Geo Energy Resources Ltd – A production miss November 27, 2018

PSR Recommendation: BUYStatus: MaintainedTarget Price: SGD0.245
  • 3Q18 revenue and net profit missed expectations due to lower production volume and higher cash cost. 4Q18 coal price outlook is weak.
  • Capital injection and coal prepayment from Macquarie Bank.
  • We lower forecasted sales volume to 7.5mn tonnes (previously 10mn tonnes) and revise ASP to US$41.5/tonne (previously US$40.5/tonne) in FY18. Meanwhile, we raise our cash cost to US$31.5/tonne (previously US$30.5/tonne). Accordingly, FY18e EPS is cut to 1.7 US cents (previously 2.5 US cents). Based on an unchanged forward PER of 10x (average of regional peers) and the exchange rate (USD/SGD) of 1.37, we maintain our BUY recommendation but with a lower target price of S$0.245 (previously S$0.34).

The Positives

+ Lower stripping ratio for SDJ mine: In 3Q18, the average stripping ratio (SR) for SDJ mine dropped to 2.4 (2Q18: 3.0, 3Q17: 3.5). The full-year forecast SR is 2.8, compared to 3.6 in FY17. Accordingly, it will help to partially offset the increase in overall cash costs due mainly to the operation of the new TBR mine (3Q18 SR: 3.6).  The average SR for both mines is projected to be 3.9, and the average cash cost is estimated to be US$32/tonne in FY18.

+ Favorable deals with Macquarie Bank: In Nov-18, Geo secured a life-of-mine offtake agreement for TBR mine with Macquarie Bank. The multi-year prepayment facility is structured into three tranches of US$25mn, US$25mn, and US$10mn. Meanwhile, the bank acquired 5% of ordinary shares at a price of S$0.29 (total capital injection: US15mn). It also subscribed 74mn non-listed, transferable, free warrants with a 2-year expiry at an exercise price of S$0.33. 

The Negatives

– Sales dropped and ASP trended down: In 3Q18, the sales volume decreased by 15.8% YoY to 1.6mn tonnes, mainly attributable to the disruption on the loading which was impacted by maintenance work performed by the jetty operators (dredging of the seabed and upgrading of the loading equipment and conveyors) in Aug- and Sep-18. Meanwhile, ICI 4,200 GAR price averaged at US$41.5/tonne (down 7.3% QoQ) in 3Q18. Though 3Q18 ASP remained healthy due mainly to the trading at backward prices (3 to 4 weeks prior to laycan shipment date), the dip in ICI 4,200 GAR price will translate a lower ASP in 4Q18.

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Guangzhi graduated from Singapore Management University with a Master degree in Applied Finance and from South China University of Technology with a Bachelor degree in Electronic Commerce.

The current sector coverages include Energy, Utilities, and Mining sectors. He has 3 years experience in equity research in both Hong Kong and Singapore market. He is the mandarin spokesperson for Phillip Securities Research in relation to China-related projects and all mandarin seminars and client events.

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