United Overseas Bank - Maybank Kim Eng 2020-08-06: Spill Over Risks

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United Overseas Bank - Spill Over Risks


Risks of higher credit charges for longer

  • UOB (SGX:U11)’s 1H20 PAT missed MKE expectations on weaker trading income. Pressure on NIMs and non-interest income in 2H20 are likely to remain given low interest rates and slow easing of lockdowns in ASEAN.
  • Importantly, 16% of UOB's loan book is under moratoriums - a bulk of which are set to expire between 3Q20-4Q20. Mostly these are for SMEs and prolonged weak economic conditions may drive some to turn sour. This may drive higher credit charges in 2021E (and 2022E). Such a scenario may prompt MAS to extend the recently announced dividend caps to next year as well, in our view.
  • Lower dividends, increased asset quality risks and tighter operating conditions in ASEAN, has us downgrading UOB to HOLD with new Target Price of SGD20.79.
  • We prefer DBS for stronger franchise value. See report: DBS Group - Maybank Kim Eng 2020-08-06: Franchise Strength.




Asset quality weakness may spill to 2021-22E

  • Management claims 10-15% of loans under moratorium may potentially become NPLs. In a worst case scenario, this can increase bad loans by 148% (to 4% Gross NPL ratio). We believe this risk may start to express largely in 2021 following moratorium expiry.
  • Given 22% of the loan book is ASEAN, where some countries may not have the capacity to continue extending fiscal and monetary assistance, we expect a higher risk of NPLs viz-a-viz North Asia. We have raised 2021-22E credit costs by 23-24% as a result.


Near term operating pressure

  • UOB saw 2Q20 ex-fee, non-interest income fall 11% y-o-y despite conducive market conditions. Fee income fell 15% y-o-y. While easing lockdown conditions may support growth here, it is unlikely to normalise in the near term, we believe.
  • Loan growth came in better than expectations, and UOB’s integrated regional presence may support some market share gains.
  • Overall, while we have raised 2020-2022E loans balances by 3-7%, we have lowered non-int income by 4-8% for weaker trading and fees.


Lower dividend outlook. Downgrade UOB to HOLD







Thilan Wickramasinghe Maybank Kim Eng Research | https://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2020-08-06
SGX Stock Analyst Report HOLD DOWNGRADE BUY 20.79 DOWN 22.420



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