Singapore Airlines (SIA) - CGS-CIMB Research 2021-07-30: Lowest Quarterly EBIT Loss Since Pandemic


Singapore Airlines (SIA) - Lowest Quarterly EBIT Loss Since Pandemic

  • SIA's 1QFY22 core net loss of S$430m in-line at 26% of our full-year loss estimate of S$1.66bn; consensus net loss forecast of S$902m appears too optimistic.
  • Reiterate ADD rating on SIA as we expect international travel to resume gradually from late-CY21F before becoming more meaningful by mid-CY22F.
  • Our target price is reduced slightly, as we deduct an assumed 5% YTM on half of the MCBs.

SIA's 1QFY22 EBIT loss narrowed 14% q-o-q to S$274m

  • SIA (SGX:C6L)’s core net loss of S$430m for 1QFY3/22 was sharply narrower than the S$1bn loss for 1QFY21, as cumulative ineffective fuel hedging losses of S$462m were transferred from balance sheet equity into the P&L during 1QFY21, to reflect the fact that SIA had over-hedged relative to its actual fuel requirements.
  • By contrast, SIA benefitted from fuel hedging gains in 1QFY22 (S$13m), and mark-to-market gains on the fuel derivatives (S$72m), as spot Brent prices have rallied to above the derivatives’ strike prices. The group pax airlines also deployed much more ASK capacity in 1QFY22 vs the trough in 1QFY21. On a q-o-q basis, SIA reported narrower EBIT loss, as
    1. the SQ and MI pax airlines combined saw slightly narrower core EBIT loss of S$502m in 1QFY22 vs 4QFY21’s S$517m loss;
    2. SIA Cargo saw stronger core EBIT profit of S$433m vs S$312m; partially offset by
    3. Scoot’s higher core EBIT loss of S$110m vs S$59m.
  • We highlight that SIA’s 1QFY22 EBIT loss was its lowest since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this achievement, SIA’s core net loss in 1QFY22 of S$430m was wider than the immediately preceding 4QFY21’s core net loss of S$321m, most likely due to higher interest expense, and/or lower deferred tax credits.

Outlook to gradually improve over the next 12 months

  • SIA said it had already deployed 28% of its pre-COVID-19 passenger gross cash balance of S$13.7bn almost as much as its gross debt balance of S$15.1bn. SIA has access to S$2.1bn of undrawn credit lines and additional headroom of S$6bn for sale and leaseback transactions of various aircraft. As such, SIA is well positioned to be a competitive winner in the post-pandemic world, in our view.

SIA Target price computation

Raymond YAP CFA CGS-CIMB Research | 2021-07-30
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