+ Higher net generation and margins from integrated power business. 1H23 revenue and operating profit from sale of gas, utilities and electricity rose 65.7% YoY and 183% YoY, thanks to a surge in wholesale energy prices in 2Q. We estimate energy sale accounted for 60% and 68% of group revenue and net profit, respectively. More than 99% of their contracts are locked on fixed or indexed electricity price plans, hence the profit is sustainable.
+ Distribution-in-specie of KREIT units. Keppel proposed to distribute 1 KREIT unit for every 5 Keppel Corp shares, equivalent to S$0.18 per Keppel share, based on KREIT’s current share price. This will lower its stake in KREIT by 9.4% to 37%.
– Net profit from Real Estate fell 29%, due to lower development profit, and lower fair value gains on investment properties. Sentiment in the Chinese property market headed south in 2Q after a promising 1Q. Management sees an uncertain market ahead.
– Net gearing has risen to 0.86x (Dec 22: 0.78x). It recorded free cash outflow of S$732mn (1H22: outflow S$127mn), of which about S$470m net outflow was due to the divestment of KOM. As a group, interest expense rose 89.3% with average interest cost at 3.53%.