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