Singapore Coal Monthly - Phillip Securities 2018-09-07: Surge In Imported Coal By China

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Singapore Coal Monthly - Surge In Imported Coal By China


China


Three-year plan for cleaner air released:

  • In Jul-18, the State Council rolled out the action plan to, namely “Battle for A Blue Sky”, to control air pollution. It aims to reduce the emission of major air pollutants and greenhouse gas. According to the plan, emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are expected to decrease by 15% from 2015 level.
  • Meanwhile, PM 2.5 density will drop by at least 18%. Percentage of days with good air quality at least reaches 80% annually, and that of heavily polluted days at least decreases by 25% from 2015 level. Three regions including Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and surrounding areas, the Yangtze River Delta, and the Fenhe and Weihe river plains will be paid closed attention during execution of the plan.
  • The plan also reiterates that natural gas is expected to account for 10% of total energy consumption, out of which coal will drop to 58% by 2020.


Indonesia


Coal DMO and domestic remained status quo:

  • In Jul-18, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo decided to keep the current price cap on domestic thermal coal procurement unchanged. Previously, the authority proposed to revoke the coal domestic market obligation (DMO) policy and impose a levy on exports. The current policy is expected to continue until the presidential election in 2019.


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More seaborne coal to offset the domestic shortfall

  • The domestic crude coal production continued to decrease by 4% y-o-y to 282mn tonnes in Jul-18 due mainly to the initiation of “Battle for A Blue Sky” which disrupted production. Consequently, coal imports jumped by 49% y-o-y to 29mn tonnes in Jul-18, a high since Jan-14. The shortfall of coal supply was replenished by imported coal.
  • Total coal exports from Indonesia surged by 33% y-o-y to 38mn tonnes which aligned with the strong demand from China. Port coal stockpile continued to build up, reaching 22mn tonnes (+62% y-o-y) in Aug-18. There is a strong expectation of ongoing clam-down on domestic supply and growing demand for coal during the summer season.
  • The growth of demand for thermal power was still healthy at 5% y-o-y. The slowdown in thermal power compared to prior months was due to the pick-up of hydropower in Jul-18.


Positive coal price outlook in 2H18

  • Both coal prices in China and Indonesia have been buoyant in recent months. HBA keeps trending up to a new 6-year high in Aug-18, touching US$107.4/tonne. Qinhuangdao 5,500 GAR hovered around the US$600/tonne, which is the level the authority deemed abnormally high. 
  • With the execution of the action plan across the nation, it is expected that imported coal will continue to fill the supply gap, supporting coal prices moving forward.


Coal counters monthly updates


Golden Energy and Resources (Target price: S$0.42 / Rating: BUY)

  • Production surged 47% while coal prices were flat
  • Multiple upward pressures on cash cost
  • The acquisition of BSL mine is expected to be completed by 3Q18

Geo Energy Resources (Target price: S$0.34 / Rating: BUY)

  • 10mn tonnes of production target is on track
  • Cash cost will be higher this year
  • Look forward to a new offtake for TBR mine and an acquisition of a new mine


Investment action

  • We remain positive on the sector as we expect coal price (FY18e ASP 4,200 GAR: US$41/tonne, 1H18 ASP 4,200 GAR: US$48.6/tonne) will be favourable for coal miners. Meanwhile, the ramp-up of production is still on track.
  • We maintain an OVERWEIGHT rating on the coal sector.









Chen Guangzhi Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2018-09-07
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY Maintain BUY 0.420 Same 0.420
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