Sembcorp Industries - Phillip Securities 2021-02-25: Energy Demand Improving


Sembcorp Industries - Energy Demand Improving

  • Sembcorp (SGX:U96)'s FY20 net profit before exceptional items (EI) of S$301mn was ahead of our loss estimate of S$147mn. The variance came from better-than-expected energy revenue. See Sembcorp's announcements.
  • Energy demand and prices improved sequentially in 4Q20 in key markets.
  • We raise our target price to S$1.77 from S$1.75 as we peg Sembcorp Industries to 0.85x FY21 P/B, closer to their 10-year historical average P/B up from 0.7x as its outlook is improving. Expect stronger operating metrics in FY21e. But as most of its positives have been priced in, downgrade from BUY to ACCUMULATE.

The Positives

Net profit before EI ahead of our expectation.

  • Higher energy demand in 2H20 brought group net profit before exceptional items to S$301mn, beating our estimate for a S$147mn loss.
  • Supported by its underlying profitability, Sembcorp Industries proposed a final dividend of S$0.04 per share. Without the encumbrance of the Marine business, we expect Sembcorp Industries to be able to support increased payouts going forward.

Energy demand recovered slightly.

  • Energy demand and prices improved sequentially in 4Q20 in its key operating markets, Singapore, China and India. As lockdowns ease in these markets, we believe demand can further recover in FY21e.
  • Amid a challenging macro environment, its Energy and Urban businesses were resilient. Sembcorp Industries continued to deliver positive operating cash flow.

Myanmar operations unaffected.

  • Through its subsidiary, Sembcorp Myingyan Power Company Limited, Sembcorp Industries operates a 225-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Mandalay, Myanmar. The plant continues to be in operation and there have been no disruptions.

The Negative

Earnings of about S$30mn at risk.

  • The potential exit of a major customer of Sembcorp Industries on Jurong Island in 2021 and a 1-year overhaul of a customer’s facilities in the UK may affect the Energy segment this year. In 2020, these customers contributed about S$30mn of net profits in total.

Impairments of S$261mn recorded for FY20.

  • Sembcorp Industries recognised S$261mn in impairments for FY20, which had a negative impact on their equity value. These comprised of S$81mn and S$32m impairments in investments in Sembcorp Salalah Power and Water Company and Shenzhen Chiwan Sembawang Engineering Co (CSE) respectively. We do not expect any further impairments for FY21e and FY22e.


  • Despite persistent uncertainties surrounding recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain positive on Sembcorp Industries’s outlook as energy demand is recovering in its key operating markets.
  • We expect Sembcorp Industries to continue transiting its portfolio to sustainable solutions and sustainable development. In 2021, about 200MW of renewable-energy capacity is expected to come onstream.

Downgrade to ACCUMULATE, albeit with higher target price of S$1.77

Terence Chua Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2021-02-25
SGX Stock Analyst Report ACCUMULATE DOWNGRADE BUY 1.77 UP 1.750