Advancer Global - DBS Research 2016-08-25: Defensive business with growing margins

Advancer Global  - DBS Vickers 2016-08-25: Defensive business with growing margins ADVANCER GLOBAL LIMITED 43Q.SI

Advancer Global - Defensive business with growing margins

  • Integrated manpower solutions and facilities management services provider. 
  • Growth via acquisition and margins enhancement. 
  • Asset-light business model; positive cashflow generation to support 50% dividend payout. 
  • Fair value of S$0.50 offers potential upside of 24%.

The Business 

Defensive business. 

  • Advancer Global is in a fairly defensive business of offering necessity services, including workforce solutions, cleaning & stewarding and security services. These services are needed in both good and bad times.

Growth via acquisition and margins enhancement. 

  • Growth strategies include acquiring niche business and moving up the value chain to improve profitability. 
  • The facilities management services segment, which include cleaning & stewarding and security services, is a very fragmented market with numerous small players, which is ideal for bigger players like Advancer Global to make acquisitions to consolidate its position. 
  • The recent acquisition of a security training and technology consultancy firm enables the group to scale up to the higher margins security services.

Asset-light; positive cashflow generation. 

  • Advancer Global’s total non-current assets account for only about 10% of total assets as at end-Jun 16. 
  • The positive cashflow trend in the past few years is expected to continue; thus enabling the group to support an expected 50% dividend payout for the next few years.

The Stock 

Fair value of S$0.50. 

  • We believe a 15x FY17F PE valuation is fair, as Advancer Global is one of the few bigger facilities management services providers here. The valuation peg is based on a slight10% discount to Denmark-listed ISS’s FY17F valuation, given its much smaller size. Fair value works out to S$0.50 per share, which translates to a potential upside of 24% from the current price.

Key risks: 

  • Affected by laws, regulations, policies and market forces.

Return *: 1
Risk: Moderate
Potential Target 12-mth*: 12-Month S$ 0.50 (24% upside)

Lee Keng LING DBS Vickers | http://www.dbsvickers.com/ 2016-08-25
DBS Vickers SGX Stock Analyst Report NOT RATED Maintain NOT RATED 0.50 Same 0.50

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