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CTR VN (Market Perform; TP VND 133,200): Greater cash dividends might result in the significant change of capital structure

As Viettel Group (Viettel) and Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) were awarded the usage right of 5G wavebands in March 2024, we believe that CTR will require significant capital for BTS (base transceiver station) sites investment, which means a conservative dividend payout level accordingly should be reasonable to accumulate a strong enough retained earnings balance as a safe equity source. However, we observe that CTR intends to pay out higher cash dividends than before. Specifically, during 2016-2021, CTR had maintained a conservative VND 1,000/share cash dividend despite consistent earnings growth. However, that level then increased to VND 2,919/share in 2022 and was approved at VND 2,720/share in 2023 (during the 2024 AGM) (nearly a threefold increase compared to past years). Therefore, we believe that CTR might have to increase its debt component in the capital structure. Additionally, we witnessed lower-than-expected gross profit margin of construction segment and financial income during 1Q24 and expect that 2024 NPATMI will perform a slower growth of 11.6% YoY growth than that of 2023 (16.5% YoY). Nevertheless, we forecast a solid NPAT growth of 19.8% YoY in 2025, mainly driven by the long-term outlook of 5G rollout, which should support infrastructure leasing segment to continue to improve CTR’s overall profit margin. We call for a MARKET PERFORM rating on CTR, with a 12-month DCF target price of VND 133,200/share (equivalent to 3% upside potential).

09/05/2024

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MBB VN (Market Perform; TP VND 26,300): Meeting note

MBB held an investor meeting on Friday to address investors’ concern over 1Q24 results. As expected, the burning issue was the deterioration in asset quality during the period. Another issue which also garnered much attention was the NIM trend in the coming quarters. MBB appears confident that asset quality will improve during 2Q24 as the large corporate client which was downgrades during 1Q24 is expected to recover during May 2024. NIM is expected to either be stable, or experience a slight improvement in the next 2 quarters.

We believe that the aforementioned corporate client will return to the normal loan group in 2Q24 via negotiation. As such, we do not adjust our current credit cost assumption of 1.5% for 2024. However, MBB’s NIM may not be as favorable as we had previously anticipated due to inherent credit risk and client loan rate support. Accordingly, we finetune our estimate for MBB to VND 29.1 tn (+10.6% YoY) from VND 30 tn (+13.7% YoY).

07/05/2024

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MWG VN (Outperform; TP VND 65,800): Upbeat 1Q24 results

MWG released upbeat 1Q24 results, flipping back to solid profitability with net income of VND903bn (+4,143% YoY). This beat our expectation thanks to faster-than-expected profit margin expansion of both the ICT & CE and grocery segments. Although we had initially expected a notable improvement in the profit margin of ICT & CE chains after a period of de-stocking and certain cost-cutting measures by the company, the results came in even better than our expectation due to (1) abnormal sales of air conditioners which generate larger profit margins than mobile phones, and (2) the de-stocking pressure which has been released and lifted profit margins for ICT & CE retailers – we observed a correction in inventory balance of competitor FPT Shop from 1Q24. With better-than-expected 1Q24 results of the both ICT & CE and grocery segment, we revise up our 2024-25F net income to VND3.47tn (+1,968% YoY, from VND2.5tn) and VND4.5tn (+30% YoY, from VND3.4tn). With unchanged target multiples on our revised 2025F financials (from average 2024-25F), we derive our new SOTP-based 12-month target price for MWG at VND65,800 per share (from VND56,200), and maintain our OUTPERFORM rating.

06/05/2024

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HT1 VN (Market Perform; TP VND 11,600): Earnings may have hit trough in 1Q24

We maintain our Market Perform rating on the shares of HT1. We apply a target P/E of 12x (15x previously) and EV/EBITDA of 6x (7x previously), resulting in a one-year target price of VND 11,600/share (from VND 11,300/share), as we roll forward our price target to mid-2025F. 1Q24 results: HT1 recorded net sales of VND 1.5 tn (-12% YoY, -16% QoQ) and a net loss of VND 25 bn (compared to net loss of VND 86 bn in 1Q23 and net profit of VND 54 bn in 4Q23) on weak cement demand. Sales volume decreased 6% YoY (-22% QoQ) due to seasonal effects and persistent weak demand from 2023. ASP decreased 6% YoY (-6% QoQ), as: (i) higher percentage of bulk cement sales; and (ii) new cheaper cement brand “PowerCement” launched late 2023. GPM has improved to 6.9% during 1Q24 compared to 4.5% during 1Q23 due to 30% YoY lower input coal prices.

