JEP Holdings Ltd - Phillip Securities 2020-08-21: Aviation To Hibernate

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JEP Holdings Ltd - Aviation To Hibernate

  • JEP Holdings (SGX:1J4)'s 1H20 results were below expectations, excluding the government grant, PATMI would have declined 22% y-o-y to an estimated S$2.6mn.
  • The collapse in international air travel has reversed from the previous insufficiency in aircraft production capacity to the current overcapacity. Orders have been mothballed.
  • We are downgrading JEP Holdings to REDUCE. Aerospace was around 60% of JEP Holdings revenues. We are not expecting any recovery in aerospace orders until end 2022. Semiconductor project and cost restructuring will be the company focus in the medium term, in our opinion.
  • Our target price is now cut to S$0.158 and benchmarked to the book value of the company.



The Positive


Revenue was relatively resilient.

  • Weakness in revenue came from precision manufacturing and trading whilst equipment manufacturing expanded. The sales breakdown of these divisions were not disclosed. Total revenue only declined by 5% despite the disruption in operations from the lockdown in Malaysia and Singapore.


The Negative


Rise in administrative expenses.

  • We were surprised that administrative expenses rose 8% y-o-y to S$3.2mn despite the decline in revenue. The increase was due to higher provision of staff cost related to performance.


Outlook

  • It will be a rough 18 months for JEP Holdings as aviation equipment orders have frozen. The Boeing Company reported aircraft deliveries of only 19 in 2Q20, a 80% y-o-y drop from 90 in 2Q19. We expect JEP Holdings to now pivot more to semiconductor orders especially with the support from UMS Holdings (SGX:558). Some of the initiatives we believe JEP Holdings will undergo during this period of consolidation in aviation are:
    1. UMS Holdings can tap on JEP Holdings to utilise their excess capacity for semiconductor orders;
    2. Further realign cost and production into the Malaysian factories;
    3. Pursue more semiconductor equipment and printing projects, in particular customers looking to shift out of China.


Downgrade JEP Holdings to REDUCE from BUY with reduced Target Price of S$0.158 (previously S$0.26)






Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2020-08-21
SGX Stock Analyst Report REDUCE DOWNGRADE BUY 0.158 DOWN 0.260



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