Wilmar - RHB Invest 2018-12-10: Diversified Portfolio Mitigates Lower CPO Prices


Wilmar - Diversified Portfolio Mitigates Lower CPO Prices

  • Maintain BUY, new target price of SGD3.58 from SGD3.69, 13% upside, with 3.3% FY19F yield. This is due to a reduction in our in-house CPO price assumptions to MYR2,200 (USD553) for FY19 and MYR2,400 (USD632) for FY20. Nonetheless, we think the downside risk is limited from here on, with demand picking up in 2019.
  • Wilmar remains our Top Pick for the plantation sector, as we believe its exposure to the downstream space would help to mitigate the lower earnings in the plantation segment.

Lower in-house CPO price assumptions.

  • CPO prices have surprised us on the downside, having reached a low of MYR1,717/tonne before recovering slightly. We believe this is was due to the continued rise in CPO stock levels in Malaysia to 2.72m tonnes in October, and the decline in crude oil prices from a high of USD84/barrel one month ago to USD54/barrel currently.
  • Our in-house CPO price forecasts are now reduced to MYR2,200/tonne (USD553) from MYR2,500 (USD617) for FY19, and to MYR2,400/tonne (USD632) from MYR2,500 (USD617) for FY20. As such, our earnings for Wilmar are reduced by 4.5% for FY19F and higher by 1.1% for FY20F.

Lower plantation earnings mitigated by downstream segment.

  • Wilmar’s processing and merchandising capacity for palm oil is far larger than its plantation output. We believe the lower earnings from plantation will be mitigated by positive palm refining margins.
  • In addition, Wilmar is the largest biodiesel producer in Malaysia and Indonesia. Rising biodiesel mandates could help to raise demand and bring higher margins to Wilmar’s tropical oil segment.

Oilseeds and grains division to stabilise.

  • We expect the hubbub surrounding the US-China trade war to have limited near-term impact on Wilmar, as ....

Sugar prices have rebounded from the low.

  • This should benefit its sugar plantation business in Australia and Africa. Shree Renuka could also benefit from better milling margins. However, we do note that the contribution from sugar upstream business is small and the bulk of the profits still comes from merchandising.

Maintain BUY with lower SOP derived Target Price of SGD3.58.

  • We lower our Target Price from SGD3.69 as a result of the lower CPO price and (as a result) oil palm plantation earnings. However, we believe Wilmar will continue to outperform its peers in the plantation sector in FY19F as its diversified portfolio allows the group to mitigate the fall in CPO prices.
  • Refer to the PDF report attached for breakdown of SOP valuation. 
  • The IPO of its China operations is still on the plate and remains the key catalyst for its share price.

Juliana Cai CFA RHB Securities Research | https://www.rhbinvest.com.sg/ 2018-12-10
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 3.58 DOWN 3.690