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23 March 2022: Geo Energy (GERL SP), Xtep International Holdings Ltd (1368 HK)

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Geo Energy (GERL SP): Riding the super cycle

  • BUY Entry – 0.51  Target – 0.56 Stop Loss – 0.48
  • Valuable coal. GERL owns four coal mining concessions in Indonesia. The group reported a JORC VALMIN valuation of US$726mn for its coal reserves (as at 31 August 2021), and had cash of US$191mn (as at end-Dec 2021). This compares favourably against its current market capitalisation of around US$543mn (S$733mn). 
  • A great year…The group reported its highest coal volume sales of 11.4mn tonnes in 2021, which generated sales of US$642mn (+109% YoY) and net profit of US$179mn. This was mainly on the back of higher coal prices as ICI4 rose and averaged US$65.85 in 2021. 
  • …and an even greater year ahead. Indonesia’s coal miners are expected to benefit from the tight supply amid the disruptions to Russian supply due to sanctions. The ICI4, Indonesia’s coal benchmark for 4,200 GAR coal is once again trading above US$100 per tonne. (see coal price chart below)
  • Juicy dividends and cheap valuations. GERL will be paying out a final dividend of 5.0 Sing cents, which is pending approval at the upcoming AGM. This brings total full-year 2021 dividends to 9.0 Sing cents, or US$93.5mn. GERL currently trades at only 3x FY2021 P/E.

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GER SP (Source: Bloomberg)

OxPay Financial Ltd (OPFL SP): From losses to profits

  • RE-ITERATE BUY Entry – 0.175  Target – 0.200 Stop Loss – 0.160
  • The turnaround. OxPay announced adjusted net profit of S$3.2mn in FY21 VS FY20’s net loss of S$1.9mn, driven by a surge in revenue of 53.2% YoY in FY21. Gross profit margin jumped to 62% in FY21, from 32% in FY20, mainly due to an increase in remittance activities from its merchants.
  • Riding on the BNPL trend. OxPay recently entered into multiple partnerships in the “Buy Now Pay Later” (BNPL) space, such as with IOU Pay and PaySlowSlow. Pursuant to the partnership with IOU Pay, OxPay will be able to add the BNPL option into its online e-invoicing, Quickpay and web payment acceptance platform in Malaysia, thereby catering to the growing consumer demand for deferred payment choices. OxPay has also collaborated with BNPL brand PaySlowSlow in Singapore and will provide the brand with payment gateway and merchant acquiring services. PaySlowSlow Singapore targets to roll out BNPL services in 1Q22, with 500 merchants and monthly gross transaction value of approximately S$1.0mn, which is expected to translate into additional processing volume for OxPay.
  • Reinforcing foothold in the F&B and retail space. Capitalising on its specialty in the F&B and retail space, OxPay has also acquired up to 20% stake in AppPOS, a network of over 300 F&B and retail merchants. AppsPOS has more than 1mn users on its mobile apps/website in Asia, facilitating over S$300mn worth of Gross Merchant Value annually.
  • Neobanking in UK and European markets. OxPay announced earlier this year that it has partnered with TranSwap, a global banking-as-a-service platform with multiple central bank licenses across the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. TranSwap will integrate its neobank technology stack in OxPay’s current platform. With this partnership, OxPay will offer neobanking products such as the issuance of local and global virtual name bank accounts to clients for collection, payment and conversion of currencies, as well as global cross-border payment and issuance of cards.
  • Summary. Despite being a fintech company, OxPay managed to turnaround its losses from the previous year and generated adjusted net profits in FY21. The company has low levels of debt, a negative net gearing ratio and the business is free from large capex commitments, inventory and operates on a straightforward revenue model.
  • While we have a technical buy TP of S$0.200, we have a fundamental outperform rating and TP of S$0.30 based on 18x P/E (Previously 25x) to FY22F EPS of S$0.017. Read our fundamental report here.  
OPFL SP (Source: Bloomberg)

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Xtep International Holdings Ltd (1368 HK): Exercise more after reopening

