Maintain neutral rating with unchanged target price (TP) of RM4.60
- GENM announced this morning it had accepted an offer from GHL to acquire its entire 1.43bn shares in GENHK, representing a 16.9% stake at the minimum shareholder-mandated price of US$0.29 per GENHK share. GHL is owned by a discretionary trust in which the Genting group's controlling shareholder i.e. the Lim family are beneficiaries.
- The stake sale to the Lim family crystallizes a corporate governance risk MQ Research had flagged as a discounting factor for the stock. This related party transaction will reinforce the valuation discount accorded the Genting group of companies vis-a-vis their listed regional gaming peers.
- The stake sale will raise US$415 mil. for GENM which is earmarked for international expansion opportunities. Note the planned capacity expansions at its core Malaysian casino-resort as per the 10-year, RM10.4bn Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) announced Dec 2013 will be funded via Malaysia-generated Ringgit cashflow and borrowings.
- MQ Research maintain a Neutral rating with an unchanged sum of the parts analysis based target price of RM4.60. GENM is likely to remain a value trap until it breaks from a recent string of uninspiring quarterly earnings via tangible earnings lift from new resort capacity.