SATS - CGS-CIMB Research 2021-05-27: Not A Sitting Duck

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SATS - Not A Sitting Duck

  • SATS turned in a net profit of S$0.8m in 4Q21 vs our expected S$11m net loss. FY21 core net loss of S$7m is narrower than our expected S$26m.
  • Higher-than-expected non-aviation revenue, lower staff costs from government relief and share of MI helped the performance.
  • We see buying opportunity on recent SATS share price dip as Singapore regressed to Phase 2. Border reopening is a catalyst. DCF target price for SATS unchanged at S$4.30.

First reported quarterly profit since COVID-19 outbreak began

  • SATS (SGX:S58)’s 4QFY21 net profit of S$0.8m (vs. 4QFY20 net loss of S$6.3m) was a beat vs our net loss expectations of S$11m, supported by government reliefs of S$51m, as well as stronger non-aviation revenue. Excluding impairment on investments of S$12m incurred, 4QFY21 net profit would have been at S$13m.
  • Aside from Singapore (S$29.7m, -30% y-o-y) all geographical regions recorded net losses for the quarter.
  • In light of headwinds faced from the pandemic, SATS has not issued dividends in FY21.

Not a sitting duck; topline bolstered by non-aviation segment

  • SATS's 4QFY20 revenue of S$279m (+11% q-o-q, -36% y-o-y) was 10% above our expectations thanks to stronger contributions from Japan’s revenue fell 35% q-o-q due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases that resulted in scaled-back domestic flights. Cargo revenue stood at ~ 14% of group revenue and returned to pre-COVID levels in terms of volume and margins.

Associates still in the red, affected by credit provisions

  • While SATS’s cargo associates in Hong Kong, Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh were profitable in 4QFY21, contribution from associates came in at a S$7.3m loss (-127% q-o-q, -76% y-o-y). This was largely due to headwinds faced by its aviation catering and ground services associates and one-off credit provisions of ~S$12m. This brings FY21 share of losses from associates to S$48m (vs. S$12m profit in FY20), above our S$43m expectation.

Maintain ADD at target price of S$4.30; a recovery proxy, cost relief helps

LIM Siew Khee CGS-CIMB Research | https://www.cgs-cimb.com 2021-05-27
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