Under applicable law and regulations, the directors are also responsible for preparing a Strategic Report, Report of the Directors, Directors' Remuneration Report and Corporate Governance Statement that complies with that law and those regulations.

The directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the company's website. Legislation in the UK governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

The directors are responsible for confirming to the best of their knowledge that:

· the financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and

· the strategic report and directors' report

includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the issuer and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.

The directors consider that the annual report, taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy.

Independent auditor's report

to the members of Hidong Estate Plc only

Opinions and conclusions arising from our audit

1 Our opinion on the financial statements is unmodified

We have audited the financial statements of Hidong Estate Plc for the year ended 31 March 2015 set out on pages 20 to 32. In our opinion the financial statements:

· give a true and fair view of the state of the Company's affairs as at 31 March 2015 and of its profit for the year then ended;

· have been properly prepared in accordance with UK Accounting Standards; and

· have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006.

2 Our assessment of risks of material misstatement

In arriving at our audit opinion above on the financial statements the risk of material misstatement that had the greatest effect on our audit was as follows:

Carrying amount of Cash and Listed Investments £11,703,445

Refer to page 10 (Audit Committee section of Report of Directors), page 24 (accounting policy) and pages 20 to 32 (financial disclosures).

· The risk - The Company's portfolio of cash and listed investments makes up 99.6% of total assets (by value) and is considered to be the key driver of operations and performance results. We do not consider cash or listed investments to be at high risk of significant misstatement, or to be subject to a significant level of judgement because they comprise liquid and, in the case of the listed investments, quoted, investments. However, due to their materiality in the context of the financial statements as a whole, they are considered to be the area which had the greatest effect on our overall audit strategy and allocation of resources in planning and completing our audit.

· Our response - Our procedures over the existence, completeness and valuation of the Company's portfolio of cash and listed investments included, but were not limited to:

- documenting and assessing the processes and controls in place to record investment transactions and to value the portfolio;

- agreeing the valuation of 100 per cent of listed investments to externally quoted prices; and

- agreeing 100 per cent of cash and listed investment holdings to independently received third party confirmations.

3 Our application of materiality and an overview of the scope of our audit

The materiality for the financial statements as a whole was set at RM 117,000. This has been determined with reference to a benchmark of total assets (of which it represents 1%), which we consider to be one of the principal considerations for members of the Company in assessing its financial performance.

We agreed with the Audit Committee to report to it all uncorrected misstatements with a value in excess of RM 6,000, in addition to other audit misstatements below that threshold that we believe warranted reporting on qualitative grounds.

Audit work to support this opinion is directed by the UK senior statutory auditor, and in the light of the extent of the Company's activities in Malaysia, is undertaken primarily by an audit team in Malaysia and is reviewed by the UK audit team. The audit team in Malaysia is led by an audit partner who, together with the UK senior statutory auditor, participates in the audit committee meetings.

4 Our opinion on other matters prescribed by the Companies Act 2006 is unmodified

In our opinion:

· the part of the Directors' Remuneration Report to be audited has been properly prepared in accordance with the Companies Act 2006; and

· the information given in the Strategic Report and the Directors' Report for the financial year for which the financial statements are prepared is consistent with the financial statements.

5 We have nothing to report in respect of the matters on which we are required to report by exception

Under ISAs (UK and Ireland) we are required to report to you if, based on the knowledge we acquired during our audit, we have identified other information in the annual report that contains a material inconsistency with either that knowledge or the financial statements, a material misstatement of fact, or that is otherwise misleading.

In particular, we are required to report to you if:

· we have identified material inconsistencies between the knowledge we acquired during our audit and the directors' statement that they consider that the annual report and financial statements taken as a whole is fair, balanced and understandable and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy; or

· the Audit Committee section of the Report of the Directors does not appropriately address matters communicated by us to the Audit Committee.

Under the Companies Act 2006 we are required to report to you if, in our opinion:

· adequate accounting records have not been kept, or returns adequate for our audit have not been received from branches not visited by us; or

· the financial statements and the part of the Directors' Remuneration Report to be audited are not in agreement with the accounting records and returns; or

· certain disclosures of directors' remuneration specified by law are not made; or

· we have not received all the information and explanations we require for our audit.

Under the Listing Rules we are required to review:

· the directors' statement, set out on page 7, in relation to going concern; and

· the part of the Corporate Governance Statement on page 8 relating to the Company's compliance with the nine provisions of the 2010 UK Corporate Governance Code specified for our review.

We have nothing to report in respect of the above responsibilities.

