CapitaLand Limited: Harvesting the fruits of a stable recurring income portfolio August 10, 2018

PSR Recommendation: ACCUMULATEStatus: MaintainedTarget Price: SGD4.19
  • Revenue and adjusted net profit in line with our forecasts.
  • Strong earnings growth driven by increase in recurring income.
  • $3bn annual asset recycling target achieved in just 2 quarters.
  • Same-mall YoY tenant sales growth stable at 5.4% for China, CAPL’s biggest market.
  • Overall Serviced Residences RevPAU grew 4% YoY, driven by strong performance in China, the Group’s biggest market by portfolio valuation.
  • Maintain Accumulate with unchanged TP of S$4.19.

The Positives

+ Strong earnings growth driven by increase in recurring income. While EBIT from development properties fell 44% in 1H18, this was cushioned by a 54% jump in earnings from the recurring segments of retail, office, and serviced residences. Excluding the consolidation effect of the three trusts CMT, CRCT and RCST, we estimate EBIT from these recurring segments increased 20% YoY.

+ $3bn annual asset recycling target set at end FY17 achieved in just 2 quarters. For 1H18, the Group has already divested S$3.1bn of assets, realising a gain of S$140mn. Notable divestments in the quarter include the Twenty Anson sale for S$516mn, 19% above FY17 valuation. Nonetheless, we would not be surprised to see further turnover of assets especially with accommodative cap rates in the Group’s core markets.

+ Same-mall YoY tenant sales growth stable at 5.4% for China, CAPL’s biggest market. Overall tenant sales jumped 20% YoY, driven by the ramp up in retail operations in Raffles City Changning, Shenzhen and Hangzhou since opening in 2Q17. On a same-mall basis (excluding new mall openings in FY17), tenant sales still grew a healthy 5.4% YoY. Both numbers are comparable with the numbers reported for FY17.

+ Overall Serviced Residences RevPAU grew 4% YoY, driven by strong performance in China, the Group’s biggest market by portfolio valuation. Same-store RevPAU for China grew 8% YoY, offsetting the 6% drop for the Southeast Asia and Australia region (ex-Singapore), which is the second largest market for the Group by portfolio valuation.

The Negatives

–  Launches in China deferred due to cooling measures. While 97% of launched units in China were sold as at 30 June 2018, the Group deferred several launches due to ongoing cooling measures and restrictions in selling prices allowed for certain projects. The Group has close to 4,200 units launch ready units to be released in the next 6 months.

Outlook

The Group has close to S$4bn worth of sold residential inventory in China and Vietnam which are yet to be handed over (S$3.2bn for China and S$800mn for Vietnam).

We estimate close to half of these will recognised in 2H18 which will provide further support to earnings on top of recurring income. Underlying operating metrics for the Group’s recurring income portfolio (>80% of total assets) in retail, office and serviced residences are stabilising or improving. The Group has iterated plans to maintain a 50:50 capital allocation balance between emerging and developed markets while maintaining an 80% exposure to recurring income assets. This could suggest further upcoming investments in trading properties in the Group’s target emerging markets such as Vietnam.

Maintain Accumulate with an unchanged TP of S$4.19.

We maintain our Accumulate rating with an unchanged target price. Our target price translates to a FY18e P/NAV ratio of 0.97.

Figure 1. RNAV table

Source: PSR

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Tan Dehong
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Phillip Securities Research Pte Ltd

Dehong covers primarily the REITs and property developer sector. He has close to 7 years experience in equities related dealing and research roles.

He graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Finance from SMU and Bachelors of Accountancy from NTU.

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