SATS - UOB Kay Hian 2022-03-28: Preparing To Emerge Stronger

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SATS - Preparing To Emerge Stronger

  • With its aviation business well on track for a recovery, SATS is proactively driving expansion in the non-aviation segment. We are positive on SATS’s decision to tap on its balance sheet strength and to propel growth through investment (M&As).

Benefitting from APAC air travel recovery.

  • With its over 80% share of inflight catering and gateway services at Changi Airport and strong presence at regional hub airports in several key Asian countries, SATS (SGX:S58) will benefit directly from the air travel recovery in the region.
  • We expect SATS’s travel-related businesses to return to pre-pandemic levels by FY25. This is in line with the International Air Transport Association’s air travel forecasts for APAC and SATS’s guidance, but excludes possible inorganic growth from M&As.

Expanding non-aviation segment, another engine of growth.

  • We applaud SATS’s strategy to leverage its strengths and network in aviation and to diversify into the non-aviation segment (e.g. non-aviation food solutions such as central kitchens). This offers SATS another growth engine when its travel-related businesses remain in the recovery mode in the next 2-3 years.
  • We project SATS’s non-travel segment to achieve a CAGR of 9.4% in FY22-25 (to contribute about 30% of group total revenue by FY25), driven by organic growth and recent investments in central kitchens in Thailand and India.

S$1b investment programme to further propel growth.

  • SATS plans to invest about S$1b in a further 16-24% upside to our current FY25 (normalised year) net profit estimate of S$267m.

Near-term cost pressure would be eventually passed through.

  • Excluding government support, SATS is still in a net loss position, with a S$33m core net loss in 3QFY22. We expect near-term performance to remain weighed down by the rising cost pressure from:
    1. inflation on food ingredients and labour, and
    2. headcount build-up ahead of the business volume recovery.
  • However, we expect the cost pressure to be eventually passed down to end customers as the businesses continue to recover.

SATS - Valuation & Recommendation

Roy Chen CFA UOB Kay Hian Research | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2022-03-28
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