ComfortDelGro - Phillip Securities 2020-05-26: Pain Everywhere

COMFORTDELGRO CORPORATION LTD (SGX:C52) | SGinvestors.io COMFORTDELGRO CORPORATION LTD (SGX:C52)

ComfortDelGro - Pain Everywhere

  • Revenue and PATMI were below expectations. ComfortDelGro (SGX:C52)'s 1Q20 PATMI fell 49% y-o-y, dragged down by taxi profits declining 92% y-o-y. The full impact of circuit breaker and rental rebates to taxi drivers in Singapore will occur in the following quarter.
  • ComfortDelGro will be providing a total of S$116mn worth of taxi rental rebates. Rebates started in mid-February and will end in September. The bulk of the rebates will occur in 2Q20 when 100% waiver of rent is given for almost two months.
  • The taxi operations will be loss-making in FY20 due to the rebates. The rental relief from ComfortDelGro will help retain taxi drivers longer than competitors. We expect the path to recovery will be gradual. Social distancing behaviour, working from home and the decline in tourist will all weight on passenger volumes.
  • We downgrade ComfortDelGro to NEUTRAL with a lower target price of S$1.50 (previously $2.20). Our PATMI for FY20e is slashed by 62%. It excludes the job support scheme to be received from the government.



The Positive


Free cash-flow of S$57.4mn in 1Q20.

  • In 1Q20, ComfortDelGro generated free cash-flows (operating cash-flow less capital expenditure) of S$57.4mn (1Q20: +S$0.4mn). Operating cash-flow of $S105.5mn during the quarter was higher than a year ago (1Q19: S$95.6mn). This allowed the company to turn net cash position of S$26.mn against the net debt of S$40mn as at end Dec19.


The Negatives


Taxi profitability plunged.

  • Taxi operating profit plunged 92% to S$2.4mn. Rental rebates and lockdowns depressed earnings and volumes respectively. Of the S$116mn of rental rebates to Singapore taxi drivers, we believe only S$13.7mn was incurred in 1Q20.

Bus operations are not immune.

  • The lower frequency in bus mileage will impact revenues. The service fee paid by the authorities is dependent on mileage travelled. 1Q20 there was less impact on Singapore. Reduction in advertisement revenue was another negative driver for earning.

Overseas operations perform poorly.

  • Poor weather and a declined in tourism pushed the UK and Ireland operations into losses. China similarly swung into losses due to lock-downs and rental relief to taxi drivers.


Outlook

  • Taxi – ComfortDelGro taxi drivers will receive rental relief in stages from 13 February onwards. Taxi drivers will also receive 100% rental waiver from 7 April to 1 June, to coincide with the circuit breaker period. We estimate the rental rebates from ComfortDelGro in 2Q20 will be around S$68.9mn. Taxi operations are expected to be loss-making in FY20e.
  • Public transport - Public bus and rail ridership was down between 70-75% during the circuit breaker period. Lower mileage operated will lead to less service fee to be received from the authorities. However, capacity needs to be close to pre-Covid level because safe distancing measures cannot totally be enforced on public transport. Rail operations will bear the full brunt from the collapse in ridership.


Downgrade ComfortDelGro to NEUTRAL with a lower target price of S$1.50 (previously S$2.20)






Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2020-05-26
SGX Stock Analyst Report NEUTRAL DOWNGRADE ACCUMULATE 1.50 DOWN 2.200



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