SingTel tapped by Deutsche Bank for potential share rebound

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Deutsche Bank added SingTel to its regional telco model portfolio in a note on Tuesday, citing the potential for the stock to rebound after its recent selloff.

Singtel’s recent stock sell-off seems a delayed reaction to increased competitive intensity in key associate markets, Indonesia, India, and potentially the Philippines,” it said.

“To drive a rerating, associates need to become a source of hope – with the Indian and Indonesian markets restoring equilibrium. Should they look set to go beyond that, to oligopolistic pricing, then a value step-up could be substantial. Improvements showing through at Digital Life and in Australia and Singapore are also potential drivers,” it said.

The bank added that the stock was trading at an attractive 13.5 times price-to-earnings for fiscal 2018 and a 5.5 percent dividend yield.

’Attractive’ dividend yield

“We like its dividend yield, which is both high, and relatively sustainable versus peers,” Deutsche Bank said.

It also saw fundamentals that make the stock attractive.

“The company is gaining strong traction in Australia, and has potential to grow along with rising enterprise spend, which we expect to be a regional driver as constrained IT budgets finally get loosened. We also like it for its exposure to Bharti, in our view a long-term regional must-own,” Deutsche Bank said.

It rates the stock at Buy with a target of S$4.30.

SingTel shares were up 0.3 percent at S$3.39 at 2:22 P.M. SGT.

The other stocks in Deutsche Bank’s regional telco model portfolio are Australia’s Telstra, China Mobile, China Telecom, India’s Idea, Japan’s KDDI and South Korea’s KT Corp. and SK Telecom.

SingTel outlet in Singapore

SingTel outlet in Singapore