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BY Mairam ElSaadaany and Nemat Choucri /
  • Generating positive cash flows from operations is management’s key priority, which we positively perceive. We expect 4Q19e-2030e collections of EGP57.4bn against CAPEX of EGP28.5bn
  • Despite deleveraging efforts, leverage is expected to remain at current levels as PHD will need to finance Badya’s infrastructure through debt
  • We resume coverage with a TP of EGP3.75/share and an Overweight recommendation; stock is unjustifiably trading at par value and a 2020e P/NAV of 0.49x

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BY  Monette Doss /

    • We expect the imminent private sector growth, helped by accelerated monetary easing, to trigger 5-year bottom-line CAGR of 16% for IB and 14% for NBFI, taking total ROAE to c14% in 2024e
    • Within NBFI, we expect leasing to show attractive growth following a pickup in private investment spending, while microfinance will more likely be pressured by increased competition, in our view
    • We increase our 12M TP c3% to EGP24.29/share and maintain Overweight; our TP puts the company at a 2020e PER of 14.5x and a P/B of 1.29x

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  • Cable volumes slow to recover; a return to pre-slide levels unlikely before 2023e, in our view
  • Subdued turnkey execution pace slightly mutes stronger project awards, leaving revenue c12% higher on average in USD terms
  • We cut our 12-month TP c13% to EGP18.5/share on a stronger EGP, but maintain Overweight on share price slump

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BY and Zeina Shahin /
  • Demand growth back on track on more positive economic outlook, with margins reverting back to historical averages
  • We raise our 12M TP c26% to EGP21.6/share for Edita, but cut c16% to EGP12.6/share for Juhayna and c9% to EGP11.5/share for Domty; maintain our OW for all the 3 stocks
  • Companies’ valuations remain compelling for most of the F&B sector, but we still favor Juhayna on a higher potential return, stronger balance sheet, and its history of outperforming in an uptrend market

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  • 2018 margin gains quickly wiped out; global steel spreads to take longer to recover, partially mitigated locally by protective tariffs and potentially a cut in natural gas prices
  • Ezz Steel could remain in the red for another couple of years; potential share swap deal is not a game changer
  • We cut our 2019–23e EBITDA estimates c34% and our 12-month TP c56% to EGP12.0/share and downgrade to Neutral from Overweight

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BY Sara Saada and /
  • CBE surprises market with sizable 150 bps cut, signaling start of an accelerated easing cycle
  • Positive real interest rate reduces currency risk and well positions local debt market among emerging markets
  • We expect at least a further 100 bps cut before the end of the year; weakening global economic activity remains a risk

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BY  and Sara Saada /
  • Monetary easing key for resumption of CAPEX lending, in our view
  • This should reflect in lower banking NIMs while strong CAR supports balance sheet growth, on our numbers
  • We raise our 12M TP c8% for CIB to EGP87.8/share and maintain OW, leave CAE largely unchanged at EGP51.9/share but downgrade to N, and maintain ADIB at EGP18.3/share and OW; ADIB is our top pick as the bank’s turnaround story is not fully priced-in

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BY and Zeina Shahin /
  • Mixed local demand outlook and increased competition from export markets leave our top line estimates c4% lower, on average, over our forecast period
  • This, coupled with slower rebate collections, leave our EBITDA estimates c30% lower, on average
  • We cut our 12-month TP c32% to EGP13.9/share on our lower estimates, but maintain Overweight on share price weakness

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BY and Zeina Shahin /
  • Inevitable tax revision around the corner followed by a series of price hikes translate to an average increase of c7% in blended local ex-factory price over our forecast period, on our calculations
  • This, however, is largely offset by a higher EGP/USD rate and lower volumes, leaving our FY19/20e–FY23/24e EBITDAR estimates c11% lower, on average
  • We cut our 12-month TP c7% to EGP20.0/share on lower estimates and higher cost of equity, but upgrade to Neutral from Underweight on share price weakness

