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Hongkong Land Holdings (HKL SP)

Shining Gems Amid Hong Kong Turmoil


HKL is trading at an attractive 0.36x P/B, unrepresentative of its underlying asset quality. HKL has a US$38.7b investment portfolio (c.88% of its gross assets), concentrated in the CBDs of Hong Kong (83%) and Singapore (10%). Hong Kong developers have room to increase leverage further, to boost ROEs (and close P/B gaps vs Singapore peers). Share price catalysts include easing of the Hong Kong political stalemate, share buybacks and deployment of US$15.4b debt headroom into mainland China.


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Singapore Banks

Artificial relationships


What matters most for NPLs is not what you think For banking cycles after the GFC, we have trained MKE’s proprietary machine learning algorithms to identify the key variables that affect Singapore banks’ NPLs. From our analysis, it appears that the pace of non-SGD loan growth, domestic inflation and the rate of change in special-mention loans have the strongest influence in setting the direction of NPLs. In contrast, interest rates, changes to unemployment and GDP growth – variables that traditionally guide NPL forecasts – seem to have a lesser impact. With overseas lending accounting for a large share of loan growth in the past three years, we think NPL risks may heighten as the cycle turns. That said, strong capital and good dividend visibility should provide buffers. Remain Positive on Singapore banks, with UOB top pick


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Real Estate

Measures To Boost Public Housing Market


 Stay NEUTRAL; prefer diversified plays and real estate agencies. The Government’s latest announcement to support first-time HDB buyers should prop up HDB resale market volumes and stabilise prices which have been trending south. While the move is slightly negative for the private property market, we note the renewed buying interest in recent new launches – which we believe is driven by GSW and the URA draft master plan 2019 announcements, and persistently low interest rates.





 Sunpower Group ($0.475, up 2 cents) announced that it has bagged manufacturing and services contracts worth an aggregate of RMB55.7mln from reputable repeat customer, SINOPEC Group. Under the contracts, Sunpower will provide high-end environment
protection products and services to SINOPEC, with delivery
anticipated to be completed by 2020. This is expected to have a
positive impact on the Group’s FY2019 and FY2020 results. At $0.475, market cap is $367.2mln, trailing P/E is 6.9x, P/B is 1.2x, dividend yield is 0.4%, dividend payout ratio is 1.6% and net-debt-to-equity is 65%.

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Share Prices

Counter NameLastChange
AEM Holdings2.150-0.090
Avi-Tech Electronics0.405-0.010
Best World Int.1.360-
China Sunsine0.430-0.005
CNMC GoldMine0.215-0.005
CSE Global0.525-0.020
Eagle HTrust USD0.405-0.020
Food Empire0.680-0.035
Golden Energy0.166-0.002
GSS Energy0.084-0.003
ISDN Holdings0.1960.001
JB Foods0.585-0.040
KSH Holdings0.380-0.010
Moya Asia0.073-0.004
Nordic Group0.260-0.015
Oxley Holdings0.305-0.015
REX International0.193-0.006
Sing Holdings0.395-0.010
Straco Corp.0.545-0.015
Sunningdale Tech1.230-0.040
Sunpower Group0.525-0.020
The Trendlines0.108-0.005
Tiong Seng0.200-
Uni-Asia Group0.655-0.020
Yangzijiang Shipbldg0.950-0.025

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