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Compiled by Navin Sregantan


APRIL 3: $2.58


RHB Research Institute, April 3

We remain positive about ComfortDelGro's growth in the public transportation business, profit contributions from new acquisitions and likely improvement in taxi earnings amid a lack of competition from ride-hailing players.

The company also has ample debt head room that provides more inorganic growth opportunities.

However, after delivering around 21 per cent returns in the year-to-date period, ComfortDelGro seems fairly priced.

As at closing on April 2, ComfortDelGro traded at 17.3 times its 2019 price to earnings (P/E) ratio (it has a 5-year average of 15.4 times).

Investors could consider buying ComfortDelGro again, if the share price drops below $2.50.

Earnings-accretive acquisitions and higher-than-estimated improvements in its taxi business offer near-term upside risks.


APRIL 3: $0.795


CGS-CIMB, April 2

Sasseur Reit is the first listed outlet mall Reit in Singapore which offers investors exposure to the most rapidly-growing part of the China retail value chain.

It has first-mover advantage in Tier-2 cities Chongqing, Bishan, Kunming and Hefei to capitalise on expanding private consumption appetite and rising number of middle-income households.

Similar to a master lease structure, Sasseur Reit derives rental income from a lease arrangement called entrusted management agreement with the entrusted manager.

This structure enables the Reit to deliver a balance of stability (with downside protection) from the fixed component and growth through tenant sales performance.

Sasseur Reit's gearing was 29 per cent at end-2018, and based on our estimates, has little refinancing needs in FY2019-2020.

As such, we believe it is well-placed to tap inorganic growth opportunities.

Based on the 45 per cent aggregate leverage ceiling, we estimate Sasseur Reit has debt headroom of S$283 million to fund potential new acquisitions.

We think Sasseur Reit would benefit from sponsor Sasseur Group's expertise in managing tenant mix and driving sales.

A slowdown in private consumption in China is a downside risk to the rating.

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