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BY and Zeina Shahin /
  • A combination of higher-than-expected market share loss and a lower blended portfolio price filter through to a 2019–23e total revenue downward revision of c14%, on average
  • This, along with higher raw material cost per unit in USD terms, leave our EBITDA estimates c27% lower over our forecast period, despite lower EGP/USD rates
  • We cut our 12-month TP c23% to EGP85.0/share and downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight on non-compelling valuation, despite share price weakness

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  • We expect a 1-year delay in easing cycle and gradual EGP devaluation and remain bullish on prospects of the Egyptian economy; earlier-than-expected rate cuts pose upside risk to most of our coverage
  • Given our macro view, we are bullish on construction, energy-related, consumer staples, financials, tourism, automotive, and select real-estate names
  • With a big portion of our coverage undervalued, our focus is on compelling stories with low forward PEG ratios rather than merely potential returns, filtering through to 12 high-conviction picks

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  • With sizeable hospitality operations, the continuation of a recovery in the tourism sector should bode well for the company
  • ODE offers a solid growth story as the transition into the primary market unfolds
  • We initiate coverage with a TP of EGP14.5/share and an Overweight rating on a c131% potential return; our TP puts the company on a 2019e TP/NAV of 0.66x, while trading at a c19% discount to peers

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  • We expect Egyptian operations to underperform the market but still achieve decent growth in project awards to an average annual USD2.0bn over our forecast horizon
  • US operations to turn around next year backed by a solid market outlook, realization of deferred work, and the offloading of legacy OCI NV projects
  • We raise our 2019–22e estimates c7% and our TP c53% to EGP241/share on a lower cost of capital and a higher EGP/USD rate, and reiterate our Overweight rating

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  • We expect a consistent dividend stream from 20%-owned ETHYDCO on a solid operational return profil
  • We opt to slightly cut SIDPEC’s utilization rates pending clarity on feedstock supply
  • We cut our 2019–22e EBITDA estimates c26% and our 12-month TP c4% to EGP26.0/share and downgrade our rating to Neutral from Overweight on non-compelling valuation

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Heliopolis Housing (HELI EY): The company’s 1Q18/19 net income dropped c89% y-o-y to EGP8.71m, its KPIs showed. Revenue for the quarter dropped c10% y-o-y to EGP194m while gross profit dropped 18% y-o-y to EGP117m. Gross profit margin for the quarter narrowed c6 pp y-o-y to c60%. (Company release)

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SODIC (OCDI EY) | Madinet Nasr Housing (MNHD EY): SODIC’s board has agreed to preliminarily make a mandatory tender offer to acquire a minimum of 51% of Madinet Nasr Housing through a share swap through which every 2 MNHD shares would be swapped for 1 SODIC share, it announced. The deal, if consummated, would bring the combined entity’s total undeveloped land bank to over 15m sqm sufficient for over 15 years of development, it added. The offer will be finalized following a due diligence process and the hiring of an independent financial advisor (IFA) to value MNHD, it also added. Meanwhile, MNHD confirmed receiving a notification from SODIC with its intentions and will study the offer, it also said in a bourse release. (EGX)

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BY and Mariam Elsaadany /

SODIC (OCDI EY): The company has received the official award letter for a 500-acre plot (2.1m sqm) allocated by the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) as part of the second phase of the government's revenue-sharing land offering, it announced in a press release. The plot is located in the Sheikh Zayed extension area and is only 10 minutes away from SODIC West. The project is expected to comprise over 5,000 units generating estimated total sales of around EGP43bn over a period of 8 years. NUCA is entitled to total payments of EGP14.2bn over 11 years of which EGP8.5bn are fixed installments, in addition to 15% of the annual collections. The projected payments imply a land cost of EGP2,300/sqm on a net present value (NPV) basis discounted at 16%. This should see the company's undeveloped land bank increase to c8m sqm and replenish its West Cairo land bank in SODIC West, which is c95% developed. The company expects to generate sales of around EGP150bn over the coming 11 years from its undeveloped 8m sqm land bank. (Company release)

