CSE Global - CIMB Research 2016-08-11: 2Q16 results ~ Guaranteed dividends

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CSE Global - 2Q16 results: Guaranteed dividends

  • 2Q16 net profit of S$5.5m (US$4m, +0.3% qoq) was below our expectations and Bloomberg consensus. 1H16 net profit was below, at 41% of our FY16 forecast.
  • Americas oil & gas brownfield revenue was weaker than expected in 2Q16 due to customers’ lower operating budget and hurricane season (could continue in 3Q16).
  • Interim DPS of S$0.0125 was declared and strong net cash of S$49m (US$35m) at end-2Q16 would support FY16 DPS of S$0.0275, as guided by management.
  • We still like CSE for its strong cash flows, recurring brownfield projects and shift towards infrastructure.

2Q16 revenue down 12% qoq, affected by lower flow projects in US 

  • Revenue from Americas (53% of 2Q16 revenue) was down by 17% qoq due to lower time and materials flow work (brownfield) as customers’ operating budgets tightened.
  • Historically, CSE reaped c.S$40m (US$30m) of flow work per quarter from the Americas but we observed a weaker trend of c.S$28m (US$21m) per quarter in 1H16. Asia Pacific revenue (35% of group revenue) rose 5% qoq lifted by infrastructure, although we had hoped for faster growth. Some infrastructure projects were deferred to 2H16.

EBIT margin boosted by cost writebacks, infrastructure still strong 

  • 2Q16 EBIT margin was strong at 9.7% (1Q16: 7.6%), stemming from the 28.9% EBIT margin achieved by mining & minerals as a result of project completion and overprovision for closing-out costs previously. 
  • Infrastructure EBIT was 12.9% in 2Q16 (vs. guided 15%) as it booked one-off restructuring costs of S$700k (US$520k) for the streamlining of its operations in Australia. Excluding this, infra EBIT margin in 2Q16 would have come in higher at 17%.

Tempering brownfield, infrastructure greenfield projects remain 

  • In view of hurricane season (started in Jun 16) and lower flow projects from Americas YTD, we lower total order win expectations for FY16 from S$400m to S$350m. CSE won S$86m orders in 2Q16 (S$65m, brownfield), below its guidance of S$70m-80m/quarter.
  • Infrastructure greenfield pipeline for 2H16-1Q17 is still strong, S$40m-50m from ERP 2, c.S$30m from Australia rail and airport projects. We forecast FY17-18F gross margins of above 30% (FY15: 29%).

Strong cash position ensures FY16 DPS of S$0.0275 

  • Net cash stood at S$49m (US$36m) at end-2Q16, with positive operating cash flow of S$22m (US$17m). 
  • Given the strong cash position, management guides for FY16 DPS of at least S$0.0275, similar to FY15. This translates into 6% dividend yield.

Maintain Add 

  • We cut EPS by 9-14% for FY16-18F to reflect lower revenue from the Americas. Our target price is lowered from S$0.57 to S$0.52, still based on 9.7x FY17 P/E (1 s.d. below its 5-year mean). 
  • We continue to like CSE for its strong balance sheet, cash flows, recurring earnings and shift towards higher-margin infrastructure projects. 
  • Key risks include slower than expected orders and execution hiccups.

LIM Siew Khee CIMB Research | http://research.itradecimb.com/ 2016-08-11
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