Asian Pay Television Trust - Broadband growth keeps revenue stable

17 May 2022
  • 1Q22 results met our expectations. Revenue and EBITDA were at 25%/24% of our FY22e estimates. No change to the quarterly distribution of 0.25 cents per unit.
  • Broadband revenue rose 16% YoY to around $16mn. Growth is supported by expansion in subscribers (+13%) and expansion in ARPU (+5%).
  • No change to our ACCUMULATE recommendation and FY22e forecast. The target price of S$0.15 is based on 9x FY21e EV/EBITDA, a 20% discount to Taiwanese peers due to its smaller scale and higher leverage. The current dividend yield of 7.5% or S$18mn payout, is backed by our estimated free cash flows of around S$80mn p.a. Around S$1.0bn of the S$1.5bn of the total debt has been hedged at 0.89% till July 2025.

 

The Positive

+ Broadband growth from higher prices and subscribers. Broadband added 7,000 subscribers (1Q21: +5000), while ARPU rose 5% YoY to TWD373. ARPU has expanded QoQ for the fourth consecutive month. Higher speed broadband plans of 300Mbps to 1Gbps are driving the rise in ARPU. Only 40% of its cable TV subscriber use APTT broadband.  

 

The Negative

– Non-subscription cable TV revenue at a record low. Basic cable TV declined 5% YoY to S$54.7mn. The largest contraction was from the 10% drop in non-subscription revenue to S$7.5mn. Leasing channels to third parties (e.g. home shopping networks) is expected to deteriorate further as households shift their spending towards online shopping.

 

Outlook

We believe higher interest rates will not impact the ability to sustain dividends. From the S$1.5bn debt outstanding, around S$1bn has interest rates fixed or swapped to a fixed rate of 0.89%. The more expensive S$160mn Singapore dollar offshore loans bear an interest of 2.6%. We expect S$60mn of the loan to be pared down from the current $127mn cash holdings. The remaining S$300mn unhedged offshore loans will be partially hedged. Assuming a 1% rise in interest for unhedged S$500mn loans, increment interest is S$5mn. There is sufficient buffer from S$80mn annual FCF to cover the $18mn dividend. APTT aims to lower current net debt to EBITDA of 7.4x to 5x-6x to lower borrowing costs.

About the author

Paul Chew
Head of Research
Phillip Securities Research Pte Ltd

Paul has 20 years of experience as a fund manager and sell-side analyst. During his time as fund manager, he has managed multiple funds and mandates including capital guaranteed, dividend income, renewable energy, single country and regionally focused funds.

He graduated from Monash University and had completed both his Chartered Financial Analyst and Australian CPA programme.

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