Aggregated in Malaysia’s FBM KLCI index – the main stock index of Malaysia -, the 30 largest public listed companies individually and collectively influence heavily the economy of Malaysia, Southeast Asia and the world. This handy list presents these economic giants and their activities, together with useful links.
List of the 30 components of the KLCI index
Large companies often become Public Limited Companies (PLC) to gain access to capital from stock markets. Limited companies in Malaysia (public or not) have to bear the mention “Berhad”, meaning “Limited” to show that their liability is limited to their capital.
In Malaysia, publicly listed companies are quoted in the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange, in charge of the trading of stocks and enforcing rules to ensure proper market conditions. Bursa Malaysia is a member of the ASEAN Exchanges.
To enhance trading and appreciation of the Malaysian market, the stock prices of the thirty largest public listed companies of Malaysia are compiled together to form the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index – abbreviated FBM KLCI or simply KLCI -, a capitalization-weighted index that is widely accepted as the reference index in Malaysia.
The FBM KLCI index
The real time quotation of the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Composite Index – FBM KLCI – can be followed from Bursa Malaysia’s website and also through the convenient graphical tools from Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg or the ASEAN Exchanges. For more information on the KLCI index and the up-to-date weights of each stock, check the information from the FTSE website.
Details of the top 30 largest listed companies of Malaysia
To provide a good overview of these market leaders, the list of the thirty companies that compose the KLCI index – the thirty largest PLC’s of Malaysia -, has been aggregated with presentations of each company’s activities, direct links to their websites and stock prices live charts from Bursa Malaysia.
Note that while some of these companies are subsidiaries from a same common group, several of these Malaysian companies, including some of these subsidiaries, are also some of the largest companies in Southeast Asia.
To learn more on the top public listed companies of Southeast Asia, check the lists of top companies in other major ASEAN countries:
- Top 50 companies of Thailand – SET50 index
- Top 30 companies of Singapore – STI index
- Top 30 companies of the Philippines – PSEi index
- Top 45 companies of Indonesia – LQ45 index
Quick links to the top 30 public companies in Malaysia’s FBM KLCI
To facilitate browsing in this long list, here are links to go directly to the details of any of the FBM KLCI companies.
- AMMB Holdings Berhad – sector: Finance
- Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad – sector: Media & Publishing
- Axiata Group Berhad – sector: Telecommunications
- British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad – sector: Tobacco
- CIMB Group Holdings Berhad – sector: Finance
- Digi.com Berhad – sector: Telecommunications
- Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad – sector: Plantations
- Genting Berhad – sector: Conglomerate
- Genting Malaysia Berhad – sector: Real Estate
- Hong Leong Bank Berhad – sector: Finance
- Hong Leong Financial Berhad – sector: Finance
- IHH Healthcare Berhad – sector: Healthcare
- IOI Berhad – sector: Conglomerate
- IOI Properties Group Berhad – sector: Real Estate
- Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad – sector: Plantations
- Malayan Banking Berhad – sector: Finance
- Maxis Berhad – sector: Telecommunications
- MISC Berhad – sector: Shipping
- Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad – sector: Petrochemicals & Chemicals
- Petronas Dagangan Berhad – sector: Energy & Utilities
- Petronas Gas Berhad – sector: Energy & Utilities
- PPB Group Berhad – sector: Food & Beverages
- Public Bank Berhad – sector: Finance
- RHB Capital Berhad – sector: Finance
- SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad – sector: Energy & Utilities
- Sime Darby Berhad – sector: Conglomerate
- Telekom Malaysia Berhad – sector: Telecommunications
- Tenaga Nasional Berhad – sector: Energy & Utilities
- UMW Holdings Berhad – sector: Conglomerate
- YTL Corporation Berhad – sector: Conglomerate
AMMB Holdings Berhad is a financial services group subsidiary of AmBank Group, one of the largest banking groups in Malaysia. Its core businesses are retail banking, wholesale banking, Islamic banking, and life and general insurance.
Sector: Media & Publishing
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad is a leading integrated consumer media entertainment group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Its main business are comprised of four key activities: Pay-TV, Radio, Publications and Digital Media.
Axiata Group Berhad is one of the largest telecommunication companies in Asia with over 260 million customers. Axiata is involved in several mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India and Singapore and non-mobile telecommunications operations in Pakistan.
British American Tobacco Malaysia is the country’s largest tobacco company, regrouping a portfolio of successful international brands.
CIMB Group is a leading universal bank in ASEAN, one of the largest Asian investment banks and one of the world’s largest Islamic banks. Its provides services in consumer banking, commercial banking, wholesale banking, Islamic banking and asset management products and services.
DiGi.Com Berhad provides mobile voice, Internet and digital services to 11 million customers in Malaysia. DiGi.com is part of the Telenor Group, a global telecommunications provider from Norway.
Felda Global Ventures Holdings is Malaysia’s leading global agribusiness and is the world’s largest producer of crude palm oil. It operates along six core business clusters: Palm Upstream and Downstream, Rubber, Sugar, R&D and Agri-services, Trading & Marketing, Logistics & Others (TML).
