For the first quarter of 2013, Singapore Technologies Engineering (SGX: S63) posted a profit of $134m, just a smidge lower than last year’s $134.4m. The engineering company’s top line for the quarter stayed unchanged from last year’s $1.54b.
While there were no material increases in revenue or profit, the company did grow its order book to $13b as of March 2013 – an increase of 6.5% from $12.2b last year. ST Engineering expects roughly $3.6b from the order book to be delivered for the rest of the year.
The company divides itself into five sectors; Aerospace; Electronics; Land Systems; Marine; and Others. The first four sectors accounted for 97% of the recently completed quarter’s revenue so let’s take a quick look at how those sectors performed.
The Aerospace sector saw a 4% uptick in revenue from $456m a year ago to $476m led by growth in the Aircraft Maintenance & Modification (AMM) business group. That helped overcome lower sales coming from the Component/Engine Repair & Overhaul (CERO) and Engineering & Material Services (EMS) groups. Revenue for the sector only moved up slightly, but pre-tax profit jumped by 26% year-on-year from $59.8m to $75.1m.
Electronics’ sales slipped by 6% year-on-year from $452m to $424m but pre-tax profit fell by a smaller margin of 1% from $33.7m to $33.3m. The Communication & Sensor Systems Group’s (CSG) project milestones for the quarter carried lower value, which accounted for the drop in sales.
Land Systems grew the fastest as quarterly revenue increased by 9% from $317m a year ago to $346m, led by project-deliveries in the Automotive group. But the drag caused by lower-margin products, inventory obsolescence and increase in doubtful debts reduced pre-tax profits by 9% from $23.7m to $21.5m.
Lastly, in the Marine sector, Ship building revenue growth helped off-set declines in Ship repair and Engineering to post a 4% overall-increase in quarterly revenue from $244m a year ago to $254m. Pre-tax profit followed suit at a slightly slower pace – it inched up by 2% from $29.1m to $29.7m.
ST Engineering’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Pheng Hock commented on the company’s quarter and outlook: “The Group’s Revenue and Profits of 1Q2013 were comparable with the corresponding quarter of 2012.
The Group successfully secured new orders from our diverse range of customers to register a record order book of $13.0b at the end of the first quarter of 2013. We continue to build on the Group’s robust financial position with improved cash and cash equivalents including funds under management of $2.5b.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Group expects to achieve higher Revenue and PBT for FY2013 compared to FY2012.”
Shares of the company closed 1.4% lower to $4.37 on Tuesday. At that price, shares are trading at a Price-Earnings multiple of 23 and sport a dividend yield of 3.8% based on last year’s full-year pay out.
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