Singapore Strategy - UOB Kay Hian 2017-06-07: Nascent Earnings Recovery But Priced In

Singapore Strategy - UOB Kay Hian 2017-06-07: Nascent Earnings Recovery But Priced In Singapore Strategy 2H17 Investment Theme Singapore Stocks CITIC ENVIROTECH LTD. CEE.SI KEPPEL TELE & TRAN K11.SI CHINA AVIATION OIL(S) CORP LTD G92.SI HOTUNG INVESTMENT HLDGS LTD BLS.SI FRASERS LOGISTICS & IND TRUST BUOU.SI

Singapore Strategy - Nascent Earnings Recovery But Priced In

  • Despite expectations of a recovery in corporate earnings, much of this has been priced in after the FSSTI’s ytd rise of 12%. 
  • We have a year-end target of 3,250 for FSSTI and would buy on pull-backs, particularly on our key investment themes.


  • This report focuses on the key highlights and investment themes for 2H17.


2017 year-end FSSTI target range of 3,250. 

  • Given firm non-oil domestic exports (NODX) – up till March – which suggests upside rather than downside to UOB’s GDP growth forecast, we see a narrowing of the FSSTI’s discount to its long-term PE and P/B valuations. 
  • Assuming a discount of 10% would suggest a year-end FSSTI target of 3,250. We believe a discount is warranted as the FSSTI’s ROE of 9.9% remains below its 10-year mean of 11.1%.

Encouraging 1Q17 results point to earnings recovery in 2017. 

  • After two consecutive years of earnings recession, we forecast 2017 EPS to recover 8.0% yoy and 2018 EPS to rise 5.2% yoy. However, unlike in previous years, lower downside risk in earnings outlook is expected on a better external outlook. 
  • In 1Q17 earnings, banks provided a lot of comfort in terms of asset quality and selected NIM expansion.
  • Exporters, particularly the likes of Venture and Memtech also provided solid upside surprises in 1Q17.

Investment themes to consider for 2H17. 

  • Investment themes that we like for the rest of the year include: 
    1. companies with potential earnings surprises, 
    2. restructuring or M&A plays, 
    3. strong performing exporters, and 
    4. quality sector laggards.

Stocks for a lucrative 2H17 portfolio. 

Andrew Chow CFA UOB Kay Hian | Singapore Research UOB Kay Hian | http://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2017-06-07
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