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Author: AmInvest   |   Latest post: Thu, 23 Jan 2020, 9:54 AM


SUNWAY CONSTRUCTION - 9MFY19 net profit falls 9% YoY

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Investment Highlights

  • We maintain our UNDERWEIGHT call, forecasts and FV of RM1.20 based on 10x FY20 EPS, in line with our benchmark forward P/E of 10x for large and mid-cap construction stocks.
  • Sunway Construction’s 9MFY19 results came in within our expectations at 75% of our full-year forecast but missed market expectations at only 69% of full-year consensus estimates.
  • Sunway Construction’s 9MFY19 net profit fell 9% YoY due to lower construction profits (completion of Parcel F building job in Putrajaya and the KL International School, coupled with the slow progress at the LRT3 project that makes up about a third of its outstanding construction order book) and the sharp plunge in the profitability of pre-cast concrete products due unfavourable contract prices entered into previously amidst stiff competition.
  • During a recent meeting, Sunway Construction told us that given the slowdown in the local construction sector, it has stepped up its hunt for jobs outside Malaysia.
  • In India, it has reopened an office staffed with full-time engineers relocated from Malaysia. The team is currently working on tenders for three toll-road projects worth about RM1bil each in India. In Myanmar, Sunway Construction, via a JV with local conglomerate Capital Diamond Star Group, stands a good chance of winning a building job worth RM200–300mil for the maiden phase of a mixed project in Mandalay jointly developed by the conglomerate and a Singaporean real estate group. Meanwhile, Sunway Construction has mobilised three boring rigs to Singapore (we believe, they would otherwise be underutilised in Malaysia) to better position itself in the piling sector in the city state.
  • So far in FY19F, it has secured new construction jobs worth RM1.5bil and new precast product orders worth RM120mil. Its outstanding construction and precast product order books stand at RM5.3bil (Exhibit 2) and RM321mil respectively.
  • No change to our assumptions on construction job wins of RM1.8bil in FY19F and RM1.5bil annually in FY20–21F, and precast product order replenishment of RM200mil annually in FY19–21F.
  • We maintain our view that valuations of construction stocks, Sunway Construction included, have run ahead of their fundamentals in the heat of the euphoria sparked by the recent revival of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Bandar Malaysia projects (more so, Sunway Construction may not even be participating in the ECRL project as the high-value portions of the Chinese-controlled turnkey construction job are unlikely to be made available to local players).
  • We believe the fact remains that given the still elevated national debt, the government has no choice but to remain steadfastly committed to fiscal prudence which means the revival of the ECRL project could be a “zerosum game” as it impedes the government’s ability to implement other public infrastructure projects.
  • We believe Sunway Construction can weather the sector downturn better given its proven ability to compete under an open bidding system, coupled with the availability of building jobs from its parent and sister companies under the Sunway Group. However, valuations are unattractive at 16–20x forward earnings on muted sector prospects.

Source: AmInvest Research - 20 Nov 2019

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