Genting Group is a Malaysian holding involved through its investments and subsidiary companies in several countries and sectors, especially: leisure and hospitality (through Genting Malaysia hereafter), plantations and agribusiness, power generation and distribution, exploration and production of oil and gas.
Sector: Real Estate
Genting Malaysia is involved in the leisure and hospitality business through theme parks, gaming, hotels, seaside resorts and entertainment. It is notably managing Resorts World Genting, a family resort and destination of choice in Malaysia situated at the peak of Genting Highlands.
Hong Leong Bank is a bank in Malaysia, member of the Hong Leong Group.
Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad is a leading banking and financial services holding company involved in banking and financial services, manufacturing, distribution, property and infrastructure development. Originally from Malaysia, the group has also expanded its activities to Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kobg, Cambodia and China.
IHH Healthcare Berhad is a leading international provider of healthcare services in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. IHH Healthcare Berhad is Southeast Asia’s largest private health company and the world’s second largest listed healthcare operator by market capitalization.
IOI Corporation Berhad, commonly referred to as IOI, is one of Malaysia’s biggest conglomerates. Started from industrial gas manufacturing, IOI then expanded into property development (see IOI Properties) and oil palm plantations.
Sector: Real Estate
IOI Properties Group Berhad is a Malaysian leader in property development, property investment, leisure and hospitality operating in the Klang Valley and Johor in Malaysia, Singapore and Mainland China.
Still strongly centered upon its original core business of plantation (oil palm and rubber) Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad is a conglomerate that diversified into resource-based manufacturing (oleochemicals, derivatives and specialty chemicals), property development and retailing (personal care products, toiletries and ﬁne foods).
Malayan Banking Berhad is the holding company of Maybank Group, a universal bank with branches in Malaysia, Singapore and other financial centers such as London, New York, Hong Kong and Bahrain.
Maxis Berhad is a leading communications service provider in Malaysia offering communication products, applications and value added services for consumers, large enterprises and small and medium business owners.
MISC Berhad is the leading international maritime transportation shipping line of Malaysia, involved in ownership and operation of ships and offshore floating facilities, ships construction, repair and engineering.
Sector: Petrochemicals & Chemicals
Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad is the leading integrated chemicals producer in Malaysia and one of the largest in Southeast Asia, primarily involved in manufacturing, marketing and selling a diversified range of chemical products, including olefins, polymers, fertilisers, methanol and other basic chemicals and derivative products.
Sector: Energy & Utilities
Petronas Dagangan Berhad is the principal marketing arm of Petronas. Leading retailer and marketer of downstream oil and gas products, PDB delivers innovative products and differentiated services in its four core businesses of retail, commercial, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and lubricants.
Sector: Energy & Utilities
Petronas Gas Berhad’s core businesses are gas processing and utilities and gas transmission. It is also involved in manufacturing, supplying and marketing industrial utilities products and in project management and execution of the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline Project, completed in 2013.
Sector: Food & Beverages
PPB Group Berhad is a diversified conglomerate engaged in food production, agriculture, waste management, film distribution, property investment and development.
Public Bank Berhad is a bank based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia offering financial services in Malaysia as well as the Asia-Pacific region.
RHB Capital Berhad, known as the RHB Banking Group is a fully integrated financial services group providing financial products and services through RHB Bank and its other main subsidiaries.
Sector: Energy & Utilities
SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad is a leading global integrated oil and gas services and solutions provider operating in exploration, development, production, rejuvenation, as well as decommissioning and abandonment stages of the oil and gas value chain.
Sime Darby Berhad is a major Malaysia-based multinational conglomerate involved in 5 core sectors: plantations (palm oil), property, industrial, motors and energy & utilities.
Telekom Malaysia Berhad is a Malaysian telecommunications company, delivering integrated information and communications group, with a range of communication services and solutions in broadband, data and fixed-line.
Sector: Energy & Utilities
Tenaga Nasional Berhad is the largest electric utility company in Malaysia and the largest power company in Southeast Asia. Its core activities encompass the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and it operates in Malaysia, Mauritius, Pakistan, India and Indonesia.
UMW Holdings is a leading industrial enterprise with diverse and global interests in the automotive, equipment, manufacturing and engineering, and oil and gas industries. Originally from Malaysia, UMW now also operates in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Taiwan, China, India, Oman and Turkmenistan.
YTL Corporation Berhad is a conglomerate operating in utilities, construction contracting, cement manufacturing, property development and investment, hotel development and management, e-commerce initiatives and internet-based education solutions and services. It is heavily present abroad with activities in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Japan and China.
Here is a summary of the list of the 30 Malaysian companies in the KLCI index with their name, logo, sector and stock code.
Here are the thirty largest PLC of Malaysia. Did you know about them all? Any idea how they should continue expanding their activities in Malaysia, Southeast Asia or the rest of the world?