Beauty pageant stock’s overvaluation concerns

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The once-dazzling rally of Miss Grand International Plc (MGI), a beauty pageant organiser, appears to be losing its shimmer as concerns loom large over its increasingly stretched valuation.

Since its inception in mid-December at 4.95 baht apiece, the stock catapulted by over 900%, ranking as the second-best performer among new listings in the Asia Pacific region over the past three months. However, with the stock now trading at 65 times its 12-month trailing earnings, a sharp contrast to the benchmark the Thailand Stock Exchange (SET) Index’s 17, analysts warn of a looming correction.

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The bull run prompted the SET to intervene, pausing trading and mandating cash prepayments for potential buyers, yet the enthusiasm seemed undeterred as shares surged through Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Thakol Banjongruck, an analyst at Yuanta Securities (Thailand), cautioned that excessive valuation and regulatory risk from the exchange’s tight control will make most investors cautious about the stock.

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Despite an impressive 149% increase in net income in 2023, amounting to 119 million baht, MGI’s expansion into the TikTok shop platform and strategic shift towards direct sales channels to cut intermediary costs have been overshadowed by concerns of overvaluation, reported Bangkok Post.

Founded approximately a decade ago, MGI leveraged beauty pageants to amplify product sales and brand awareness. However, as the stock’s meteoric rise outpaces fundamental metrics, investors are left wondering if the glittering allure of beauty and glamour can sustain its once-unstoppable momentum.

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In related news, a momentous victory unfolded at the Tiffany Show Theatre in Pattaya, Chon Buri, where the 25th Miss Tiffany Universe pageant crowned its winner. On the evening of February 4, Saruda Panyakham, a stunning transgender beauty from Tak, emerged as the competition queen, marking a legendary achievement in the pageant’s history.

In other news, shockwaves reverberated through the beauty pageant world as Paula Shugart, the long-standing President of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), announced her departure from the role she held for over 23 years. This surprising turn of events unfolded during the Miss Universe 2023 pageant held in El Salvador.

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