M1 – CIMB

Android accounting impact

M1’s 2Q12 core net profit missed our forecast and consensus by 16% and 11% respectively due to the accounting of non-iPhone device subsidies. Despite lower earnings, M1 pledged to maintain absolute DPS. It declared a 1H12 DPS of 6.6 cts, unchanged yoy.

We maintain Neutral on M1 but raise our DCF-based target price by 14% to S$2.86 on: 1) lower subsidies given the rising popularity of the lower-cost Android devices vs iPhones and 2) lower WACC of 7.6% vs 7.9% to reflect its fairly attractive dividends. We also adjust our FY12-14 EPS forecasts by -7% to +3%. StarHub remains our top pick.

Profitability impacted by accounting

Although its cashflows are unaffected, M1’s margins were impacted negatively by its accounting treatment for Android devices where the subsidies are expensed vs being amortised over the contract period for the iPhones. We suspect that this impact will carry over to 3Q12 as the very popular Samsung Galaxy S3 had only a one-month impact in 2Q12 since it was launched in end-May. Android devices made up about 70% of the total devices sold in 2Q, a reverse from previous quarters where the iPhones dominated. However, we think margins should improve thereafter when: 1) the new iPhone is launched, typically in 4Q, and 2) the impact of the Samsung Galaxy S3 washes through.

Outlook

Not surprisingly, M1 expects a “short-term” impact of handset subsidies on its profitability. It reiterated FY12 capex of S$120m. M1 views OpenNet’s 29% higher installation quota positively, but feels that it is insufficient to reduce the service activation period.

Maintaining dividends

Despite net profit being weighed down by expensing subsidies, M1 pledged to maintain its absolute FY11 DPS in FY12, i.e. by raising its payout ratio. The company said that it planned to maintain its FY11 absolute DPS of 14.5cts for FY12. It declared an interim dividend of 6.6cts (80% payout vs 70% in 1H11).

M1 – CIMB

Android accounting impact

M1’s 2Q12 core net profit missed our forecast and consensus by 16% and 11% respectively due to the accounting of non-iPhone device subsidies. Despite lower earnings, M1 pledged to maintain absolute DPS. It declared a 1H12 DPS of 6.6 cts, unchanged yoy.

We maintain Neutral on M1 but raise our DCF-based target price by 14% to S$2.86 on: 1) lower subsidies given the rising popularity of the lower-cost Android devices vs iPhones and 2) lower WACC of 7.6% vs 7.9% to reflect its fairly attractive dividends. We also adjust our FY12-14 EPS forecasts by -7% to +3%. StarHub remains our top pick.

Profitability impacted by accounting

Although its cashflows are unaffected, M1’s margins were impacted negatively by its accounting treatment for Android devices where the subsidies are expensed vs being amortised over the contract period for the iPhones. We suspect that this impact will carry over to 3Q12 as the very popular Samsung Galaxy S3 had only a one-month impact in 2Q12 since it was launched in end-May. Android devices made up about 70% of the total devices sold in 2Q, a reverse from previous quarters where the iPhones dominated. However, we think margins should improve thereafter when: 1) the new iPhone is launched, typically in 4Q, and 2) the impact of the Samsung Galaxy S3 washes through.

Outlook

Not surprisingly, M1 expects a “short-term” impact of handset subsidies on its profitability. It reiterated FY12 capex of S$120m. M1 views OpenNet’s 29% higher installation quota positively, but feels that it is insufficient to reduce the service activation period.

Maintaining dividends

Despite net profit being weighed down by expensing subsidies, M1 pledged to maintain its absolute FY11 DPS in FY12, i.e. by raising its payout ratio. The company said that it planned to maintain its FY11 absolute DPS of 14.5cts for FY12. It declared an interim dividend of 6.6cts (80% payout vs 70% in 1H11).

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