DBS - RHB Invest 2015-11-03: Asset Quality Holding Up Well

DBS - RHB Invest 2015-11-03: Asset Quality Holding Up Well DBS GROUP HOLDINGS LTD D05.SI 

DBS (DBS SP) - Asset Quality Holding Up Well 

  • 3Q15 earnings came in slightly ahead of expectations. 
  • Maintain BUY and SGD21.10 TP (22% upside), which implies 1.3x FY16F P/BV. 
  • Underlying operations were healthy while asset quality was stable. 
  • Management expects better earnings in 2016, underpinned by 7-8% topline growth and moderate rise in credit costs. 
  • Exposure to China and commodities are likely to remain resilient. 

 Slight beat. 

  • DBS posted 3Q15 earnings of SGD1,066m (-5% QoQ, +6% YoY) while 9M15’s SGD3,316m core net profit (+10% YoY) was 78%/77% of our/consensus’ 2015F earnings of SGD4,266m/SGD4,311m respectively. 
  • The sequential decline in 3Q15 earnings was mainly on higher general provisions and a SGD50m charge from first-time adoption of a funding valuation adjustment for derivatives. 
  • Underlying operations were healthy while asset quality was stable. 

 Key positives for 3Q15

  • Key positives for 3Q15 are a healthy net interest income growth of 4% with net interest margin (NIM) up 3bps QoQ and gross non-performing loan (NPL) down 1% QoQ to SGD2,471m. 
  • Key negatives include: 
    1. loans dipping 1% QoQ in constant currency terms mainly on the 10% decline in trade loans; 
    2. net fee income falling 11% QoQ as volatility in the financial markets led to lower income from wealth management, investment banking and stockbroking; and 
    3. fully-loaded Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio falling to 11.9% (June: 12.3%) on a currency translation effect on risk weighted assets and payment of interim dividends. 

 Comfortable with asset quality. 

  • With no significant stress seen across its loans portfolio, management expects moderate non-performing loans (NPLs) and credit costs in 2016. Based on the internal stress tests of the bank’s oil & gas exposure, management estimates that additional provisions would be < SGD100m. 
  • DBS is confident that its loan books would remain resilient given the good quality of its commodities exposure. 

 Maintain BUY. 

  • Management is optimistic that DBS’ topline can grow by 7-8% in 2016 on 5% loan growth, stable NIM and low-teens rise in non-interest income (non-II). With moderate increases in credit costs and operating expenses, this should filter down to bottomline growth. 
  • We make no change to our earnings forecasts and GGM-based SGD21.10 TP, which implies 1.3x FY16F P/BV. DBS remains our preferred pick among Singapore banks.

Singapore Research RHB Securities | http://www.rhbgroub.com/ 2015-11-03
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