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Asian Pay Television Trust - Phillip Securities 2022-08-16: Stable With Early Signs Of 5G

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Asian Pay Television Trust - Stable With Early Signs Of 5G

  • Asian Pay TV Trust (SGX:S7OU)'s results met our expectations. 1H revenue and EBITDA were at 49%/48% of our FY22e estimates. 2Q22 distribution was maintained at 0.25 cents per unit.
  • Broadband remains the growth segment, rising 16% y-o-y but pulled down by 7% contraction in cable TV revenue. 5G backhaul revenue was S$2.2mil annualised (FY21: S$1.6mil).
  • Asian Pay TV Trust's current dividend yield of 8.5% or S$18mil payout, is well supported by an estimated free cash flows of around S$80mil p.a.



The Positive


Broadband growth with some 5G.

  • Broadband revenue grew from both higher volumes and prices. Net subscribers added in 2Q22 were 9,000 (2Q21: +9,000) and ARPU rose 5% y-o-y to TWD377. Higher speed broadband plans are driving prices and partnership with mobile operators is helping to gain more subscribers. 5G backhaul revenue was disclosed at around $1.1mil in 1H22. This compares with the S$1.6mil in FY21.


The Negative


Secular decline in basic cable.

  • No change to the continuing weakness in basic cable TV revenue. It is the 18th consecutive quarterly decline of subscribers. Local content is still popular but piracy issues and aggressive IPTV are driving the loss of subscribers and the need to provide more discounts for customer retention.


Outlook

  • A competitively priced broadband that is 40-50% cheaper than peers together with a collaboration with mobile operators have driven both volumes and prices higher. While ARPU is 20% lower than cable TV, the margins are higher because there is no content cost. Content cost around 30% of cable TV revenue. Broadband can keep group revenue stable with 5G the new growth catalyst.
  • Of Asian Pay TV Trust's S$1.44bn debt, S$1.3bn is onshore TWD dollar debt of which 93% (or S$1.2bn) is hedged at a fixed rate of 0.94% until 30Jun25. The offshore S$154mil debt is floating rate of base plus 1.6-1.9%. A 100bps rise in SIBOR will increase interest by S$1.5mil, so not a significant impact to free cash flow.

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Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2022-08-16
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