In this briefing:
- Smartkarma’s Week that Was in 🇯🇵/🇰🇷 : Korea’s NPS, Samsung, Toshiba, Hitachi Hi-Tech, Payments
- A Pair Trade Between Doosan Heavy Industries & Doosan Corp: (미세먼지, Nuclear Power, & 0.42 Million)
- Koolearn (新东方在线) IPO Review – Yet to See Results from Increased Spending
- Keppel Infrastructure Trust Placement – Scaled Down but Large Deal; Very Well Flagged Deal
- Yokogawa Electric (6841 JP): A Less Risky Investment in LNG Engineering
Something of a slower week on Smartkarma this week (I contributed to that slowness by being away and under the weather when back) with about 120 insights published. A list of the insights to do with Japan and Korea this week are listed below.
There will be a couple more shortly.
For more detail, read on below the fold…
2. A Pair Trade Between Doosan Heavy Industries & Doosan Corp: (미세먼지, Nuclear Power, & 0.42 Million)
In this report, we provide an analysis of our pair trade idea between Doosan Heavy Industries (034020 KS) and Doosan Corp (000150 KS). Our strategy will be to be long Doosan Heavy Industries and be short Doosan Corp. Our base case strategy is to achieve gains of 7-9% on this pair trade over the next six months.
In the past two years, Moon Jae-In administration’s energy policy has been to further reduce the reliance on nuclear power and increase reliance in renewable and coal power. The use of nuclear power in Korea is highly impacted by politics. There are a few stocks in Korea such as Doosan Heavy Industries (034020 KS) where politics is very important. The conservative parties in Korea tend to favor the use of nuclear power. However, the ruling liberal party does not favor the use of nuclear power.
Among the domestic issues, the decline in the nuclear power generation and greater use of coal based power generation have been cited as key reasons why the fine dust problems has increased in Korea in the past two years. In fact, more than 0.42 million Korean citizens have signed petitions in the past few weeks that would oppose the continued decline in the use of nuclear power generation.
Koolearn (1797 HK) is looking to raise up to US$S234m in its upcoming IPO. We have previously covered the company in:
- Koolearn (新东方在线) Pre-IPO – Profitable Online Edu Company but Poor Sentiment Weighs
- New Regulatory Tightening on Online Education Reads Badly on Koolearn IPO
In this insight, we will look at the updates on financials and operating metrics, compare it to other listed online education companies, and run the deal through our framework.
The increase in spending on marketing has not yielded the intended results as the growth rates of student enrollment and gross billings slowing down. Furthermore, aggressive spending behavior is similar to that of STG and LAIX and both companies did not perform well post listing.
Keppel Infrastructure Trust (KIT SP) plans to raise US$450m via an equity placement and non-renounacable preferential offering. Its sponsor, Keppel Corp Ltd (KEP SP) will subscribe in the placement and the preferential offering to maintain its 18.2% stake.
KIT announced the acquisition of IXOM in Nov 2018 and has been talking about the need to issue equity ever since. Its earlier presentations seem to indicate a preference for raising a large sum via an equity issuance. Furthermore, despite the smaller raise the accretion to DPU is probably only marginal.
Yokogawa Electric is one of the world’s leading suppliers of distributed control systems (DCS) used in the LNG, oil & gas, petrochemical and other industries. It is particularly strong in LNG, having provided control systems for dozens of liquefaction trains, LNG carriers and re-gasification plants.
Unlike Chiyoda Corporation (6366 JP) and JGC (1963 JP), which depend on a small number of large engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) orders, which can be as large as ¥500 billion, Yokogawa only rarely receives an order as large as ¥10 billion and most of its orders are less than ¥1 billion. It is geared primarily to ongoing investments and operating expenditures in its user industries, less exposed to highly variable orders for large LNG and other engineering projects, and relatively immune to cost overruns and other problems at projects gone wrong.
Margins have expanded over the past several years due to a combination of restructuring and technological advance. Unprofitable non-core businesses have been abandoned or sold, high-wage domestic employees retired, and administration, manufacturing and logistics rationalized. Enterprise and robotic process automation (RPA) software have been introduced and an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cloud computing platform is under development. Top-line growth has been slow, but the operating margin has risen from from 5.0% in FY Mar-12 to 8.0% in FY Mar-18, and should reach 10% in FY Mar-21, in our estimation.
At ¥2,215 (Wednesday, March 13 closing price), the shares are selling at 23x our EPS estimate for FY Mar-19 and 20x our estimate for FY Mar-21. Projected EV/EBITDA multiples for the same two years are 9.8x and 8.2x. These and other projected valuation multiples are above their recent historical averages, but indicate upside potential of 20% or more if the anticipated upturn in new LNG investments materializes. Investors willing to take on more speculative risk should look at Chiyoda and JGC.