Tiong Woon - UOB Kay Hian 2022-08-23: Market Leader Set To Benefit From Strong Growth In The Construction Sector


Tiong Woon - Market Leader Set To Benefit From Strong Growth In The Construction Sector

  • Tiong Woon is the second-largest crane operator in Singapore with a strong regional presence. It is well-positioned to benefit from the construction and oil & gas upcycles. We expect Tiong Woon's earnings per share (EPS) to double in FY22 and grow 37% y-o-y in FY23, driven by higher utilisation rates and double-digit growth in crane rental rates.
  • Tiong Woon's share price is trading at an attractive FY23F P/E of 4.4x and P/B of 0.4x.
  • Initiate coverage on Tiong Woon with BUY recommendation.

Tiong Woon - The second-largest crane operator in Singapore with 78% revenue derived locally.

  • Tiong Woon Corporation Holding (SGX:BQM) is a leading heavy lift specialist supporting mainly the construction, oil & gas, infrastructure and petrochemical sectors. Tiong Woon has been listed on the SGX since 1999 and has more than 40 years of track record. Headquartered in Singapore, Tiong Woon has a strong regional presence with establishments in 12 other countries.
  • Tiong Woon is ranked 23rd in the IC50 2021 survey (The IC50 is the industry ranking of the world’s largest crane operating companies).
  • We expect a strong construction upturn and resumption of more oil & gas capex to be the key growth drivers. For FY22, we expect Tiong Woon’s EPS to double y-o-y.

Well-positioned to benefit from construction industry upcycle.

  • With comprehensive ownership of more than 500 cranes, some of which can have a capacity of up to 1,600 tonnes each, Tiong Woon is in a good position to benefit from the strong resumption of activities in Singapore’s construction sector and rising capex in the oil & gas industry.
  • The construction sector will have strong demand for cranes in the coming years driven by accelerating construction of public housing and new mega infrastructure projects including the Cross Island Line, Changi Airport T5, Tuas Mega Port and the North South Corridor.
  • The Housing & Development Board plans to launch up to 23,000 flats a year in 2022-23, a huge jump from the 48,509 flats launched in 2019-21 (16,170 flats per year). In addition, construction of more petrochemical plants could further boost crane demand.

Rising number of BTO launches to drive demand for cranes.

  • As an owner and operator of cranes, Tiong Woon is expected to benefit from the construction of more new Built-To- Order (BTO) flats. As Housing Development Board (HDB) housing forms a significant part of demand for Tiong Woon’s crane rental, the increase in BTO supply would help support and boost crane rental’s revenue moving forward.

Expect Tiong Woon's EPS to double in FY22 followed by 37% y-o-y growth in FY23.

  • Tiong Woon’s strong earnings growth will be driven by the improved utilisation rates and higher rental rates of its cranes due to demand from contractors. This will lead to an increase in its gross margin, followed by better earnings.
  • For FY22-24, we estimate Tiong Woon's total revenue at S$133m-189m (18.0% CAGR) and net profit at S$21m-34m (12.3% CAGR). This comes on the back of double-digit increases in crane rental rates and higher utilisation of crane operations, driven by demand from more construction activities in the property, infrastructure and oil & gas sectors.
  • We estimate Tiong Woon’s crane rental rates to grow around 10% for FY22-24, while the rest of the revenue growth will be driven by higher utilisation rates. As a result, Tiong Woon will enjoy positive operating leverage as cost increases will remain largely limited.
  • As of FY21, the average utilisation rate of Tiong Woon’s cranes was only 49%. We expect to see a double-digit growth in Tiong Woon’s crane rental rates in FY22 and FY23, which will be the key earnings growth driver.
  • We expect gross margin to expand to 42%/42%/41% for FY22/23/24 respectively. Combined with revenue growth of 18%/20%/15%, this gross margin expansion will drive earnings growth of 113%/37%/19% for Tiong Woon in FY22/23/24 respectively. Continue to read the report attached below for more details on Tiong Woon's financial forecasts.

Initiate coverage on Tiong Woon with BUY recommendation.

Catalysts and risks

  • Catalysts to include
    • Better-than-expected earnings from higher crane rental rates and utilisation rate.
    • Better-than-expected dividend and share buybacks.
    • Potential takeover offer by other larger crane companies given the attractive valuation.
  • Risks include:
    • slowdown in construction industry;
    • termination of construction works or major delays due to COVID-19, and
    • shortage of labour.
  • Continue to read the 16-page report attached below for complete analysis on Tiong Woon (SGX:BQM).

John Cheong UOB Kay Hian Research | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2022-08-23
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