Real Estate - RHB Invest 2015-12-05: All In The Price

Real Estate - RHB Invest 2015-12-05: All In The Price CAPITALAND LIMITED C31.SI  CITY DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED C09.SI  SINGHAIYI GROUP LTD 5H0.SI  WING TAI HLDGS LTD W05.SI  HO BEE LAND LIMITED H13.SI 

Real Estate - All In The Price

  • Notwithstanding another tough year ahead for the residential market, we find good reasons to be optimistic on the sector. 
  • Most developers are currently trading at trough valuations, despite having strong balance sheets and limited unsold stock. 
  • Downward adjustment in land prices would enable the stronger players to replenish landbank opportunistically and begin a new earnings cycle. 
  • Our top picks include Capitaland and City Developments among the large caps. 
  • We also favour Oxley Holdings, Ho Bee Land, Wing Tai and Singhaiyi


 Physical market yet to find a bottom. 

  • New home sales in 9M15 slumped to 5,555 units, less than half that of 2012-13, representing the lowest point since 2008. We expect 2015 new home sales to come in at c.7,500. 
  • On the price front, private home prices have declined 3% YTD and 8% from the peak in 3Q13. Given the ample supply in the pipeline and the weight of policy measures, we project another 6-8% decline in property prices in 2016. 
  • Developers with unsold inventory facing looming deadlines of qualifying certificate (QC) charges/ additional buyer's stamp duty (ABSD) fees are likely to trim prices to clear stock. 

 Policy easing a catalyst for the sector. 

  • Against a backdrop of declining price/volumes and lack of speculative demand in the system, we expect the government to review and fine-tune the array of measures that have been introduced since 2009. 
  • Measures that could be reviewed include tweaking downwards stamp duties for buyers and sellers and providing reprieve to developers from QC charges/ABSD penalties on unsold stock. These adjustments, combined with more attractive home prices, could drive transaction volumes and provide a catalyst for the sector. 

 Sector at trough valuation. 

  • Developers under our coverage are trading at RNAV/NAV discount of 30-60%. Most are trading at trough valuations and have attractive risk-rewards profiles, given a mix of strong balance sheets, robust pre-sales numbers, a good proportion of recurring income and the flexibility to allocate capital to overseas markets. 

 Top picks. 

  • Among large caps, our top picks are City Developments and Capitaland, which are both broadly diversified across markets/sectors and have established platforms to recycle capital. In the small/mid cap arena, we like Wing Tai for its deep discount to a solid asset base and as a proxy to the recovery in the high-end segment. 
  • We also like Oxley for its execution track record, with earnings underpinned by a SGD3.3bn sales backlog. 
  • Ho Bee Land is well-positioned with its portfolio of prime, income generating office assets and a strong balance sheet to boot. 

 Risks to our assumptions. 

  • We identify 
    1. a protracted decline in prices/volumes and 
    2. intense competition for land resulting in reduced profitability for the sector 
    as potential downside risks. 
  • Meanwhile, we think that a faster than expected lifting of cooling measure could potentially provide an upside to the sector.



Goh Han Peng RHB Invest | Ivan Looi RHB Invest | http://www.rhbinvest.com.sg/ 2015-12-02
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