If you have ever used credit card to make payment at any shopping malls in Singapore, you probably have used one of the payment terminals supplied by NeraTel.
NeraTel has 3 main business focus areas. They are Telecom, Network Infrastructure and Payment Solutions.
As you can see from the table below, NeraTel pays consistent dividends. However, in year 2011, 2014 and 2015, NeraTel’s dividend payout ratio is near to 100%. Is this sustainable?
|Total dividend (cents)||3||4||4||6||4||2.5|
|Earnings per share (cents)||3.02||3.73||5.36||6.48||4.48||2.49|
|Dividend payout ratio (%)||99||107||75||93||89||100|
Debt servicing ratio remains extremely low during the period 2010 to 2014. Debt service ratio increases significantly in 2015. As of 3Q2015, the debt service ratio of NeraTel is 4.94% which is still consider healthy.
|Net interest expense (SGD dollar in thousands)||7||9||3||0||42||211|
|Operating income (SGD dollar in thousands)||22,978||26,107||16,135||24,048||9,878||4,273|
|Debt service ratio (%)||0.03||0.03||0.02||0||0.43||4.94|
NeraTel’s payment solutions business segment is growing. NeraTel is now the largest payment terminal provider in Thailand and also have a large, sizable presence with major clients in Indonesia.
NeraTel either lease or sell point-of-sale terminals to clients. Either way, NeraTel charges recurring maintenance fees and percentage fees for every transaction made.
NeraTel makes up 6% of my portfolio. It is a decent dividend yielding stock. With recent disappointing results, the stock price have dropped significantly from above 70 cents to current 59 cents. Due to the increasing debt and lack of catalyst, I shall not be adding more positions in the short term. It doesn’t make sense the company is having more than 100% dividend payout ratio and its debt is increasing by leap and bounds.
There is also no news from NeraTel venture into Myanmar. All I can see in every quarterly NeraTel’s news release is the increasing administration cost from Myanmar office.
7 QUICK THINGS I LEARNED FROM NERATEL’S AGM 2015 (BT Invest, Victor Chng, 8th June 2015)
Neratel clinches $10.6m card payment contract (Singapore Business Review, 10th July 2015)