Pan-United Corporation Ltd. – Construction recovery slower than expected December 12, 2022 399

PSR Recommendation: BUY Status: Maintained
Last Close Price: 0.4 Target Price: 0.54
  • Workplace incidents hampered the recovery. As a result of the Heightened Safety period imposed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), local construction projects are, in general, progressing slower than expected. YTD22 contracts awarded is down 9.4% YoY.
  • According to data from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), demand for ready-mixed concrete (RMC) for the first nine months of 2022 was ~8.8mn cu/m, about 8% lower than our estimate and up 14.2% YoY.
  • Maintain BUY with unchanged target price of S$0.54. We trim FY22e/FY23e earnings by 12%/11% respectively on account of the Heightened Safety period imposed. Our TP is unchanged as we roll forward our valuations, still based on 12x FY23e P/E, a 20% discount to its 10-year historical average P/E on account of the still uncertain business environment.

 

According to data from the BCA, demand for RMC for the first nine months of 2022 was ~8.8mn cu/m, about 8% lower than our estimate but higher than ~8.5mn cu/m in the same period last year (Figure 1). The construction recovery has slowed, with contracts awarded for the first nine months of 2022 5.3% lower than 2021. Construction progress payments for the same period, however, rose in 2022 by 14.2%.

 

No results update from PanU as it has moved to half-yearly reporting.

 

The Positives

+ Construction progress payments for first 9 months of 2022 rose 14.2% YoY. We believe construction progress payments were higher due to the relaxation of border restrictions on the inflow of migrant workers in 2022. This is an important metric, as it tracks work done in the sector.

 

The Negative

– Workplace fatalities hampered recovery. As of 1 Sept 2022, the number of workplace fatalities stands at 36 for the whole of 2022, up from the 28 workplace fatalities reported for the first six months of 2022, many of which were in the construction industry. As a result of the Heightened Safety period imposed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), local construction projects are, in general, progressing slower than expected. The time-outs and punitive measures imposed on the sector has slowed construction progress.

 

– Contracts awarded for first 10 months of 2022 9.4% weaker than 2021. Despite the strong pipeline of projects, contracts awarded slowed in 3Q22 as workplace fatalities hampered project progression rates.

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Terence specialises in the consumer, conglomerate and industrials sector. He has over five years of experience as an analyst in the buy- and sell-side. As an institutional fund management analyst, he sat on the China-Hong Kong desk. Terence was ranked top 3 for Best Analyst under the small caps and energy category in the Asia Money poll 2018.

He graduated from the Singapore Management University with a major in Finance (Honours), and is the honoured recipient of the CFA scholarship.

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