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At its last meeting on 28 June 2018, the Central bank of Egypt’s (CBE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) kept its policy rates unchanged for the second time after 2 consecutive 100bps cuts in both February and March, signaling the start of an easing cycle. Yearly headline inflation decelerated to 13.5% in July from 14.4% in the previous month, with monthly prices increasing 2.4% from 3.5% in June, according to data published by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). Annual core inflation also decelerated to 8.54% in July from 10.91% in the previous month, with monthly core inflation decelerating to 0.58% from 1.62% in June, data posted on the CBE website showed. With the MPC due to meet this Thursday, we present our expectations on the likely outcome based on Egypt’s current situation.

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BY Monette Doss and  / 

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB EY): The bank’s 2Q18 net profit rose c102% y-o-y to EGP217m, according to its standalone KPIs. (Company release)

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Arabian Cement (ARCC EY): The company’s 2Q18 consolidated net profit rose c327% y-o-y to EGP51m, according to its audited financial statements. (EGX)

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GB Auto (AUTO EY): The company reported 2Q18 net profit figure of EGP148m, reversing a net loss of EGP151m a year earlier, its audited financial statements showed. (Company release)

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Heliopolis Housing (HELI EY): The company’s 4Q17/18 net income dropped c39% y-o-y to EGP131m, it announced in a KPI bourse release. Revenue for the quarter dropped c31% y-o-y to EGP395m, while gross profit fell c31% y-o-y to EGP234m, it added. (Company release)

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Palm Hills Developments (PHDC EY): The company’s 2Q18 net income increased c57% y-o-y to EGP216m, its earnings release showed. Revenue increased c16% y-o-y to EGP1.91bn, while gross profit margin increased by c12 pp y-o-y to 40%. New sales reservations jumped c126% y-o-y to EGP5.68bn, of which EGP3.7bn were from the Badya project in West Cairo and EGP0.8bn were commercial sales. The number of units sold increased c4x y-o-y to 1,777 units from 435 units last year. In other news, the company’s board approved increasing its paid-in capital by EGP1.54bn to EGP6.16bn via a tradable rights issue at par value, it added in its earnings release. The rights issue proceeds will be used to finance the development of infrastructure works at Badya, the development of the commercial component in Palm Hills New Cairo, accelerating construction in The Crown, and contributing seed capital for the 205-feddan plot for its commercial revenue-sharing project in West Cairo. (Company release)

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BY Monette Doss and  / 

Crédit Agricole (CIEB EY): The bank’s 2Q18 net profit rose c3% y-o-y to EGP490m, according to its KPIs. Net interest income rose c4% y-o-y to EGP692m. Deposits grew c3% q-o-q and c46% y-o-y, while loans increased c14% q-o-q and c13% y-o-y. (Company release)

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Edita Food Industries (EFID EY): The company reported a 2Q18 net profit of EGP25.1m, reversing a net loss of EGP2.99m last year, its audited financial statements showed. (Company release)

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Arabian Food Industries Company (Domty) (DOMT EY): The company’s unaudited 2Q18 net profit rose 4.8x y-o-y to EGP57.7m, it announced in a release. (Company release)

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News

BY  / TUESDAY, 10 DECEMBER

Egypt’s annual headline inflation accelerated to 3.6% in November from 3.1% in the previous month, according to data posted by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). Monthly prices declined 0.3% compared to a monthly increase of 1.0% in October with food and beverage prices dropping 1.5% m-o-m compared to a drop of 1.8% m-o-m in October, the data showed. (CAPMAS)

Our comment: The monthly inflation figure comes in better than our expected price increase of 0.1% m-o-m and 4.11% y-o-y.

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BY  /  TUESDAY, 10 December

Egypt is looking into offering variable-rate Green and Islamic bonds in FY19/20, according to the minister of finance. (Mubasher)

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