Thai Beverage PLC - Phillip Securities 2019-11-26: Beer Losing (From) Interest

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Thai Beverage PLC - Beer Losing (From) Interest

  • THAI BEVERAGE (SGX:Y92)'s 4Q19 revenue and earnings were below our forecast. Earnings suffered from less fair value gains in associate Frasers Property (SGX:TQ5) and loss in the beer division. See Thai Beverage Announcements.
  • Volumes were healthy for spirits and beer but gross margins suffered. More than 100% of 4Q19 PATMI is from the spirits division.
  • Dividends for the year raised by 23% to Bt0.48 (S$0.021). See Thai Beverage Dividend History.
  • Downgrade to REDUCE. We lowered our SOTP-derived Target Price to S$0.80 (previously S$0.83) as we cut FY20e earnings by 5%. We lowered our margins and raised interest expense estimates.
  • Outlook for FY20e is dependent on government support for farm income. Earnings from Sabeco will be under pressure from interest expenses and contribution to the group will be minimal.



The Positives


Healthy volumes for spirits and beer.

  • Thai Beverage's Spirits volume jumped 14% y-o-y (Thailand +11.7%, Myanmar +29.1%). Thailand recovered from an exceptionally weak quarter a year ago where volumes plunged 26%. Myanmar recovered from supply chain and bottling issues in 3Q19. These issues have been resolved. Beer volumes in Thailand jumped 17.3% y-o-y, whilst Sabeco’s volume rose 9.2% y-o-y.

Higher dividends.



The Negatives


Beer under pressure from interest expenses.

  • Despite the improvement in volumes and revenues, gross margins fell from 23.1% to 21.5%. Earnings were further suppressed by the 8% rise in net interest expense of Bt965mn in 4Q19. Highest level of interest since the acquisition. The higher interest expense was due to refinancing from lower variable rates to higher fixed rates.

Less fair value gains from Frasers Property.

  • Another driver of weaker earnings in 4Q19 was lower earnings at Frasers Property. We estimate Frasers Property recorded net Fair Value gains (after exceptionals) of S$119mn in 4Q19 versus S$440mn a year ago.


Outlook

  • Thai Beverage has a strong market share in their respective products and possess the ability to raise prices especially in Myanmar and Vietnam. In the medium term, we are negative for two primary reasons –
    • Sabeco will remain an earnings drag to the group due to high-interest expenses;
    • Soft consumer spending in Thailand that will be dependent on government support.
  • Furthermore, we view spirits consumption in Thailand to have reached maturity.


Downgrade to REDUCE with SOTP-derived Target Price of S$0.80

  • We downgrade our recommendation to REDUCE. Our lower SOTP-derived Target Price of S$0.80 (previously S$0.83) was due to a 5% cut in our FY20e earnings forecast. See Thai Beverage Share Price; Thai Beverage Target Price.
  • We lowered our margins and raised interest expense estimates.
  • Outlook for FY20e is dependent on government support for farm income. Earnings from Sabeco will be under pressure from interest expenses and contribution to the group will be minimal.





Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2019-11-26
SGX Stock Analyst Report REDUCE DOWNGRADE NEUTRAL 0.80 DOWN 0.830



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