UOL Group - DBS Research 2017-11-10: Growing Big Slowly And Steadily

UOL Group - DBS Vickers 2017-11-10: Growing Big Slowly And Steadily UOL GROUP LIMITED U14.SI

UOL Group - Growing Big Slowly And Steadily

  • UOL Group's 3Q17 results boosted by gains on consolidation of UIC.
  • Post-consolidation impact – higher depreciation and lower development profits in the future.
  • Property launches in FY18-FY19 with estimated GDV of S$1.4bn or more.
  • Possibility to raise its stake in UIC without general offer.

Valuations remains attractive post UIC consolidation. 

  • We maintain our BUY rating on UOL Group (UOL), now trading at an attractive valuation of c.0.8x P/NAV with the consolidation of UIC. The successful launches of recently purchased land sites in the enbloc market will be re-rating catalysts for the stock. 
  • We have lifted our TP to S$10.15, factoring in higher stakes in UIC and raising our ascribed value based on market price previously to NAV.

Where we differ. 

  • More positive than consensus as UOL stands to benefit from improved sentiment in the Singapore property and hospitality segments. As the earliest to landbank at a lower price, UOL stands to benefit from the improved sentiment in Singapore property segment. 
  • In addition, the turnaround in the hospitality segment bodes well for UOL’s hotel properties, and now with UIC’s hotel properties.

Potential catalysts: 

More landbanking, strong sales take-up, potentially gaining more control on UIC to unlock value.

  • 3Q17 results boosted by gain from acquisition / consolidation of UIC. 3Q17 net profit of S$618m (vs S$87m in 3Q16), included gain on acquisition and consolidation of S$542m but partially offset by S$15m of business acquisition costs. Excluding the effects of consolidation, 3Q17 net profit fell 13% y-o-y to S$76m. 

Key positives:

  1. property launches in FY18-FY19 with potential gross development value(GDV) of S$1.4bn or more, and
  2. potential to raise its stake in UIC without general offer.

Key negatives

  1. higher depreciation and less development profits in the future post consolidation.


  • Maintain BUY on attractive valuations. We raised our TP to S$10.15, pegged to a 20% discount to our RNAV of S$12.70, taking into higher stakes in UIC and raising our ascribed value from market price to NAV.

Key Risks to Our View

  • Economic slowdown. The downside risk to our projections is if residential sales are slower than our projections or if commercial properties and hotels operations are impacted by slower-than-projected growth in rental/room rates.

Derek TAN DBS Vickers | Rachel TAN DBS Vickers | 2017-11-10
DBS Vickers SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY Maintain BUY 10.15 Up 8.730