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LPI Capital - Further liberalisation to compress pricing of fire products

Publish date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022, 09:13 AM
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Investment Highlights

  • We maintain HOLD on LPI Capital (LPI) with a slightly lower fair value of RM12.70/share from RM12.80/share previously. Our revised fair value is based on FY23F P/BV of 2.1x, supported by ROE of 14.1%. No changes to our neutral 3-star ESG rating.
  • We cut FY22F/23F/24F earnings marginally by 1.5%/1.6%/1.6% after lowering our growth estimates for gross written premium (GWP).
  • 9MFY22 core earnings were within expectations, making up 72% of our and 74% of consensus estimate.
  • For 9MFY22, the group’s core earnings of RM201mil declined 26% YoY driven by lower net earned premium (NEP), investment income and higher net claims. 9MFY22 saw an increase in claims from the motor, medical and engineering insurances.
  • For 9MFY22, GWP grew modestly by 5% YoY, supported by higher premiums from fire, motor, marine, aviation, transit and the miscellaneous segments.
  • Nevertheless, LPI’s NEP contracted by 4.6% YoY in 9MFY22 due to higher net unearned premium reserving (UPR). LPI’s retention ratio was marginally higher at 62.5% in 9MFY22 vs. 62.3% in 9MFY21.
  • Underwriting margin for 9MFY22 fell from 37% to 26% due to higher claims for key segments, particularly motor which normalised after the reopening of the economy.
  • Higher repair cost and awards by the courts for third party bodily injury claims have contributed to the increase in motor claims. Also, we saw a drop in underwriting profits before management expenses for fire insurance.
  • LPI recorded an improved 3QFY22 net profit after tax of RM75mil (+31.2% QoQ). This was largely attributed to stronger investment income and lower net claims.
  • The stock is currently trading at a fair P/BV of 2x with a decent dividend yield of 5.7% for FY23F.


Source: AmInvest Research - 18 Oct 2022

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