Source: Company, PSR #Note – Only selected financials are provided in the 3Q23 update.
+ UK operations turnaround. A major part of earnings growth in 3Q23 was the turnaround in UK operations. From an operating loss of S$2mn, UK swung to a S$6mn profit. Around 70% of the routes have been re-indexed. Another boost to margins will be re-contracting of the bus contract routes that can expire up to 5 years. Recent re-contracting has seen a significant improvement in margins.
– Rail profitability is still weak. We believe profitability in Singapore rail remains weak despite the jump in passenger traffic. Rail operations are burdened by the higher electricity and a lagged re-pricing of fares. The next round of higher fares will be in December this year.
We expect earnings growth to sustain into FY24e, supported by re-pricing of bus contracts in the UK, improvement in bus efficiency in Australia as drivers return, platform fees raising taxi margins and higher fares driving up Singapore rail profitability. Taxi operations in Singapore have seen a resurgence in competitive pricing by other platforms but Comfort’s taxi fleet has remained stable with market share rising.
Maintain BUY with an unchanged TP of S$1.57
ComfortDelgro pays around 4.6% dividend yield, enjoys a net cash balance sheet of S$500mn and visibility of earnings recovery.