Golden Agri-Resources - OCBC Investment 2017-05-16: Underlying Profit Improved

Golden Agri-Resources - OCBC Investment 2017-05-16: Underlying Profit Improved GOLDEN AGRI-RESOURCES LTD E5H.SI

Golden Agri-Resources - Underlying Profit Improved

  • 1Q17 EBITDA up 29%.
  • Production to be 15-20% higher YoY.
  • Eyes on 2H for signs of pick-up in demand.

Better 1Q17 core results 

  • US$2.05b, meeting 27% of our full year forecast, as this was driven by the Plantation segment.
  • Reported PATMI was 60% lower to US$37.6m, forming 18% of our FY17F estimate, but core PATMI grew 70% to US$83.6m. 
  • The key difference was due to a FX loss this quarter vs. a gain in 1Q16. EBITDA, which also excludes changes in fair value and FX, was up 29% to US$182.8m.

Maintains production expectations for the year 

  • Revenue from Plantations segment grew 56% YoY to US$475m, and EBITDA was up 85% to US$141m on the back of strong production YoY.
  • Management is keeping its expectations for FY17 production to a 15-20% growth along with largely steady prices at current levels. Cost of production should remain stable for the year as well. 
  • In efforts to reduce its age profile, GAR expects to replant ~10k ha this year, with focus kept on replanting with high-yielding planting materials.

Margins to remain in 2-3% range for Palm and Laurics 

  • Palm and Laurics segment’s revenue was up 47% to US$1.85b but EBITDA was down 37% to US$39m due to higher CPO prices. Thus EBITDA margin was at 2.1% vs. 4.9% in 1Q16, against a backdrop of overcapacity in the industry.
  • Management expects to maintain EBITDA margin in the 2-3% for the year via enhanced integration of its operations.

Maintain hold 

  • Given the current lack of weather extremities coupled with signs of weak global palm oil demand, OCBC Treasury Research remains bearish on palm oil and expects palm oil price of MYR2,650/MT at year end. 
  • We understand that demand is envisaged by management to pick up in 2H due to restocking by key markets such as China and India. Domestic consumption growth through the implementation of the biodiesel policy in Indonesia is also a source for uplift. 
  • All considered, we maintain HOLD with fair value estimate of S$0.38.

Jodie Foo OCBC Investment | 2017-05-16
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