800 Super Holdings Ltd – Ceasing Coverage February 13, 2019
Revenue in line with forecast. PATMI -3.2% lower than expected
Lower profit due to ramp-up phase of new projects that are starting up; particularly the sludge treatment plant
Next project in the pipeline is the Tuas South laundry plant
Ceasing coverage due to reallocation of internal resources
Sequential improvement in EBITDA, indicating that utilisation of fixed assets has picked-up. EBITDA increased QoQ by $0.41mn to $6.08mn, but depreciation increased QoQ by only $0.21mn to $3.33mn. EBITDA is also +9% YoY higher, because of new projects that are coming online now, that were not present a year ago.
Employee benefits expense kept under control. Labour is the largest cost component (48% of opex) and it increased +16% YoY due to the commencement of the new projects. However, the increase was at a slower clip compared to the +27% YoY increase in revenue.
Purchase of supplies and disposal charge out-paced revenue growth. This expense grew by $5.54mn to $11.27mn or +97% YoY, which was faster than revenue growth. The higher expense was due to the Pasir Ris–Bedok public waste collection sector, biomass plant, sludge treatment plant and laundry plant. We believe that disproportionate increase is attributable to the laundry plant that is not performing well.
YoY margins compression as projects are starting-up and not fully contributing. We believe the sludge treatment plant is still not fully-utilised and likewise for the biomass plant. The energy generated by the biomass plant is used to power the sludge treatment plant. Utilisation of the biomass plant should increase in tandem with power demand from the sludge treatment facility as volumes increase.
Near-term PATMI is expected to be weaker YoY, due to transitional ramp-up of new projects. Further integration downtime is also likely to arise from the new Tuas South laundry plant which is expected to be completed in 1Q 2019. The energy recovered from the sludge treatment plant will be used to power the laundry plant.
Our most recent rating from our 13 November 2018 report, was NEUTRAL with target price of $0.80. We are ceasing coverage on this counter due to reallocation of internal resources.
About the author
Richard Leow Research Analyst Phillip Securities Research Pte Ltd
Richard covers the Transport Sector and Industrial REITs. He graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Finance from the Singapore Management University. He holds the CFTe and FRM certifications and is a CFA charterholder.
He was ranked #2 Top Stock Picker (Asia) for Real Estate Investment Trusts in the 2018 Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards, and ranked #2 Top Stock Picker (Singapore) for Resources & Infrastructure in the 2016 Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards.