Hock Seng Lee Berhad - Award of contract by Sarawak Energy Berhad

Date: 28/12/2018

Source  :  MIDF
Stock  :  HSL       Price Target  :  1.54      |      Price Call  :  BUY
        Last Price  :  1.33      |      Upside/Downside  :  +0.21 (15.79%)


  • HSL, under a consortium, bagged RM91m job in Kuching from Sarawak Energy
  • The scope of job covers earth works, piling, civil infrastructure work, building and its related mechanical and electrical works
  • No changes to estimates as the job value came within our replenishment assumption
  • Maintain BUY with unchanged TP of RM1.54

Bags RM91m Sarawak Energy Job. Hock Seng Lee, under the Consortium with Larsen & Toubro Limited and Larsen & Toubro (East Asia) Sdn Bhd, has received an RM91m contract award by Sarawak Energy Berhad for the Matang 275/132/33/kV Substation Project in Kuching, Sarawak. The contract is expected to provide RM41m revenue contribution to Hock Seng Lee (based on its 45% equity in the Consortium).

The scope of job covers earth works, piling, civil infrastructure work, building and its related mechanical and electrical works. We believe the job awarded fell under HSL’s expertise and labour capacity, which will likely mute the risk of unbudgeted capex during the contract period. The project is expected to be completed in 32 months, from January 2019 to August 2021.

Job wins this year. Year-to-date, HSL has been awarded two contracts (based on Bursa’s announcement) worth RM192.2m, i.e. the Sarawak Energy and Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) projects.

Earnings impact from the Sarawak Energy contract. Notably, HSL’s 45% equity in the consortium will fetch approximately RM1.2mRM1.5m of yearly profit contribution, arrived after imputing 8%-10% net margin of the total project value. The quantum has already been captured in our job wins assumption; hence we make no changes to our earnings forecast. On consolidated base, HSL’s current outstanding order book is estimated at circa RM2.3b.

Recommendation. Moving forward, we consider the prospect of HSL business to be exciting, fuelled by the potential roll out of Sarawak infrastructure packages. These include The Coastal Road, the Second Trunk Road and the state’s water grid projects. In the near term, we are expecting property segment to lend support in 4Q18 as it completes several phases of residential development at Samariang Aman 2 and La Promenade. We recommend a BUY on the stock with TP of RM1.54.

Source: MIDF Research - 28 Dec 2018

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