Berjaya Auto Bhd has entered into separate share sale agreements for the acquisition of a 20% stake in Inokom Corp Sdn Bhd for RM30 million, Bernama reports. The purchase would be paid for by the group’s internally-generated funds, Berjaya Auto said in a Bursa Malaysia filing.

“The acquisition represents an opportunity for Berjaya Auto Group to expand its business operations upstream as Inokom is the contract assembler for Mazda 3 and Mazda CX-5 models in Malaysia. It would also enable the group to participate in the future profitability and direction of Inokom,” it said.

According to Kenanga, Berjaya Auto’s strong sales momentum will be underpinned by the Mazda 3 CKD, CX-5 and new models such as the Mazda 2, CX-3 and MX-5, while AmeSecurities expects Mazda’s contribution to Inokom to leapfrog over the next few years – form 40% to potentially 70% of total capacity by early 2016, when the CX-3 is launched.

Additionally, production of the Mazda 6 CKD is set to commence by Q4 2015. A capacity of 7,000-9,000 units per annum is estimated, with over half allocated for export (like the CX-5). The Mazda 3 CKD is set to come on stream by February 2015, continues AmeSecurities.

The stake will be acquired from existing shareholders Persumals and Berjaya Group. The two existing shareholders will each sell the equivalent of 10% to Berjaya Auto. Post-acquisition, Inokom’s shareholders will be Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd (51%), Sime Darby Hyundai Sdn Bhd (5%), Berjaya Auto (20%), Hyundai Motor Company (15%), Berjaya Group (5%) and Pesumals (M) Sdn Bhd (4%).

Inokom underwent a paintshop upgrade in October, which expands total capacity from 30,000 to an estimated 50,000 units per annum. If Mazda Malaysia’s plans to build its own paint shop comes to fruition, capacity can be expanded by a further 60% to 80,000 units per annum, according to AmeSecurities.