Nam Lee Pressed Metal Industries: Strong start to the year, deep-value yield-play February 12, 2018 1264

PSR Recommendation: BUY Status: Maintained
Target Price: SGD0.56
  • 1Q18 revenue and PATMI both met 33% of our full year estimate
  • Strong start driven by aluminium industrial product
  • Keeping our full year estimate intact, due to historically volatile quarters
  • Maintain Buy; unchanged target price of $0.56


The Positives

  • Higher revenue driven by aluminium segment. We believe this is attributable to the Group’s industrial product of aluminium frames for container refrigeration units. We had highlighted in our previous report (29 November 2017) that the demand outlook for the industrial product has improved.
  • Clean balance sheet with cash hoard. Net cash (cash less total borrowings) of $29.0mn represents 31% of market capitalisation. We continue using the current-asset value (current assets less total liabilities) of 38.9 cents/share to demonstrate the limited downside risk.

The Negatives

  • QoQ higher trade receivables, contributed to lower cash on balance sheet. Trade receivables increased QoQ by $18.0mn to $55.7mn. This was the largest working capital contributing factor to the $11.8mn QoQ lower cash balance of $31.8mn. However, the increase in trade receivables was due to higher sales during the quarter.


The outlook is stable to positive. The tone of the management commentary is noticeably upbeat compared to a year ago. Management expects the recovery in the US economy to bring positive impact on the aluminium industrial product business. This refers to the aluminium frames for container refrigeration units. We had highlighted this at the end of FY17, and the 1Q18 results have reflected the positive demand.

However, weakness in the building products segment is expected to persist.

Maintain Buy; unchanged target price of $0.56

Our target price represents an implied 11.1 times FY18e forward P/E multiple and 0.96 times FY18e forward P/B multiple. We currently forecast 2.5 cents dividends for FY18e (higher than FY17 2.0 cents) and maintain our view of Nam Lee as a yield-play. We like the stock for its positive business outlook, strong balance sheet and high-yield of 6.6% (based on 2.5 cents dividend over the last close price of $0.38).

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Richard Leow
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Phillip Securities Research Pte Ltd

Richard covers the Transport Sector and Industrial REITs. He graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Finance from the Singapore Management University. He holds the CFTe and FRM certifications and is a CFA charterholder.

He was ranked #2 Top Stock Picker (Asia) for Real Estate Investment Trusts in the 2018 Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards, and ranked #2 Top Stock Picker (Singapore) for Resources & Infrastructure in the 2016 Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards.

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