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Weekly Ratings, Targets, Forecast Changes – 17-06-22

Weekly Reports | Jun 20 2022

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Weekly update on stockbroker recommendation, target price, and earnings forecast changes.

By Mark Woodruff

Guide:

The FNArena database tabulates the views of seven major Australian and international stock brokers: Citi, Credit Suisse, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, Morgans, Ord Minnett and UBS.

For the purpose of broker rating correlation, Outperform and Overweight ratings are grouped as Buy, Neutral is grouped with Hold and Underperform and Underweight are grouped as Sell to provide a Buy/Hold/Sell (B/H/S) ratio.

Ratings, consensus target price and forecast earnings tables are published at the bottom of this report.

Summary

Period: Monday June 13 to Friday June 17, 2022
Total Upgrades: 7
Total Downgrades: 9
Net Ratings Breakdown: Buy 59.80%; Hold 33.31%; Sell 6.89%

For the week ending Friday June 17 there were seven upgrades and nine downgrades to ASX-listed companies covered by brokers in the FNArena database.

G.U.D. Holdings received the largest percentage reduction in average target price set by brokers last week as FY22 earnings (EBITDA) guidance was reduced to $147m from $155-$160m.

Following the company’s acquisition of ASX-listed AutoPacific Group earlier this year, the delivery of OEM vehicles into Australia has fallen due to supply chain pressures. There's now considered to be risk to the second half component of AutoPacific’s guidance.

While Citi considers the company a higher quality business compared to before the acquisition, the broker’s rating is lowered to Neutral from Buy to reflect increased uncertainty about an earnings recovery that is relying on a normalisation of vehicle supply. Moreover, the weaker outlook, combined with inventory being higher for longer (due to Chinese lockdowns), suggests the balance sheet could take longer to de-gear.

Despite UBS being only one of four brokers in the FNArena database that currently update daily on Temple & Webster, the broker’s new target price of $4.25 (down from $8.20) was enough to achieve the second largest reduction in average target price last week.

In addition, UBS downgraded its rating for the company to Neutral from Buy on downside risk to medium-term earnings expectations. It’s believed to be too early to turn positive on the online retail sector as unit economics are generally worse now than before the pandemic. Moreover, it’s thought the tough macroeconomic outlook for discretionary expenditure, as well as supply chains pressures, will continue to weigh.

As far as broker earnings forecasts went last week, Nanosonics headed the table for the largest percentage downgrade in the FNArena database. Morgans reviewed its thesis for the company and decided to downgrade FY23 and FY24 forecasts after an increase in cost assumptions and a decrease in forecast European growth rates. The expected revenue contribution from the new CORIS product was also deferred to FY24 from FY23.

While the broker’s target price was reduced to $4.86 from $5.43 the Add rating was retained after a significant share price fall. Also, the business is expected to be on a more normal footing from FY23.

Finally, the Reject Shop indicated last week that current trading was consistent with consensus estimates of FY22 pre ASSB-16 earnings (EBIT) of $6.5m. Unfortunately, Ord Minnett's prior forecast has assumed $8.9m and the broker reacted by lowering its earnings estimates for FY22 and FY23 by -28% and -41%, respectively and reducing its target to $3.80 from $6.40. 

In the near-term, the analyst forecasts a rising cost base, in the form of higher cost of goods sold, higher freight charges and higher wage costs. On a more positive note, management is currently assessing an on-market share buy-back, with a decision expected to be made in July/August.

Ord Minnett maintained its Hold rating for the company and assumed a 10% share buy-back, which would still leave the company with excess cash, given a strong balance sheet.

As shown in the tables below, earnings forecasts are now in a firm downtrend, with only a small number of companies still enjoying upgrades that are worth paying attention to. This translates into only two companies receiving a lift in price target for the week; both are minimal adjustments only.

In contrast, the negative side for changes in price targets starts off on double digits.

Total Buy recommendations take up 59.80% of the total, versus 33.31% on Neutral/Hold, while Sell ratings account for the remaining 6.89%. With the exception oft Europe's Grexit problem period in 2011-2012, total Buy ratings have never been higher post-2006. 

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COMPUTERSHARE LIMITED ((CPU)) Upgrade to Accumulate from Hold by Ord Minnett .B/H/S: 5/1/1

The strong increase in expectations for the yield curve raises the risk of demand reduction and rising corporate debt costs. In isolation, Ord Minnett points out, ignoring the possibility that earnings would eventually recover, higher interest rates could also reduce the appeal of shares versus bonds.