As explained more fully in the Directors' Responsibilities Statement set out on page 15, the directors are responsible for the preparation of the financial statements and for being satisfied that they give a true and fair view. A description of the scope of an audit of financial statements is provided on the Financial Reporting Council's website at www.frc.org.uk/auditscopeukprivate. This report is made solely to the Company's members as a body and is subject to important explanations and disclaimers regarding our responsibilities, published on our website at www.kpmg.com/uk/auditscopeukco2013a, which are incorporated into this report as if set out in full and should be read to provide an understanding of the purpose of this report, the work we have undertaken and the basis of our opinions.

Mark Smith (Senior Statutory Auditor)

for and on behalf of KPMG LLP, Statutory Auditor

Chartered Accountants

15 Canada Square

London

E15 5GL

28 July 2015

Profit and loss account for the year ended

31 March 2015

2015

2014

Note

RM

RM

Administrative expenses

(248,357)

(155,418)

Operating loss

(248,357)

(155,418)

Income from investments

46,332

60,063

Gain on disposal of investments

37,186

149,681

Interest receivable on short term bank deposits

359,721

334,178

Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

2

194,882

388,504

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

3

(67,851)

(67,166)

Retained profit for the year

8

127,031

321,338

Basic and diluted profit per 10p share

4

7.41 sen

18.76 sen

The results stated above are all derived from continuing operations.

A note on historical gains and losses has not been included as part of the financial statements as there are no material differences between the profit for the year stated above and the historical cost equivalents.

Company Number: 00188390

The notes on pages 24 to 32 form part of these financial statements.

Balance sheet as at 31 March 2015

Note

2015

2014

RM

RM

Fixed assets

Investments

5

1,102,280

1,106,044

Current assets

Other debtors

42,933

35,729

Cash and cash equivalents

11

10,601,165

10,440,230

10,644,098

10,475,959

Current liabilities

Creditors

6

(477,926)

(473,212)

(477,926)

(473,212)

Net current assets

10,166,172

10,002,747

Net assets

11,268,452

11,108,791

Capital and reserves

Called up share capital

7

1,067,846

1,067,846

Fair value reserve

8

287,178

254,548

Profit and loss account

8

9,913,428

9,786,397

Shareholders' funds

11,268,452

11,108,791

These financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 28 July 2015.

CHEW SING GUAN )

) Directors

)

CHEW BEOW SOON )

Company Number: 00188390

The notes on pages 24 to 32 form part of these financial statements.

Statement of total recognised gains and losses for the year ended 31 March 2015

2015

2014

RM

RM

Profit for the financial year

127,031

321,338

Unrealised gains on investments

32,630

68,963

Total recognised gains for the year

159,661

390,301

Reconciliation of movements in shareholders' funds for the year ended

31 March 2015

2015

2014

RM

RM

Retained profit for the year

127,031

321,338

Other recognised gains for the year

32,630

68,963

Net addition to shareholders' funds

159,661

390,301

Opening shareholders' funds

11,108,791

10,718,490

Closing shareholders' funds

11,268,452

11,108,791

The notes on pages 24 to 32 form part of these financial statements.

Cash flow statement for the year ended

31 March 2015

Note

2015

2014

RM

RM

NET CASH OUTFLOW FROM

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

9

(245,487)

(148,283)

RETURNS ON INVESTMENTS AND SERVICING OF

FINANCE

Dividend received

39,138

60,063

Interest received

352,517

333,480

TAXATION

Overseas tax paid

(66,007)

(43,148)

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE AND FINANCIAL
INVESTMENTS

Purchase of investments

-

(31,367)

Sale of investments

80,774

539,608

NET CASH INFLOW BEFORE
MANAGEMENT OF LIQUID RESOURCES

160,935

710,353

MANAGEMENT OF LIQUID RESOURCES
Increase in short term deposits

(100,000)

(700,000)

INCREASE IN CASH

10

60,935

10,353

The notes on pages 24 to 32 form part of these financial statements.

Notes to the financial statements

The following accounting policies have been applied consistently in dealing with items which are considered material in relation to the Company's financial statements.

1. ACCOUNTING POLICIES

(a) Accounting convention

The financial statements of the Company have been prepared under the historical cost convention, modified for the revaluation of fixed asset investments, and in accordance with applicable approved accounting standards (UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practices).

The Company is not part of a larger group and does not prepare consolidated financial statements, and accordingly has elected to prepare accounts under UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practices in accordance with article 395 of the Companies Act 2006.

