Enest Group Bhd, which debuted on the LEAP market of Bursa Malaysia this morning, is planning to export its bird nest products to Dubai and New Zealand in the near future.

The group, principally involved in the processing of raw bird nests into edible bird nests, currently exports to China, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan, besides catering to the Malaysian market.

Enest Group chief financial officer Christopher Tan Yew Leong noted there has been demand for bird nests from the Middle East.

Geographically, China contributes the most to revenue with a 91.11% contribution as at FY18. This is followed by Malaysia at 3.41%, Australia and Singapore at 3.13%, and Hong Kong at 2.35%.

Chief executive David Tan said the bird nest industry is considered a fresh one, and the group see more opportunities for export.

“For China, they only issue 33 licences for Malaysian companies on export and two of them were given to us.

“Even with 33 licences we feel this is not enough to fulfil the demand in China so we are positive if they issue more, it will give us more opportunities,” David said in a press conference following the group’s initial public offering (IPO) debut earlier.

Earlier at the gong of the opening bell, the group’s shares opened at 9 sen with 60,000 shares traded, a 12.5% premium to the issue price of 8 sen.

The group’s IPO issued an excluded 50 million shares to sophisticated investors, representing 10.75% of the group’s enlarged share capital.

Upon listing, the group had a market capitalisation of RM37.2 million, based on a new enlarged share capital of 465 million.

It raised RM4 million from the exercise, 40% of which will be used for working capital, and the rest for research and development, capital and brand development expenditure, as well as listing expenses.