UOL Group - OCBC Investment 2017-03-09: Healthy sales at Clementi condo

UOL Group - OCBC Investment 2017-03-09: Healthy sales at Clementi condo UOL GROUP LIMITED U14.SI

UOL Group - Healthy sales at Clementi condo

  • 200 out of 250 units launched.
  • Stable earnings profile.
  • Undemanding 0.66x PB.

Over 200 units sold at The Clement Canopy 

  • It was recently reported that the group has sold 200 out of the 250 units launched for sale at its 505-unit condominium project, The Clement Canopy, at average selling prices of S$1.3k to S$1.4k psf. 
  • To recap, the 99-year leasehold project is a 50:50 JV between UOL and Singapore Land and is located near the National University of Singapore and the Clementi MRT station. The consortium acquired the 140.3k sq ft site (with a maximum GFA of 491.2k sq ft) through a successful S$302.1m tender at a government land sale exercise in Dec 2015. The acquisition price translates to S$615.04 psf and we estimate breakeven prices at S$1.0k to S$1.1k psf. 
  • Given the muted domestic residential market, we view this as a healthy launch performance and are encouraged at UOL’s continued ability to create value through projects with good location and product attributes.

Enjoys a relatively stable earnings profile 

  • We like that the group enjoys a relatively stable earnings profile in an uncertain operating environment; as at end 2016, about 82% of UOL’s operating profits are derived from recurring income sources including property investments, hotel operations, investments and management services, with above 90% occupancy rates achieved for almost all its commercial properties in Singapore. 
  • We understand that management continues to seek attractive investment properties and have recently entered into a deal to acquire the Hilton Melbourne Wharf for A$230m (c.S$246.1m), which will be rebranded as a Pan Pacific Hotel. 
  • In addition, we see current valuations of its share price to be undemanding at 0.66x price-to-book, particularly with its healthy balance sheet with 24% gearing ratio and S$301.5m cash. 
  • Maintain BUY with an unchanged fair value estimate of S$7.30.

Eli Lee OCBC Investment | 2017-03-09
OCBC Investment SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY Maintain BUY 7.300 Same 7.300