SingTel - UOB Kay Hian 2022-05-30: FY22 Earnings In Line; Building Momentum Into FY23

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SingTel - FY22 Earnings In Line; Building Momentum Into FY23

  • SingTel reported 5% y-o-y higher 2HFY22 core earnings of S$941m (-4% h-o-h), thanks to strong performances in Optus consumers and India. FY22 core earnings are in line with our estimates but below the street’s forecasts.
  • SingTel is expected to fare well in FY23 with momentum in Optus consumers, higher prepaid and roaming with border reopening, NCS’s double-digit growth trajectory and smart capital recycling – S$3b of potential asset monetisation identified in the near term.
  • BUY on weakness.

FY22: In line with house, below consensus.

  • SingTel (SGX:Z74) reported 2HFY22 core net profit of S$941m (+5% y-o-y, -4% h-o-h) as Optus continued to report strong mobile performance especially in the postpaid segment and associate earnings jumped 24% y-o-y with the turnaround in Airtel. This brings FY22 core net profit to S$1,923m (+11% y-o-y), in line with our expectations but 8% below street estimates.
  • Sustainable dividend. SingTel proposed a final dividend of S$0.048/share. FY22 dividend of S$0.093/share represents 80% of core earnings payout. This translates to a net dividend yield of 3.4%. Management reiterated its mandate to pay between 60-80% of core net profit for FY23.

Positive outlook.

  • Building momentum into FY23 via:
    1. consumer business – strong performance in Australia (ARPU-accretive Optus Choice Plans) and higher roaming from border reopening;
    2. enterprise – ongoing digitalization to drive double-digit revenue growth for NCS; and
    3. smart capital recycling – SingTel have identified around S$3b of potential asset monetization in the near term.
  • The cashflow from asset monetization will be channeled towards advancing 5G advantages, data centre, Digibank and NCS.

Inflationary pressure – Mindful of the risk.

  • SingTel remains cognisant of higher opex and will look towards back of staff costs due to scaling up of digital talent to support business growth.

SingTel - Recommendation

Chong Lee Len UOB Kay Hian Research | Chloe Tan Jie Ying UOB Kay Hian | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2022-05-30
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