1)Prestariang - Ceasing Coverage
Author: PublicInvest Publish date: Wed, 7 Nov 2018, 11:54 AM
Prestariang’s share price has been in the limelight recently as it tumbled more than 51% over the last 1 month due to various uncertainties surrounding the companies amid heavy selling pressure from institutional investors, namely, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP) and AIA. While having recovered admirably in recent days, we are nevertheless ceasing coverage on the stock given the poorer earnings outlook due to an anticipated ballooning in its finance costs, continuous bleed in its education segment and it bread-and butter income stream (software) under threat. Due to internal resource allocation, we are ceasing research coverage of Prestariang. Our last call on the stock is Neutral with a TP of RM1.19.
Its core contract under spotlight. Its RM3.5bn National Immigration Control System (SKIN) concession project with the Home Ministry, which is under a public-private partnership (PPP), has become a subject of speculation as it is reportedly under review by the government, with some adjustments to the scope of work leaving it not likely to remain in the current format.
Progress of the SKIN project. The 15-year SKIN concession project, which officially started on 25 April this year, is expected to take three years in the construction phase. It will replace the current immigration system called MyIMMS, and is expected to provide annual recurring income of RM295m from year 4 to year 15 during the maintenance and operational period. It is currently under the business process reengineering stage and is about 10% completed to-date. To fund the construction, Prestariang has recently secured RM978m borrowings from Bank Pembangunan.
Trading at 25%-29% discount to the SKIN project value. Based on our forecasts, the SKIN project is worth RM1.08/share for the 70% equity stake under Prestariang. Based on the current share price of RM0.50, the market is reflecting at least 25%-29% cut in the RM3.5bn project value.
Moving into bigger campus. The education arm, under UniMy, has moved into a bigger campus with a 240,000 sq ft at the same rental of RM250k/mth. It currently has about 550 students and targets at least 1,000 students to break even at EBITDA level. To run the campus at a more efficient level, the company has recently appointed a new CEO and Vice Chancellor to undertake the UniMy management. We also understand that the big jump in 1HFY18 administrative expense, up 64.7% YoY, was mainly due to the aggressive marketing activities under the campus recruitment drive.
Ceasing coverage.Investors should no longer depend on any of our previous financial forecasts for Prestariang in making investment decisions, nor infer any adverse opinion as a result of our decision to cease coverage.
Source: PublicInvest Research- 7 Nov 2018
2)All eyes on Prestariang and its SKIN project
TheEdge Mon, Nov 05, 2018 - 2 days ago
INVESTORS in e-government service provider Prestariang Bhd have been on tenterhooks since the change in government, largely due to uncertainty over the status of one of its key projects.
This was reflected in the stock crumbling to 44 sen last Monday, its lowest level so far this year and a 73% decline from its close of RM1.64 on the day before the 14th general election on May 9.
According to a filing with Bursa Malaysia on the same day, Prestariang founder and group CEO Dr Abu Hasan Ismail, who is also the company’s largest shareholder, saw forced selling of 15.1 million of his shares — representing a 3.13% stake held via his privately owned companies — to rectify a personal margin account position. Abu Hasan now holds a 24.3% stake in the company.
On Wednesday, however, Prestariang reversed its downward trend to hit an intraday high of 54.5 sen, gaining 24% in just two days.
So, what changed investor perception of the stock?
Although the company has yet to make any announcement on any of its projects, talk in the market has centred on the jewel in its crown — the RM3.5 billion Sistem Kawalan Imigresen Nasional (SKIN) project, which is understood to be one of the public-private partnership projects under review by the Ministry of Finance (MoF).
CIMB Research says in an Oct 23 report that based on its analysis of the company, there is a good chance the new government will soon approve the SKIN project.
“The Immigration Department’s MyIMMs IT infrastructure network, built in the 1990s, is outdated and there is an urgent need to replace it with a new IT infrastructure with the latest technology,” says the research house. “SKIN is a national security project.”
Assuming a weighted average cost of capital (WACC) of 6%, CIMB estimates SKIN’s value to be around RM750 million and since Prestariang owns 70% of it, the concession is worth RM525 million or RM1.08 per share to the company.
The remaining 30% of the SKIN project is reportedly owned by Muhammad Nagib Gopal Abdullah, Raja Azmi Adam Nadarajan and Faisalludin Mohamat Yusuff via their 30% stake in project owner Prestariang SKIN Sdn Bhd, whose CEO is Raja Azmi.
CIMB Research points out in its report that at 44 sen per share, the group’s business is being valued by investors at 13 times its FY2018 earnings, assuming zero value for the SKIN project.
