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6 May 2022: Jiutian Chemical Group Limited (C8R SP), CNOOC Limited (883 HK)

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Jiutian Chemical Group Limited (C8R SP): Net cash accounts for 89% of the market cap

  • BUY Entry – 0.095 Target – 0.105 Stop Loss – 0.090
  • Jiutian is the second largest Dimethylformamide (DMF) producer in China, with a total annual capacity of 150,000 tons of DMF and methylamine (MA). Both these chemicals are important ingredients in industries as diverse as consumer goods, petrochemicals, electronics, pharmaceuticals and fertilisers. In addition, it now produces chemicals for fast growing sectors such as batteries that are used in electric vehicles.
  • Strong 1Q22 results despite a surge in COVID cases. 1Q22 revenue jumped by 76% YoY to RMB772mn. Net profit jumped by 123% YoY to RMB201mn. The sales volumes could be less than last year during the same period as China started to adopt certain restriction measures to contain COVID-19 spreads in March, affecting logistics. However, the average DMF prices ranged from RMB15,000/tonne to RMB16,000/tonne in 1Q22 compared to RMB9,000/tonne to RMB11,000/tonne in 1Q21. The cash and cash equivalents arrived at a record high of RMB1.02bn. Meanwhile, the company proposed an interim dividend of 0.75 SG cents (A dividend yield of 7.7% as of the closing price of S$0.097).

China Dimethylformamide (Industrial Grade) Monthly Average Price (RMB/tonne)

Source: CEIC

  • Upbeat near term outlook. Although China could ease its zero-COVID policies, it will continue to adopt draconian measures to avoid another wave of outbreaks. The current supply and demand dynamics will remain status quote as there is no substantial ramp-up in the domestic DMF capacity. The price correction of DMF in April was due mainly to the lockdowns of major cities and the ensuing decline in demand. The production and sales volumes fell correspondingly as well. The latest DMF average price is quoted at RMB12,800/tonne. We believe the downside is limited given raw material prices stay afloat.
  • Consensus estimates are positive. We have a fundamental TP of S$0.14 dated back on 17th May 2021. The consensus average TP excluding ours is $0.17. Currently, shares are trading at 2.9x FY2021 P/E (including one-off impairment).

(Source: Bloomberg)

Samudera Shipping Line Ltd (S56 SP): Benefited amidst the wane-and-wax

  • RE-ITERATE BUY Entry – 0.97 Target – 1.10 Stop Loss – 0.90
  • Samudera Shipping Line Ltd. offers efficient and reliable container shipping services in the Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, South East Asia, Indo-China and the Far East markets.
  • Container freight rates remained high in April. The lock-down of Shanghai had been more than a month. However, covid cases in Shanghai have yet subsided. The halt of Shanghai port operations benefited other shipping routes, especially those in Southeast Asia (SEA). The freight rates from SEA to North America in April stabilised at the high grounds.

Southeast Asia to North America Container Rates

Source: S&P Global

Southeast Asia to North America Bunker Charges

Source: S&P Global

  • FY21 results review. Revenue jumped by 51.5% YoY to US$527mn. Gross profit reached a record high of US$146.9mn compared to US$29.6mn in FY20. Net profit reached a record high of US$127.8mn compared to US$15.2mn in FY20. The company declared a special dividend of 12.75 SG cents (12.75% dividend yield as of the last closing price of S$1.0 last Friday) in February 2022.
  • Positive outlook in the near term to mid-term. The global supply chain has been disrupted during the COVID-19 period, and it will be redesigned and redeployed moving forward as multinational companies have suffered from the concentration and geopolitical risks. The Southeast region will be the sweet spot for the manufacturing base alternative to China. Accordingly, the shipping boom will last in the longer run.
  • Relatively cheap valuation. Currently, shares are trading at 3x P/E and 1.2x P/B.

(Source: Bloomberg)

CNOOC Limited (883 HK): Renewed concerns on oil supplies

  • BUY Entry 10.62 – Target – 12.08 Stop Loss – 9.98
  • CNOOC Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company principally engaged in the exploration, production and trading of oil and gas. Its businesses include conventional oil and gas businesses, shale oil and gas businesses, oil sands businesses and other unconventional oil and gas businesses. The company mainly operates businesses through three segments. The Exploration and Production segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and other petroleum products. The Trading segment is engaged in the trading of crude oil, natural gas and other petroleum products. The company mainly operates businesses in China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Indonesia and Brazil, among others.
  • Russian oil sanction plans. Oil prices extended gains on Thursday on supply concerns as the European Union proposal laid out plans for new sanctions against Russia, including an embargo on crude in six months, offsetting concerns over weaker Chinese demand. The sanctions proposal, which was announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and needs unanimous backing by the 27 EU countries to take effect, includes phasing out supplies of Russian crude in six months and refined products by the end of 2022.
  • Record high dividend yield. CNOOC has proposed to pay HK$1.18 per share in a special dividend payout to A- and H-share investors, totalling an almost HK$56 billion dividend windfall after bumper earnings. The windfall follows the firm’s decision in January to pay out at least 40% of its annual profits from 2022 to 2024 as dividends or at least HK$0.70 per share. The firm also reiterated its decision to implement share buy-backs this year. Earnings jumped 132% YoY in 1Q22 to RMB34.3bn as crude oil prices surged during the period.
  • Valuation and consensus estimates. CNOOC has a consensus rating of 25 BUYS, 1 HOLD and 0 SELL, and a 12 month target price of HIK$15.42. CNOOC is currently trading at 3.77x/4.13x/4.39x FY22F/FY23F/FY24F P/E.

