+ YoY growth in revenue driven by cable TV: This was the result of 4% yoy improvement in subscribers.
+ Subscribers were stable: Cable TV subscribers were flat qoq. There was also pick-up in premium digital subs.
+ DPU guidance maintained: Management reaffirmed their full year distribution of 6.5 cents, payable 1.625 cents per quarter
+ Lower interest rates in future: The new trustee manager was successful in negotiating for a 30 basis points reduction in interest rates, effective 30Jun17. This implies an almost S$4m interest saving on the NT$28b (S$1.3b) loan.
– Higher than expected income tax: The jump in tax came from the almost doubling of deferred taxes.
– Higher than expected staff cost: This was due to long-term incentive plan for senior management.
The outlook remains stable. We lowered our net profit by 18% to account for higher deferred tax, foreign exchange and amortization of debt financing fees. No change to our target price or cash-flow assumptions.
Maintain “BUY” rating with target price unchanged at S$0.64
We maintain our BUY recommendation with an unchanged target price. The adjustments to our earnings are non-cash and do not materially affect our valuations. We find APTV dividends attractive and sustainable. It operates a monopolistic business where revenues are recurrent and barriers to entry high.