Decline in Net Income Narrows in Q3
In the first three quarters of 2019, HASCO recorded an accumulative revenue of RMB105,596 million, down by 11.11% yoy, and a net profit attributable to the parent company of RMB4,927 million, down by 22.58% yoy. Excluding the one-time investment income from the acquisition of Koito Automotive Lamp Co., Ltd. in the same period last year, the net profit attributable to shareholders deducting non-recurring losses and gains dropped by 13.90% yoy to RMB4.18 billion in the first three quarters.In Q3, the Company recorded a revenue of RMB35,033 million, down by 5.75% yoy, a net profit attributable to the parent company of RMB1,563 million, almost unchanged and slightly down by 1.7% yoy, and a corresponding EPS of RMB0.4956. The decline in revenue and net income narrowed sharply in Q3.
Better Structure, and the Gross Margin Remains Stable against the Trend
SAIC Motor, the Company's largest customer, saw its output drop by 16.0% in the first three quarters. Driven by the adjustment of customer structure (increased proportion of SAIC Volkswagen) and its overseas business (Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors), the revenue of HASCO declined less than its major customers, basically staying in line with the industry. In terms of the business composition in Q3, the Company recorded a revenue of interiors and exteriors of RMB2.53 billion (-3.1%), the same of functional parts of RMB7.1 billion (-6.2%), metal moulding and moulds, RMB2.7 billion (-8.8%), and electrical and electronic parts, RMB1.06 billion (+2%), with the net profit contributing RMB780 million (+5.4%), RMB510 million (-21.5), RMB90 million (-18.2%) and RMB70 million (-22%), respectively.
The prices of major raw materials also fell, with a gross margin of 14.5% in the first three quarters, up by 0.7 ppts yoy. In Q3, the Company recorded a gross margin of 14.2%, down by 0.8 ppts qoq, mainly affected by the National Day holiday, production line maintenance and the switching of National Standard VI products of some customers.
Strengthen Cost Control, and Increase R&D Input to Enhance Competitiveness
In the first three quarters, the Company recorded a sales cost ratio of 1.37%, down by 0.07 ppts yoy, a management cost ratio of 5.6%, down by 0.06 ppts yoy, and an R&D cost ratio of 3.63%, up by 1.0 ppt yoy. The decline in the management cost ratio and sales cost ratio reflects the Company's continued cost reduction. The increase in the R&D cost ratio reflects that the Company continued to strengthen R&D efforts in the downturn stage of the industry to ensure its long-term competitiveness.
Operating Cash Flow is Significantly Improved, and Operation Efficiency is Enhanced
Thanks to a narrower decline in the automotive market, better payment collection from whole vehicle manufacturers and the Company's control over costs, the Company's cash flow improved significantly in the first three quarters, with a net flow of RMB1.09 billion. The Company recorded a net cash flow from operating activities of RMB6,625 million, up by 49.9% yoy. And the inventory decreased to RMB9.54 billion from RMB11.41 billion at the beginning of the period, with improved operation efficiency.
Seize the Upgrade Trend to Enhance the Development of Emerging Businesses
Backed by the powerful SAIC Motor, HASCO enjoys obvious competitive strengths in customer, R&D, network layout and capital, and has begun to make achievements in the "electric, networked, intelligent and shared" development of the automotive industry. Its subsidiary Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors has been designated as the global fixed supplier for the full set of interiors of BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz 206 and other models. Huayu Vision and Bosch Huayu have been designated as the fixed suppliers for the car lamps of GAC Toyota and steering systems of GAC Honda, respectively. And its subsidiaries have been designated as the fixed suppliers of automotive moulds, seats and exteriors products for the battery boxes, assembly parts, side and rear cover moulds, seats and seat sets and bumpers of domestic models of Tesla Shanghai.
In terms of emerging businesses such as intelligent interconnection and electrification of automobiles, the Company has realized the batch supply of its 24GHz rearward millimetre-wave radar to SAIC passenger vehicles, SAIC Maxus and other customers, and its 77GHz frontward millimetre-wave radar has become the first product to pass the test of national laws and regulations and the Company has realized its batch supply to King Long Bus. The Company has also been designated as the fixed supplier of electric air conditioning compressors, electric steering machines and battery trays for new energy vehicles of SAIC Volkswagen MEB, MQB and SAIC-GM BEV3, as well as the fixed supplier of the 48V second-generation hybrid cooling starter generators (48ViBSG) for BMW Brilliance 3 series, 5 series, X3 and X5.
In our opinion, in the context of intellectualization/new energy and consumption upgrading, the Company's products are expected to benefit from the rising trend of price and quantity of high value-added products in the future.As analyzed above, we revised EPS expectation of the Company to RMB 2.15 and 2.34 of 2019/2020. And we accordingly gave the target price to 26, respectively 12.1/11.1x P/E for 2019/2020. "Hold" rating. (Closing price as at 5 December)
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