The broker highlights Computershare's greater sensitivity to benefits from rising interest rates versus the risks from rising expenses in an inflationary environment.

The stock is also benefiting from a decline in the value of the Australian dollar versus the US dollar. Hence, the broker upgrades to Accumulate from Hold, believing the interest-rate leverage should, on balance, be a positive. Target is raised to $26 from $25.

CLEANAWAY WASTE MANAGEMENT LIMITED ((CWY)) Upgrade to Buy from Accumulate by Ord Minnett .B/H/S: 3/3/1

The strategy briefing from Cleanaway Waste Management presented no major surprises to Ord Minnett. As landfill levies rise and resources recovery becomes more economically attractive, the company, as the largest participant in the industry, is considered well-placed.

Industry returns continue to move further downstream where barriers to entry become increasingly higher and returns more "infrastructure-like", in the broker's view

Rating is upgraded to Buy from Accumulate and the target reduced to $3.20 from $3.30.

ENDEAVOUR GROUP LIMITED ((EDV)) Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral by Macquarie .B/H/S: 2/2/1

Macquarie envisages significant scope for Endeavour Group to reinvest in its hotel network and if this is initially focused on gaming the 15% return on investment hurdle could be conservative.

The broker suggests retail and hotels in combination offer a natural hedge to consumer confidence and a return to services should mean high-margin hotels growth accelerates.

In the current climate, Macquarie prefers staples over discretionary retailers and upgrades Endeavour Group to Outperform from Neutral. Target is steady at $7.70.

EVOLUTION MINING LIMITED ((EVN)) Upgrade to Buy from Neutral by UBS .B/H/S: 1/4/2

UBS upgrades Evolution Mining to Buy from Neutral. Despite the operating risks, the broker finds more value in the ASX gold sector and more need to hedge the rest of the portfolio.

The weak start to FY22 has pressured the June quarter, with up to 30% improvement in quarterly performances required to get some gold stocks to the lower end of their guidance.

The broker expects there will be a keen focus on operations such as the company's Red Lake. Target is $4.05.

LINK ADMINISTRATION HOLDINGS LIMITED ((LNK)) Upgrade to Add from Hold by Morgans .B/H/S: 2/3/0

Morgans feels the recent fall in Link Administration's shares is overdone despite the ACCC raising "significant preliminary concerns" on the Dye and Durham takeover of the company. As a result, the rating is lifted to Add from Hold on valuation grounds.

The target price falls to $4.33 from $5.50 due to uncertainty around the takeover (the analyst notes it's difficult to know if the ACCC's concerns can be overcome).

PSC INSURANCE GROUP LIMITED ((PSI)) Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral by Macquarie .B/H/S: 1/0/0

Macquarie resumes coverage of PSC Insurance with an Outperform rating, up from Neutral, due to the defensive characteristics of Insurance Brokers and upside from potential acquisitions. The $4.75 target price is unchanged.

The broker also sees potential upside from the non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to acquire a 50% stake in Tysers UK retail division.

Should the proposed joint venture be executed in the 1H of 2024, the analyst estimates sufficient capacity to secure the remaining 50%.

RESMED INC ((RMD)) Upgrade to Buy from Accumulate by Ord Minnett .B/H/S: 5/1/0

Ord Minnett asserts the strategic rationale for ResMed's acquisition of Medifox Dan is consistent with its intentions to expand the SaaS offering but the price is very high, given the current market de-rating.

The broker recognises the opportunities are limited but believes, giving rising interest costs, the timing is to the vendor's advantage. Still, the core sleep business appears to be picking up and the broker upgrades to Buy from Accumulate based on valuation. Target is unchanged at $35.

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GENWORTH MORTGAGE INSURANCE AUSTRALIA LIMITED ((GMA)) Downgrade to Underperform from Outperform by Macquarie .B/H/S: 0/0/1

Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia has flagged unchanged guidance for FY22, with a normalisation of long-term claims experience expected in FY23.

Nonetheless, Macquarie updates forecasts to include a more bearish economic environment, accounting for a 60% probability of a US recession and a "near miss" in Australia in 2023.

The broker does not include the additional 60m share buyback because of the deteriorating economic outlook. Target is reduced to $1.95 from $3.50 and the rating is downgraded to Underperform from Outperform.

G.U.D. HOLDINGS LIMITED ((GUD)) Downgrade to Neutral from Buy by Citi .B/H/S: 4/1/0

Despite downwardly revised guidance for FY22, Citi continues to assess G.U.D. Holdings as a higher quality business compared to before the APG acquisition.

