800 Super Holdings Ltd: Operationally stable, projects coming online November 13, 2017 1576

PSR Recommendation: BUY Status: Maintained
Target Price: SGD1.43
  • Revenue beat our estimate by 4.7%. Consequently, PATMI is 5.3% higher than expected
  • Staff cost pressure squeezing margin
  • WTE plant has obtained its TOP
  • Lowest-priced bidder for the Pasir Ris-Bedok PWC tender


The positives

  • Projects on-track and turning operational. The waste to energy (WTE) plant has obtained its Temporary Occupancy Permit and will undergo testing and commissioning before end 2017. The sludge treatment facility is on-track for completion in 2Q 2018.

The negatives

  • YoY higher opex was led by higher staff cost and other expenses. The largest cost component, staff cost (59% of opex), was 3.4% higher – mainly due to lower level of government grant. Other expenses (16.4% of opex), was the second largest cost component and had the largest percentage increase of 8.8% YoY. We think staff cost will continue to apply pressure, but other expenses had a one-off component in relation to mergers and acquisitions. Recall that the proposed acquisition of Iwash Laundry was announced in early October and completed soon after.


The outlook is stable with possibility of positive surprise from securing Pasir Ris-Bedok PWC contract.

  • WTE plant and sludge treatment will be an initial drag on bottom line, but we anticipate dividends to be maintained

No change in our view from the previous quarter: We are expecting near-term PATMI weakness in FY18 and FY19. This is due to the higher depreciation expense from the WTE plant and sludge treatment facility when they are completed, but initially under-utilised during their respective ramp-up periods. However, cash flow from operations is expected to remain stable. Consequently, 4.0 cents dividend is sustainable going forward.

  • Credible chance of securing Pasir Ris-Bedok PWC contract with lowest-priced bid

800 Super had put in the lowest-priced bid of $194 mn for the Pasir Ris-Bedok Public Waste Collection (PWC) contract. Recall that the existing Pasir Ris-Tampines and Bedok sectors, where Veolia and SembWaste are the respective incumbents will be consolidated by the National Environment Agency (NEA). The rationale given by NEA is to increase the number of households per sector and improve economies of scale and efficiency. The existing Pasir Ris-Tampines and Bedok contracts are supposed to conclude in June 2018 and October 2018, respectively.

Maintain Buy; lower target price of $1.43 (previously $1.53)

We like the stock for its recession-proof business model, yet with a pipeline of projects to drive medium-term growth. The ongoing sludge treatment facility is expected to contribute to Group earnings over the long-term. Some minor changes to our estimates, and we are using a higher WACC of 6.8% from previous 6.6%, with terminal growth unchanged. Winning the Pasir Ris-Bedok PWC contract will lead us to adjust our estimates upwards. Our target price gives an implied FY18e forward P/E multiple of 15.9x.

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Richard Leow
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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.

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