SATS Ltd - Phillip Securities 2019-05-21: Eyes Set On Growth Abroad

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SATS Ltd - Eyes Set On Growth Abroad

  • SATS LTD. (SGX:S58)'s FY19 net income was in line with our expectations.
  • Food Solutions and Gateway Services revenue grew 4.4% and 7.9% y-o-y, with growth showing in both Aviation (+11.7%) and Non-Aviation (+8.8%) industries.
  • Deepening presence in China through accretive acquisitions
  • Food and cargo volumes at Brahims and PT CAS remain flat.
  • Maintain ACCUMULATE; unchanged target price of $5.47.



The Positives


Food Solutions and Gateway Services revenue grew 4.4% and 7.9% y-o-y with growth showing in both Aviation (+11.7%) and Non-Aviation (+8.8%) industries.

  • Higher food revenue due to increased meal volumes across all core catering subsidiaries while Changi Airport Terminal 4 operations and cruise terminal operations at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) increased gateway services revenue.

Deepening presence in China through accretive acquisitions.

  • Acquisition of 50% stake in Nanjing Weizhou Airline Food Corp (NWA) for S$31.2mn. Located in Jiangsu Province near Shanghai, NWA operates on the same strategy as SATS, using central kitchen to supplement flight kitchens.
  • Nanjing Weizhou Airline Food Corp has a network of 12 cold storage facilities/distribution channels; enabling it to serve 80 airports domestically. Using our FY20e P/E assumption of 24x, the deal could add c.S$1.3mn to SATS’ bottom line.


The Negatives


Food and cargo volumes at Brahims and PT Cas remain flat.

  • Cargo volumes were dampened by the ongoing trade tensions. Management commented that they have managed to pass on most of the concession and price increases and rationalisation efforts have yielded improvements in efficiency.


Outlook

  • The outlook is positive. Passenger traffic growth is expected to drive volume growth while digitalisation efforts will provide efficiency and productivity gains to cope with pricing pressure from airlines. Renewal of contract with SINGAPORE AIRLINES LTD (SIA, SGX:C6L) on 5+5 years terms covers the majority of the revenues from SIA and will provide more certainty of margins and pricings moving forward.
  • SATS’ continues to pursue growth opportunities in China. Investments in the central kitchen allow them to fulfil the demand from fast casual restaurant chains in key cities while supplementing shortfalls in-flight kitchen. The expectation of volume growth is driven by aviation demand and demand for quality food.
  • Potential risk factors include challenges arising from trade tensions impacting cargo volumes and airline pressure from fuel costs.


Maintain Accumulate; unchanged target price of $5.47

  • We like the stock for its regional expansion story and growth initiatives.
  • The strong cash flow generating business makes the 3.1% dividend yield sustainable. See SATS' dividend history.
  • Our target price gives an implied FY19e forward P/E multiple of 24.0 times.





Natalie Ong Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2019-05-21
SGX Stock Analyst Report ACCUMULATE MAINTAIN ACCUMULATE 5.470 SAME 5.470



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