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Author: kimeng   |   Latest post: Mon, 6 Apr 2020, 2:47 PM


Sembcorp Marine: A Balancing Act

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  • S$5.9m net profit in 4Q18
  • Net gearing 1.44x
  • Has to be selective for new orders

Swings Into the Black in 4Q18

Sembcorp Marine (SMM) reported a 0.2% YoY rise in revenue to S$913.2m and net profit of S$5.9m in 4Q18, bringing full year net loss to S$74.1m vs. our forecast of S$85.6m net loss and the street’s expectation of a S$97m net loss. In FY18, the group secured new orders of S$1.18b, compared to S$750m in FY17. This brought the net order book to S$6.21b; excluding Sete Brasil drillships, the net order book stood at S$3.09b.

Outlook for New Orders and Lead Time Involved

It is encouraging to see the group swing into the black after being in the red in the previous quarters, but what would catalyse the stock price is still new order flow that is sustainable going forward. With regards to this, SMM mentioned that it is responding to increasing enquiries and tenders for innovative engineering solutions relating to offshore production units, but offshore rig orders will take some time to recover as the market remains oversupplied.

Management also reminded that the lead time for new orders, depending on the size and scope of work involved, may take six months to slightly more than a year, as solutions are more customized (rather than standardized) and a certain level of co-development with the client may be involved.

Needs to Selective in Securing New Orders

SMM’s net gearing was 1.44x as at end FY18, compared to 1.37x as at 9M18 and 1.13x as at end FY17. Current debt was S$1.1b as at FY18, and the group expects moderately lower capex for FY19 compared to S$343m in FY18.

Considering that future new orders may have increased working capital needs, and the group’s current balance sheet position, SMM has to be selective when securing new orders (e.g. not too unfavourable payment terms).

We fine-tune our estimates and our fair value estimate rises from S$1.73 to S$1.77.

Source: OCBC Research - 21 Feb 2019

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