Swift Haulage Berhad - Strengthening fundamental for future growth

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  • We initiate coverage on Swift Haulage Berhad (Swift) with a BUY recommendation premised on robust earnings growth from primary business; container haulage and land transportation amid the easing of travel restriction and resumption of customers’ business operations.
  • Swift continuous business expansion following its venture into cold-chain storage, additional operational facilities, and purchasing of new prime movers would strengthen its presence further within the logistics services while providing sustainable long-term earnings growth.
  • We value Swift at RM0.71, pegged at 10x PER to 7.1 sen FY23 EPS. Since IPO listing, Swift price of RM1.03 has dropped by more than double. This was due to various global headwinds which also hit the general sentiment.

An Integrated Logistics Services Provider

Swift has positioned itself as a highly competitive integrated logistics provider with over 20 years’ experience in handling container haulage, land transportation, warehousing and freight forwarding at main ports in Peninsular Malaysia.

Robust earnings growth from business expansion

We expect Swift core profit to grow at a 3-year CAGR of 16% (FY21- FY24) on the back of stronger contribution across all business segments amid the easing of travel restriction and economic recovery. Besides, we foresee continuous business expansion in line with management’s long term strategic plans to venture into new services, the cold-chain logistics services, additional warehouses facilities, and purchasing of new prime movers – a push for earnings growth in the future.

Commitment up to 30% dividend payout

Management is committed to reward up to 30% of net profit as dividend to shareholders. Assuming a 30% dividend payout ratio, we expect Swift to declare 1.91 sen/ 2.13 sen/ 2.41 sen dividend per share for 2022F/ 2023F/2023F respectively, translating into a 3.8% - 4.8% yield at current price level.

Initiate with a ‘BUY’ call and TP of RM0.71

We initiate coverage on Swift with a BUY call at a TP of RM0.71, pegged at 10x PER to 7.1 sen FY23 EPS. Our valuation is derived based on 1-SD below mean historical average forward PER of sector peers, in view of prolonged supply chain disruption and inflation risk. On the same beat, Swift deserves to trade at a higher valuation given that the stock is currently trading at 8x forward PER versus its average of 10- 11x.

Source: BIMB Securities Research - 30 Jun 2022

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