+ Broadband ARPU and subscriber numbers expanded. Net adds for broadband rose by 8,000 subscribers (4Q20: +2000). This is a major turnaround from a year ago. ARPU rose around 4% YoY to NT$369. This is also the third consecutive QoQ expansion in ARPU. The reason for the growth has been higher speed plans of 300Mbps to 1Gbps that the wireless operators (Far EasTone and Taiwan Mobile) are successfully signing up.
+ FCF grew. Free cash-flows rose S$8.2mn to $24mn. The jump was due to improvement in EBITDA (+S$3mn) and lower CAPEX (+S$5mn).
– Higher interest expense expected. The interest rate hedges for the onshore debt of around NT$28bn (S$1.35bn) expire on 31Dec21. Hedges will be placed this year to lock-in rates for another two to three years until the 2025 refinancing. A 20 bps rise will increase interest expense by around S$2.7mn.
The growth in broadband revenue is close to replacing weakness in cable TV. Higher interest rates in FY22 will be offset by lower content costs. The upside catalyst will be maiden revenues from 5G data backhaul from mobile operators.
Maintain ACCUMULATE with an unchanged target price of S$0.15
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