Having undertaken all the appropriate procedures and assessing the financial position as at the year end, performance and results for the financial year, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the annual financial statements.

(b) Foreign currencies

Transactions in foreign currencies are recorded in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) at rates ruling at the transaction dates. Assets and liabilities are reported at the rates prevailing at the balance sheet date except for share capital which remains at the historical rate. Exchange gains and losses are included in the profit and loss account.

(c) Employee Benefits

Short term benefits

Wages, salaries, bonuses and social security contributions are recognised as an expense in the year in which the associated services are rendered by employees of the Company. Short term accumulating compensated absences, such as paid annual leave, are recognised when services are rendered by employees that increases their entitlement to future compensated absences and short term non-accumulating compensated absences, such as sick leave, are recognised when the absences occur.

(d) Taxation

The charge for taxation is based on the profit for the year and takes into account taxation deferred because of timing differences between the treatment of certain items for taxation and accounting purposes.

1. ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Cont'd)

Taxation (Cont'd)

Deferred tax is recognised, without discounting, in respect of all timing differences between the treatment of certain items for taxation and accounting purposes which have arisen but not reversed by the balance sheet date, except as otherwise required by FRS 19.

A deferred tax asset is recognised only to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profits will be available against which the asset can be utilised.

(e) Loans, receivables and payables

Short term debtors are classified as loans and receivables, as defined in Financial Reporting Standard 26 Financial instruments: recognition and measurement, and are measured at amortised cost less any provision for impairment.

Payables are initially recognised at fair value, and subsequently, measured at amortised cost.

(f) Income

Interest income is recognised on an accrual basis.

Dividend income is recognised when the right to receive payment is established.

(g) Cash and liquid resources

Cash, for the purpose of the cash flow statement, comprises cash in hand and deposits repayable on demand less overdrafts payable on demand, if any. Liquid resources are current assets investments which are disposable without curtailing the business and are either readily convertible into known amounts of cash at or close to their carrying values or traded in an active market.

(h) Investments

The Company's investments are quoted equity investments and are classified as available-for-sale financial assets. Subsequent to initial recognition, they are measured at fair value and changes therein, other than impairment loss, are recognised directly in equity. All impairment losses are recognised in the profit and loss account.

When an investment is derecognised, the cumulative gain or loss previously recognised in equity is recognised in the profit and loss account.

2. NOTES TO THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT

The profit on ordinary activities before taxation is stated :

2015

2014

RM

RM

After charging:

Directors' remuneration *

- Chew Sing Guan

1,287

1,242

- Haji Zambri Bin Haji Mahmud

1,073

1,036

- Diong Chin Teck

1,073

1,036

- Chew Beow Soon

1,073

1,036

Auditor's remuneration

- Audit of these financial statements

121,883

40,045

and after crediting:

Interest income

359,721

334,178

Dividend income

46,332

60,063

Gain on disposal of investments

37,186

149,681

* Directors' remuneration totaling RM4,506 (2014 : RM4,350) is in respect of directors' fees for duties performed outside the United Kingdom.

3. TAX ON PROFIT ON ORDINARY ACTIVITIES

2015

2014

RM

RM

Foreign taxation

- current year

68,347

67,166

- prior year

(496)

-

67,851

67,166

3. TAX ON PROFIT ON ORDINARY ACTIVITIES (Cont'd)

The current tax charge for the year is higher than the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 21% (2014 : 23%). The differences are explained below.

Reconciliation of effective tax expense

2015

2014

RM

RM

Profit before tax

194,882

388,504

Current tax at 21% (2014 : 23%)

40,925

89,356

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

48,378

33,955

Income not subject to tax

(17,539)

(46,070)

Lower tax rates on overseas earnings

(3,417)

(10,075)

Over provided in prior years

(496)

-

67,851

67,166

4. BASIC AND DILUTED PROFIT PER ORDINARY SHARE OF 10P EACH

This is based on the profit after tax of RM127,031 (2014 : RM321,338) and 1,713,334 shares (2014 : 1,713,334 shares), being the weighted average number of shares in issue. The basic profit per ordinary share is calculated using a numerator of the net profit for the year and a denominator of the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue for the year. There is no difference in 2015 or 2014 between the basic and diluted profit per share as there are no potentially dilutive shares, including share options and warrants, to convert.

