Geo Energy Resources Ltd – Lacklustre outlook in 2019 March 25, 2019

PSR Recommendation: ACCUMULATE Status: Downgraded
Last Close Price: S$0.177 Target Price: S$0.215

The Positives
+ Lower stripping ratio for SDJ and TBR mine. In 4Q18, the average stripping ratio (SR) for
SDJ mine dropped to 1.4 (3Q18: 3.0, 4Q17: 4.6). The full-year SR is 2.9, compared to 3.7 in
FY17. On the other hand, the average SR for TBR mine which has been producing since
Jul-18 dropped to 1.1 in 4Q18 (3Q18: 3.6), and the full-year SR is 2.4. The average cash
cost of the overall production arrived at US$29.6/tonne in 4Q18 (down 1.3% YoY).

+ Progress on asset acquisition. GEO has submitted a non-binding offer for a brownfield
coal mine (high-CV coal) in East Kalimantan. If the deal pans out, GEO’s production could
double.

 

The Negatives
– Downsize production guidance in FY19. The full-year production met the downwardrevised
target (7mn to 8mn tonnes) in FY18. However, the FY19 output guidance is flat
(8mn tonnes) with 3mn and 5mn tonnes of production from SDJ and TBR mine
respectively. The lower target is attributable to a cut in quota from the authorities.

– Double whammies due to lower sales and ASP. As per Figure 1 below, both
production/sales volume and ASP dropped in 4Q18. The average ICI 4,200 GAR plunged
by 19.3% QoQ and 26.7% YoY to US$33.5/tonne. The market price rout was due to the
restriction on coal imports in China. Production and sales slowed down due to the
collapse in margins or cash profit.

 

Outlook
Recently, the thermal coal prices rebounded due to the mine accident in China in Jan-19.
However, the upside to coal prices will be limited as the seasonally weaker season is
coming soon and the restriction on coal imports remains in China. There is little room for
the group to grow the top line and bottom line given an expected slight improvement of
output and a lower ASP. The catalyst is the potential deployment of cash and the
increment of cash flows generated from any newly-acquired mine (assume the acquisition
is completed). The longer the group delays completing a deal, the larger the drag on
earnings from the interest expenses borne from their 8% US$300mn bond.

 

Downgrade to ACCUMULATE with a lower target price of S$0.215 (previously S$0.245)
We lower forecasted sales volume to 8mn tonnes (previously 10mn tonnes) and revise
ASP to US$40.2/tonne (previously US$41/tonne) for FY19e. Meanwhile, we revise the
cash cost to US$29.5/tonne (previously US$30/tonne). Accordingly, FY19e EPS is cut to 1.6
US cents (previously 3.3 US cents). Based on an unchanged forward PER of 10x (average
of regional peers) and the exchange rate (USD/SGD) of 1.35 we downgrade to
ACCUMULATE recommendation with a lower target price of S$0.215 (previously S$0.245).

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Chen Guangzhi
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Phillip Securities Research Pte Ltd

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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