Yota phoneRex Global Entertainment's acquisition of 65% in Hi-P's customer Yota Devices, augurs a positive outcome to the customer default case. Image: Yota Devices

Excerpt from analyst report

Analyst: Jarick Seet, RHB Group

REX Global Entertainment (164 HK, NR) has acquired 64.9% of Yota Devices for USD100m. We think this is positive for Hi-P, as we think this increases the chances of a positive settlement for its arbitration case with Yota Devices in the near future. Also, with Apple’s (APPL US, NR) record iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales just three days after launch, we are more convinced of a 2H turnaround and lift our FY15F earnings by 13%, which moves our TP to SGD0.59 (vs SGD0.56). Maintain TRADING BUY.


High likelihood of a positive settlement

Hong Kong-based investment company REX Global Entertainment has acquired a 64.9% share in Russian smartphone manufacturer Yota Devices for USD100m and will invest USD50m in the company. We view this as a positive for Hi-P, as a change in owner with a sound financial footing would decrease the possibility of Yota Devices’ possible default in the event that Hi-P wins their arbitration case. In addition, we think that the new owner would also prefer the arbitration be completed as soon as possible and to focus instead on developing a new YotaPhone 3. As such, we think there is a high likelihood of a positive settlement favouring Hi-P in the near future.

Key customer’s product posted record sales
Apple has also announced a record of over 13m iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales just three days after launch. Analysts on the street are expecting Apple to sell around 48.5m iPhones in the September quarter, representing a 24% YoY increase. With its key customer’s product being well-received by the market, we think that Hi-P will be a positive beneficiary, further substantiating our view – as well as management’s guidance – of a strong 2H15 turnaround.

JarickSeet11.14"We are also more convinced of a 2H15 turnaround and lift our FY15F NPAT estimate by 13% to SGD12.8m, resulting in a higher TP of SGD0.59 (vs SGD0.56), based on 0.8x FY15F P/BV."

- Jarick Seet (photo)

Maintain TRADING BUY with higher SGD0.59 TP
Previously, due to the uncertainty over its USD126m arbitration claim, which would impact the group’s financials severely, we had this stock Under Review. However, with the recent positive chain of events, we think that the possibility of a positive settlement favouring Hi-P in the near future is high. We are also more convinced of a 2H15 turnaround and lift our FY15F NPAT estimate by 13% to SGD12.8m, resulting in a higher TP of SGD0.59 (vs SGD0.56), based on 0.8x FY15F P/BV. However, due to the high cyclical nature of the business, we maintain our TRADING BUY.

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