Excerpts from analyst's report

DBS Vickers analyst: Paul Yong, CFA

cao planeCAO: The largest purchaser of jet fuel in the Asia Pacific region and the key supplier of imported jet fuel to the PRC’s civil aviation industry, and accounts for more than 90% of PRC's jet fuel imports. Photo: CAO (Singapore)
Propelling towards full potential
Initiate with BUY and TP of S$1.62, based on 12x FY17F PE; we like CAO as its two main sources of profit are derived from

1) a monopoly to supply imported jet fuel to the burgeoning Chinese civil aviation market, and

2) a 33% stake in the sole supplier of jet fuel at China’s second largest airport – Shanghai Pudong International Airport, both of which are fairly low risk and have firm long-term growth prospects. Following our Equity Explorer in April, we initiate coverage on the stock.

 

China Aviation Oil
Share price: 
$1.30
Target: 
$1.62

Sole supplier of imported jet fuel in China with growing international presence. With a monopoly on the supply of bonded jet fuel to the civil aviation industry in China, CAO should benefit from the long-term growth of China’s international air travel market. Furthermore, with the backing of SOE parent China National Aviation Fuel Group (CNAF), CAO has expanded its business to the marketing and supply of jet fuel at 41 international airports outside China, and further growing its reach, volumes, and ultimately greater economies of scale.

Firm outlook for prized asset 33%-owned associate, SPIA. Shanghai Pudong International Airport Aviation Fuel Supply Company (SPIA) has and should continue to benefit from rising air traffic at Pudong International Airport, which is driven by the continued development of Shanghai as China’s key financial centre. 

♦ Target price at 12XFY17F PE
paulyong dbsValuation: Our 12-month TP of S$1.62 is based on 12x FY17F PE. We think that 12x earnings against the projected 15% EPS CAGR over FY15- FY17F is reasonable, and believe that the group is poised to see a structural re-rating of its valuation multiple on sustained earnings growth, especially if CAO can utilise its strong cash balance to further accelerate growth through M&A.

-- Paul Yong, CFA (photo)

Contribution from SPIA amounted to 64%, 85% and 63% of CAO’s total profit in FY13, FY14 and FY15, respectively

Net cash and strong balance sheet could fund acquisitiondriven growth. With net cash of c.US$230m at the end of 1Q16, and strong support from its parent CNAF, we are of the belief that CAO could be on the lookout for acquisitions to further grow the scale and reach of its business and profits.

 Key Risks to Our View: Weaker demand for air travel and execution risk. A sustained slowdown in demand for air travel could impact jet fuel demand and volumes. Further, the group could also face execution risk in its trading business and prospective M&A activities.

Full report here.


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