SATS Ltd - OCBC Investment 2018-05-31: Developing Network Effect With A Focus In Asia

SATS Ltd - OCBC Investment 2018-05-31: Developing Network Effect With A Focus In Asia SATS LTD. SGX: S58

SATS Ltd - Developing Network Effect With A Focus In Asia

  • Core FY18 missed expectations.
  • Building up network in Asia.
  • FY18 final dividend of 12 S-cents.

Core FY18 PATMI met 95% of FY forecast

  • SATS Limited’s (SATS) FY18 revenue fell 0.3% to S$1,724.6m, mainly attributable to a 2.7% decline in Food Solutions (FS) segment due to weaker TFK performance, mitigated by a 2.9% growth in Gateway Services (GS) segment driven by stronger cargo tonnage and more flights handled.
  • Operating expenses, however, remained flat at S$1,498.2m, as lower staff costs (-2.7%) on deconsolidation of SHK and lower raw materials costs (-2.1%) were offset by higher license fees (+24.7%), depreciation and amortization charges (+6.8%) and increase in other costs (+9.4%).
  • Associates/JVs, however, improved 9.2% to S$71.2m on better performance from GS associates/JVs.
  • Consequently, stripping out one-off items, FY18 core PATMI missed our expectations as it grew 0.8% to S$236.1m, but only formed 94.6% of our forecast.

To expand footprint within Asia

  • Amid an increasingly competitive landscape, we expect SATS to continue its drive to increase productivity as it continues to face pricing pressure from its customers. 
  • Working with a high operating leverage, gaining scale is crucial and SATS’ strategy ahead is to build up its network and connectivity with a focus in Asia. For example for Food Solutions (FS) business, SATS is:
    1. opening a highly automated kitchen in Singapore,
    2. expanding kitchen operations in China through a JV with Wilmar,
    3. integrating supply chain for both aviation and non-aviation segments.
  • Beyond these, a potential catalyst would be the potential partnership with Turkish Airlines to provide in-flight catering services at Istanbul New Airport
  • For Gateway Services (GS) business, SATS has also:
    1. gained access to 15 airports in Malaysia through JV with AirAsia,
    2. divested 51% stake in SHK to improve scale of operations,
    3. formed JV in Mumbai, India, to manage cargo terminal operations, and
    4. launched a new GS platform to improve connectivity across all markets.
  • We expect SATS to continue to invest to expand its network of 60 airports through more partnerships going forward, with management noting the use of leverage over time but will manage net gearing below 30%.

Unchanged Fair Value of S$5.50

  • On missed core FY18 but rolling forward our valuations, we keep our fair value unchanged at S$5.50.
  • While we are positive on SATS’ long-term outlook given its significant Asia exposure, we recommend re-engaging only when its share price is closer to S$5.15 and lower.
  • (Maintain HOLD).

Eugene Chua OCBC Investment | https://www.iocbc.com/ 2018-05-31
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