5. INVESTMENTS

2015

2014

RM

RM

At beginning of year

1,106,044

1,395,641

Additions

7,194

31,367

Change in fair value

32,630

68,963

Disposals

(43,588)

(389,927)

At end of year

1,102,280

1,106,044

6. CREDITORS: Amounts falling due within one year

2015

2014

RM

RM

- Other creditors

50,055

47,185

- Taxation and social security

427,871

426,027

477,926

473,212

Included in taxation and social security is an amount of RM414,524 (2014 : RM414,524) representing a provision for the real property gain tax arising from the sale of the plantation in 2006.

7. SHARE CAPITAL

2015

2014

RM

RM

Authorised

2,000,000 ordinary shares of 10p each

1,493,610

1,493,610

Issued and fully paid up

1,713,334 ordinary shares of 10p each

1,067,846

1,067,846

8. RESERVES

Fair value reserve

Profit and loss account

RM

RM

At 1 April 2014

254,548

9,786,397

Profit for the year

-

127,031

Unrealised gains on investments

32,630

-

At 31 March 2015

287,178

9,913,428

9. RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING LOSS TO NET CASH OUTFLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

2015

2014

RM

RM

Operating loss

(248,357)

(155,418)

Increase in creditors

2,870

7,135

Net cash outflow from operating activities

(245,487)

(148,283)

10. RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH FLOW TO MOVEMENT IN NET FUNDS

2015

2014

RM

RM

Increase in cash in the year

60,935

10,353

Increase in liquid resources

100,000

700,000

Movement in net funds in the year

160,935

710,353

Net funds at 1 April

10,440,230

9,729,877

Net funds at 31 March

10,601,165

10,440,230

11. ANALYSIS OF NET FUNDS

At 1 April 2014

Cash flow

At 31 March 2015

RM

RM

RM

Short term deposits

10,300,000

100,000

10,400,000

Cash at bank and in hand

140,230

60,935

201,165

10,440,230

160,935

10,601,165

12. EMPLOYEES

2015

2014

RM

RM

Wages and salaries

1,287

1,242

Average number of staff

employed during the year

1

1

13. FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

(a) Financial risk management objectives and policies

The Company's financial risk management policies seek to ensure that adequate financial resources are available for the development of the Company's business whilst managing its interest rate, foreign exchange, liquidity and credit risks. The Company operates within clearly defined guidelines that are approved by the Board of directors and the Company's policy is not to engage in speculative transactions.

(b) Interest rate risk

The Company's primary interest rate risk relates to interest-earning assets as the Company had no long-term interest-bearing debts as at 31 March 2015. The investments in financial assets are mainly short term in nature and they are not held for speculative purposes but have been mostly placed in fixed deposits.

Financial Assets

Effective interest

rate per annum

%

Total

RM

Within 1 year

RM

2015

Short term deposits

3.73

10,400,000

10,400,000

2014

Short term deposits

3.32

10,300,000

10,300,000

(c) Foreign exchange risk

The Company operates in Malaysia and is only exposed to the sterling pound currency for payments made to UK companies for services rendered to the Company. This poses minimum risk as the level of these payments is not significant.

(d) Liquidity risk

The Company actively manages its operating cash flows and availability of funds so as to ensure that all repayment and funding needs are met. As part of its overall prudent liquidity management, the Company maintains sufficient levels of cash or readily convertible investments to meet its working capital requirements.

13. FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS (Cont'd)

(e) Credit risk

The Company's maximum credit risk exposure is the fair value of its cash and cash equivalents, presented in note 11 of RM10,601,165 and RM10,440,230 at 31 March 2015 and 2014 respectively. Bank balances are held with reputable and established financial institutions.

The Company's principal financial asset is cash and short term deposits and credit risk arises from cash and short term deposits with banks and financial institutions.

It is the Company's policy to monitor the financial standing of these institutions on an on going basis.

(f) Fair values

The fair values of financial assets and financial liabilities reported in the balance sheet approximate to the carrying amounts of those assets and liabilities.

(g) Price risk

The Company is exposed to equity price risk in relation to its fixed asset investments, all of which are listed on the Malaysian Stock Exchange. A five percent increase in Malaysian equity prices at the reporting date would have increased equity by RM55,000 (2014 : RM55,000); an equal change in the opposite direction would have decreased equity by RM55,000 (2014: RM55,000).

(h) Cash flow risk

The Company's assets comprise of cash and short term deposits all of which earn interest. There is minimum risk on the cash flow. Cash flow monitoring is a high priority with the management.

(i) Capital management

The Company's policy is to maintain a strong capital base so as to maintain investor, creditor and market confidence and to sustain the future development of the business. The Company is not subject to externally imposed capital requirements. There were no changes in the Company's approach to capital management in the year.

14. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS AND BALANCES

The related party transactions undertaken by the Company during the financial year are as follows:

2015

2014

RM

RM

Agency fees and accounting fees paid to

Plantation Agencies Sdn. Berhad,

a company in which Chew Sing Guan, director,

of the company is also a director

27,984

27,984

14. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS AND BALANCES (Cont'd)

Purchases and sales of quoted shares through

2015

2014

Mercury Securities Sdn. Bhd. ("MSSB"),

RM

RM

a company in which, Chew Sing Guan, director,

has a substantial financial interest

- Purchases of quoted shares

-

31,367

- Sales of quoted shares

80,774

539,608

The terms and conditions for the above transactions are based on normal trade terms.

In the opinion of the directors there is no controlling or ultimate controlling party at the year end.

Comparative statistics- non audited

Year ended 31 March

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

RM

RM

RM

RM

RM

BALANCE SHEET ANALYSIS

Called-up share capital

1,067,846

1,067,846

1,067,846

1,067,846

1,067,846

Reserves

10,200,606

10,040,945

9,650,644

9,562,954

9,460,689

Total shareholders' funds

11,268,452

11,108,791

10,718,490

10,630,800

10,528,535

Investments

1,102,280

1,106,044

1,395,641

1,335,965

1,180,516

Net current assets

10,166,172

10,002,747

9,322,849

9,294,835

9,348,019

11,268,452

11,108,791

10,718,490

10,630,800

10,528,535

PROFIT AND LOSS

ACCOUNT ANALYSIS

(Loss)/profit before interest and taxation

(164,839)

54,326

(132,833)

(92,418)

(123,846)

Interest receivable

359,721

334,178

322,571

311,338

273,158

Taxation

(67,851)

(67,166)

(61,198)

(64,530)

(57,712)

Profit after taxation

127,031

321,338

128,540

154,390

91,600

Proxy form

HIDONG ESTATE PLC

I/We

of

In Block

being a member(s) of HIDONG ESTATE PLC hereby appoint #Mr. Chew Sing Guan or failing him,

Capitals

Tuan Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud or failing him ,

as my/our proxy to vote for me/us and on my/our behalf at the annual general meeting of the Company to be held on 28 day of September 2015 and at any adjournment thereof, in the manner indicated below:-

Please indicate how you wish your vote to be cast

Resolution relating to :-

For

Against

1.

To receive and consider the audited financial statements and the reports of the directors and auditors thereon for the year ended 31 March 2015.

2.

To re-elect Mr. Diong Chin Teck who retires in accordance with article 108 of the Company's Articles of Association, and being eligible, offers himself for re-election.

3.

To re-appoint KPMG LLP as auditors and authorise the directors to fix their remuneration.

4.

To approve the Directors' Remuneration Report for the year ended 31 March 2015.

5.

To approve the Directors' Remuneration Policy.

6.

To approve the following non-executive directors who have served as independent non-executive directors for a cumulative term of more than nine (9) years to continue to act as independent non-executive directors of the Company:-

· Tuan Haji Zambri bin Haji Mahmud

· Mr. Diong Chin Teck

· Mr. Chew Beow Soon

Number of shares held ……………….

Dated this ……………. day of ……………………..……… 2015

Signature …………………………...

Note :

1. # If it is desired to appoint another person as a proxy, these names should be deleted and the name of the proxy, who need not be a member of the Company, should be inserted in block capitals, and the alteration should be initialled.

2. This proxy to be valid, must be deposited at the head office of the Company, "Hidong Estate Plc, Third Floor, Standard Chartered Bank Chambers, Beach Street, 10300 Penang, Malaysia" not less than 48 hours before the time appointed for holding the meeting.

3. In the case of a corporation, the proxy must be executed under its common seal, or under the hand of a duly authorised officer. If executed under the hand of a duly authorised officer, evidence of such authority must be produced with the proxy form.

4. In the case of joint holders, the signature of any one joint holder is sufficient.

5. If neither "FOR" nor "AGAINST" is indicated above, the proxy will vote or abstain as he thinks fit.

6. To appoint more than one proxy you may photocopy this form. Please indicate the proxy holder's name and the number of shares in relation to which they are authorised to act as your proxy (which, in aggregate, should not exceed the number of shares held by you). Please also indicate if the proxy instruction is one of multiple instructions being given. All forms must be signed and should be returned together in the same envelope.

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HIDONG ESTATE PLC (990786-V)

THIRD FLOOR

Standard Chartered Bank Chambers

Beach Street

10300 Penang

Malaysia

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Annual Report 2015

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