  • BUY Entry 11.8 – Target – 13.5 Stop Loss – 11.0
  • Xtep International Holdings Limited engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and marketing and brand management of sports footwear, apparel, and accessories. The company sells its products primarily under the XTEP brand, as well as Palladium, K-Swiss, Saucony, and Merrell brand names. It is also involved in the trading of sportswear products.
  • Outstanding FY21 earnings. The company announced its FY21 annual results last week. FY21 is the highest record year for the company. Revenue 22.5% YoY to RMB10bn.  Gross profit jumped by 30.6% YoY to RMB4.2bn. Profit attributable to ordinary equity holders jumped by 77.0% YoY to RMB908.3mn. Gross profit margin increased by 2.6 ppts to 41.7%. Net profit margin increased by 2.8 ppts to 9.1%.
  • A solid customer base is established. The Summer and Winter Olympic Games in 2021/22 have helped domestic sportswear brands to gain more market shares from International brands such as Nike and Adidas. Once the customer base is established, the company is expected to have stable growth due to brand loyalty and user stickiness. 
  • Lockdowns are actually a buying opportunity. China is experiencing a surge in COVID cases and ensuing lockdowns of cities. However, this will generate pent-up demand for outdoor activities afterwards. In November, there will be another international sports event tantamount to the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Sportswear companies are expected to enjoy another shopping spree in both the  near term and mid-term.
  • Updated market consensus of the EPS growth in FY22/23 is 24.3%/24.4% YoY respectively, which translates to 22.1x/17.8x forward PE. Current PER is 27.5x. Bloomberg consensus average 12-month target price is HK$14.91.
1368 HK (Source: Bloomberg)

Xinte Energy Co., Ltd. (1799 HK): Substitution effect in play 

  • RE-ITERATE BUY Entry – 16.8 Target – 18.5 Stop Loss – 15.5
  • Xinte Energy Co., Ltd. is an investment holding company principally engaged in the provision of solar energy and wind power solutions. The Company operates through seven segments. Polysilicon Production segment is engaged in the production and sales of polysilicon. Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) segment is engaged in the provision of ECC services for solar energy plants and wind power plants. Inverter Manufacturing segment is engaged in the manufacture of inverters. Sales of Electricity segment is engaged in the generation and sales of electricity. Photovoltaic (PV) Wafer and Module Manufacturing segment is engaged in the manufacture and sales of PV wafers and modules. Build-Own-Operate (BOO) segment is engaged in the building and operation of solar energy plants and wind power plants. Others segment is engaged in related trading businesses and the provision of design and logistics services. 
  • High oil prices are tailwins for renewable energy. The Russia-Ukraine conflict results in unprecedented sanctions on Russia which is a main crude oil exporter. The unexpected widening supply gap of 4mn bbl/d boosted oil prices to 2014 highs. Europe and the US are rushing to secure alternative sources of supply and ramp up domestic oil output amidst the looming energy crisis. Meanwhile, the situation will also accelerate the deployment of renewable energy supply, especially solar. Photovoltaic sector is expected to revive after months of correction. The concerns over potential sanctions on China photovoltaic companies should be relieved as the US priorities reining in inflation by increasing energy supplies at the moment.     
  • Positive FY21 earnings alert. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the company is expected to be no less than RMB5.0bn compared to RMB0.7bn in FY20. The increase in the Group’s profit is mainly due to the increase in sales volume of polysilicon products, the significant increase in the sales price of polysilicon products, as well as the increase in the scale and power generation volume of the group’s self-operated wind power and photovoltaic power plants.
  • Updated market consensus of the EPS growth in FY22/23 is 8.6%/-18.6% YoY respectively, which translates to 3.4x/4.2x forward PE. Current PER is 8.7x. FY22F/23F dividend yield is 5.1%/3.1%. Bloomberg consensus average 12-month target price is HK$20.94.
1347 HK (Source: Bloomberg)

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  • Li Ning Co. Ltd. (2331 HK) and Xtep International Holdings Ltd (1368 HK) shares rose 8.8% and 9.1% respectively yesterday, after Shenwan Hongyuan, Orient Securities and other institutions continued to be optimistic about the growth space of high-quality national sports brands under the rise of domestic products. In addition, from January to February, the retail sales of clothing increased 4.8% YoY, and the online retail sales of clothing increased 3.9% YoY. Bank of China International said that retail sales in March are expected to fluctuate, but the recovery trend of clothing retail demand in the medium and long term will not change.
  • Group Ltd (9961 HK) shares rose 8.6% yesterday after Hong Kong announced the easing of travel rules in an apparent shift from zero-Covid policy. Hong Kong will lift a ban on flights from nine countries and reduce hotel quarantine alongside a “roadmap” towards eased restrictions that suggest a departure from the territory’s zero-Covid policy, its leader has announced. Lam also announced social restrictions on gathering limits, mask-wearing, and business and venue operations would begin easing in three phases from 20 April.

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