Golden Agri-Resources - OCBC Investment 2019-04-08: Good Proxy To CPO

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Golden Agri-Resources - Good Proxy To CPO

  • CPO may average RM2400/MT in 4Q.
  • Potential trading opportunities.
  • Ageing plantations over longer term.


Up 30% YTD after tough 2017-2018



Expecting CPO prices to close the year higher

  • In our sector report today, “CPO recovery” we have touched on the possible drivers behind the recent CPO price rise, such as
    1. recent comments from a senior Indonesian minister, and
    2. likely lower Malaysian CPO inventories for Mar.
  • Looking ahead, OCBC Treasury Research and Strategy are forecasting crude palm oil to average RM2,300/MT in 3Q19 and RM2,400/MT in 4Q19. This would mean a ~13% upside from current levels to 4Q19, and are likely to support CPO related stocks as well.
  • However do note that CPO prices are historically volatile and subjected to factors such as weather (which impacts supply), politics (EU and Indonesia, Malaysia), regulatory policies (e.g. Indonesia’s and Malaysia’s mandatory use of diesel containing locally produced biofuel), amongst others.


Golden Agri-Resources’ P/B now close to +1 s.d level

  • In terms of valuations, however, we note that Golden Agri-Resources’ stock is currently trading close to the +1 s.d level over the past five years, while CPO prices are at the -1 s.d level. As we expect CPO prices to recover and average RM2,400/MT in 4Q19, based on 0.65x P/B (slightly higher than 5-year historical average of 0.61x), we derive a fair value estimate of S$0.29 for Golden Agri-Resources.
  • Positive sentiment on CPO prices could support Golden Agri-Resources’ stock, though investors are advised to be nimble when trading.
  • Over the longer term, the group’s ageing plantations may still weigh on the minds of fundamental investors, as well as uncertainties relating to palm oil demand from the EU.
  • Maintain HOLD.





Low Pei Han CFA OCBC Investment Research | https://www.iocbc.com/ 2019-04-08
SGX Stock Analyst Report HOLD MAINTAIN HOLD 0.29 UP 0.270



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