CapitaLand - RHB Invest 2018-06-28: Replenishing Its China Land Bank

CapitaLand - RHB Invest 2018-06-28: Replenishing Its China Land Bank CAPITALAND LIMITED SGX: C31

CapitaLand - Replenishing Its China Land Bank

  • Maintain BUY with a higher Target Price of SGD4.25, from SGD4.20, 36% upside and a 4% dividend yield.
  • CapitaLand remains our Top large-cap Pick. This latest acquisition of a Chongqing site is a timely move to replenish its land bank. We believe the recent CapitaLand share price weakness stems from macro concerns on an escalation in global trade tensions which resulted in fund outflows from equities.
  • Fundamentally, we expect sales and prices across its residential project in China to remain steady. 
  • We also expect it to benefit from a continuous build up in its recurring income base, with eight malls opening last year and a higher fee income.

Buying Chongqing mixed-development site for CNY5.7bn (SGD1.2bn).

  • The 32 hectare prime site is located in Xinpaifang, and is part of Chongqing’s Free Trade Zone.
  • The land parcel comprises of two greenfield sites that would yield 1,900 residential units and a shopping mall, as well as brownfield sites with an inventory of 223 residential units, along with office and retail space. 
  • The project is expected to be completed by 2022.

China residential sales to stay resilient.

  • In a recent report, our HK-based research team noted that with no new significant policy tightening, property sales in China and prices are expected to remain resilient in the near-term. 
  • While there are concerns on the liquidity and rising funding costs, we believe this should not impact those developers with healthy balance sheets but instead it provides these with opportunities to do distress acquisitions.

RNAV accretion of 1%.

  • We expect the total gross development value (GDV) for the site at c.CNY7.0-7.5bn. Management noted the ranges of residential prices around the area at CNY18,000-20,000psm and retail transactions at CNY25,000 – 28,000psm.
  • CapitaLand intends to do a strata sale of retail and also the office units over a period of time. Based on a blended average selling price assumption of CNY20,000psm, we expect a margin for the project at c.20% with a c.1% accretion to our RNAV.

A timely move to replenish its land bank in China.

  • With the expected progressive handover of 8,000 units sold in China this year and the next, we see the move as a timely replenishment of its residential portfolio. The handover of units will result in a revenue recognition of c.CNY15.1bn, of which c.CNY10bn (or 70%) due to be recognised this year.
  • The acquisition would be funded by cash (39%) and the rest via local debt. Gearing is expected to increase marginally to 0.5x.

Our Top large-cap Pick

  • Our Top large-cap Pick; BUY with a higher Target Price of SGD4.25, from SGD4.20, pegged at a 15% discount to our revised RNAV estimate of SGD5.00/share.
  • No changes to our earnings estimates as the overseas income can only be recognised upon completion, which we expect post 2020.

Shekhar Jaiswal RHB Invest | https://www.rhbinvest.com.sg/ 2018-06-28
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY Maintain BUY 4.25 Up 4.200