OCBC Bank (OCBC SP) - Maybank Kim Eng 2018-02-15: On The Right Track

OCBC Bank (OCBC SP) - Maybank Kim Eng 2018-02-15: On The Right Track OVERSEA-CHINESE BANKING CORP O39.SI

OCBC Bank (OCBC SP) - On The Right Track

EPS and Target Price raised; Maintain HOLD 

  • Post-results, we remain positive that OCBC’s earnings momentum will sustain into FY18E. FY17 earnings met only 96% of our forecast due to higher expenses, lower net interest income, and lower income from associates. However, non-interest income beat our expectation due to a strong contribution from Great Eastern (GE SP, Not Rated; OCBC’s insurance arm) and higher wealth management (WM) fees. 
  • We revise estimates with FY18/19E net profit up 7% each on a more positive outlook with higher revenue, lower provisions, partially offset by higher costs. With that, sustainable ROE is now 13.1% vs. 12% previously (unchanged are COE of 10.5% and growth rate 3.5%). 
  • Our Target Price is raised 13% to SGD13.50 based on ~1.4x FY18E P/BV (from ~1.2x previously), slightly above its historical mean of 1.3x to reflect higher forecast ROEs. 
  • Among Singapore banks, we prefer UOB (UOB SP, BUY, Target Price SGD29.33, see report: United Overseas Bank - Moving Steadily) due to pricing discipline and sensitivity to repricing intervals.

Momentum to sustain healthy 10% EPS CAGR 

  • We expect total income to grow at a 3-year CAGR (2017-2020) of ~10% on the back of:
    1. higher loan growth to ~9% y-o-y (from 7-9% previously) from a sanguine economic outlook and recovery in Singapore’s property market;
    2. re-pricing intervals from higher rates; and
    3. higher noninterest income mainly from higher WM fees and GE’s contribution as we expect non-II to grow at a 3-year CAGR of 8%. 
  • We expect benign credit costs of 18-20bps barring significant asset quality deterioration. For every 10bps increase in credit costs, we estimate FY18-20E net profits could decline by 5%.

CET1 capital at a more comfortable level 

  • Fully-loaded CET1 capital is now at 13.1% (3Q: 12%), above the comfort level of 12.5%. As such, we see scope for dividends to be sustained. We raised our FY18-19E DPS by 8-14% on the back of stronger earnings growth, implying current yields of 3.2-3.3%. 
  • The balance sheet remains healthy providing sufficient flexibility for management to pursue future growth opportunities.

Maintain HOLD 

  • We believe earnings momentum will sustain into FY18E. With 10% upside to our Target Price, we maintain HOLD, and await a lower entry point. 
  • Upside risks are:
    1. NIM improvement; and
    2. higher income; 
  • downside risks are:
    1. lower income; and
    2. higher provisions.
  • We factored into our forecasts a 35/20/25bps increase in 3M SIBOR, in line with our Singapore economist’s SIBOR forecasts of 1.55%/1.75% for FY18/19E. AUM growth at Bank of Singapore (OCBC’s private banking arm) has been robust at +25% y-o-y. Great Eastern’s underlying growth was robust as new business embedded value (NBEV) and total weighted new sales (TWNS) surged 17% y-o-y and 23% y-o-y in FY17. With asset-quality deterioration no longer a major concern for its O&G exposures, we expect credit costs to ease to 18-20bps for FY18-20E.
  • For every 10bps increase in credit costs, we estimate FY18-20E net profits could decline by ~5%.
  • Management guided FY18E cost-to-income ratio to be within 40-45%, loan growth to be a high single digit, and credit costs to be benign.

Swing Factors


  • Widening credit spreads from re-pricing of assets at higher interest rates.
  • Higher non-interest income from wealth management and higher contributions from Great Eastern.
  • Sharp and sustained rebound in commodity prices.
  • Better-than-expected asset quality through proactive restructuring of loans, with no major credit slippages.
  • Better demand for Singapore mortgages from easing of property-cooling measures.


  • Oil prices stay low, causing more NPLs in O&G support services.
  • Job losses in Singapore become pervasive, hurting its mortgage portfolio.
  • Sharp decline in value of trading securities and shocks in fixed-income portfolio.
  • Lack of liquidity of a funding currency.
  • Translation losses from MYR/IDR depreciation.
  • Emergence of dominant financial competitors in Singapore.
  • Capital-raising by peers may depress sentiment.

Ng Li Hiang Maybank Kim Eng | http://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2018-02-15
Maybank Kim Eng SGX Stock Analyst Report HOLD Maintain HOLD 13.50 Up 12.000