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NeraTel’s Results Push Shares Down To $0.65, Time To Buy?
Aspire, Hot Picks | 07 May 2015
By: AK(ASSI)
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I received a message from a reader last night saying that NeraTel’s profit after tax plunged 33.8% for 1Q FY15. Looks bad, doesn’t it?

I was somewhat surprised at the plunge since I remember that the full year 2014 results although not positive were flattish when compared to the year before. We don’t usually see big negative shifts in a single quarter in a business as usual scenario. So, it is important to ask whether the decline is due to something that has permanently damaged NeraTel’s ability to deliver the goods, so to speak.

NeraTel’s management has for a while now mentioned that stiff competition is impacting the business. This is the reality but given their track record, NeraTel should be able to hold their ground even though they might have to give up some margin. This is just my view, of course.

In an interview that NeraTel’s CEO, Samuel Ang, gave to The EDGE, some time ago, he said that it is important to remember that revenue recognition could be lumpy because NeraTel is generally a project based business. Annualising any one quarter’s results would not give an accurate picture of full year performance. Now, with this understanding in mind, the weak 1Q FY15 results become less worrisome.

The following slides are self-explanatory:

2Q FY15 results, logically, should be better, all else remaining equal.

Although the stiff competition and pressure on margins are pertinent considerations, NeraTel’s track record and their continuing efforts to expand their regional footprint, especially in the generation of recurring income, will likely bear fruits in future. How long will this take before we see significant results? I don’t know.

However, even as we recognise the costs of expanding their business, as long as NeraTel’s current businesses continue chugging along in the meantime, I would be quite happy to wait.

In conclusion, if we believe that 1Q’s less attractive results were due in part to the lumpy nature of NeraTel’s revenue recognition (i.e. it is an issue of timing), then, earnings over the next 9M should make up for the weaker 1Q FY15 showing.

In my blog post dated 25 Feb 15, I said that at 76c a share then, we were looking at a PER of about 17x and that it wasn’t cheap as the stock was priced at 71c a share a year before that with similar numbers. Now, with a rather reasonable expectation that the numbers might remain similar this year, the current price of 65c a share looks more palatable.

See all presentation slides: here.

AK is a Singaporean stock market investor and a popular blogger. Hisblog was created with the intention of educating investors and sharing his investing journey with the target of having a more secure financial future in an uncertain world by creating a stream of reliable passive income with high yields.

AK is a Singaporean stock market investor and a popular blogger. His blog was created with the intention of educating investors and sharing his investing journey with the target of having a more secure financial future in an uncertain world by creating a stream of reliable passive income with high yields.

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