Serba consolidation plans seen as strong re-rating catalyst

  • Business
  • Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019

The energy engineering solutions company said the proposed acquisition could open doors for it to secure up to RM560mil worth of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) jobs, as well as earn dividend payments.

PETALING JAYA: Affin Hwang Capital Research has raised its earnings forecasts on Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd on the company’s plans to consolidate its three service centres and grow its fabricating capacity.

“We raised our FY20-21 estimated earnings by 7–10% on the assumption that the operational consolidation would drive improvement in its operations and maintenance (O&M) segment margin (revised from 18% to 18.5%).

“We also revised higher our FY20 associate profit assumption to RM18.7mil (CSE Global: RM12mil, Kota Marudu: RM3mil, Tanzania: RM2mil and remaining from KAJV) and that for FY21 to RM22mil from our earlier below RM10mil forecasts.

The stock remains Affin Hwang’s top pick with an unchanged target price of RM4.50.

In a note, the research house said the relocation to the Bintulu Integrated Energy Hub (BIEH) next year would be a strong re-rating catalyst as this would allow the group to bid for more contracts.

The BIEH will comprise of an MRO facility, steel fabrication yards and warehouse and storage yards as well as blasting workshops and nine factories.

“By our estimates, the massive 30-acre development will double Serba’s current maintenance floor space, and its fabrication capacity by slightly more than that,” Affin Hwang said.

It added that the consolidation would help the group’s operating efficiency and margins as well as enable the group to bid for more mainenance and construction jobs in East Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore.

The BIEH is targeted for physical completion by Dec 10, 2019 with the MRO service centre to be completed by June 2019.

Serba Dinamik recently rented a third Bintulu service centre to cater for the higher job flow, mainly to service the five-year maintenance, construction and modification contract secured from Petronas Carigali in February 2019 as well as the Shell MGS contracts.

The group’s current outstanding order book of RM8.3bil comprises RM6bil of O&M jobs and RM2.3bil of EPCC jobs.

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