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Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Will Become A Blue Chip Soon – Is It A Cheap Stock?
Corporate Digest | 15 September 2015
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Next Monday (21 September 2015), Singapore’s stock market barometer, the Straits Times Index, will see three of its 30 constituents change.

The outgoing trio are namely Jardine Matheson Holdings, Jardine Strategic Holdings, and Olam International. In their place will be SATS, UOL Group, and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings.

As Yangzijiang is one of the trio that will become blue chips soon (in Singapore’s context, the 30 constituents of the Straits Times Index are known as ‘blue chips’), now may be a good time to look at how cheap or expensive it is.

A useful way of valuing a stock is to observe how its current price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple compares with its own historical numbers. The following is a chart plotting Yangzijiang’s P/E ratio from the start of 2010 to today:

Source: S&P Capital IQ

Based on its closing price of $1.18 on 14 Septemeber, Yangzijiang, which – as its name suggests – builds ships for a living, is valued at 6.5 times its trailing earnings.

From the chart above, the China-based shipbuilder’s current P/E ratio is a tad lower than its historical average of 7.3 over the period we are looking at. When investing, mean reversion can be a powerful force. What this means is that below-average valuations at the moment hold the potential for above-average outcomes to occur in the future.

But, mean reversion does not guarantee a good outcome when investing. Investor Ric Dillon explains:

“On the behavioural-finance side, one of many inefficiencies comes from people anchoring on the past. People assume something is cheap, say just because it hasn’t traded at such a low valuation for five or ten years. But that doesn’t matter, what matters is what will be.”

Phrased another way, the future business performance of a stock has a huge role to play in how its price performs over the long-term. Yangzijiang would have to churn out growing earnings for it to be a solid investment.

But, there may be some formidable roadblocks in the company’s quest to do so. The shipbuilding industry is in a massive slump, with Yangzijiang reporting the following in its earnings release for the second-quarter of 2015:

“According to Clarkson Research, new shipbuilding orders around the globe was 13.28 million CGT [compensated gross tonnage] for 1H2015 [first-half of 2015], accounting for only 49.2 percent of that for 1H2014 [first-half of 2014]. The Chinese shipbuilding industry took a harder hit from the downturn, with new orders for the first half of the year decreased by 72 percent yoy [year-on-year].”

From a valuation stand point, Yangzijiang may be deemed to be a cheap share by virtue of its lower-than-average P/E ratio. But, investors have to consider the company’s future prospects too.

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Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Hldgs)  1.390 -0.010 -0.71%   
Business: Co is one of the largest non-state owned shipbuilder in China. [FY17 Turnover] Shipbuilding (58.6%), trading (34.2%), investments (5.3%), others (1.9%).

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SATS  5.100 -- --   
Business: Asia's leading provider of gateway services and food solutions. [FY18 Turnover] Food solutions (54.9%), gateway svcs (45%), others (0.1%).

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UOL Group  6.690 +0.04 +0.60%   
Business: Co engages in property development, property investments, and hotel businesses. [FY17 Turnover] Ppty devt (52.2%), hotel ops (23.6%), ppty invs (14.9%), invs & others (9.3%).

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