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UOB Kay Hian: TAI SIN ELECTRIC is an "attractive dividend play with a positive outlook"

Analyst: Loke Chunying


• Maintain BUY but with a higher target price of S$0.51 pegged to 9.6x FY15F PE. The higher target price is due to higher valuation of its regional peers. Tai Sin is currently trading at an undemanding valuation of 7.1x FY15F PE with a solid balance sheet (2.5% net gearing) and dividend yield of 6%. 


• Excluding one off items (such as loss on disposal of subsidiary and foreign exchange losses), FY14 PBT grew 26% yoy to S$27.1m due to an expansion in margins. The expansion in margins was due to a rise in contribution from the Test & Inspection (T&I) (+5.8% yoy) and cable segments (+3.6% yoy) which have higher margins than the distribution segment (-5% yoy). 

• Strong free cash flow generation, as the group generated S$14.5m free cash flow (free cash flow yield: 9%) for FY14. Net gearing remained low at 2.5%. 

• Final dividend of S$0.015 maintained. Together with its interim dividend of S$0.0075 (which has been paid out), Tai Sin has declared a total dividend of S$0.0225 for FY14, representing a 45% payout, and attractive yield of 6%.  

armouring2.14Cable production at Tai Sin Electric's factory in Gul Crescent, Singapore. Photo by Leong Chan TeikBusiness demand remains strong. Despite the property cooling measures, local construction demand is expected to remain strong underpinned by infrastructure projects.

This bodes well for Tai Sin’s cable and T&I segments which are closely related to local construction demand. Contracts for projects such as Singapore Power Cable Tunnel, new airport terminal and Thomson Line are expected to be awarded by the end of 2014. 
T&I segment- rising from the bottom. The T&I segment has reversed from an EBIT loss of S$0.7m in FY13 to an EBIT profit of S$2.1m in FY14.

This is due to the shift towards the more profitable phase of an onerous contract (signed by the previous owner) in 2HFY14. Going forward, profitability of the T&I segment is expected to continue improving, underpinned by cost efficiencies from operations consolidation. The job scope of the T&I segment includes soil investigation for MRT tunnels and concrete cube testing, which are required to be done by law. 
Our view. Since our initiation, the stock has gained 15.7% (inclusive of dividends). We continue to like Tai Sin for its excellent earnings track record and attractive dividend yield. Trading at 7.1x FY15F PE with a dividend yield of 6% and a strong balance sheet of 2.5% net gearing, we believe Tai Sin still offers great value to investors at current levels. 

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