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17 June 2022: Tianjin Pharmaceutical Da Re Tang Group Corp Ltd (TIAN SP), Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd (1772 HK)

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Tianjin Pharmaceutical Da Re Tang Group Corp Ltd (TIAN SP): Traditional Chinese Medicine play, a hedge against inflation

  • BUY Entry – 1.08 Target – 1.16 Stop Loss – 1.04
  • The Group’s businesses cover a wide range of products including Chinese patent medicine, Chinese medicinal drinks, Chinese medicinal raw materials, biotechnology medicine, chemical raw material medicine and preparations, and nutritional and health products. It has over 800 medicinal products in over 20 types of formulations.
  • 2021 and 1Q22 financials review. FY21 revenue rose 4.6% YoY to RMB 6.9bn while net profit after tax grew 15.8% YoY to RMB 786.9mn. Gross margins increased by 0.9ppts to 39% in FY21, compared to 38.1% in the previous year. Net profit margin also grew to 11.4% in FY21, compared to 10.3% in FY20. For 1Q22, revenue rose 3% YoY to RMB1.9bn, however net profit after tax declined 7% YoY to RMB 201.90mn.
  • Lagging A Shares. SG-listed shares are currently trading at a T12M P/E of 7.57x, while A-shares are trading at 24.35x, indicating a valuation lag for SG-listed shares. A- shares have also gained approximately 33% from its recent low as of 16 June 2022’s closing price and are forming an upward parallel channel trend, while SG-listed shares just broke out of the consolidation levels yesterday, indicating potential upside.
  • Inflationary hedge against inflation. The US hot inflation report last Friday, showing the fastest pace of price increases since 1981, showed little sign of alleviating price pressures in the month of May. Combined with other economic data showing the worst reading of consumer confidence since the 1970s, the pessimistic outlook pushed the Fed to entertain the idea of abandoning its prior plan. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates by 0.75%, the largest move it has made in a single meeting since 1994. The central bank messaged that further interest rate hikes will come this year, as the Fed leans on higher borrowing costs to dampen demand and work to slow faster-than-expected inflation.

Equity Price Chart (A Shares): Tianjin Pharmaceutical Da Re Tang Group Corp Ltd (600329 CH)

(Source: Bloomberg)

Capitaland Integrated Commercial Trust (CICT SP): Further ease of restriction measures of nightlife

  • RE-ITERATE BUY Entry – 2.05 Target – 2.25 Stop Loss – 1.95
  • CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust (CICT) is the first and largest real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST). CICT owns and invests in quality income-producing assets primarily used for commercial (including retail and/ or office) purposes, located predominantly in Singapore.
  • 1Q22 financials and businesses review. CICT recorded gross revenue of S$339.7mn and net property income of S$248.3mn in 1Q22, an increase of 1.5% and 0.5% YoY respectively. As of 1Q22, CICT’s aggregate leverage was 39.1%, well below MAS’ regulatory limit of 45% to 50%. The average cost of debt was stable at 2.3% per annum. The respective occupancy rate of the retail/office/integrated department was 96.6%/91.4%/97.6% in 1Q22, and the occupancy rate of the overall portfolio was 93.6%.
  • Reopening play. Nightlife establishments with dancing among patrons will no longer be subjected to a capacity limit from 14th June. Patrons will also no longer need to obtain a negative antigen rapid test (ART) result to enter the venue, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on 10th June. The expiry of leases in Clarke Quay resulted in a slight drop in the occupancy rate of the retail segment in 1Q22, and it is expected to recover in 2H22.
  • Inflationary hedge. Out of CICT’s total borrowings of S$8.8bn as of 1Q22, 85% are on fixed interest rates, which is able to shield the impact of interest rate hikes. In addition, because rents and property value tend to increase amidst the increase in overall prices, the REITs whose properties are able to capitalise on that can provide an inflation hedge.
  • Positive consensus estimates. Currently, CICT has a consensus rating of 17 BUYS, 3 HOLDS and 0 SELL, and a 12M TP of S$2.47.