Yet the stock has received a downgrade to Neutral from Buy to reflect increased uncertainty about an earnings recovery that is relying on normalising supply.

All up, the broker considers the FY23 earnings risk is skewed to the downside and demand could soften amid higher interest rates.

Moreover, the weaker outlook combined with inventory being higher for longer because of Chinese lockdowns suggests the balance sheet could take longer to de-gear. Target is reduced to $9.95 from $15.60.

HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED ((HVN)) Downgrade to Neutral from Outperform by Macquarie .B/H/S: 3/2/0

Macquarie has a more bearish outlook on consumer expenditure amid rising inflation and interest rates and a rebound in service consumption.

While the broker likes Harvey Norman's asset backing and proven business model that is resilient during downturns it remains concerned about the macro outlook for the short term.

The likely over-consumption of goods over the past two years is a key risk to near-term performance, the broker adds. Rating is downgraded to Neutral from Outperform and the target lowered to $4.40 from $6.40.

INGHAMS GROUP LIMITED ((ING)) Downgrade to Neutral from Outperform by Credit Suisse .B/H/S: 1/4/0

Rapid and material rises in input costs, particularly feed, mean Inghams Group needs to pass this through in meaningful price increases. Uncertainty over the timing and extent to which the company can achieve price increases warrants caution, Credit Suisse asserts.

Downside risks stemming from price rises being insufficient to fully offset these costs leads the broker to downgrade to Neutral from Outperform. Target is reduced to $2.90 from $4.05.

JB HI-FI LIMITED ((JBH)) Downgrade to Underperform from Outperform by Macquarie .B/H/S: 3/2/1

Macquarie has a more bearish outlook on consumer expenditure amid rising inflation and interest rates and a rebound in service consumption.

JB Hi-Fi is a best-in-class operator, in the broker's view, but the macro environment is making life challenging. Macquarie downgrades to Underperform from Outperform, expecting reduced discretionary spending going forward.

The broker observes increased numbers of electronics and appliances being purchased for the home over the last two years will lead to a longer replacement cycle. Target is reduced to $40.90 from $57.80.

KOGAN.COM LIMITED ((KGN)) Downgrade to Sell from Neutral by UBS .B/H/S: 0/0/2

UBS believes it is too early to turn positive on the online retail sector as unit economics are generally worse now than before the pandemic and there is a tough macro outlook for discretionary expenditure. Moreover, supply chains remain challenging.

Kogan.com could benefit from a "trade-down" effect, the broker suggests, but concerns exist around inventory levels which in turn will weigh on margins. Rating is downgraded to Sell from Neutral and the target reduced to $2.90 from $4.30.

SMARTGROUP CORPORATION LIMITED ((SIQ)) Downgrade to Neutral from Outperform by Credit Suisse .B/H/S: 1/4/0

Credit Suisse lowers its rating for Smartgroup Corp to Neutral from Outperform. This follows the announced contract loss of a top 20 client, the Department of Education and Training Victoria.

While management estimates a FY23 revenue impact of less than -5%, the announcement was a surprise for the broker given long-standing salary packaging contracts rarely change hands. Nonetheless, no additional risk is inferred.

The target price is lowered to $7.05 from $8.58 on the contract loss and the application of a lower market multiple by the analyst.

TEMPLE & WEBSTER GROUP LIMITED ((TPW)) Downgrade to Neutral from Buy by UBS .B/H/S: 2/2/0

UBS believes it is too early to turn positive on the online retail sector as unit economics are generally worse now than before the pandemic and there is a tough macro outlook for discretionary expenditure. Moreover, supply chains remain challenging.

The broker envisages downside risk to medium-term earnings expectations for Temple & Webster and downgrades to Neutral from Buy. Target is reduced to $4.25 from $8.20.

WESFARMERS LIMITED ((WES)) Downgrade to Underperform from Neutral by Macquarie .B/H/S: 2/2/2

Macquarie has a more bearish outlook on consumer expenditure amid rising inflation and interest rates and a rebound in service consumption.

While the Wesfarmers portfolio is well-placed in a downturn, the broker believes rising interest rates will pressure its customer base more than most. The broker updates its forecasts to reflect increased economic uncertainty over the next 12 months, with the US entering a recession and Australia slowing significantly.

Over consumption of goods over the last two years is the key risk to the near-term performance of the Wesfarmers retail businesses. Rating is downgraded to Underperform from Neutral. Target is reduced to $43.30 from $47.50.

