Venture Corporation Limited – No recovery visible, only dividends August 7, 2023 231

PSR Recommendation: NEUTRAL Status: Maintained
Last Close Price: 13.11 Target Price: 15.20
  • 2Q23 PAT was down 26% YoY to S$66.7mn. Results were below expectations. Revenue and PAT were 44%/45% of our FY23e forecast. Medical devices demand is down post-pandemic and other electronic products face overstocking. Interim dividend is maintained at 25 cents.
  • We expect the weakness in revenue to persist until year-end. Recovery will come from new products such as EV chargers, semiconductor equipment and data centres.
  • We lower our FY23e PATMI by 5% to S$296mn. Our revenue estimates are cut by 8% to S$3.3bn. We maintain our NEUTRAL recommendation. Valuations and dividend yield of 5.2% have turned more attractive, but there is little visibility of a recovery in the near-term. The target price is lowered to S$15.20 (prev. S$17.10), 15x PE FY23e. Our target valuations have been lowered as current earnings have a higher composition of interest income (7% vs 2% historically).



The Positive

+ Stable gross margins and healthy net cash. Despite the weaker revenue, gross margins were stable at 25.1%. We believe the weaker ringgit, lower freight cost and reduced labour force were some of the drivers to stable margins. Net cash improved by S$191mn YoY to S$896mn. The cash hoard has turned interest income into an earnings growth driver. 1H23 interest income jumped 4-fold from S$3.1mn to S$12.5mn.



The Negative

– Inventory is still too high. Inventory in 1H23 declined by S$248mn to S$1,002mn. With the lower revenue run-rate, inventory remains a concern with the possibility of write-offs, in our opinion. Annualised inventory days are currently around 137 days vs the pre-pandemic average of 100 days. This implies an excess of almost S$250mn of inventory compared to the historical average.




We expect weakness to persist into the third quarter. The foundation of future growth for Venture stem from new programmes and customers looking to de-risk their supply chain out of North Asia into SE Asia. Malaysia is an attractive location for the deepening scale of the supply chain, skill sets, available space, and low-cost production. Singapore complements engineering expertise and oversight.

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Paul Chew
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Phillip Securities Research Pte Ltd

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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