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(Icon) Air Asia (1) - Sell Your Car, Sell Your House. It Is Time To Sai Lang

Publish date: Wed, 09 Mar 2016, 09:39 AM
I follow the smell of money.



1. Introduction


Recently, Air Asia released a strong set of results for the December 2015 quarter. Many investors jumped in to take position. How good was the result actually ? Did the December 2015 quarter contain any one off gain ? Can the good performance be repeated ? Is Air Asia still a good buy at current price ?



2. P&L Analysis


To answer the above questions, I put Air Asia's past few quarters' results in a spreadsheet and did a quick analysis.


Plenty of pleasant surprises.



Key observations :-


(a) Fuel Cost


According to quarterly reports, Air Asia used 6.28 mil barrels of oil in FY2015 and average fuel cost was USD81 per barrel (being average of 88, 85, 77, 75).


To test whether my understanding is correct, I did a back of envelope calculation.


2015 estimated fuel cost = 6.28 mil barrels x USD81 x 3.90 = RM1,984 mil.


According to quarterly reports, total fuel consumption was RM2,001 mil. It seemed that the formula works.


I understand that the group has hedged some of its FY2016 fuel requirement at USD59. Lets use that to run a simulation.


By applying the same formula, estimated fuel cost for FY2016 = 6.28 mil barrels x USD59 x 4.10 = RM1,519 mil.


Fuel Saving = RM2,001 mil - RM1,519 mil = RM482 mil


Based on 2,783 mil shares, fuel saving alone is 17.3 sen per share !!!


Now you know why I ask you to sell car sell house.


(b) Revenue


This item is very important. One of the main reasons Air Asia reported such strong December results was because its revenue jumped Q-o-Q from RM1.52 billion to RM2.17 billion. We need to examine the figures to find out whether it can be repeated going forward.


As shown in table above, there were two main things that caused December revenue to spike. The first one was aircraft operating lease of RM728 mil, an increase of RM484 mil compared to previous quarter's RM244 mil. The company explained that it was revenue previously not recognised due to uncertainty of recoverability. If that is the case, it will be a one off item. 


The second reason was higher passenger seat sales of RM1,133 mil compared to previous quarter's RM987 mil, an increase of 15%. In my opinion, this item is indication of genuine improvement in operational performance.


(c) Operating Expenses


Apart from fuel cost, other expenses such as staff cost, maintenance, etc remain stable and in line with historical performance.


(d) Associates


This item is also very important. In September and December 2015 quarter, associate losses was RM625 mil and RM225 mil respectively. We need to understand how those losses arise and whether they will occur again in the future.


For comparison purpose, the table below shows both Malaysia operation as well as those of associates :-




As shown above, 45% owned Thai Air Asia is quite sizeable. Its revenue was almost half of Malaysia operation. It is also profitable, with PBT of RM68 mil in latest quarter.


Indonesia Air Asia is 49% owned. Its revenue was about 1/4 of Malaysia operation. This associate incurred forex loss of RM324 mil in December 2015 quarter, and was the main reason behind Air Asia's massive associate losses of RM225 mil.


Philippines, India and Japan's operation is quite small.


I am relieved to find out that the huge associate losses seen in December 2015 quarter was due to Indonesia Air Asia's forex loss (and hence one off). This means that operationally, even though the associates are loss making, they are not bleeding the group in a big way. 


In (a) above, I showed how the group will benefit from low fuel cost. The same should happen to all these associate companies as well. As such, in coming quarters, it is not inconceivable that associates contribution will turn positive. 



3. Projection and Valuation


As usual, to determine whether Air Asia is overvalued at current price, I rely on PE multiple.


Based on 2,783 mil shares and RM1.66, Air Asia's existing market cap is RM4.6 billion. Based on 10 times PE multiple (plucked from the air), I will only feel comfortable if Air Asia can generate at least RM460 mil net profit per annum. 


Is Air Asia in a position to deliver ? I constructed a simple financial model to try to gain further insight :-


To be objective, I chose not to manipulate any figures and instead let them flow naturally. Without any interference from me, the financial model churns out potential net profit of RM1.1 billion, or EPS of 40 sen for FY2016. 


The figure looked staggering. Is it far fetched ? Is Icon8888 the only one that came up with such bullish projection ? 