03/05/2024

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PNJ VN (Outperform; TP VND 112,000): 2024 AGM note and 1Q24 earnings update

PNJ recently held its AGM, wherein the company set its 2024 net income target at VND 2.09 tn (6% YoY). We think the company set conservative earnings target due to the recent surge in gold material costs. In 1Q24, PNJ achieved net sales and net income of VND 12.6 tn (+29% YoY) and VND 738 bn (-1.4% YoY). While the company posted strong top line growth thanks to the recovery of retail sales (+12% YoY) and record high gold bar sales (+66% YoY), net income was flat as the company has not yet adjusted sticker prices to offset the increase in gold material costs. Although 1Q24 retail sales showed early recovery sign (+12% YoY), the growth mainly came from larger store network (392 gold stores as of 1Q24 vs 357 gold stores as of 1Q23), while retail sales of existing stores increased by single-digit (our estimates). With the slow recovery in retail sales in 1Q24, we think PNJ prioritized gaining market share in 1Q24, hence explaining the flat net income despite resilient top line growth.

02/05/2024

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NKG VN (Market Perform; TP VND 23,000): Ambitious expansion plans in store for 2024-2025

As net profit for 1Q24 was in line with our estimate, we maintain our 2024 net profit forecast of VND 407 bn (+250% YoY). We expect 2024 sales volume to increase 13.7% YoY to 982k tons driven by a 18% YOY growth in exports, while domestic volume should experience lower growth of +7% YoY due to the slow pace of construction activities in both the household and project channels. Management expects that the volume in 2Q can increase around 10% QoQ to 280k tons. We maintain our MARKET PERFORM rating on the shares of NKG, but lower our 1-year target price to VND 23,000/share (from 24,500) due to a downward revision of target multiples considering potential higher interest rate environment in the second half of 2024.

02/05/2024

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SZC VN (Outperform; TP VND 43,200): 1Q24 strong profit growth thanks to increasing leased land

1Q24 NPAT recorded strong profit growth on a low base compared to the same period. 1Q24 revenue reached VND 213 bn (+2.49x YoY) thanks to strong IP revenue growth. Revenue from industrial land lease was VND 193 bn (+6.35x YoY) with let area of 8.5 ha (+6.2x YoY) at  $95 USD/m2 (+15% YoY), mainly from the lease contract of Sonadezi Corporation (UPCOM: SNZ), and partially from small investors (leased area is 1-2ha). Subsequently, net income reached VND 65 bn (+4.55x YoY).

Signed areas for lease and MOUs in 2023 is a combined 66.23 ha (+65% YoY), with the large customer being Electronic Tripod Vietnam (total investment capital of $250 mn, equivalent to VND 6.25 trillion) with a lease area of 20 ha, and leased price of $95 USD/m2/period

25/04/2024

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VinFast Auto Ltd (NASDAQ: VFS): 1Q24 results update

1Q24 EV deliveries stacked up to 10% of company’s annual 2024 target. During 1Q24, VFS delivered 9,689 EVs globally (+444% y/y, -28% q/q). For reference, 1Q23 was a low base as only two models were introduced and sold commercially since Sep 22. Of those delivered during 1Q24, 56% are to GSM, the taxi-hailing company owned by VinFast’ CEO Pham Nhat Vuong. Last year VFS delivered a total of 34,855 EVs globally (+374% y/y), with 70% to GSM. VFS previously shared that the break-even volume is between 150-200k/year at current capacity. The company recently delivered VF7 to initial customers in Vietnam last month and also introduced a new premium electric bike, Drgnfly, with listed price of $2,599.

25/04/2024

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FPT VN (Outperform; TP VND 128,100): 1Q24 results - Partnership with NVIDIA to support technology segment’s long-term growth story

FPT released its 1Q24 results, with revenue and NPAT achieving VND 14.1 tn (+20.6% YoY) and VND 2.2 tn (+19.4% YoY), respectively, which was line with our expectation. We mainly attribute this solid performance to technology sector, which accounts 60% of FPT’s revenue and 46% of FPT PBT (in line with our expectations).

We currently have an OUTPERFORM rating for FPT at the target price of VND 128,100/share.

24/04/2024

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DXG VN: Further development along with legal completion of key projects to support DXG’s recovery for 2024-2025

2023 performance: Affected by the economic slowdown during the 2022-2023 period, real estate developers, such as DXG, were negatively impacted by project approval delay, and overall was held back as the market was recoiling from the real estate market crunch. Also, the real estate market was suffering from tight liquidity which impacted DXG’s brokerage services segment (DXS) during 2023.

For FY2024 Outlook, as per DXG management, the company is expected to continue to sell units in Gem Skyworld, the landed properties project in Dong Nai province and launch other two projects: DXH Riverside in Thu Duc City, HCMC; and Opal Luxury, Di An, Binh Duong province.  With good progress of these projects, we expect that the company will commence selling at DXH Riverside and Opal Luxury during 2H2024, given that the condo units can meet housing needs. Gems Skyworld, on the other hand, is more for investment with landed units where we expect a sales restart from 2025. Therefore, we estimate DXG presale value during 2024 will reach VND 5.4 tn from two projects: DXH Riverside and Opal Luxury.