Total Recommendations
Recommendation Changes
Broker Recommendation Breakup

Broker Rating

 

Order Company New Rating Old Rating Broker
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1 CLEANAWAY WASTE MANAGEMENT LIMITED Buy Buy Ord Minnett
2 COMPUTERSHARE LIMITED Buy Neutral Ord Minnett
3 ENDEAVOUR GROUP LIMITED Buy Neutral Macquarie
4 EVOLUTION MINING LIMITED Buy Neutral UBS
5 LINK ADMINISTRATION HOLDINGS LIMITED Buy Neutral Morgans
6 PSC INSURANCE GROUP LIMITED Buy Neutral Macquarie
7 RESMED INC Buy Buy Ord Minnett
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8 G.U.D. HOLDINGS LIMITED Neutral Buy Citi
9 GENWORTH MORTGAGE INSURANCE AUSTRALIA LIMITED Sell Buy Macquarie
10 HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED Neutral Buy Macquarie
11 INGHAMS GROUP LIMITED Neutral Buy Credit Suisse
12 JB HI-FI LIMITED Sell Buy Macquarie
13 KOGAN.COM LIMITED Sell Neutral UBS
14 SMARTGROUP CORPORATION LIMITED Neutral Buy Credit Suisse
15 TEMPLE & WEBSTER GROUP LIMITED Neutral Buy UBS
16 WESFARMERS LIMITED Sell Neutral Macquarie

Target Price

Positive Change Covered by > 2 Brokers

Order Symbol Company New Target Previous Target Change Recs
1 WDS WOODSIDE ENERGY GROUP LIMITED 33.489 32.903 1.78% 7
2 CPU COMPUTERSHARE LIMITED 26.281 26.139 0.54% 7

Negative Change Covered by > 2 Brokers

Order Symbol Company New Target Previous Target Change Recs
1 GUD G.U.D. HOLDINGS LIMITED 13.340 15.550 -14.21% 5
2 TPW TEMPLE & WEBSTER GROUP LIMITED 8.135 9.123 -10.83% 4
3 SIQ SMARTGROUP CORPORATION LIMITED 7.890 8.658 -8.87% 5
4 ING INGHAMS GROUP LIMITED 3.126 3.356 -6.85% 5
5 HVN HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED 5.472 5.872 -6.81% 5
6 JBH JB HI-FI LIMITED 54.497 57.313 -4.91% 6
7 SUN SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED 13.490 13.811 -2.32% 7
8 RMD RESMED INC 35.058 35.438 -1.07% 6
9 CWY CLEANAWAY WASTE MANAGEMENT LIMITED 3.097 3.111 -0.45% 7

Earning Forecast

Positive Change Covered by > 2 Brokers

Order Symbol Company New EF Previous EF Change Recs
1 CWY CLEANAWAY WASTE MANAGEMENT LIMITED 7.369 7.083 4.04% 7
2 ALD AMPOL LIMITED 252.200 243.400 3.62% 4
3 BXB BRAMBLES LIMITED 58.179 57.691 0.85% 7
4 STO SANTOS LIMITED 119.443 118.639 0.68% 7
5 IGO IGO LIMITED 53.632 53.298 0.63% 5
6 AIA AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIMITED -0.516 -0.517 0.19% 4
7 NIC NICKEL INDUSTRIES LIMITED 13.705 13.682 0.17% 4
8 AWC ALUMINA LIMITED 17.358 17.329 0.17% 5
9 AMC AMCOR PLC 110.500 110.317 0.17% 7
10 CPU COMPUTERSHARE LIMITED 78.091 77.962 0.17% 7

Negative Change Covered by > 2 Brokers

Order Symbol Company New EF Previous EF Change Recs
1 NAN NANOSONICS LIMITED -1.000 -0.800 -25.00% 3
2 TRS REJECT SHOP LIMITED 9.800 11.300 -13.27% 3
3 ING INGHAMS GROUP LIMITED 12.814 13.580 -5.64% 5
4 UNI UNIVERSAL STORE HOLDINGS LIMITED 27.475 28.950 -5.09% 4
5 GUD G.U.D. HOLDINGS LIMITED 70.078 73.052 -4.07% 5
6 HUB HUB24 LIMITED 41.300 42.700 -3.28% 5
7 HLS HEALIUS LIMITED 51.967 53.633 -3.11% 6
8 AGL AGL ENERGY LIMITED 37.605 38.438 -2.17% 5
9 SIQ SMARTGROUP CORPORATION LIMITED 53.548 54.420 -1.60% 5
10 WDS WOODSIDE ENERGY GROUP LIMITED 434.182 439.344 -1.17% 7

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