,As for Malaysia, Public Invest said the near-term catalyst would be the reopening of the Malaysian economy as well as stronger plantation earnings due to the elevated crude palm oil (CPO) prices.
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PETALING JAYA: Despite the cancellation of the Yokohama integrated resort (IR), in which Genting Singapore Ltd had put in a bid, the Genting group remains a recovery play.
PublicInvest Research, in a report, said it had left its forecasts and recommendation for parent company, Genting Bhd, unchanged as it has yet to factor in any expectations for the bid for the Yokohama IR project.
Genting Singapore, which is 52.7%-owned by Genting, announced last week that Yokohama City published its decision to cancel the Yokohama integrated resort bid process on Sept 10. As a result, Genting Singapore’s participation in the bid was discontinued.
Genting Singapore and another competitor, Melco Resorts, had passed their qualification screening process in June to take part in the city’s Request-For-Proposal (RFP) to develop an IR.
Genting Singapore formed a consortium with Japan’s Sega Sammy, which is one of the country’s largest pachinko game manufacturers, and Kajima Corp for this purpose.
Although the outcome was a lost opportunity, PublicInvest believed Genting Singapore should deliver better performance as Singapore had been able to control the spread of Covid-19 relatively well compared with its regional peers.
As for Malaysia, it said the near-term catalyst would be the reopening of the Malaysian economy as well as stronger plantation earnings due to the elevated crude palm oil (CPO) prices.
However, earnings weakness is expected to persist for the group’s casino operations, particularly in Malaysia given the prolonged lockdown, added the research firm. It expected a complete reopening of the Malaysian economy to take place once it achieved herd immunity by the year-end.
“We reckon investors should not be focusing on near-term earnings setbacks but towards a gradual improvement in 2022/23 with the eventual opening of international borders that will benefit the global tourism industry,” it added.
The research firm maintains an “outperform” on the stock with a target price of RM5.70.
For the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, Genting reported improved results across its major operating divisions, but huge impairment charges and higher expenses kept the group in the red.
For that period, Genting made a loss of RM563mil compared with a loss of RM786mil a year ago.
Revenue was up at RM2.93bil from RM1.1bil previously, boosted by its leisure and hospitality division.