+ Taxi recovery on track. 4Q22 operating profit (excluding relief and gain on disposal) jumped 36% YoY to S$15.9mn. Earnings recovery on the back of lower rental discounts and introduction of booking commissions (May 22: 4%, Oct 22: 5%). Booking volumes in FY22 rose 31% to 34mn.
+ Piling up cash. Net cash in FY22 rose S$97mn to S$675mn. Free cashflow generated during the year was S$266mn. Gross CAPEX on vehicles was around S$300mn. FY23e CAPEX might be slightly higher for EV taxis, the PHV car rental fleet and EV charging stations. CAPEX is still below the S$400mn-500mn p.a. spent pre-pandemic.
– China, UK and Ireland’s weak operating performance. We estimate UK and Ireland suffered a S$13mn operating loss in 4Q22 due to the one-off S$9mn UK bus driver pay deal backpay agreement. China operating earnings were down 60% to S$10.3mn in FY22 due to taxi rental rebates of S$11mn.