Frasers Centrepoint Ltd - Prosperous start to the Rooster year
- 1Q17 net profit almost doubled, above consensus.
- Growth driven by recognition of sale of development properties in China.
- Sales volume more than halved due to China.
- Seaside Residences expected to launch in 2Q17.
Growing developer with high dividend yields.
- We maintain our BUY rating on Frasers Centrepoint Ltd (FCL) for its attractive valuations at 0.7x P/NAV and 12x FY17F PE, and offering one of the highest dividend yields among developers at c.5.4%.
- We expect re-rating catalysts to come from potential asset monetisation from ongoing strategies to crystallise value across its portfolio.
Strong 1QFY17 results driven by sale of development properties.
- 1Q17 net profit almost doubled (+90% y-o-y) to S$187.5m, making up 40% of street’s full year forecast.
- The strong growth was driven by higher recognition of sale of development properties, largely contributed by the completion of Phase 3C1 of Baitang One in Suzhou, China (100% sold), and North Park Residences (76% sold), and sale of a bungalow at Holland Park.
- 1Q17 core PBIT (profit before interest and tax) from development properties more than tripled y-o-y to S$157m while recurring income from its investment properties (REITs and non-REITs) fell marginally by 3% y-o-y to S$182m.
- Property sales volume in 1Q17 more than halved (62% y-o-y) due to slower sales in China. Unrecognised development revenue stood at S$3.2bn, mostly from Australia (S$2.3bn).
Asset recycling into its listed S-REITs.
- FCL will continue to demonstrate its ability to crystallise value by strategically divesting matured assets to its listed REITs. The group is thus able to free up capital, improve its financials, and recycle capital to projects with higher returns.
- We maintain our BUY rating and target price at S$2.00 (30% discount to RNAV) from rolling forward our earnings estimates.
Key Risks to Our View
- Dependent on the outlook of the Australian real estate market and currency. The group derives an estimated 30% of PBIT from Australia, and returns could be impacted by the weakening AUD/SGD exchange rate.