Superloop: Getting back to business
About the author:
- Author name:
- By Nick Harris
- Job title:
- Senior Analyst
- Date posted:
- 17 May 2019, 1:49 PM
- Sectors Covered:
- Telecommunications, Technology and Financial Services
Earlier this year QIC made a highly conditional proposal to acquire Superloop (SLC) at A$1.95 per share and was in an exclusive due diligence process. This week SLC advised that the SLC Board and QIC were unable to agree to a transaction and have discontinued the period of exclusivity. The exclusivity period has not resulted in an acceptable offer emerging, but another bid emerging is still not entirely out of the question.
M&A probably off the table but we weren't there for it anyway
Our view was, and still is, that Superloop is worth buying at current levels with or without a takeover bid. While no acceptable offer has emerged, a bid from any number of parties is still a possibility. We'd prefer to see business as usual from SLC as we still see significant upside should they be able to monetise the substantial asset base.
What's the appeal of Superloop?
SLC shareholders have faithfully invested their capital and four years of time (since the mid 2015 IPO) supporting the SLC build phase. The final piece of this build phase (which completes the ability to sell to SLC's competitive advantage) is SLC's stake in the submarine cable connecting Singapore to Perth to Sydney. These submarine cables are due to go live by June 2019. From this point SLC has a competitive advantage as the only on-net provider of communications services between and within Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. We assume somewhat successful execution which clearly isn't guaranteed. However, we think the SLC organic investment case looks compelling. The assets are built and paid for and the cost base is set. At this point a large portion of incremental revenue falls directly to the Profit/Free Cash Flow lines.
We continue to see significant long-term upside upon successful execution, which has the potential to create substantial free cash generation and shareholder value. This is why we are long-term supports of the SLC business.
On news of a possible bid, we set our share price target at A$2.64 which applied a 25% control premium to our valuation. We now remove this 25% control premium and revise our share price target back in-line with our valuation.
We retain our Add recommendation.
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Disclaimer(s): Morgans Corporate Limited was the Lead Manager to the placement and accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer of shares for Superloop Limited and received fees in this regard.
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