+ Revenue was relatively resilient. Weakness in revenue came from precision manufacturing and trading whilst equipment manufacturing expanded. The sales breakdown of these divisions were not disclosed. Total revenue only declined by 5% despite the disruption in operations from the lockdown in Malaysia and Singapore.
– Rise in administrative expenses. We were surprised that administrative expenses rose 8% YoY to S$3.2mn despite the decline in revenue. The increase was due to higher provision of staff cost related to performance.
It will be a rough 18 months for JEP as aviation equipment orders have frozen. The Boeing Company reported aircraft deliveries of only 19 in 2Q20, a 80% YoY drop from 90 in 2Q19. We expect JEP to now pivot more to semiconductor orders especially with the support from UMS. Some of the initiatives we believe JEP will undergo during this period of consolidation in aviation are: (i) UMS can tap on JEP to utilise their excess capacity for semiconductor orders; (ii) Further realign cost and production into the Malaysian factories; (iii) Pursue more semiconductor equipment and printing projects, in particular customers looking to shift out of China.
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With the lack of visibility, we are benchmarking our target price to book value. We still expect to be profitable but depressed in the medium term. Any valuation based on earnings would understate the earnings potential of the aircraft machining operations.