Japfa - DBS Research 2020-06-30: Staying The Course On Diversification

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Japfa - Staying The Course On Diversification

  • Expecting weaker 2Q20 performance from its Indonesia poultry operations; but stronger contribution from Vietnam and China operations to offset weakness.
  • Trimmed earnings by 12% on revision on Indonesia poultry, offset partially by higher swine prices assumed.
  • Target Price revised marginally to S$0.82.
  • Maintain BUY on Japfa as valuation remains attractive.

Staying the course on diversification

Maintain BUY, Target Price revised to S$0.82; Swine and Dairy to mitigate Indonesia poultry.

  • We maintain our earlier positive prognosis on the benefits of Japfa (SGX:UD2)’s geographical diversification. Following on from our last note on 15 May 2020, our thesis remains; and, we expect its Vietnam swine and China dairy operations to help mitigate weakness in its Indonesian poultry operations.
  • We maintain our BUY recommendation on Japfa with a revised Target Price of S$0.82 as we trimmed our forecasts by 12%/3% for FY20F/21F on the back of weaker contributions from JPFA, mitigated partially by increased contribution from its Vietnam swine operations due to elevated swine prices.

Japfa Comfeed Indonesia to see weaker 2Q20 vis-a-vis earlier envisaged.

  • We have just trimmed our JPFA recommendation to HOLD, from BUY, with a revised Target Price of Rp1,200 (see report Japfa Comfeed Indonesia: Holding back on breeding pre-2Q results). While we had earlier envisaged a weak 2Q20 operating performance for JPFA, and a sequential improvement in 2H20, we believe the broiler and day-old chicks (DOC) price rebound seen in Indonesia thus far in May/June could only partially mitigate the effects in April.
  • Recall that in April, DOC and broiler prices slumped to Rp2,800/chick and Rp12,100/kg respectively. As such, we have trimmed our FY20F EBITDA and net profit forecasts for JPFA by 14% and 22% respectively. In addition, JPFA’s share price has also rallied by c.35% since our last update, and we believe it should take a breather.

Vietnam swine prices continue to track higher than VND55,000 previously assumed.

  • Fortunately, for Japfa, swine prices in Vietnam remain healthy. We understand that swine prices in Vietnam remain high and news reports indicate that prices remain significantly above the authorities’ target of VND60,000/kg. This is still significantly higher than the levels seen a year ago (at VND30,000-35,000/kg) at the initial outbreak of the African Swine Fever (ASF) in Vietnam. Overall, this should bode well for Japfa’s Vietnam swine operations.
  • We also believe the trend should also bode well for industralised players given their ability to capitalise on the shortage of sows with programmes to import pure line breeders from Hypor.

Recent information update suggests our thesis is on track.

  • Japfa held its Annual General Meeting on 25 June 2020. Its update and information shared on its slide deck (shared in Japfa Announcements) suggest that our above expectations – weak Indonesia poultry operations in 2Q20, are on track. Furthermore, it was also noted that its “Swine Vietnam and Dairy China will deliver results that are likely to more than offset performance of Poultry Indonesia in 2Q2020”.

Valuation & forecasts

Trimmed FY20F forecasts by 12% on smaller contribution from JPFA, mitigated partially by Vietnam operations.

  • Given our revision to JPFA’s forecasts, we have correspondingly factored that into Japfa’s forecasts. Fortunately, this is partially mitigated as we factored in a higher price assumption for swine prices in Vietnam, versus our previous expectations.
  • We raised our assumption for Vietnam swine fattening price to VND60,000/kg from VND55,000/kg previously. That said, this is still lower than the current market price.

Target Price revised to S$0.82; maintain BUY.

Alfie YEO DBS Group Research | Andy SIM CFA DBS Research | https://www.dbsvickers.com/ 2020-06-30
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 0.82 DOWN 0.860