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Author: loginvest   |   Latest post: Wed, 14 Oct 2020, 8:41 AM


Sarawak Plantation Bhd 1Q FY 2020 Update Report (HOLD)

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CPO prices have been trending lower through 1Q FY20 however average 1Q FY20 prices were higher than 1Q FY19. The recent interest rate cuts around the region once again support our cautious outlook, whilst the coronavirus outbreak in China has spread globally. Looking ahead, we expect CPO prices to trade in the range of MYR 2,100 - MYR 2,400 per MT over 2H 2020. Weakness in India’s economy, and low crude oil prices are some of the factors that drive our cautious outlook. On a more positive note, FFB production at SPB has outpaced other listed names, growing about 11% YTD 1Q FY20, versus a 16% drop for the industry over the same period.


Risks to our recommendation and target price include: i) litigation risk, ii) a sharp reversal in CPO prices, iii) a stronger USDMYR exchange rate, iv) an increase in the general level of interest rates, and v) a sharp slowdown in the general level of economic activity in Malaysia or among the economies of the major CPO importers, which include China, India, Pakistan, Europe and the US.


We maintain our HOLD recommendation on Sarawak Plantation Berhad (“SPB”) whilst reducing our fair value estimate to MYR 1.86. Looking ahead, average ROE is likely to be maintained at levels of 1-5%, whilst PBV stands on 0.8x trailing book value and 0.8x current year book value. CPO prices may have some upside 2H 20, but not a large quantum in our view. On a more positive note, SPB has a clean balance sheet; there is about 26 sen per share in cash or about 16% of the current share price. SPB is currently trading on a market cap/mature ha ratio below MYR 18,500 per ha, which seems like a reasonable bargain. Ta Ann Holdings Bhd has taken a 30.4% stake in SPB. Looking ahead, the emergence of Ta Ann as a new shareholder augurs well for SPB’s growth prospects. Value investors will want to monitor SPB at prices below MYR 1.50; the industry is searching for ways to use more palm oil domestically.


SPB’s major line of business is the cultivation and milling of palm oil. The company was incorporated in October 1997 and converted into a public limited company in Feb 2000. SPB was listed in Aug 2007. The company has a total planted area of 34,837 ha, with mature acreage of 25,670 ha. Total acreage increased by 5,200 ha in 2016, some of which began yielding FFB in 2018-2019.

Source: Wilson & York Securities Research - 28 May 2020

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