JEP Holdings Ltd – Next phase is revenue growth March 4, 2020 457

  • FY19 PATMI more than tripled to the S$6.5mn, the highest on record.
  • Results were below our forecast. We were too aggressive on our margin and revenue assumptions.
  • The turnaround came from new management realigning the whole cost structure of the company and improving pricing.
  • Maintain BUY. We are raising our target price to S$0.26 (prev. S$0.20). After major cost restructuring, we believe the next phase of growth will be expanding revenues and new customers. The aerospace supply chain is looking to outsource more from Asia but this will require time. Our higher target price is due to valuation expansion closer to industry peers. After the major turnaround, we expect more stable earnings which deserve higher valuations, in our opinion. We moved our target valuations from 10x to 14x peer and closer to industry peer.

The Positive

+ Gross margins rebounded. FY19 Gross margins are the highest in a decade. We believe it is a combination of the lower cost of production after shifting more work to Malaysia and better pricing from customers.

+ Removed significant fixed cost. Total operating cost in FY19 fell 12.5% to S$7.9mn. A large part of the decline was from administrative and other operating expenses. We believe the number of headcount in the company was rightsized.

 

The Negatives

– Revenues were below our expectations. We were modelling 7% YoY growth in revenue for FY19. Precision machining grew 20% due to more aerospace orders. There was disappointment in the non-aerospace business, namely semiconductor, oil and gas and trading business. Trading was affected by less manufacturing activity in China, which is their largest market.

 

Outlook

The outlook for FY20e will be driven by the stable growth from aerospace customers – Safran and Collins Aerospace. Another source of earnings growth will be margin expansion from more parts being made in Malaysia. The labour cost savings in Malaysia could be more than 50%.

The next phase of growth for JEP will be new customer programmes. There is a demand to outsource more aerospace parts from Asia due to price, diversification and the large backlog of aircraft orders. However, new initiatives will face a delay if the recent Covid-19 outbreak is prolonged. JEP is also looking for higher-end niche products, such as aerospace gears.

 

Maintain BUY with higher TP of S$0.26 (prev. S$0.20)

The aerospace components industry is trading around 23x PE (Figure 1). JEP should trade at a discount due to the size and lack of profitable track record until recently. Our initial 10x PE valuations were conservative. We are pegging a 14x PE, similar to Taiwanese and European peers.

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Paul Chew
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Paul has almost 20 years of experience as a fund manager and sell-side analyst. During his time as fund manager, he has managed multiple funds and mandates including capital guaranteed, dividend income, renewable energy, single country and regionally focused funds.

He graduated from Monash University and had completed both his Chartered Financial Analyst and Australian CPA programme.

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