Hi-P International - Maybank Kim Eng 2020-02-18: Outlook Still Challenging

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Hi-P International - Outlook Still Challenging


Guides for lower profit in FY20E; maintain SELL

  • Contrasting our expectations of an earnings recovery in FY20E, Hi-P International (SGX:H17) guided for net profit to be lower than FY19. As such we lower FY20-21E EPS by 20-28%.
  • 4Q19 core net profit dropped 42% y-o-y to SGD22.4m, falling short of our expectations. We maintain SELL on Hi-P International with lower ROE-g/COE-g Target Price of SGD1.00, now based on 1.2x FY20E P/B (prev: 1.5x) as the challenging outlook persists.
  • Prefer Venture Corp (SGX:V03) (BUY, Target Price SGD18.23) as we believe earnings recovery could materialise in 2H20.



Pricing pressure still persists in 4Q19…

  • Hi-P International's 4Q19 revenue fell 10% due to pricing pressure and lower sales volumes for certain customers. Amid increasingly competitive pricing and negative operating leverage, gross margin fell 3.8ppt to 13.9%. However, it was higher than expected effective tax rate at 22.8% (+4ppt y-o-y) that resulted in Hi-P International falling short of our expectations, due to a few non-deductible items.
  • We are assuming normalised tax rate of 17-18% in FY20-22E.


… And in FY20E

  • Hi-P International is expecting lower profit in FY20E despite higher revenue due to
    1. persisting pricing pressure, in particular with the key wireless customer; and
    2. increased contributions from Keurig assembly projects, which yield lower margin.
  • The guidance has also factored in management’s assessment of supply chain disruptions as a result of Covid-19.
  • If the pricing environment results in unsustainable returns, competitors may cut back on capex. This may be a sign that could restore demand-supply balance, in turn improve pricing. However, management currently views this to occur only in FY21E at the earliest.


Valuation and risks






Lai Gene Lih CFA Maybank Kim Eng Research | https://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2020-02-18
SGX Stock Analyst Report SELL MAINTAIN SELL 1.00 DOWN 1.340



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