Estimating Singpost S08 Value

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This post would attempt to briefly value Singpost using the balance sheet and many assumptions.


Introduction

Singpost is the dominant local mail provider in Singapore with its headquarters situated at Paya Lebar. In recent years, it has gone on an acquisition spree with as many as 11 companies under its Goodwill.(Goodwill is the excess paid over book value for acquisition of a company)This has allowed Singpost to expand its logistics and eCommerce business. It has also revamped a portion of its headquarters at Paya Lebar into a retail mall. However, the results of logistics and eCommerce segments seem to be declining in recent years.

Valuing Singpost’s discount rate

In determining the discount rate to be used, we would use the rate of return required on equity and debt. As Singpost has perpetual on its balance sheet, we would need to account for those as well.
Tax rate used will be 17 %. Assume return of equity to be 15% as a personal target for investing via stock picking.

 

Rate of Return

Debt

Total return

Debt

3.5% (Listed Notes)

14.6%

0.424%(0.0042413)

Equity

15%

67.9%

10.185% (0.10185)

Perps

4.25%


17.5%

0.0743%(0.0074375)

Company Discount rate(Sum of 3 above)

11.35% (0.1135)

We will be using 11.35% as our discount rate.

Postal Segment

Method of Estimation: Extrapolation of 9 months results and doing a Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) calculation.

Bull Case:

Assume revenue growth of 3%, Operating margins to be kept steady at 22% as per Q3 results. Value per share = $0.7673

Normal Case:

Assume revenue growth of 0%. Operating margins at 22%. Value per share = $0.5481

Bear case:

Assume revenue growth of -2%. Operating margins at 22%. Value per share = $0.4566

Property

(Lease of Singpost headquarters expires 30 August 2081)

Method of estimation, using discounted cash flow method till 2081 by extrapolating amount of profit at 9mths FY18/19 for the full year.

Bull Case:

Positive profit growth at 6%Value per share = $0.3531

Base Case:

Positive profit growth at 2%Value per share = $0.1934

Bear Case:

Negative profit growth of 1%Value per share =$0.1605

Logistics

Method of estimation, using discounted cash flow for bull and base case.

Bull Case:

Good turnaround in Q3 continues and profit margins hit 0.7%, 1 % growth. Value per share = $0.001438

Base Case:

Assume profit margins of 0.46%(Q3 margins) with 0% growth. Value per share = $0.0009272

Bear Case:

Unprofitable business, assume sale at 50% tangible book value(as of 2017 FY). Value per share = $0.07676

E-Commerce

Segment has been unprofitable  since FY15/16

Method of estimation. Divestment as there is no profits since FY15/16.

Bull Case:

Divestment at 75% of book value. Value per share = $0.06114

Base Case:

Divestment at 75% of tangible book value. Value per share = $0.03464

Bear Case:

Unprofitable business, assume sale at 50% tangible book value. Value per share = $0.02310

Overall

Value per Share($)

Bull Case

Base Case

Bear Case

Postal

0.767340369

0.548076822

0.456648576

Property

0.353154134

0.193356617

0.160458906

Logistics

0.001437987

0.000927204

0.076760488

eCommerce

0.061139201

0.034649862

0.023099908

Total


1.183071691

0.777010504

0.716967877

% of scenario occurring

5%

60%

35%

Implied Value
Per Share

0.77

Key Concerns

Postal:  Business may not continue indefinitely as the license needs to be renewed periodically.

Property: Estimation of bull case profits increase of 6% could be overly optimistic

Logistics: Business estimation is definitely very difficult as profits for these 9 months of FY 18/19 are very low resulting in margins that are way lower than previous years.

eCommerce: Losses may continue and affect divestment price as these negative profits will reduce equity and in turn reduce assets. This would hurt the divestment value of the segment.

Food for thought

In FY18/19, the company has moved its self-storage business (General Storage Company Limited) from the Logistics segment to Property Segment. As such it becomes harder to estimate the commercial property rental.

As of Q3 FY18/19, Intangible assets accounted for 13.79% of total assets and 21.5% of net assets. It also amounted to value per share of $0.1677.

Conclusion

I would practice my patience and wait for a purchase price of $0.59 to occur. This would give me a 15% upside to my bear case estimations which is in line with my 15% return on equity set earlier. Any upside that will improve the valuations will have to come from a surge in margins of the logistics business or a turnaround in the e-commerce business.

Alternatively, a good exit value of the acquisitions made will improve the net asset value of the company and improve its balance sheet by reducing intangibles.

Author: zzxiaoboizz

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