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Friday, August 17, 2018

Tasco - Finance Costs Remain a Drag

Author: sectoranalyst | Publish date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018, 09:57 AM

  • 1QFY19 results below estimates
  • International segment PBT dented loss in ocean freight forwarding
  • Domestic segment revenue supported by cold chain logistics
  • Revise earnings downwards due to higher finance costs
  • Maintain BUY with reduced TP of RM2.21 per share

1QFY19 normalised PATAMI below estimates. Tasco recorded 1QFY18 normalised PATAMI of RM5.2m (-25.2%yoy), the lowest since 4QFY17. This was below ours and consensus’ estimates by a variance of more than -10%. The deviation is attributed to higher finance costs for the cold supply chain (CSC) business which is fully financed by bank borrowings.

International segment revenue decreased by -56.4%yoy in 1QFY19. PBT of Tasco’s air freight forwarding segment surged by +68.9%yoy as the drop in shipments for electrical and electronic (E&E), colour pigment and printing customers were offset by shipments for customers involved in telecommunications and aerospace. However, the PBT of the international segment was dragged by the ocean freight forwarding business which recorded a loss before tax of -RM0.7m as existing clients opted for direct sea shipment booking.

Domestic segment buttressed by CSC business. PBT of the domestic business segment rose by +43.6%yoy in 2QFY18. The main driver for the segment was the CSC business which now comprises of (i) Gold Cold Integrated Logistics Sdn Bhd (GCIL) (formerly known as MILS Cold Chain Logistics Sdn Bhd) after being completely acquired by Tasco on 1 June 2018, and (ii) Gold Cold Transport Sdn Bhd (GCT). As a result, the CSC business recorded a post-acquisition revenue and PBT of RM21.1m and RM3.1m respectively, translating into a reasonable PBT margin of 14.6%. The trucking segment recorded black ink for the second quarter amidst cost-cutting measures. Meanwhile, other sub-segments such as the contract logistics business experienced a -26%yoy decline in PBT as the company incurred pre-operating expenses for the new retail business via the joint venture with Yee Lee Berhad, combined with lower revenue from the regional distribution centre in KLIA.

Earnings estimates. Although we note that Malaysia is a potential beneficiary if U.S and Chinese companies were to relocate their operations in the wake of the global trade friction, any reduction in global trade would pose a risk to the industry. Henceforth, we are lowering our revenue growth estimates for the international business segment to exercise conservatism. Moreover, Tasco will continue to bear markedly higher financing costs related to the acquisition of the CSC business. Taking all of these into consideration, we are revising down our earnings estimates for FY19 and FY20 to RM34.6m and RM40.2m respectively.

Maintain BUY with a reduced target price (TP) of RM2.21 per share (previously RM2.50 per share) with forward price-earnings (PE) ratio of 11.0x pegged to FY20 EPS of 20.1sen. Our revised valuation target, i.e. forward PE ratio of 11.0x (previously 12.0x), equates to the average forward PE of its peers of 11.0x as we maintain our conservatism in our valuation amidst increasing competition and global concerns. We believe that Tasco’s niche in the CSC business combined with its retail logistics business to be supported by an expected +5.3%yoy growth in the retail industry in CY2018, according to Retail Group Malaysia. Fundamentals of TASCO remain intact, trading at a forward PE ratio of 8.6x and a manageable net debt to equity ratio below 1.0x despite increased financing costs.

Source: MIDF Research - 17 Aug 2018

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