UOL Group - OCBC Investment 2018-07-09: Measures A Dampener, But Likely Priced In

UOL Group - OCBC Investment Research 2018-07-09: Measures A Dampener, But  Likely Priced In UOL GROUP LIMITED SGX: U14

UOL Group - Measures A Dampener, But Likely Priced In

  • All eyes on upcoming project launch.
  • Lower Fair Value of S$8.48.
  • Likely oversold as of 6 Jul closing price.

Government cooling measures a bane for outlook

  • The latest set of cooling measures on the Singapore residential property market (announced by the Singapore government on 5 Jul) includes raising the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates (except for Singapore Citizens and PRs making their first residential purchase) and tightening the Loan-to-Value (LTV) limits for all housing loans granted by financial institutions. This would likely result in softer demand for physical property from both locals and foreigners, coupled with greater caution on future land bids and collective sales by developers.
  • UOL would be negatively impacted by these measures, as we estimate that it has a pipeline of ~2,050 units ready to be launched in Singapore over the next 12-18 months. Based on our previous forecasts prior to the announcement of the tightening policies, UOL’s Singapore residential projects (including UIC) formed ~15% of our GAV forecast. (This report is shared from SGinvestors.io)
  • Close attention would be paid to its The Tre Ver project (Potong Pasir Avenue 1 site), which is expected to be launched this quarter. This was acquired at a reasonable all-in effective land cost of S$870 psf ppr, based on our estimates. (This report is shared from SGinvestors.io)

Incorporate more conservative assumptions

  • Given the punitive cooling measures in place which would likely impact UOL’s residential sales prospects ahead, we rejig our assumptions to incorporate the more challenging environment and negative sentiment surrounding the local residential sector.
  • We factor in lower ASP assumptions and slower sales momentum, while also increasing our discount rate for UOL’s Singapore residential projects and widening our RNAV discount from 20% to 35%. Correspondingly, these changes lead to us cutting our fair value estimate from S$10.63 to S$8.48.
  • UOL’s share price tumbled 13.6% to close at S$6.70 on 6 Jul 2018, a day after the new set of cooling measures were announced. We believe UOL’s shares have been oversold at current price level.
  • UOL also has significant exposure to the office and hospitality sectors, which we believe are still undergoing a rental upcycle and RevPAR recovery, respectively, and also not affected by this round of cooling measures. 
  • (Maintain BUY)

Wong Teck Ching Andy CFA OCBC Investment Research | https://www.iocbc.com/ 2018-07-09
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY Maintain BUY 8.48 Down 10.630