Morgans said that the coal selloff was a “dramatic over-reaction” and retained an Add rating for Stanmore Resources (ASX: SMR) with a 12-month target price of $3.35.
“We retain our Add rating and remain attracted to Stanmore’s materially higher capital upside versus peers, superior upside valuation leverage to higher prices, M&A optionality and ability to frank dividends for Australian investors,” Morgans analyst Tom Sartor said in a note on Tuesday.
From 1 July 2020 coal royalties will face an additional three tiers including:
20% for prices above $175/t
30% for prices above $225/t
40% for prices above $300/t
Whereas the royalty was previously 15% for prices over $150/t.
Stanmore’s recent moves appear dislocated from fundamentals, said Morgans. Noting that the company’s stock has fallen -35% in a fortnight and at one stage, down as much as -27% on Tuesday.
“Fears around global steel activity are valid, but today’s [Tuesday, 21 June] move looked like panic,” said Sartor.
“Windfall royalties only get incurred as a function of windfall revenues. Our Base case forecasts (falling below US$190/t by 2024) sees Stanmore only incurring additional state royalties in the new A$ pricing brackets in CY22 and CY23, with no cash impact thereafter."
Morgans expects Stanmore to pay an additional US$146m in royalties over 2022-23, which will slow its de-gearing and ability to give back capital to shareholders. However, the “absolute impact (6.5% of 2022-23 EBITDA) is modest,” said the broker.
Stanmore raised a massive $694m in March to fund its acquisition of BHP's Mitsui Coal business.
The raised issued approximately 631m new shares, representing 233% of Stanmore shares on issue at $1.10.
"The vast majority of Stanmore's 24% free-float comprise of 187m shares issued at $1.10 as per the March acquisition equity raising," said Morgans.
"It's easy to see how turnover of this stock on recent uncertainty can contribute to artificial price weakness."
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