Penguin International Ltd - Phillip Securities 2020-02-26: Swimming In Cash And Orders


Penguin International Ltd - Swimming In Cash And Orders

  • Penguin International (SGX:BTM)'s 4Q19 earnings and revenue exceeded our expectations. PATMI beat our estimates by 11% due to lower operating expenses and taxes.
  • Balance sheet and commentary from management reinforce the upbeat outlook for FY20e.
  • Net cash at a record level of S$59.8mn (+43% y-o-y). Dividends raised by 40% to 1.75 cents.
  • The outlook remains positive. Penguin International is diversifying its customer base into new geographies and new products.
  • Our target price is lowered to S$0.88 from S$0.93 (5x PE excluding net cash). We reduced our FY20e earnings forecast by 12% as we lowered our charter income estimates.
  • Our BUY recommendation is maintained.

The Positives

Net cash at a record $59.8mn or up 44% y-o-y.

  • The cash represents 40% of the market capitalization. The high cash levels will enable Penguin International to increase its build-to-stock vessel inventory. Cash from operations in FY19 more than doubled to S$30.6mn despite higher working capital needs, driven by higher inventory levels.

Orderbook proxy* doubled y-o-y to S$86.8mn.

  • The doubling of inventory to S$42mn was attributed to an increase in build-to-stock vessels such as security boats, crewboats, windfarm vessel and ferries. The build-up of inventory is not an indication of excess stock but rather padding inventory in anticipation of sales. We think that the rise in other payables is driven by customer deposits for these vessels. It is indicative of the likelihood of a buyer for the inventory on hand.
  • *Recall that Penguin International does not disclose the order book. We built an orderbook proxy using the combined value of inventory (vessels built to stock), held for sale assets (crewboats converted to security vessels for sale) and other payable (largely non-refundable customer deposits).

The Negative

Charter growth was slower.

  • Charter revenue was weaker than expected, only up 0.8% y-o-y. We believe charter revenues were hurt by Penguin International’s preference to renew their fleet by selling older vessels (any gains recorded as under other income) and replacing the fleet with new builds.
  • We expect the higher capex of S$22.2mn will go towards supporting the renewal of the existing fleet of crewboats (Flex-42X).


  • The drivers to growth for Penguin International are intact.
    1. Successful diversification into other vessel types such as patrol boats, rescue vessels, windfarm crew transfer, etc.
    2. Expansion of customer base in other geographies – Taiwan and Australia. Management also mentioned Europe as a new market.
    3. Recovery in oil and gas activity.
    4. Reduced competition in aluminium type of vessel builders in Asia.
    5. Replacement of helicopters with cheaper crewboats.
    6. Consistent demand for security vessels in Africa, namely Nigeria. Africa is the largest market for Penguin International (FY19: 56% of sales).

Maintain BUY with a lower target price of S$0.88 (previously S$0.93)

Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2020-02-26
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 0.88 DOWN 0.930