StarHub Limited – DARE+ Drag Delayed May 15, 2023 544

PSR Recommendation: NEUTRAL Status: Maintained
Last Close Price: 1.28 Target Price: 1.08
  • Revenue and EBITDA were in line with expectations at 22%/25% of our FY22e estimates. 1Q23 revenue growth of almost 9% YoY was broad-based, especially mobile roaming revenue and higher ARPUs in entertainment.
  • The extra investment into the DARE+ transformation was around S$25mn of the expected S$155mn to be spent this year. The bulk of this spend will be in opex. We estimate S$90mn.
  • FY23e will be a transition year as StarHub undergoes huge expenditure namely in IT. In general, these investments will lower operating cost as networks and infrastructure are replaced and move to the cloud. Revenue opportunities are expected to come from the launch of a All-in-One app platform, more self-serve consumer features, faster speed and agility to launch products and providing Greentech and hybrid multi cloud capabilities to the enterprise segment. We maintain our FY23e forecast and NEUTRAL recommendation. The target price of S$1.08 is unchanged, pegged at 6.5x FY22e EV/EBITDA, in line with other mobile peers.

 

 

The Positive

+ Roaming revenue lifted mobile. Mobile revenue rose 13.4% YoY to S$152mn, supported by both ARPU and subscriber growth. Roaming is the largest driver of ARPU recovery despite ongoing migration to SIM only. Prepaid remains challenged with sluggish net adds and lower prices.

 

The Negative

– Weakness in broadband. Excluding the MyRepublic acquisition, broadband revenue declined an estimated 5% YoY to S$49mn. Broadband is facing higher price contribution. ARPU and subscribers were basically flat QoQ. The acquisition of MyRepublic has only lifted StarHub broadband ARPU by S$1 to S$34. The launch of SIMBA (formerly TPG) broadband plans will further pressure prices.

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Paul has 20 years of experience as a fund manager and sell-side analyst. During his time as fund manager, he has managed multiple funds and mandates including capital guaranteed, dividend income, renewable energy, single country and regionally focused funds.

He graduated from Monash University and had completed both his Chartered Financial Analyst and Australian CPA programme.

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