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SIA Engineering - UOB Kay Hian 2021-05-06: 2HFY21 Marginal Earnings Beat; Recovery Trajectory Remains Uncertain

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SIA Engineering - 2HFY21 Marginal Earnings Beat; Recovery Trajectory Remains Uncertain

  • SIA Engineering's earnings were better than expected, partly due to lower subcontracting costs. However, SIA Engineering continues to face structural challenges, which have been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • SIA Engineering is meeting some of these challenges by diversifying out of Singapore and exploring new business ventures but the impact is estimated to be gradual. Our fair value approximates long-term mean P/E multiple of 18.2x on FY24’s earnings.
  • Maintain SELL for SIA Engineering. Target price: S$2.00.



SIA ENGINEERING'S RESULTS


Full-year loss of S$11.2m was below the street’s estimate of S$9.6m but above our estimate of a S$28.0m loss.

  • Earnings were impacted by fewer flights out of Changi and the Philippines, where SIA Engineering (SGX:S59) has hangars. Earnings were also impacted by the continued grounding of aircraft, which in turn led to extension of maintenance intervals, lower line maintenance checks (-77% y-o-y at Changi) and fewer aircraft maintenance checks.
  • SIA Engineering received S$86.6m from the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) payout in 2HFY21, without which losses would have amounted to S$94.4m. SIA Engineering also recognised an S$11.4m impairment charge on an engine programme.
  • Operating cash flow before working capital changes fell 7% to S$52.8m in FY21, despite SIA Engineering having received JSS payouts for the period. Overall, operating cash flow rose 82% y-o-y due to positive working capital changes.
  • SIA Engineering did not declare a final dividend.

Operating loss narrowed significantly.

  • Airframe and line maintenance revenue was flat y-o-y but operating loss narrowed significantly, despite lower JSS. We believe this was due to lower subcontracting costs, which fell 62.5% h-o-h to S$9.0m.

Associate and JV earnings in 2HFY21 fell 87% y-o-y and 27% h-o-h,

  • due to reduction in business volume as a result of fewer flying hours and extension of aircraft maintenance intervals. Contributions from the engine and component segment in 2HFY21were S$66.5 million lower y-o-y, in part due to a one-time increase in tax provision. This was due to a reduction in head count, which led to engine JVs and associates being subject to a higher tax provision.
  • SIA Engineering did not disclose the quantum of increase in the tax provision.
  • Going forward, we are not optimistic of a recovery in engine checks from Eagle Services, given that most of the Pratt & Whitney engines are used on older aircraft, which might now come into service after COVID-19 subsides.


STOCK IMPACT


SIA Engineering indicated that the operating environment remains challenging.

  • Even after COVID-19 subsides, there will be challenges given that airlines have parked aircraft, some of which would not come back into service. Even so, SIA Engineering is exploring new business ventures including:
    1. an engine services division to provide on-wing and off-wing maintenance to CFM LEAP engines used on A320 NEO and B737 Max, and
    2. SIAEC is also looking to acquire SR Technics Malaysia (SRTM). SRTM provides component repair, testing and overhaul services to Airbus A320, A330, A340 and the Boeing 737NG aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Limited earnings visibility and SIA Engineering is still highly dependent on parent SIA.

  • This raises its own risk profile. SIA is also undertaking substantial sale and leaseback programmes, which could mean that some of the checks that were previously handled by SIA Engineering could be potentially handled by third parties.


EARNINGS REVISION/ RISK

  • We lower our FY22 earnings estimate of SIA Engineering by 84%, factoring in a slower airline traffic recovery.

VALUATION/ RECOMMENDATION



SHARE PRICE CATALYST

  • Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.





K Ajith UOB Kay Hian Research | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2021-05-06
SGX Stock Analyst Report SELL MAINTAIN SELL 2.00 UP 1.720



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