Starhub - DBS Research 2017-01-13: Boost from network sharing

Starhub - DBS Vickers 2017-01-13: Boost from network sharing STARHUB LTD CC3.SI

Starhub - Boost from network sharing

  • StarHub and M1 to expand spectrum sharing.
  • Potential drop in capex and opex after FY18.
  • Capex estimates cut by 20% from FY18 onwards.
  • Upgrade to HOLD on revised TP of S$3.01.

We project new entrant TPG will gain 8.5% mobile revenue share by 2022. 

  • With an annual EBITDA of A$775m and FY16 (July year-end) net debt-to-EBITDA of 1.6x, TPG has enough room to roll out a nationwide mobile network. Hence, we believe the impact on the incumbents from TPG’s entry will be acute and project TPG to secure 8.5% revenue share by 2022.
  • In our bull-case and bear case scenarios for the existing telcos, we project TPG to secure 6% & 10% revenue share respectively.

Reduce StarHub’s capex by 20% from FY18 onwards due to network sharing. 

  • M1 and StarHub signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaboration in mobile infrastructure sharing, with a focus on sharing radio access network (RAN), backhaul and access assets. 
  • Given the considerable synergies, especially capital expenditure, we believe StarHub’s network capex could reduce by 20% post FY18, as network sharing takes hold.

StarHub to fare better than its local peer M1.

  • StarHub has a lower reliance on mobile revenue (~51% in 3Q16 vs. 68% for M1) and a stickier, less price sensitive customer base. 
  • StarHub has also introduced more fixed-mobile bundling offers to reduce the loss of revenue share to a new entrant. 
  • We expect StarHub’s revenue share to drop from 30% in 2015 to 27% by 2022, leading to 25% drop in group earnings by 2022 versus 2015 


  • Upgrade to HOLD with a higher TP of S$3.01. 
  • Our revised DCF-based (WACC 6.5%, terminal growth 0%) TP is S$3.01 as we factor in the impact of lower capex. Our bull-case and bear case TPs for StarHub are S$3.40 and S$2.84 assuming 6% and 10% revenue share for TPG by 2022 respectively.

Key Risks to Our View

  • Sharper-than-expected decline in adoption grant. The adoption grant for fibre is likely to decline going forward. 
  • We project StarHub’s “Other Income” to decline from S$46m in 2015 to S$41m in 2016F and S$20m in 2017F due to this. However, the drop could be sharper than expected

Sachin MITTAL DBS Vickers | 2017-01-13
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