19/04/2024

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FPT VN (Outperform; TP VND 128,100): Valuation to reflect 2024-2025 growth story and updates on 2024 AGM

The company held its 2024 AGM on 10 Apr 2024. Approved 2024 guidance for revenue and PBT was VND 61.9 tn (+17.5% YoY) and VND 10.9 tn (+18.2% YoY) respectively. Besides the impressive growth momentum of the global IT segment, FPT targets the continual expansion of its education segment during 2024-2025, as well as the recovery of the online advertising subsegment, with an expected jump from a 2023 low base. FPT also plans to launch its new data center during between late 2024 and early 2025, and expects the improving profit margin of domestic IT through the Made-by-FPT ecosystem. On the other hand, the 2023 cash dividend was also approved at VND 2,000/share (20% of charter capital). According to FPT, the company might maintain this cash dividend level (VND 2,000/share) due to the need to hold onto excess retained earnings to fund for investments to power its long-term growth.

17/04/2024

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HPG VN (BUY; TP VND 34,500): Margins continued to expand during 1Q24

Net profit target for 2024 has been approved at VND10tn, an increase of 46.3% YoY. Management expects 2024 to be a good year after the trough during 2023, but does not expect the steel industry to achieve an impressive recovery, due to the weak state of the property market in China. Profit margin continues to expand for 1Q24, driven by the HRC segment: According to preliminary results, revenue and net profit for 1Q24 came in at VND31tn (+15% YoY) and VND2.8tn (+631% YoY), which has already factored in the forex loss of VND200bn. The net margin was around 9.0%, the highest level since 3Q22 due to sales volume growth and high average HRC prices (+5.5% QoQ). Sales volume of construction steel for 1Q24 was 956k tonnes, an increase of 10.1% YoY driven by 156% YoY growth in export volume, while the domestic sales slid by 15% YoY. HRC volume remained at an historically high level of 805k tonnes, posting solid growth of 67% YoY. Management expects HPG’s profit margin to improve near term as the company has cleared its high-cost inventory during the first quarter.

15/04/2024

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VHM VN (Outperform; TP VND 69,400): Active land bidding for long-term growth

Bulk sales helped to quell the negative impact of the ebb cycle in the real estate market in 2023. After adoption of a bulk sales strategy in 2019, Vinhomes (VHM: HOSE) has implemented this strategy successfully to develop its megaprojects. During 2023, VHM achieved VND 87 tn (- 32% YoY) in contracted sales value, of which bulk sales accounted for 51% of total contracted sales value, equivalent to VND 44.37 tn (- 7% YoY; US$ 1.8 bn) while retail sales value was hit by the slowdown of the real estate sector with only VND 42.63 tn (-47% YoY; US$1.72 bn). Active bidding for more projects: During 2023 to early 2024, Vinhomes & its subsidiaries applied and received some important legal approvals for several large projects in the second-tier cities, including Haiphong, Long An province, and Tuyen Quang province. If all projects are approved, Vinhomes will increase its land bank by an additional 2,200 ha, adding to current land bank of 19,600 ha as of 31 December 2023, further cementing in its leading position in the real estate market.

12/04/2024

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DRC VN (Market Perform; TP VND 34,100): Earnings rebound, but valuation looks full

While sales volume of radial tires continued to increase in 2023 thanks to capacity addition, DRC earnings have been hurt in 2023 (-20% YoY) due to the sharp decline in bias tire sales volume (-26% YoY) on weak demand and the transition from bias tires to radial tires on the domestic market. Due to intense competition from Chinese radial tire producers on the domestic market, the increase in radial tire sales volume could not compensate for the reduction in bias tire sales volume on the domestic market. As Chinese competitors mainly produce radial tires rather than bias tires, DRC faced more intense competition on the domestic market as end-users are switching from bias tires to radial tires. Looking forward into 2024, while the transition from bias tires to radial tires may still persist, (1) the gradual recovery in demand on both domestic and overseas market, (2) full year contribution of the new product (passenger car radial tire or PCR tire, introduced back in 2Q23) from last year low base and (3) capacity addition of truck bus radial tire (TBR tire, from 1Q24) will help DRC to post 15% YoY net income growth (VND 286 bn, from our previous estimate of  VND 281 bn). For 2025, we expect both PCR and TBR plants to run at full capacity, hence raising earnings further by 20% YoY (VND 344 bn). 

12/04/2024

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HHV VN (Market Perform; TP VND 16,000): 4Q23 updates and AM notes - High based performance halt earnings growth

Guidance issued by the company set a growth target of 17% in sales and 11% in NPAT, while estimate for 1Q24 sales and NPAT are VND 670 bn (+25% YoY) and VND 109 bn (+33% YoY), respectively. Our estimates sales and net earnings are VND 3.1 tn (+16.3% YoY) and VND 364 bn (flat vs. YoY), respectively, in which sales should witness growth in both segments of construction and BOT toll collection. Those big projects mainly contributing to construction sales are the Quang Ngai - Hoai Nhon highway, the Dong Dang – Tra Linh and Huu Nghi – Chi Lang highways. However, we expected that gross margin of this segment will be thinner than 2023 given the reduction in complexity of those projects. Meanwhile, greater-than-organic sales growth of BOT companies should mainly be attributed to higher toll fees rather than growth in car counts, while profit margin should not witness any significant changes.

10/04/2024

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