Not really, the following are recent analysts' forecast for Air Asia. Their figures are not as high as mine (probably due to more conservative assumptions regarding fuel cost). However, the projections are still way above market expectation (as reflected by latest market price) :-


(Maybank IB analyst report dated 29 February 2016, expects RM796 mil net profit this year. EPS of 28.6 sen)


(Hong Leong IB analyst report dated 29 February 2016, expects RM822 mil net profit this year, RM1.06 billion net profit next year)


(Kenanga IB analyst report dated 29 February 2016, expects RM810 mil net profit this year)


(Public IB is the most conservative. However, it is still as high as RM683 mil, or EPS of 27.6 sen)



4. Concluding Remarks


I believe the market has not fully understood the implication of Air Asia's latest turn around. Having said so, I would like to point out that RM1.1 billion net profit is aggressive and is NOT what I am targeting for in FY2016. Same as every other stock, I am only targeting 30% return for Air Asia by end 2016 (Target Price roughly RM2.20). Anything above that is bonus. 


In view of the favorable balance of reward vs risk, I hereby stick my neck out to scream for Buy. Air Asia's tagline is "Now Everyone Can Fly". Mine is "Now Everyone Can Buy". 


However, I am just joking when I said sell car sell house. Please buy within your means. 


Last but not least, it is pointless to blame others when your investment is down. That won't help you to become a successful investor. My article should be treated as a source of information to help you to understand a stock, not a fixed deposit slip that guarantees your return.


Your money your risk your reward. Have fun.

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my dipstick tells me market cap of $5 billion is too much for AA already....

my dipstick made in Mars, very reliable.

2016-03-10 02:10


icon8888 would want to reinvent the wheel (by cut n paste) and claim as his.

2016-03-10 02:24


Good morning stockmanmy

O... you know Price Waterhouse ah.. o... very good

Hope you can help r°Moi with this question which have been disturbing r°Moi..

Q: What are the criteria... how long must a debt be overdue.. before Price Waterhouse will ask for an allowance for doubtful debt to be made??


2016-03-10 08:18


All Icon8888 counter attacker has been more Fake ID, in i3...

2016-03-10 08:25

Koon Bee

AirAsia will consolidate at range 1.65 - 1.78 for 1 month and move up again

2016-03-10 08:33


hi icon, what is your assumption for Crude Oil in 2016? As my only concern is AIRASIA may lose money again if Brent recent uptrend continues...

2016-03-10 08:47


1st, Airasia has hedged 50% of their fuel at USD 59 for year 2016. Therefore, it is actually half leg reached USD59.
2nd, jet fuel price is NOT the crude oil price you saw. Jet oil kerosene is now ard USD $48.


2016-03-10 08:49


moi chai....if AA got any debtors, you better write it off.
we got pay first travel later where got travel first pay later?


Q: What are the criteria... how long must a debt be overdue.. before Price Waterhouse will ask for an allowance for doubtful debt to be made??

2016-03-10 08:52


fayetan I have no idea what oil price will be in 2016

2016-03-10 09:12


Post removed.Why?

2016-03-10 09:21


Thanks for sharing :)

2016-03-10 09:41

Jonathan Keung

well articulated on AA coming P & L qtr result.

2016-03-10 10:31


Take a look at Tune Protect instead. Rides on Airasia excluding the fuel risks!

2016-03-10 11:00

Jonathan Keung

Most people have recently forecast Brent Crude to trade between USD 40-USD 50 ( not jet fuel oil ). Price may be trending higher now but whether sustainable is a big Q ?

2016-03-10 11:13


This is a very lousy answer...

You don't know what is going on

You are hereby downgraded to..... a DON'T BOTHER

stockmanmy moi chai....if AA got any debtors, you better write it off.
we got pay first travel later where got travel first pay later?


Q: What are the criteria... how long must a debt be overdue.. before Price Waterhouse will ask for an allowance for doubtful debt to be made??
10/03/2016 08:52

2016-03-10 11:45


brings up also a very interesting point...................

the internet revolution has saved the airline industry billions upon billions by cutting off the middlemen and agents

saved billions upon billions through efficiencies....and pushed down ticket prices to a fraction of what it was.

and for anyone who wants to sailang.....it makes sense to sailang a 30sen share at a PE of 1 than sailang a $ 5 billion company .

2016-03-10 15:11


ICON Unload all his Airasia today?

2016-03-10 16:53


A well presented report thank for sharing

2016-03-10 19:50


Sell your house to me need it urgent
Cash ready

2016-03-10 20:09


Address No. 37-21-7, Sri Penaga Condominium
Jalan Medang Serai, Bukit Bandaraya
Kuala Lumpur
59100 Wilayah Persekutuan
Descriptions(Class & nominal value) Ordinary shares of RM0.10 each
Details of changes

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Type of transaction
Date of change
No of securities
Price Transacted (RM)

Circumstances by reason of which change has occurred Disposal of shares
Nature of interest Direct and Indirect
Consideration (if any)
Total no of securities after change

Direct (units) 1,600,000
Direct (%) 0.058
Indirect/deemed interest (units) 525,042,082
Indirect/deemed interest (%) 18.867
Date of notice 04/03/2016

2016-03-10 20:15


When everyone is buying, Tan Sri is selling...see who is the one laughing at the end

2016-03-10 21:05


He sold a lot Ah ?

