Asian Pay Television Trust - Phillip Securities 2020-04-29: Another DPU Cut But Operations Stable


Asian Pay Television Trust - Another DPU Cut But Operations Stable

  • Asian Pay TV Trust (SGX:S7OU)'s 1Q20 revenue and EBITDA beat our expectations. Results beat our estimates in part due to the appreciation of the Taiwan dollar by 4.7% during the quarter.
  • Asian Pay TV Trust announced a 1 for 4 rights issue with an issue price of S$0.128 per share. Upon completion of the rights issue, DPU will be cut from a quarterly 0.3 cents to 0.25 cents. Amount raised is S$46mn and will effectively be underwritten by the Trustee-Manager owners. See Asian Pay TV Trust Announcements.
  • We were disappointed with the 16.7% cut in DPU accompanying the rights issue. The effective dividend yield drops by around 1.5% points post announcement of the rights issue.
  • Nevertheless, we are upgrading our recommendation from NEUTRAL to BUY.
    • Firstly, Asian Pay TV Trust's share price has corrected by 23% since our last report despite the limited impact of the outbreak on the company;
    • Secondly, the business operations have turned more stable;
    • Thirdly, dividends are much more sustainable at the current levels.
  • Our target price will peg Asian Pay TV Trust at around 10x EV/EBITDA. We upgrade to BUY but lower our target price to S$0.15.

The Positives

Revenue is better than expected.

  • We were modelling around 4% y-o-y decline in revenue. Excluding the currency impact, revenue rose 3.6% in local currency terms. Non-subscription jumped 57% to S$14.9mn due to the sale of certain in-house content to channels plus additional advertisement revenue. Such revenues are lumpy.

Broadband revenue stable.

  • Broadband revenue rose 4% but was flat in constant currency terms. ARPU declined 12% to NT$350 per month (S$16.6), but new subscribers responded to the lower price plans by expanding 10% y-o-y to 242k. Another positive was that the fall in ARPU of NT$6 on q-o-q basis was the smallest in seven quarters.

Capex well contained so far.

  • 1Q20 capex dipped to S$11mn or 14% of revenue. We were modelling 23% of revenue or S$65mn. Nevertheless, the company did highlight that there was some deferral in capex and 1Q20 fall is not representative of the expected downtrend in capex.

The Negatives

Effective DPU has been cut.

  • Following the rights issue, Asian Pay TV Trust will be lowering their DPU from 0.3 cents to 0.25 cents per quarter. The cut in dividends is only effective upon completion of the rights issue. Also, Asian Pay TV Trust will review its FY21 dividend policy in their 3Q20 results.


  • Broadband is the bright spot with the growth in subscribers offsetting the weakness in ARPU. Core cable TV remains problematic with cable TV subscribers falling close to 3% p.a. Therefore, the ability to reduce capex will be critical to offset the falling cash-flows from cable TV business.

Upgrade to BUY and target price lowered to S$0.15 (previously S$0.165)

Details of the Asian Pay TV Trust rights issue:

  1. Terms: 1 rights unit for every existing 4 held (renounceable)
  2. Issue price: S$0.128 per unit (TERP: S$0.129).
  3. Amount raised: S$46.2mn
  4. Purpose of proceeds: Partial repayment of offshore facilities (S$45mn).
  5. Irrevocable rights undertaking: Refer to Figure1 in attached PDF report.

Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2020-04-29
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