Keppel Corp - DBS Research 2016-01-25: Bracing for a prolonged winter

Keppel Corp - DBS Research 2016-01-25: Bracing for a prolonged winter KEPPEL CORPORATION LIMITED BN4.SI 

Keppel Corp - Bracing for a prolonged winter 

Reiterate HOLD with lower TP of S$5.25. 

  • While value has emerged after the violent sell-off in response to the Sete Brasil news, we prefer to monitor the development in Brazil and oil market before revisiting Keppel. 
  • Dividend yield remains decent at 5.5% despite reduction in payout ratio from 50% to a more sustainable 40%, still within their guidance of 40-50%. 
  • Our TP is lowered to S$5.25, largely attributable to lower valuation for O&M segment. 

Offshore & Marine business weighing the group down. 

  • The uncertainty in Brazil is worrisome. The key shareholder of Sete Brasil has voted against the filing of bankruptcy protection and scheduled to meet again in mid-Feb to decide the fate of the company. 
  • O&M outlook is also plagued by the depressed oil prices. Rigbuilding is entering a prolonged cyclical downturn and competition is intensified. 
  • Keppel secured S$1.8bn non-rig new orders last year, a far cry from their usual S$4-6bn wins. As a result, orderbook dwindled to S$9bn, from S$12.5bn a year ago, implying declining top line and earnings ahead. 

Property business is a mixed bag; infrastructure should bottom out. 

  • Keppel sold over 4,570 homes in FY15, with 72% from China alone, marking an improvement over the total of 2,400 sold in FY14. 
  • Management is optimistic of stronger home sales in 2016. For infrastructure, with the handover of both phases of the Greater Manchester EPC project and the Doha North sewage treatment project having incurred its final provision of just under S$200m in FY15, Keppel Infrastructure should see its profitability improve thereafter. 


  • Our TP of S$5.25 is based on sum-of-parts : 
    1. O&M segment is valued at 2x P/BV, 
    2. infrastructure is valued at 10x PE on FY16 earnings, 
    3. Property segment is valued at 0.85x P/BV, and 
    4. market values/estimated fair values are used for listed subsidiaries. 

Key Risks to Our View: 

  • O&M segment could fare worse than expected. We forecast revenues from Keppel O&M falling to the ~S$5.4bn and S$5.8bn levels in FY15 and FY16 respectively, from S$7-8bn p.a. during FY12-14. 
  • The collapse of Sete Brasil and continued depletion of the orderbook, coupled with deferments, could pose downside risks to our forecast.

Janice CHUA DBS Vickers | Pei Hwa Ho DBS Vickers | http://www.dbsvickers.com/ 2016-01-25
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