2016-03-10 21:07


TF has 500 mil shares, he just sold 2-3 mil early March, not really a concern for me lor.

2016-03-10 21:10


yes, that is how I feel also

as for EPF, they buy and sell all the time

2016-03-10 21:12


yes, but for those who don't feed comfortable, just sell lor, later no need to cry father cry mother ma, i personally think this wave will go to RM2, anyway my call warrant cost is very low, so i can hold

Icon, Tuesday day almost drop to 1.60, i tot hoseh liao, can tiok optimus ggj, but it didn't happen, what a waste

2016-03-10 21:16


sometime major shareholders sell shares because they know coming quarter results might not be good

but now is only mid March, the reporting period has not even ended, let alone preparation of financial accounts

if that is the case, what is the chance that Tony is selling because of bad coming quarter results ?

Unlikely, right ?

2016-03-10 21:16


I sold some of my export stocks to buy this stock

for export stocks, everyday I got to watch the exchange rate movement, really tension

for airasia, I no need to worry. This is because I believe the oil glut is there. I don't need to constantly watch my back

I am writing Part 2

2016-03-10 21:20


me too, so stressful watching the currency movement, Airasia is safer bet, short term long term also quite safe

2016-03-10 21:21


the prospects is good, it is not easy to find something like this. I won't sell so easily.

2016-03-10 21:22


Icon8888, I also lari kuat kuat from export stocks since January 2016. I bet on tunepro.

2016-03-10 21:22


part 2, great, can't wait to read

Yes, to win big, when you are right, you just make sure that you are completely right, i mean dare to sailang

2016-03-10 21:24


i half sailang airasia even before the QR, I took a bet hope that the QR is good, after QR, i continue to top up, no fear

2016-03-10 21:25


yes, buddy

I have given a lot of thoughts about my 2016 portfolio

people like you and me are considered FA investors. NOT all the stocks we pick might give us super return, but in general their fundamentals are quite ok. As such, it is unlikely we will lose BIG money on them

the only chance we will lose BIG money is if we are caught in a major trend reversal. Exxport theme carries this risk in 2016. Many counters are up few hundred percent. The downside can be very deep.

If I avoid this risk, I should be able o avoid big losses this year.

So it is is not a difficult decision

2016-03-10 21:27


look at the big picture, all things seem like work positively for Airaisa....MAS downsiding, low oil price, Subsidiary turnaround, Tourism push & etc

2016-03-10 21:27


Icon, so true, just like your tagline, just follow the smell of money, i like it very much, Airasia is a good example, i smell a lot a lot money, lol

2016-03-10 21:30


For airasia, i throw all my TA practise aside, this stock no need look at TA at all, at least for 2016

2016-03-10 21:32


i talked with Icon become i plp him ? Coldrisk, i mark your name first, you will know who are you messing with in future

2016-03-10 21:50


Coldrisk, you are too honest. Get ready ypur bullet proof shirts

2016-03-10 21:55


we are here to have proper discussion, ppl like paperplane, Optimus, Desa like to attack or badmouth other counter and spoit the party, now come coldrisks, ok lor, later kena whack don't blame me, lol

2016-03-10 22:00


Post removed.Why?

2016-03-10 22:03


I have been saying this, the only way to stop all the nonsense & idiotic acts is to have all IDs be registered with true identity.

We can see some idiots keep poping up with new IDs. What a shame!!!
Tan KW's Portfolio: Stock Pick 2016 Mar 5, 2016 11:43 PM | Report Abuse

i3 should upgrade its system & must have all the IDs registered with true identity.

I have been seeing more & more idiots joining this forum & more & more good people can't tahan these idiots' acts.

2016-03-10 22:58


good luck icon8888, i don't understand airline business so i avoid AirAsia but you might have your points here

2016-03-11 08:57


This nut are too high with ice !

2016-03-11 23:39


Lol. I earn the most money in gob compare to other counter... its how u manage it...

2016-03-11 23:43

Fam Jenny

C8mam.....the curse will fall back on you,we are not scare of your behaviour,administrator will have to ban you.

2016-03-11 23:50


Good one, Fam Jenny. This nut high dai chor..

2016-03-11 23:53

Fam Jenny

C8mampostelanairliur,the curse will return to you alone,catch it quickly.

2016-03-12 01:00

Fam Jenny

C8mampostelanairliur,the dog will bite off,ha,ha!

2016-03-12 01:03


After sailing here icon broke

2016-03-14 22:06


Icon sold his house and car to buy 1.73. He is going to wait for 2 months before he get to see 1.73 again

2016-03-14 22:11

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