Afternoon Report / Markets tips below 5700 on a slow news day (MYR, CWY, VEA, MPL)

By Market Matters 19 November 18

Markets tips below 5700 on a slow news day (MYR, CWY, VEA, MPL)

Market Matters Afternoon Report 19th November 2018

WHAT MATTERED TODAY

The market held it’s nerve for the first hour of trade this morning before tracking lower for the rest of the session – a particularly savage half hour of selling hit before 4PM before a solid close saw ~10 points recovered late. There wasn’t any particular area of the market that was spared today, with each of the sectors finishing lower – the materials did fare OK, BHP & Rio both finished marginally higher. Tech & energy were the worst with a combination of some poor company specific news and a general sell growth theme hurting the sectors.

There was plenty of company specific news out today… Baby Bunting (ASX: BBN) held their AGM which contained a profit upgrade - clearly not all retailers are feeling the pinch! Fairfax (ASX: FXJ) received a letter from previous Domain (ASX: DHG) CEO Anthony Catalano with some broad stroke ideas that would derail the merger with nine Entertainment (ASX: NEC). Ever the big thinker, Anthony’s proposal was shot down as the board recommended the merger say “there was no actual proposal that could be considered” from Anthony and both Fairfax and Nine popped higher. Healthscope (ASX: HSO) updated the market on the Brookfield takeover, allowing them exclusivity until late December – progress is being made but no binding agreement yet. Below we discuss Myers sales, Viva Energy’s poor start to listed life & Medibank Private’s

Overall, the ASX 200 closed down -36points or -0.64% at 5693. Dow Futures are currently down -79points or -0.31%  

ASX 200 Chart

ASX 200 Chart

 

CATCHING OUR EYE;

Broker Moves;  Credit Suisse moved on waste management company Cleanaway (ASX: CWY) today, pushing the stock ahead of its investor day on Thursday. The broker moved to the equivalent of a buy, raising the price target almost 8%. The thesis quotes recycled plastic trends and vertical integrating opportunities as reasons for the move. Integration synergies from the Toxfree takeover should also benefit the investor. Cleanaway was the third best today, up 6.3% to $1.855.

Cleanaway (ASX: CWY) Chart

Elswhere...

  • Vista Group Rated New Buy at UBS; PT NZ$4.45
  • Mayne Pharma Rated New Underperform at Macquarie; PT A$1.05
  • G8 Education Upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley; PT A$3.25
  • Bega Cheese Rated New Neutral at Goldman; PT A$6.50
  • Synlait Milk Reinstated at Goldman With Neutral; PT NZ$10.10
  • Cleanaway Upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse; PT A$2.05
  • SCA Property Cut to Underperform at Credit Suisse; PT A$2.25

Viva Energy (ASX: VEA) $1.80 / -12.2%; The biggest IPO of 2018 so far (although no contenders have presented themselves with just 6 weeks left) fell today after announcing they expect to miss prospectus estimates for the full year. Viva Energy, which operates over 1,000 Shell petrol stations along with an oil refinery in Geelong, flagged a ~13.5% miss to prospectus profit at for the December year end result with the realized refinery margins being the main driver of the downgrade, as well as weaker than forecasted retail sales. The company noted that margins in general had come under pressure late this year, and a black out in August meant a they lost a week’s production. Expected margins for the year are now $US8/bbl, vs the prospectus looking for $US9.2/bbl.

Also contributing to the downgrades was the higher oil price which saw petrol prices soar, and motorist doing their best to reduce petrol consumption volumes, although as oil prices have fallen Viva did note petrol volumes return. All in all, EBITDA is now expected at $543m & NPAT at $280m vs prospectus estimates at $605.1m & $324.1m respectively – these numbers are all on a replacement cost basis. VEA is currently -28% below its listing price.

Viva Energy (ASX: VEA)Chart

 

Medibank Private (ASX: MPL) $2.60 / -6.14%; The health insurer stopped trading for a short period this morning to announce to the market that they had lost a key Government contract as the Department of Defence advised that they would not be renewing Medibank as the healthcare provider for the ADF. Since 2012, Medibank had delivered health services to the 80,000+ members of the ADF through Garrison Health Services (GHS). In the FY18 result, the GHS contract added around $30m, or around 5% of the total group pre-tax profit.

The company expects $5m in exit costs, but no longer term impacts following the contract coming to an end in June of next year. It is obviously never nice to lose a client, particularly a big one like this, however the market looks to have overreacted here – a -6% fall on a less than 5% downgrade. Despite this, it’s hard to stay positive MPL as the stock breaks down technically.

Medibank Private (ASX: MPL)Chart

 

Myer Holding (ASX: MYR) $0.41 / -8.89%; Myer was sent into a trading halt by the ASX late last week as the exchange wished for the company to clarify a number of issues raised by an article in the AFR. The article quoted an internal note that outlined the disastrous sales figures that, and although were overstated, they were on the right track. The company announced sales had fallen -4.8% in the first quarter compared to the same time last year, the article had quoted -5.5%. The market clearly didn’t take kindly to the news however the board stood strong saying they “will not chase unprofitable sales just to hit our top line sales number.” This puts the company in a precarious position – when it seems most others in the market are slashing prices to drive sales, Myer won’t, and a drive to cut costs in the business has resulted in falling marketing spend – so where will the sales come from?

The Christmas period is nearly upon us and it could be the saving grace for Myer in the short term. We are also entering a key part of the year for the listed retail as the late-November / early-December ‘Santa rally’ can turn a bad year into a solid one for the sector. Will this be the Christmas that Amazon takes over?

Myer Holdings (ASX: MYR) Chart

OUR CALLS

No changes to the portfolios today.

Have a great night

James/ Harry & the Market Matters Team

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