ISOTeam - RHB Invest 2022-09-15: Greener Pastures Ahead; Upgrade To BUY


ISOTeam - Greener Pastures Ahead; Upgrade To BUY

  • ISOTeam (SGX:5WF) had a tough FY21 and FY22, with the latter financial year hit by a one-off impairment as well as lower margin due to a sudden surge of operating and raw material costs.
  • For FY23 (Jul 2022 to Jun 2023), ISOTeam has managed to secure contracts with appropriate margins, accounting for the rise in labour and raw material costs. As a result, we expect profitability to return, and believe the worst is finally over for ISOTeam.

Higher margin on recent contract wins.

  • As labour and raw material costs surged, contracts that were negotiated and agreed on in the past became unprofitable and its gross profit margin was heavily impacted, which resulted in ISOTeam’s net loss of S$10m in FY22. However, we expect the ISOTeam’s new contracts to have factored in much better pricing and, therefore, margins – this should help engender its return to profitability in FY23F.

Strong orderbook of S$160.2m.

  • As of 30 Jun, ISOTeam's orderbook stood at S$160.2m, with projects expected to support the company’s activities through FY24F. A good portion comprised projects that were secured post-COVID-19 at an appropriate pricing strategy.
  • ISOTeam has further lifted its orderbook with additional contracts totalling S$49.8m, which it announced on 22 Aug.

Embracing technology to improve efficiency.

  • In FY22, ISOTeam embarked on the usage of drones for facade inspection with H3 Dynamics, and collaborated with Acclivis Technologies and Solutions as well as Nippon Paint (Singapore) to develop a drone that can be used for painting.
  • Looking ahead, ISOTeamt intends to focus on exploring more opportunities in the renewable energy installation space.

Brighter outlook ahead despite challenging environment.

  • ISOTeam's management continues to embrace technology and digitalisation that will enable the company to be more productive and less labour reliant. It also continues to prioritise cash conservation and cost control to overcome the current situation.
  • We expect profitability to return as margins improve from executing orders secured with better pricing, which should enable the turnaround. In addition, most of ISOTeam's kitchen sinking and write-offs exercises have likely been incurred and should be absent in FY23F.

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Jarick Seet RHB Securities Research | https://www.rhbgroup.com/ 2022-09-15
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