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15 Nov 2021: UMS Holdings (UMSH SP), (9618 HK)

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UMS Holdings (UMSH SP): Record after record

  • BUY Entry – 1.38 (BUY STOP) Target –1.60 Stop Loss – 1.30
  • UMS engages in manufacturing of high precision components, complex assembly and final testing for semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Its key customer is US-listed Applied Materials (AMAT US). UMS Is headquartered in Singapore and has production facilities in Singapore, Malaysia and China, as well as offices in the US.
  • Record breaking 9M2021 performance. Last Friday(12 Nov), UMS reported a stellar set of 3Q2021 results. UMS 3Q2021 revenue surged 50% YoY to S$67.6mn while net profit rose 25% YoY to S$16.1mn. It has proposed a higher dividend of 1.0 Sing cents vs 0.5 Sing cents in the prior quarter. The strong performance was on the back of strong growth in the global semiconductor industry and from the consolidation of JEP Holdings. 
  • A potentially another record year ahead. Global equipment investments for front end fabs in 2022 are expected to reach nearly US$100bn, after topping a projected US$90bn of investments in 2021. Riding on this strong trend, UMS will be increasing its production capacity by doubling its capex in FY2022. UMS’ new Penang factory is scheduled for completion in 3QFY2022. 
  • Positive street outlook. Consensus has 6 BUYS / 1 HOLD and a 12m TP of S$1.62, an implied 17% upside potential from the last close price. UMS currently trades at 15x and 13x FY2021 and FY2022 P/E.
UMSH SP (Source: Bloomberg)

AEM Holdings Ltd (AEM SP): Riding the semicon wave

  • REITERATE BUY Entry – 4.50 Target –5.00 Stop Loss – 4.30
  • AEM Holdings Limited is a Singapore-based company, which offers application specific-intelligent system test and handling solutions for semiconductor and electronics companies serving computing, fifth generation (5G) and artificial intelligence (AI) markets. Its segments include Equipment systems solutions (ESS), System Level Test & Inspection (SLT-i), Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Test and Measurement Solutions (TMS) and Others.
  • Raised full year guidance. Yesterday, AEM reported revenue of S$338.5mn and profit before tax of S$63.3mn for 9M21. Top and bottom line was lower compared to 9M20 as AEM’s key customer was preparing to phase over to the company’s next generation test platforms. QoQ revenue increased from S$112mn in 2Q21 to S$146.2mn in 3Q21. The company also raised FY21 revenue guidance to between S$525mn and S$550mn. 
  • Positive momentum to follow through 4Q21 and beyond. QoQ revenue growth was mainly due to the volume ramp up for AEM’s next gen System Level Testing (SLT) handlers, primarily driven by Intel’s logic chips . The company expects the ramp to continue through 4Q21 and into FY22. 
  • Strong demand for semicon continues. Amidst the semicon shortage, front-end industry leaders such as TSMC are heavily investing in building more chip plants to meet the strong demand. TSMC recently announced that it would be setting up a new chip factory in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City and will be teaming up with Sony to open a chip plant in Japan. As supply chain issues are alleviated, upstream to downstream flows are expected to normalise. Coupled with increased end user demand, would lead to increased SLT, benefitting AEM in the future. 
  • Positive consensus forecast. According to Bloomberg consensus estimates, AEM currently has 4 BUYS, 0 HOLD and 0 SELL, with a 12M TP of S$5.53, representing an upside of 26.3% as of yesterday’s closing price.
AEM SP (Source: Bloomberg)

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HONG KONG (9618 HK): Booster from “Double 11”

  • BUY Entry – 310 Target – 350 Stop Loss – 290
  • Inc is a holding company mainly engaged in e-commerce business. The Company operates two segments. JD Retail segment consists of online retail, online marketplace and marketing services in China. The Company offers electronics products, home appliances and other general merchandise categories. The Company has its own online platform, which third-party merchants offer products on it. The Company provides marketing and display advertising services to third-party merchants, suppliers and other business partners on its website channels. New Businesses segment includes logistics services provided to third parties, overseas business, technology initiatives, as well as asset management services to logistics property investors and sale of development properties. It offers comprehensive supply chain solutions to third parties through JD Logistics, including warehousing, transportation, delivery and after-sales service. The Company mainly conducts its businesses in the China market.
  • New “Double 11” sales record. The annual sales festival in China started in November, during which e-commerce companies’ shares benefit from this seasonal booster. The household appliance sales jumped by 50% YoY to more than RMB349bn on 11th November.  More than 50mn customers placed orders on JD. 
  • Arduous recovery. Both market sentiment and confidence in Chinese tech giants have been negatively impacted since July when authorities initiated rounds of clampdown. It is likely that regulations will never be over. Investors should recognise that this is the new normal for Chinese tech firms. Fundamentals such as the operating environment and domestic economic prospects have been transformed. Tech companies’ valuations are being re-rated based on decent growth instead of high growth. JD is relatively less vulnerable from policies and regulations as it is more concentrated on its core business, e-commerce and logistics, instead of diversification. From the share price performance, it is likely waking out of the woods. 
  • Eye on the upcoming results. JD will be announcing 3Q21 results on 18th November. EPS estimate is US$0.32, down 36% YoY from US$0.5 in 3Q20. The fall in earnings may already be priced in the last quarter.  
  • Positive consensus forecast. Updated market consensus of the estimated EPS growth in FY22/23 are 40.8%/64.0% respectively, which translates to 39.2x/23.9x forward PE. The current PE is 55.2x. Bloomberg consensus average 12-month target price is HK$387.91.

9618 HK (Source: Bloomberg)

Haier Smart Home Co., Ltd., (6690 HK): Walking out of the woods

  • REITERATE Buy Entry – 28 Target – 31 Stop Loss – 26.5
  • Haier Smart Home Co., Ltd., formerly QINGDAO HAIER CO., LTD., is a China-based company principally engaged in the research, development, manufacture and sales of household electrical appliances. The Company’s main products include refrigerators/freezers, washing machines, air-conditioners, water heaters, kitchen appliances products, small home appliances and U-home smart home products. The Company also provides the customers with integrated smart home solutions. The Company is also involved in channel integration service business, including logistics, as well as the distribution of home appliances and other products. The Company distributes its products in the domestic market and overseas.
  • 3Q21 financial results update. Revenue slightly dipped by 0.58% YoY to RMB58.3bn. Net profit attributable to the company shareholders dropped by 12.4% YoY to RMB3.1bn. The unfavourable performance was due to the impact from Delta variant and high material costs. 
  • Boost from “Double 11”. The “Double 11” sales figures were quite promising. According to Tmall, Haier recorded RMB800mn sales for the first 30 mins. It ranked the top on Tmall and among other household appliance brands in terms of sales as of 1am 11th November. 
  • Headwinds tapered. Material prices started to top out in 3Q21 as the government has proactively clamped down on commodity prices. Meanwhile, overseas countries have started to open borders, easing supply chain disruptions.   
  • Positive consensus forecast. Updated market consensus of the estimated EPS growth in FY22/23 are 19.7%/15.2% respectively, which translates to 14x/12x forward PE. The current PE is 17.8x. The FY21F/22F/23F dividend yield is expected to be 2.1%/2.7%/3.2% respectively. Bloomberg consensus average 12-month target price is HK$40.16.
6690 HK (Source: Bloomberg)

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