Sembcorp Industries – Conventional Energy to lift 1H22 profits July 21, 2022 448

PSR Recommendation: NEUTRAL Status: Downgraded
Last Close Price: 3.24 Target Price: 2.960
  • The average Uniform Singapore Energy Price (USEP) prices rose 239% YoY in 1H22 driven by the conflict in Ukraine. Spark spreads have increased as average USEP prices have moved ahead of high sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) in the last nine months. Tariffs for power in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat in India also rose ~88% YoY as higher temperatures in the country drove up power demand.
  • Sembcorp Industries (SCI) gross renewables capacity in operation and under development globally now stands at 6.8GW in 1H22 from 6.1GW as at end-2021. This is ahead of our FY22e target of 7.3GW. Accordingly, we revise our FY22e capacity to 7.6GW on account of the Group’s aggressive buildup of its renewables portfolio.
  • We downgrade to NEUTRAL from ACCUMULATE with a higher target price of $2.96 (prev. $2.94). We raise FY22e PATMI by 6% as we bake in higher profits from Conventional Energy and Renewable Energy for FY22. Our target price is raised to $2.96, still based on 1.2x FY22e P/BV, the average of its peers. But we downgrade to Neutral after the recent run-up in its price.

 

 

The news

SCI financial results are expected to be materially higher for 1H22 vs. last year, driven by the Conventional Energy segment.

Contrary to a report that Myanmar’s central bank has ordered a halt on repayment of foreign loans, its subsidiary in Myanmar has not received such a directive. It has also received prompt payment from its offtaker and continues to operate its Myanmar power plant.

 

The Positives

+ Average USEP prices up 239% YoY or 9.8% HoH to lift SCI’s 1H22 Conventional Energy. The global energy crunch since September 2021 lifted SCI’s Conventional Energy segment in 2H21. The conflict in Ukraine at the beginning of the year has further exacerbated the risk of disruptions in oil and gas. As a result, average USEP prices for 1H22 surged to S$324/MWh, higher than the S$295/MWh average in 2H21 and spark spreads have increased to 6.3 YTD (Figure 1) as average USEP prices have moved ahead of HSFO in the last nine months.

 

+ Tariffs for power in India’s Tamil Nadu and Gujarat rose ~88% YoY in 1H22. Based on data from IEX, tariffs for power at Tamil Nadu and Gujarat rose to ~6.36Rs/kWh from ~3.39Rs/kWh from the same period last year. The higher tariff was driven by high global oil prices and higher temperatures in the country. The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently revised upward India’s electricity demand to 7% from negative previously in light of the intense heatwave in the country.

 

On the back of this, we revise FY22e Conventional Energy revenue up marginally from $8.6bn to $8.8bn to account for better spark spreads for Sembcorp Cogen and India (Figure 3).

 

+ On track to building up its green energy portfolio. SCI’s gross renewables capacity in operation and under development globally now stands at 6.8GW in 1H22 from 6.1GW as at end-2021 (Figure 2). This is ahead of our FY22e target of 7.3GW, accordingly, we revise our FY22e gross renewables capacity to 7.6GW on account of the Group’s aggressive build up of its renewables portfolio. We believe the company is on track to achieve its plans of increasing its renewable capacity to 10GW by 2025. We see the company’s transition toward green energy as an important driver of its re-rating.

 

The Negatives

– Headwinds in China property market to put a drag on Group’s Urban development business. China’s property market has weakened sharply in the past year as a result of a government clampdown on excessive borrowings by developers, and a Covid-19 induced economic slowdown (Figure 4). We believe this will hurt the Group’s land sales in China, though the impact is not expected to be significant as China account for just 6% of the Group’s total saleable land.

 

 

Outlook

We expect the group to continue with its transition to sustainable solutions and sustainable development. Despite its ambitious growth plans, it will not require any equity fund-raising, relying entirely on internal sources.

The Conventional Energy segment continued to perform well in the first half of this year as global energy markets rose in tandem with commodity prices. For the rest of 2022, we expect this segment to be supported by energy markets and the continued uncertainty brought about by the Ukraine conflict.

However, we expect the slowdown in the Chinese property market to offset some of the growth from the Conventional Energy and Renewable Energy segment.

The Group continues to actively seek deals in India, China and the UK by leveraging its partnerships and platforms for their acquisitions.

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Terence Chua
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Phillip Securities Research

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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