SPH – OSK DMG

Valuations Stretched; Downgrade To Sell

2QFY13 results came in slightly below our expectations with PATMI at SGD72m (-15% y-o-y, -22% q-o-q). A 7.6% y-o-y fall in N&M ad revenue was partially cushioned by a 4.5% y-o-y increase in property rental income. We lower our FY13/14 earnings by 5.8/6.0% on weaker domestic economic outlook, which impact ad revenue. Downgrade to SELL with lower SOTP TP of SGD4.00 (SGD4.30 previously).

  • Share price enjoyed a great run up but valuations appear stretched. SPH’s share price ran up some 10% since it announced an exploration of a REIT listing on the SGX. Though we understand there are advantages of a REIT spin off, such as potential cash inflows, we think valuations appear stretched. With an unexciting core publishing segment, and FY13 dividend yields compressing to 5.2%, we are downgrading our call to SELL.
  • Feasibility of a REIT listing would depend on how cash is deployed. SPH is still in the early stages of studying a REIT spin off possibility and we think visibility on any positive catalysts are lacking at this point in time. We think a key point that needs to be addressed would be whether SPH will be able to make yield accretive investments with the use of proceeds.
  • Ad revenue weak but property segment held the fort. Property segment income continued to enjoy 4.5% y-o-y growth to SGD50.2m due to higher rental rates from Paragon but this was more than offset by a 7.1% y-o-y fall in Newspaper and Magazine segment revenue to SGD224.4m. Following weaker-than-expected 1Q13 Singapore GDP contraction (based on advanced estimates) of 0.6%, we have consequently lowered our FY13 earnings by 5.8% to reflect weaker ad spend going forward.
  • Downgrade to SELL, yields looking less attractive. We value the core media segment based on 13.8x FY13 P/E, Paragon (SGD2.43bn) and Clementi Mall (SGD359m) at market value, M1 and Starhub at OSK TP and investments as at Feb 13. SPH has declared an interim dividend of SGD7¢ a share. We think SPH looks less attractive with FY13 yields at 5.2%.

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