CIMB Securities 2015-08-02: China Everbright Water Ltd (2Q15 Results) - Await new projects. Maintain ADD.

Await new projects 

  • CEWL’s 1HFY15 EPS was in line with our forecasts at 49% but below consensus at 44%. 
  • We tweak our EPS numbers downwards by 0.1-1.4% to adjust for higher admin expenses and other income, and lower our DCF-based target price (WACC: 6%) to S$1.13 (from S$1.15).
  • We remain positive on the sector as the recently-enacted Environmental Protection Law of China will drive greater investment and capacity expansion in the industry. 
  • Potential key catalysts include stronger project wins and accretive M&As. 
  • We reiterate our Add recommendation

Decent 2QFY15, core net profit up 12.4% yoy 

  • CEWL reported 93% increase in 2QFY15 revenue on the back of higher construction income from expansion and upgrading of several projects, which accounted for 39% of total revenue (vs. 20% in 2QFY14). 
  • As construction activities generally have lower margins, gross profit margin dipped to 44% vs 67% in 2QFY14. 
  • On a yoy comparison, other income jumped by 986% from HK$1.2m to HK$13.1m (more government grant and FX gains), while admin expenses of HK$45.2m were higher by 308% to account for the enlarged group after HanKore’s RTO. 

Net gearing improved to 10.2%, ample leverage potential 

  • Proceeds of share issuance led to lower net gearing of 10.2% this quarter, vs. 21.0% in 1QFY15. 
  • As this is one of the lowest among peers, CEWL has significant room to leverage up for better ROE. 
  • We saw a 72% yoy rise in 2QFY15 financing costs as a result of more expensive borrowings on a consolidated basis after the RTO. 
  • We expect financing costs to come down as HanKore’s S$50m 7.5% fixed-rate MTN has been fully redeemed on 1 Aug 15, while IFC has extended a US$140m 10-year loan to CEWL on 29 Jul 15. 

2015: a year of consolidation 

  • CEWL has been focused on internal consolidation for the most of 1H15 and CEI (parent company of CEWL) has also completed the group’s restructuring in May 15. 
  • CEWL continues to seek opportunities for larger market share, as well as expanding into industrial wastewater treatment (WWT) through technological improvement. 
  • We project the slow acquisition pace in FY15 to pick up in FY16 onwards. 
  • The project pipeline for 2H15 remains strong, with three projects under construction..

Analyst: NGOH Yi Sin; Roy CHEN; Keith LI

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