Wilmar International - RHB Invest 2020-01-09: Still a Top Pick; Maintain BUY

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Wilmar International - Still a Top Pick; Maintain BUY

  • We expect WILMAR INTERNATIONAL (SGX:F34) to benefit from higher CPO prices and improved demand for soybean meal and consumer products in the short term.
  • Meanwhile, upside potential lies in the IPO performance of its China subsidiary, Yihai Kerry, on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Management expects the IPO to take place in 1H20.
  • Maintain BUY with unchanged target price (see Wilmar Share Price, Wilmar Target Price), 11% upside and 2.5% yield.
  • Wilmar International is one of our 2020 Top Picks.



China IPO is the focus.

  • Wilmar International is currently awaiting regulatory approval on the China listing. A key concern is that delays in approval would shift the IPO valuation base year to FY19, which experienced weaker earnings in the oilseeds & grains segment. However, we do not see this as a major cause for concern for the following reasons:
    • 4Q19 could play catch-up and narrow the earnings difference between FY18 and FY19. Yihai Kerry recorded a PATMI of c.USD740m in 2018. According to management, c.60% of Wilmar International’s 9M19 PATMI (c.USD508m) was derived from its China unit. Given that the Lunar New Year comes earlier on 25 Jan 2020, we believe 4Q19 would be a stronger quarter due to the festive season, thereby narrowing the gap between FY18-19 earnings.
    • We expect positive performance from Yihai Kerry’s shares post-listing due to its strong product brand name in China. Its edible oil, rice and flour products all have leading market shares in China. China food manufacturers trade at an average FY20F P/E of 28x. We believe Yihai Kerry’s valuation could at least re-rate to this multiple post-listing.


Strong performance in the tropical oils segment in the near term.

  • CPO prices have risen above MYR3k (c.+50% y-o-y). We expect Wilmar International’s plantation unit to do well. This would help to offset the weaker midstream refining segment. On the biodiesel end, the price gap between CPO and gasoil (POGO) is now in negative territory of -USD143/tonne. However, we believe the utilisation rate would be maintained on the back of Indonesia’s B30 mandate and availability of subsidies in the Biodiesel Fund.


Oilseeds & grains to do better.






Juliana Cai RHB Securities Research | https://www.rhbinvest.com.sg/ 2020-01-09
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 4.750 SAME 4.750



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