SINGAPORE (May 12): RHB is maintaining its “buy” call on ComfortDelGro with $3.00 target as the broker sees strong revenue visibility from Singapore’s bus business via the Government Contracting Model (GCM), and improving rail revenue from higher ridership amid Downtown Line 3’s opening later this year.
Last night, ComfortDelGro subsidiary SBS Transit reported 7.6% higher 1Q17 revenue of $283.4 million and 18% higher EBIT of $13 million. In a Friday report, analyst Shekhar Jaiswal expects Singapore’s public transport to account for a greater proportion of ComfortDelGro’s profit during 2017-2019. SBS Transit’s contribution to ComfortDelGro’s EBIT increased to 26% in 4Q16, from 13% in 1Q15.
SBS Transit attributed the 9.2% growth in its public transport business revenue mainly to the contribution from bus services, with the transition to the bus GCM and higher ridership from rail services. The 3.9% y-o-y growth in the North East Line’s ridership and 19% y-o-y growth in the Downtown Line’s ridership offset lower average rail fare that stemmed from the fare reduction that took effect on Dec 30 2016.