(Source: Bloomberg)

Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd (1772 HK): Range-boud trade

  • Buy Entry – 100 Target – 115 Stop Loss – 93
  • GANFENG LITHIUM CO., LTD. is a China-based company principally engaged in the research, development, production and sales of deeply processed lithium products. The Company’s main products include lithium compounds, lithium metal and lithium batteries. The Company’s products are mainly used in electrical vehicles, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The Company distributes its products in the domestic market and to overseas markets.
  • A large lithium mining project commenced operation. The company and its subsidiary Litio Minera Argentina kicked off this week the construction phase of their Mariana lithium project, located in Argentina’s northwestern Salta province. Based on a feasibility study completed in 2019, the Mariana project has a measured and indicated resource of 4,410,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent and an inferred resource of 786,000 tonnes of LCE. Once fully operational, total production should reach 20,000 tons of lithium chloride per year.
  • Stellar 1Q22 results. Operating income jumped by 233.9% YoY to RMB5.4bn. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company jumped by 640.4% YoY to RMB3.5bn. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company after deduction of non-recurring gains and losses jumped by 956.4% YoY to RMB3.1bn.
  • Lithium carbonate prices remained at high levels. Lithium carbonate prices in China were at 477,500 yuan/tonne in June, rising from the three-month lows of 457,700 that held through May amid a rebound in demand projections as strict Covid lockdowns in Shanghai were relaxed. The recent fiscal stimulus for the automobile sector was expected to boost EV sales, propelling demand for lithium and related EV battery raw materials.
  • The updated market consensus of the EPS growth in FY22/23 is 133.9%/7.8% YoY, respectively, translating to 10.6×/9.8x forward PE. The current PER is 15.2x. Bloomberg consensus average 12-month target price is HK$155.4.

(Source: Bloomberg)

Sinopharm Group Co., Ltd. (1099 HK): A defensive counter amidst sell-off

  • RE-ITERATE BUY Entry – 17.0 Target – 19.5 Stop Loss – 16.5
  • Sinopharm Group Co Ltd is a China-based company principally engaged in pharmaceutical and medical devices distribution business. The Company operates its business through four segments. Pharmaceutical Distribution segment is engaged in the distribution of pharmaceutical products to hospitals, other distributors, retail pharmacy stores and clinics. Medical Devices segment is engaged in the distribution of medical devices, as well as provides installation and maintenance services. Retail Pharmacy segment is engaged in the operation of chain pharmacy stores. Other Business segment is engaged in the distribution of laboratory supplies, manufacture and distribution of chemical reagents, production and sale of pharmaceutical products.
  • 1Q22 earnings review. 1Q22 revenue grew by 6.86% YoY to RMB17.15bn. Net profit attributable to shareholders dropped by 23.25% YoY to RMB252.36mn. The decrease in profit was mainly attributable to the decline in the results of Sinopharm Accord’s associates due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in a corresponding decrease in investment income of Sinopharm Accord. At the same time, due to the impact of the pandemic, the retail sector has seen a decline in store traffic, and the new stores opened in 2021 cost a large initial investment, the benefits of which have not yet emerged, resulting in a decrease in the margin levels.
  • A defensive stock amidst market sell-off. The Hong Kong market has been hammered by both domestic crackdowns and unfavourable China-US tensions. Growth, value, and cyclical sectors, as well as other thematic stocks, have been sold off indiscriminately. However, this stock is relatively outperforming the rest as its business is largely immune to inflation and policy risks. The business driver is the distribution volume rather than profit margins. The growth in demand for medicines and medical devices is stable with low price sensitivity.
  • The updated market consensus of the EPS growth in FY22/23 is -0.32%/9.63% YoY respectively, which translates to 5.7x/5.2x forward PE. The current PER is 8.2x. The FY22F/23F dividend yield is 5.3%/5.7%. Bloomberg consensus average 12-month target price is HK$24.38.

(Source: Bloomberg)

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  • Thai Beverage PCL (THBEV SP) shares rose 1.6% yesterday. Thai Beverage has received its eligibility to list from the Singapore Exchange for the proposed separate listing of its beer subsidiary. “The receipt of the eligibility to list letter is one of the requirements which has to be met in order for ThaiBev to proceed with the proposed spin-off listing,” says ThaiBev on June 15.
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