Maybank Kim Eng

AEM poised for system level testing; is likely M&A target: Maybank

SINGAPORE (June 19): Maybank KimEng is maintaining its "buy" call in AEM Holdings with an unchanged target price of $1.40.

Maybank says the roll-out of a 5G mobile network will see the design and production of increasingly complex and mission-critical chips.

To test these new chips efficiently, chipmakers will have to look to system level test (SLT) to complement conventional methods.

Brokers unanimously positive on NetLink NBN's outlook after a satisfying FY19

SINGAPORE (May 15): OCBC Investment Research, DBS Vickers Securities and Maybank Kim Eng are maintaining their “buy” calls on NetLink NBN Trust (NLT) with the respective price targets of 95 cents, 90 cents and 83 cents.

Likewise, Phillip Capital continues to rate the trust at “accumulate” at a 93-cent price target.

Manulife US REIT scores big with US$122 mil Centrepoint acquisition

SINGAPORE (May 3): Maybank Kim Eng and RHB Research are reiterating their “buy” calls on Manulife US REIT (MUST) with the respective target prices of US$1 and 96 US cents.

Both research houses are positive on the REIT’s US$122 million acquisition of Centrepointe I & II in Virginia, USA – a deal which is set to be DPU- and yield-accretive, and adds to the trust’s overall portfolio weighted average lease expiry (WALE).

CDL Hospitality Trusts remains top sector pick for RHB, Maybank despite a weak 1Q

SINGAPORE (May 2): RHB Research and Maybank Kim Eng are maintaining “buy” on CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDL HT) with respective price targets of $1.77 and $1.80, while OCBC Investment Research reiterates its “hold” call as it places its $1.56 fair value under review, pending further details.

Ascendas REIT poised to benefit from current rate environment, but yields may be tight

SINGAPORE (April 30): Maybank Kim Eng and OCBC Investment Research are maintaining their “buy” and “hold” calls on Ascendas REIT (AREIT) while raising their price target and fair value estimate to $3.20 and $2.74 from the previous $3.10 and $2.64, respectively.

This comes after the REIT manager declared a 4Q19 DPU of 4.1 cents, up 6.1% y-o-y on revenue growth and lower non-property expenses, and in line with both research houses’ expectations.

Analyst sentiments on Mapletree Logistics Trust turn lukewarm due to valuations

SINGAPORE (April 29): CGS-CIMB Research is downgrading its call on Mapletree Logistics Trust (MLT) from “add” to “hold” due to high valuations of 1.3 times price-to-book and a 5.4% yield, as well as the risk of a default from CWT.

The research house has raised its price target to $1.48 from $1.44 after tweaking forecasts to factor in MLT’s recent Japan divestments, on top of lower risk-free and terminal growth rates to account for a more dovish interest rate sentiment.

Maybank KE cuts Hi-P to 'sell' after share price run-up

SINGAPORE (April 9): Maybank Kim Eng is downgrading its call on Hi-P International to “sell” from “hold” previously with an unchanged price target of $1.22, which is based on 1.5 times FY19E price-to-book value.

This is because the research house now deems Hi-P as overvalued at 14 times FY19E P/E versus its global peers’ 10.5 times, and its own 1 SD above the three-year mean of 12.3 times.

Why Maybank KE prefers Frasers Centrepoint Trust over SPH REIT

SINGAPORE (Apr 8): Maybank Kim Eng is reiterating its “hold” call on SPH REIT with an unchanged target price of $1.05 on expectations of limited retail sales growth.

Instead, the research house prefers Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT), rated “buy” with a $2.60 target price, for its suburban-mall footprint and a 6% three-year DPU CAGR.

This comes post the release of SPH REIT’s 2Q19 results last Friday, which came in line with Maybank’s estimates with 0.7% y-o-y growth in quarterly DPU to $1.41 cents.

Ascendas REIT remains best proxy to the burgeoning S-REIT space: Maybank

SINGAPORE (April 4): Maybank Kim Eng is remaining “positive” on the Singapore REIT (S-REITs) sector on expectations of continued outperformance, while highlighting Ascendas REIT (A-REIT) as the best proxy to overall recovery across S-REITs.  

The research house has adjusted its FY19-21 distribution per unit (DPU) estimates by between -2% and +4%. It is also raising its target prices by 2-9% after adjusting for interest rate assumptions, although operating estimates remain mostly unchanged ahead of S-REITs’ results reporting over the coming weeks.

Don't chicken out of Japfa over broiler price declines, says Maybank

SINGAPORE (April 2): Maybank Kim Eng is maintaining “buy” on Japfa with an unchanged price target of $1.05 despite recent declines in Indonesian poultry stocks, due to market fears of oversupply after broiler prices declined further in March.

In a Tuesday report, analyst Neel Sinha says these concerns are likely overblown, as he concurs with Japfa’s management theories that the broiler price correction has more to do with seasonal weak demand rather than oversupply.

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