SingTel - UOB Kay Hian 2021-11-12: 1HFY22 Earnings Below Expectations; Recovery Continues Into 2HFY22

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SingTel - 1HFY22 Earnings Below Expectations; Recovery Continues Into 2HFY22

  • SingTel delivered 1HFY22 core earnings of S$983m, a 17% y-o-y growth on the back of improved Optus performance and a turnaround in associate Airtel. Accounting for 43% and 44% of house and street’s estimates, the earnings were below expectations.
  • SingTel's management alluded towards recovery thanks to the reopening of economy. First interim dividend of S$0.045 was declared for 1HFY22. We cut FY22 forecast by 6%, accounting for higher depreciation charges. Maintain BUY.

SingTel's 1HFY22 core earnings below expectations.

  • SingTel (SGX:Z74) grew 2QFY22 core net profit to S$532m (+8% y-o-y; +18% q-o-q). This brings 1HFY22 core net profit to S$983m (+17$ y-o-y) - below expectations as it accounts for only 43% and 44% of house and street’s full-year estimates.
  • Key drivers for SingTel in 1HFY22 include:
    • improved Optus performance alongside a 6% A$ appreciation,
    • higher associate contributions with the turnaround in Airtel, and
    • lower finance expenses.
  • The discrepancy on our end stemmed from lower-than-expected revenue trajectory and higher-than-expected depreciation.
  • SingTel's 1H22 dividend within expectations. SingTel has declared an interim net dividend of S$0.045/share. See SingTel's dividend history. This represents 76% of 1HFY22 core PAT payout, in line with its 60-80% dividend policy. We expect full-year net dividend of S$0.10/share.

Stock Impact

  • Consumer: A nice 1HFY22 for Australia. In Australia, mobile to higher advertising revenue vs last year when customers cut back on advertising dollar due to the pandemic. Consequently, EBITDA was US$5m vs EBITDA loss of US$4m in 1HFY21.

SingTel - Earnings Revision

Chong Lee Len UOB Kay Hian Research | Chloe Tan Jie Ying UOB Kay Hian | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2021-11-12
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