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A second chance


■ Banks are trading close to P/BV trough levels of Feb 2016, when the 6-year valuation de-rating cycle started to unwind.

■ We believe banks are much safer now vs. when they entered past economic slowdowns, despite 2018 share prices implying an NPL ratio rise of 9.3% pts.

■ Prudence has an estimated value of 6%. Asset quality impact on future net profit growth (21-27% of 2020F) should be cushioned by higher provisioning.

■ Monetary easing is a potential share price trigger, especially as policymakers are now sounding more in favour of monetary easing, in our view.


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Singapore Residential Sector: A first dip since 2Q17


URA’s flash estimate for the private residential property price index showed a slight decline of 0.1% QoQ for 4Q18. This was the first sequential dip since 2Q17. For 2018, private home prices increased 7.9%, and this was a tad shy of our 8%-10% full-year forecast. We remain largely cautious on the near-term outlook of the Singapore residential sector, and had previously alluded on potential negative drivers such as moderating economic growth and continued impact from the property cooling measures, coupled with risks from an expected bumper crop of new launches in 1H19. One silver lining would be the moderation in the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme for 1H19. We maintain our -3% to +2% private residential price growth projection for 2019, as well as our forecast for 10k-12k private sales transactions. Maintain NEUTRAL on the Singapore residential sector, with our preferred sector picks remaining as UOL [BUY; FV: S$8.41] and CapitaLand (CAPL SP) [BUY; FV: S$3.96].






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Share Prices

Counter NameLastChange
AEM Holdings1.1600.030
Alliance Mineral0.123-
Anchor Resources0.0140.001
Avi-Tech Electronics0.2900.005
Best World Int.1.360-
China Sunsine1.1300.010
CSE Global0.480-
Food Empire0.500-
Geo Energy0.1570.002
Golden Energy0.200-
GSS Energy0.084-
ISDN Holdings0.230-0.005
KSH Holdings0.415-0.010
Moya Asia0.0770.002
Nordic Group0.2850.005
Oxley Holdings0.330-
REX International0.068-0.001
Sing Holdings0.405-
Sino Grandness0.0510.001
Straco Corp.0.750-0.010
Sunningdale Tech1.4100.010
Sunpower Group0.5250.010
The Trendlines0.0910.013
Tiong Seng0.220-
Uni-Asia Group0.750-
XMH Holdings0.154-
Yangzijiang Shipbldg1.520-

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