SATS Ltd – Eyes set on growth abroad May 21, 2019 848

PSR Recommendation: ACCUMULATE Status: Maintained
Target Price: 5.47
  • FY19 net income was in line with our expectations.
  • Food Solutions and Gateway Services revenue grew 4.4% and 7.9% YoY, with growth showing in both Aviation (+11.7%) and Non-Aviation (+8.8%) industries.
  • Deepening presence in China through accretive acquisitions
  • Food and cargo volumes at Brahims and PT CAS remain flat.
  • Maintain ACCUMULATE; unchanged target price of $5.47.

The Positives

  • Food Solutions and Gateway Services revenue grew 4.4% and 7.9% YoY with growth showing in both Aviation (+11.7%) and Non-Aviation (+8.8%) industries. Higher food revenue due to increased meal volumes across all core catering subsidiaries while Changi Airport Terminal 4 operations and cruise terminal operations at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) increased gateway services revenue.
  • Deepening presence in China through accretive acquisitions. Acquisition of 50% stake in Nanjing Weizhou Airline Food Corp (NWA) for S$31.2mn. Located in Jiangsu Province near Shanghai, NWA operates on the same strategy as STAS, using central kitchen to supplement flight kitchens. NWA has a network of 12 cold storage facilities/distribution channels; enabling it to serve 80 airports domestically. Using our FY20e P/E assumption of 24x, the deal could add c.S$1.3mn to SATS’ bottom line.

The Negatives

  • Food and cargo volumes at Brahims and PT Cas remain flat. Cargo volumes were dampened by the ongoing trade tensions. Management commented that they have managed to pass on most of the concession and price increases and rationalisation efforts have yielded improvements in efficiency.



The outlook is positive. Passenger traffic growth is expected to drive volume growth while digitalisation efforts will provide efficiency and productivity gains to cope with pricing pressure from airlines. Renewal of contract with SIA on 5+5 years terms covers the majority of the revenues from SIA and will provide more certainty of margins and pricings moving forward.

SATS’ continues to pursue growth opportunities in China. Investments in the central kitchen allow them to fulfil the demand from fast casual restaurant chains in key cities while supplementing shortfalls in-flight kitchen. The expectation of volume growth is driven by aviation demand and demand for quality food.

Potential risk factors include challenges arising from trade tensions impacting cargo volumes and airline pressure from fuel costs. 

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Natalie Ong
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Phillip Securities Research

Natalie covers the REITs and Property sector. Previously a business analyst with a management consultancy, she handled feasibility studies and business optimisation and restructuring projects. She has worked with companies from varied industries including logistics, FinTech, EduTech, gaming, F&B and retail. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Banking & Finance from the University of London.

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