PublicInvest Research has a similar valuation of the project. In a Sept 5 note, it says Prestariang’s stake in SKIN is worth RM521.3 million or RM1.08 per share, assuming a WACC of 7.48% and internal rate of return of 17%.
Given these assumptions, Prestariang’s closing price of 51 sen last Thursday implies a 53% discount to the value of the SKIN project.
“So far, there has been no confirmation of the status of SKIN from MoF. However, looking at the recent spike in its share price, it would seem that the market believes the project will go on but most likely at a lower price,” a market observer tells The Edge.
To recap briefly, SKIN is a new border control system that facilitates the movement of people in and out of Malaysia, and will replace the current system. On July 18 last year, Prestariang SKIN entered into a concession agreement with the Ministry of Home Affairs on the implementation of SKIN by way of a public-private partnership.
The project is a 15-year concession and will consist of three years of build and deployment phase and 12 years of maintenance and technical operation phase. Payment to Prestariang was to only commence upon the full commissioning of the system after three years with an average annual payment of RM294.7 million from year four to year 15 during the maintenance and technical operation phase.
Apart from SKIN, Prestariang’s other dealings with the government include its contract to supply Microsoft software licences, products and services. In January this year, its subsidiary, Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd, received an extension of its contract to supply the licences to MoF under the Master Licensing Agreement 3.0.The extension is for three years, from Feb 1 this year to Jan 31, 2021, at an estimated value of RM222.6 million.
The group also received from the Ministry of Education an extension of its contract to supply Microsoft licences to public higher education institutions in the country for a year, from July 3 this year to July 2, 2019, at a total value of RM11.63 million.
In the first half of its financial year ended June 30 (1HFY2018), Prestariang reported a year-on-year decline of 22% in net profit to RM7.04 million due to higher tax expenses and provision for doubtful debts during the period. Revenue, however, rose almost 30% to RM128.68 million due to a higher contribution from the construction work for the SKIN project.
Besides Abu Hasan, Prestariang’s other substantial shareholders are Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) (KWAP) with an 8.6% stake, and Brahmal Vasudevan — who is the founder and CEO of private equity firm Creador — with a 6.2% stake.
Given the government’s announcement last Friday that it will accept MMC-Gamuda’s new, albeit lower, offer for the underground works of the MRT2 project, investors will be waiting to see whether the same fate befalls Prestariang.
October 24, 2018 10:16 am +08
Prestariang is a Technology and Talent pioneer that has evolved from being Malaysia’s largest ICT software and training service provider to a leading Technology and Talent Platform innovator.
Through its Transformation Plan, Prestariang's Technology Platform has successfully taken off with the award of Sistem Kawalan Imigresen Nasional (SKIN) by the Malaysian Government. Whilst, EduCloud, its Talent Platform, supports Entrepreneurship, Education and e-Commerce in the education sector was launched in conjunction with JobMatching PTPTN at a ceremony to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN).
Today, Prestariang in collaboration with global partners, which include Imprimerie Nationale, Microsoft, Autodesk, IBM, Oracle, KPMG, University of Melbourne and many others, drives innovation in the Digital Economy.
Prestariang is also the largest Microsoft Licensing Solutions Partner in Malaysia.
Through its Technology and Talent Platforms, Prestariang will deliver its innovation through six (6) core deliveries namely, Analytics and Business Intelligence, Cyber and Information Security, Cloud Services, Change Management, Digital Ecosystem and SKIN-in-a-Box.
Prestariang Group remains committed to drive the technology industry in Malaysia towards and beyond the new digital economy era.
AT A GLANCE
Founded in 2003
Headquartered in Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Market capitalisation of over RM1.0 billion (~USD245 million)
Listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia on 27 July 2011
(Stock name: PRESBHD | Stock Code: 5204 | Bloomberg - PRES:MK)
Minimum of 50% profit payout dividend policy (i.e. quarterly basis) and a syariah-compliant stock
Largest ICT training and certifications provider in Malaysia
The exclusive distributor for Microsoft (Government agencies) and Adobe & IBM SPSS (Education) license software in Malaysia
'Sistem Kawalan Imigresen Nasional' (SKIN) – A 15 years concession project to implement and manage the immigration and national border control transformation program for the government of Malaysia
Owns and operates University of Computer Science & Engineering (UNIMY), the first ICT-focused digital technology university in Malaysia
Accredited Prestariang Skill Training Institute (PSTI), the first in Pengerang, Johor for TVET Program
Key partner of international companies including Thales, Alibaba Cloud, Microsoft, Autodesk, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, KPMG, University of Melbourne and many others.