Excerpts from analysts' report

CIMB analysts: William Tng, CFA & Roy Chen, CFA

drjohnnyliu1.15bDr Johnny Liu, CEO of Dutech Holdings.
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■ 9M16 core net profit in line, at 90% of our full-year forecast; 4Q seasonally weaker.

■ Sales rose 3.5% yoy in 3Q16; core net profit rose 1.2% yoy; group GPM increased 0.7% pts yoy due to Rmb depreciation vs. US$ and moderate steel prices.

 ■ We expect continued sales and profit growth in FY17-18F, driven by the recent acquisitions and new contract wins from existing and new customers.

■ Balance sheet remained strong, with Rmb212m net cash as at end-3Q16.

■ Maintain Add with higher S$0.65 TP, after rolling over to CY17 DCF (WACC: 12%).

9M16 results in line
Dutech’s 9M16 core net profit was in line with our expectations, at 90% of our full-year forecast (4Q seasonally weaker). Group revenue rose 3.5% yoy to Rmb356m in 3Q16 (3Q15: Rmb344m), led by higher sales in the business solutions segment (+Rmb106.3m or +42.6% yoy), partly offset by lower contribution from the high security segment (- Rmb24.1m or -3.9% yoy) due to slower sales of ATM safes. Group core net profit rose 1.2% yoy to Rmb49.1m in 3Q16 (3Q15: Rmb48.5m).

Dutech Holdings
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Upbeat GPM in 3Q16; normalisation ahead well expected
GPM of the high security segment rose 1.4% pts yoy to 37.6% (3Q15: 36.2%) due to the favourable FX impact from the weakened Rmb against US$ and the still moderate steel price during the quarter.

GPM of the business solutions segment rose 1.6% pts to 27.8% in 3Q16 (3Q15: 26.2%) due mainly to the change in product mix. The GPM pressure from the recent rebound in steel prices has been duly reflected in our lower GPM projections for FY17F/18F, at 28.4%/28.3% respectively, vs. 30.3% for FY16F.

♦ Maintain Add with higher target of S$0.65
roychen9.14Roy Chen, CFA"We like Dutech for its leadership position in the niche safe manufacturing sector (Dutech is Asia’s largest safe maker with c.20-25% share of global ATM safe market) and its ongoing developments (M&As, new contract wins). 

williamtng4.14William Tng, CFA"Dutech currently trades at FY16/17F core P/E of 7.9x/6.8x vs. peers/downstream players’ average of 17.3x/14.4x. Key rerating catalysts include 1) organic growth of existing businesses and 2) potential synergies from new acquisitions. Fluctuations in FX and steel prices are key risks. "  -- CIMB

Formidable balance sheet
Dutech has a strong balance sheet, with Rmb212m net cash as at end-3Q16 (end-FY15: Rmb186m). We note that most of Dutech’s cash position is held in US$, enabling it to reduce its exposure to the weakening Rmb, and to act on potential acquisition opportunities promptly when opportunities arise.

On a positive note, Dutech’s inventory rose to a historical high of Rmb241m as at end-3Q16 (4Q15: Rmb152m). Management said the inventory build-up was to support the group’s sales growth going forward.

Positive business developments to drive growth
We expect upbeat sales outlook for Dutech in FY17-18F, driven by 1) potential new contracts from Wincor and Diebold post their merger, 2) recent acquisition of METRIC and 3) a manufacturing contract for a new product from a leading automotive player.

We note that, while 1) should be immediately earnings-accretive, it might take 1-3 years for Dutech to see meaningful bottomline contribution from 2) and 3), considering time and effort needed to streamline METRIC, and the development cycle for the new product.

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