WTI Crude Oil Prices

(Source: Bloomberg)

Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited (168 HK): Strong pricing power in the domestic beer industry

  • RE-ITERATE BUY Entry 63.40 – Target – 70.50 Stop Loss – 59.30
  • Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, wholesale, and retail sale of beer products worldwide. The company sells its beer products primarily under the Tsingtaoand and Laoshan brand names. It also provides wealth management, and agency collection and payment services; and financing, construction, and logistics services, as well as technology promotion and application services.
  • Strong results amidst the pandemic. In the first quarter of 2022, Tsingtao Brewery’s revenue was RMB9.2bn, a YoY increase of 3.1%, whereas net profit after tax was RMB1.1bn, a YoY increase of 10.2%. In addition, the gross profit margin increased by 1.30 ppts to 36.7%.
  • Higher selling prices to cushion inflationary cost pressures. Despite rising raw material costs such as malt and packaging materials, the strength of the domestic beer industry remains, and the adjustment in prices is expected to continue moving forward as companies continue to pass rising costs to customers. Other major Chinese beer companies, such as China Resources Beer Holdings Co Ltd (291 HK) have seen increases in average unit price and profit margins over the last 2 years.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining. Hong Kong reopened gyms, beauty parlours, theme parks and cinemas on Thursday for the first time in more than four months, as authorities relaxed some of the world’s toughest Covid-19 curbs, which have weighed on people and businesses. Many restaurants were booked out for weeks ahead after the hours for dining out were extended until 10 p.m. from 6 p.m., while group sizes have been expanded to four from two.
  • Valuation and consensus estimates. Tsingtao Brewery has a consensus rating of 19 BUYS, 3 HOLDS and 1 SELL, and a 12 month target price of HK$83.38. Tsingtao Brewery currently trades at 24x FY22 P/E, significantly lower than the average P/E of 38x over the past 3 years and 30x P/E during the 2020 pandemic era.

(Source: Bloomberg)

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United States

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  • Twitter Inc (TWTR US) shares gained 2.6% after CNBC’s David Faber reported Elon Musk is expected to serve as temporary CEO of Twitter for a few months after he completes his $44 billion takeover of the social media platform. Regulatory filings published Thursday also showed Musk received another $7 billion from friends and investors to buy Twitter.
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  • Shopify Inc (SHOP US) shares fell 14.9% after the company forecasted that revenue growth would be lower in the first half of the year, as it navigates tough pandemic-era comparisons. Shopify also reported adjusted quarterly earnings of 20 cents per share, well below the Refinitiv forecast of 64 cents per share.


  • Golden Energy and Resources Ltd (AUE SP) Shares rose 10.3% yesterday and closed at a 52-week high. Geo Energy Resources Ltd (RE4 SP) shares rose 6.1% yesterday. There was no company-specifc news of both counters. Bloomberg reported that India is facing coal shortage, and the current heatwave triggers power outages. Although India ramps up coal production to record level, it will increase the coal import from Indonesia and Australia in the near term.
  • LHN Limited (41O SP) shares rose 6.3% yesterday after the company announced a positive profit guidance on 4th May. The group expected to record a higher net profit before tax for 1H2022 of no less than approximately S$34mn as compared to the six months ended 31 March 2021 of approximately S$18.3mn.
  • The higher net profit before tax for 1H2022 arises mainly from the Space Optimisation Business due to gains from subleases which were derived based on differences between the right-of-use asset derecognised and the net investment in sublease; higher fair value gains on the group’s investment properties and joint ventures’ investment properties; and increase in profit from the Group’s co-living business under residential properties.
  • Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (Y92 SP) shares rose 3.7% yesterday. The company is resuming the proposed spin-off and listing of its brewery unit BeerCo on the Singapore Exchange, which it had deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Its wholly-owned subsidiary International Beverage Holdings, which holds all the issued ordinary shares of BeerCo, will conduct a public offering of up to 20% of the total number of issued ordinary shares of BeerCo.
  • Sembcorp Marine Ltd (S51 SP) shares fell 6.8% yesterday. There was no company-specific news. The sell-down could be due to profit-taking movements.

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Trading Dashboard Update: Enter Tsingtao Brewery (168 HK) at HK$63.40.

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