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More earnings drivers required for China Aviation Oil to be a 'buy', says RHB

SINGAPORE (Mar 1): RHB Research is remaining “neutral” on China Aviation Oil (CAO) after the group reported FY18 earnings of US$94 million ($127 million), up 10% y-o-y and coming in slightly ahead of RHB and consensus estimates on better-than-expected gross profit margin.

The research house has raised its target price on the stock to $1.50 from $1.32 previously as it rolls over its blended valuation to 2019, which implies 9% upside and 4% FY19F yield.

Bumitama Agri on track for a better performance in FY19, say analysts

SINGAPORE (Feb 28): Maybank Kim Eng and RHB Research are maintaining their “buy” and “neutral” ratings on Bumitama Agri with higher target prices of 97 cents and 67 cents, respectively.

This comes after the oil palm plantation company concluded FY18 with earnings of $125 million, down 9% y-o-y as its 4Q and full-year performance was impacted by weaker agriculture commodity prices, especially in the latest quarter.

Upside potential for Kimly limited despite reasonable valuations, says RHB

SINGAPORE (Feb 20): RHB Research is maintaining “neutral” on Kimly Limited with a lower target price of 24 cents after lowering FY19F PATMI by 5% and says it sees limited potential upside to the stock despite its reasonable valuations.

This comes post the release of Kimly’s 1Q19 earnings results, which reflected a lower y-o-y bottomline despite revenue growth, as distribution and selling expenses rose on the back of higher online delivery fees and packing materials used.

The ups and downs of Frasers Centrepoint Trust's 1Q19 performance

SINGAPORE (Jan 23): OCBC Investment Research and Phillip Capital are maintaining their “buy” and “neutral” calls on Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT) with the respective fair value and price target of $2.50 and $2.21.

This comes post the release of the trust’s 1Q19 results which saw 1Q DPU grow 0.7% y-o-y to 3.02 cents, in line with both research houses’ expectations.

Japan Foods cut to 'neutral' for breather after 8% share price rise ytd

SINGAPORE (Nov 12): RHB Research is downgrading its call on Japan Foods to “neutral” from “buy” with a lower target price of 48 cents compared to 58 cents previously, as it believes the group’s share price could “take a breather” after delivering 8.3% YTD returns and outperforming the STI Index by 17.4%.

The research house nonetheless continues to like Japan Foods for its strong balance sheet, thriving Japanese restaurant franchise as well as the ability to successfully launch new brands.

Cooling measures to continue dampening buying sentiment after a quieter August: CGS-CIMB

SINGAPORE (Sept 18): CGS-CIMB Securities is remaining “neutral” on Singapore’s property sector after Aug 2018 private monthly home sales came in at 639 units, down 60% y-o-y and 64% m-o-m.

In a Monday report, analyst Lock Mun Yee says she believes the latest data reflects a “much quieter” residential market and selective buying post cooling measures, which she expects to have an overall dampening effect on buying sentiment and pricing expectations going forward.

FY18 likely to remain muted for Centurion Corp despite expansion plans, says RHB

SINGAPORE (Aug 10): RHB Research is maintaining “neutral” on Centurion Corp with a target price of 47 cents on expectations of a 3.4% FY18F dividend yield.

This comes after Centurion’s 2Q18 results met the research house’s estimates, posting 15% lower earnings of $9.1 million in the absence of contributions from the group’s Westlite Tuas dormitory, which ceased operations in Dec 2017.

BreadTalk gets too pricey for RHB's taste; FY18 earnings projected to decline

SINGAPORE (Aug 3): RHB Research is downgrading its call on BreadTalk to “sell” from “neutral” with a lower target price of $1 compared to $1.04 previously, as the research house expects FY18F earnings to decline on rising overhead costs and weaker JV & associates performance.

Post-merger benefits aplenty for Viva Industrial Trust unitholders: OCBC

SINGAPORE (May 24): OCBC Investment Research is maintaining its “neutral” call on Singapore industrial REITs with the recommendation to switch holdings to Viva Industrial Trust (VIT) from Cache Logistics Trust (CLT).

While VIT has been rated “accept offer” at a fair value of 90 cents, CLT is kept at “hold” with a fair value of 83 cents.  

BreadTalk's new ventures are mouth-watering, but at what cost?

SINGAPORE (May 23): RHB Research is maintaining its “neutral” call on BreadTalk with a target price of 93 cents after the group signed a joint venture (JV) agreement to bring new tea beverages as well as cafes to Singapore and Thailand.

To recap, BreadTalk has partnered Shenzhen Pindao Food & Beverage Management Co. to bring two popular Chinese tea brands, Nayuki and Tai Gai, to Singapore and Thailand with first right of refusal to operate in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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