SingTel - Maybank Kim Eng 2021-05-17: Cleaning Up The Present, Moving To The Future

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SingTel - Cleaning Up The Present, Moving To The Future

SingTel's exceptional losses mostly non-cash; Maintain BUY

  • SingTel (SGX:Z74) is booking a net exceptional loss of S$1.2b, of which 94% are non-cash impairments against its digital assets and Optus’ legacy network. The impairment is part of SingTel’s strategic review of its digital assets.
  • Overall, the share price may experience some weakness in view of the exceptional losses announced. That said, it is all set for SingTel CEO Yuen Kuan Moon’s announcement of its long-term strategic direction, alongside with its results release in approximately 2 weeks’ time.
  • We maintain BUY on with SOTP-based target price of S$2.88 as we see deep value in SingTel. The market is ascribing almost zero value to its SG and Australia operations, while SingTel offers 5.3% FY22E yield.

Cleaning up its books

  • SingTel is booking a net exceptional loss of S$1.2b. This includes impairment charges of S$589m and S$336m against its investments in AdTech Amobee and Cybersecurity business Trustwave.
  • Concurrently, Optus has undertaken a review of its network assets and it’s recording an impairment of S$204m due to its legacy fixed access network, which will no longer be used with the completion of the National Broadband Network rollout.
  • Optus has reviewed its staff compensation and it’s recording an exceptional charge of S$101m for payroll adjustments, professional fees and remediation of its systems – this is consistent with other Australian-based companies.
  • The exceptional losses will be partially offset by one-off gains of S$98m arising from BHARTI (BHARTI IN, BUY, Target price: INR750).

Part of its strategic review

  • On the impairment against Amobee and Trustwave, the move comes amid COVID-19 impacts and structural shifts in the digital marketing and cybersecurity industries. While the two companies are seeing slight recovery in business, rebound has been uneven across the sectors, which Amobee and Trustwave are exposed to. Management foresees that growth will be pushed back by 1-2 years for Amobee.

More to come

Kareen Chan Maybank Kim Eng Research | https://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2021-05-17
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