Wilmar International - Maybank Kim Eng 2019-09-03: Temporary Crush

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Wilmar International - Temporary Crush


Crush margins to remain volatile; switch to First Resources

  • Recall that Wilmar International (SGX:F34)’s 2Q19 Oilseeds & Grains PBT fell 80% y-o-y on the back of weak soybean crushing margins. Thankfully, August’s Chinese crush margins rose sharply and so did palm-oil prices.
  • Despite higher input costs, Indonesian bio-diesel margins have also remained positive. These combined should provide for a better 3Q19.
  • Still, we remain cautious as:
    1. significant risks exist from escalating trade-war tariffs at the start of the North American soybean harvesting season; and
    2. an effective resolution of the African Swine Flu (ASF) remains elusive.
  • Maintain HOLD.
  • We prefer First Resources (SGX:EB5), which should benefit from rising palm-oil prices, its young acreage and low costs.



Chinese crush margins rising

  • August’s Chinese soybean crush margins rose to CNY241/tonne, their highest since Oct 2018, after posting losses in July. Direct government intervention to address ASF pork-supply disruptions likely played a part. Recall that soybean meal is a key input of pig feedstock. The above should help turn around Wilmar’s Oilseeds & Grains segment, which contributes nearly 50% to revenue.


Palm-oil support from both ends of value chain

  • Palm-oil prices rose 11% in August. Rising demand – particularly from China, India and Indonesia – and falling production tightened inventories. Higher prices upstream and strong downstream demand should strengthen Wilmar’s integrated palm-oil segment in 2H19.


Still HOLD; prefer First Resources

  • Despite margin & volume drivers treatment for ASF spell uncertainties in the medium.
  • Maintain HOLD and our Target Price of SGD3.89, based on blended DCF (WACC 5.3%, 1% LTG) and global peers’ 17.4x 2020E P/E.
  • We prefer First Resources for its low-cost production, integrated business and young acreage, which should benefit from rising palm-oil demand and prices. See report: First Resources - Expect A Much Better 2H19.





Thilan Wickramasinghe Maybank Kim Eng Research | https://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2019-09-03
SGX Stock Analyst Report HOLD MAINTAIN HOLD 3.890 SAME 3.890



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