Singapore Banking And Finance - Phillip Securities 2017-10-20: 3Q17 Earnings Preview

Singapore Banking And Finance - Phillip Securities 2017-10-20: 3Q17 Earnings Preview Singapore Banking Stocks DBS GROUP HOLDINGS LTD D05.SI OVERSEA-CHINESE BANKING CORP O39.SI UNITED OVERSEAS BANK LTD U11.SI

Singapore Banking And Finance - 3Q17 Earnings Preview

  • 3Q17 loans growth in mid-single digits YoY and NII increase by 6% - 11% YoY across the three banks.
  • 3Q17 NPL expected to be stable as utilisation of rigs has improved from the beginning of the year.
  • Expect 3Q17 NIMs to expand by only 1 to 3 bps QoQ OCBC expected to report one-off gains of c.S$100mn from the sale of stake in United Engineers, BCS and BCSIS.
  • We upgrade the Singapore Banking Sector to Accumulate from Neutral.
  • We update our Singapore banks’ target prices as we roll over to FY18e valuations.

Loans growth appear to be slowing but not to worry 

  • Loans growth YoY will appear to slow down in the 2H17 because growth will be compared to a higher base in 2H16 (recall that 1H16 loans was weak before improving in 2H16). We expect business loans to continue to be strong as the global economy continues to strengthen, consumer loans growth to accelerate in FY18 as enbloc property sales gain momentum and public construction loans pick up after an extended hiatus.

NIMs growth expected to be subdued as loans growth will primary driver of NII 

Offshore Oil and Gas NPLs formation are expected to remain stable in 2H17 

  • Though the day rates have continued to be low while oil price is hugging the US$50 mark, there has been improvements in the utilisation rate at the beginning of the year and more rigs have been put to work. We believe the green shoots of recovery in the industry would limit further deterioration of the offshore oil and gas assets.

Our estimates for Singapore Banks’ 3Q17 Earnings.

  • We expect strong 3Q17 earnings performance as we estimate NII to increase 6% to 11% YoY and provision expenses decline sequentially across the three banks. 
  • We expect 
    • UOB’s 3Q17 PATMI to be S$850mn, up 7.7% YoY; 
    • DBS’ PATMI to be S$1,306mn, up 21.9% YoY and 
    • OCBC’s PATMI to be S$1,182mn (S$1,088mn, adjusted for one-offs), up 25.3% YoY.


  • Upgrade Singapore Banking Sector to Accumulate from Neutral as we roll over to FY18e valuations – Macro conditions have continued to be positive and sentiments in domestic markets have improved as capital markets and property markets liven up. We expect higher interest rates and loan volume to drive NII higher.
  • As we roll over to FY18e valuations, we increase our FY18e DBS target price to S$25.70 (previous FY17e target price S$21.45), FY18e UOB target price to S$21.61 (previous FY17e target price S$20.18) and FY18e OCBC target price of S$11.95 (previous FY17e target price S$10.81).
  • We are upgrading the Singapore Banking Sector to Accumulate from Neutral. 
  • We are maintaining our Reduce rating on UOB but upgrading our rating on DBS from Accumulate to Buy and upgrading our rating on OCBC from Neutral to Accumulate.

Jeremy Teong Phillip Securities | http://www.poems.com.sg/ 2017-10-20
Phillip Securities SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY Upgrade ACCUMULATE 25.70 Up 21.450
ACCUMULATE Upgrade NEUTRAL 11.95 Up 10.810
REDUCE Maintain REDUCE 21.61 Up 20.180