Aurelius Technology’s financial results were within expectations, achieving 83.0% and 70.8% of Mercury Securities’ full year revenue and profit forecasts for FY23 respectively, supported by the ramping up of operations in plant 3, enabling Aurelius to increase overall production volume and revenue across all business segments.
The research house has revised its forecast for financial year 2024 (FY24F) revenue and earnings upward by 12.1% and 25.6% on the back of higher contributions from its existing and pipeline of new customers as a result of ramping up of operations across its existing factories going forward.
Mercury has reiterated a BUY recommendation on Aurelius with a revised target price (TP) of RM2.68 based on FY24F EPS 14.9 sen and a PE of 18x in line with its peer’s 5-year historical average. It has stated that it likes the stock for its attractive expansion plans, customer portfolio diversification from a high-mix-low-volume to medium-mix-medium-volume business, and solid track record.
One-stop integrated EMS provider. Aurelius is a one-stop integrated electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider, capable of offering an end-to-end EMS solution from concept to high volume board assembly up to finished products.
The company is able to provide services which requires a high technical know-how such as performing complex integrated RF testing, carrying out high melting point and gold soldering for PCBA. With the completion of its 61,909 sq. ft. plant 3, Aurelius now has a total manufacturing floor space of 132,821 sq. ft., increasing its capacity to cater for more orders from its existing and pipeline of new customers.
Additional SMT lines to support growth. In March 2022, the company commenced production for its newly acquired Customer F involved in the multicomponent IC (MCIC) business. As of August 31, 2022, 5 fully automated SMT lines have been commissioned for this customer in its existing plant 2.
Mercury Securities’ estimates assume 2H23 to be stronger on the back of higher contributions from customer F, bolstered by increased order uptake with the 5th SMT line fully installed and running at full steam.
Aurelius plans to dedicate at least 8 SMT lines to cater for more orders from this customer, where the remainder 3 lines is expected to be fully installed within 4Q23 and 1Q24. With at least 8 SMT lines dedicated for this customer, this will increase its production capacity and profitability. The research house expects a full year revenue recognition on the 8 SMT lines in FY24. It thinks that margins for this customer will be relatively higher with the consignment of raw materials.
Investment into technology. The company plans to upgrade its manufacturing facilities towards Industry 4.0 which involves the automation of its production lines and automated material handling for its EMS business operations. This would increase the company’s productivity and allow better control on its labour cost going forward.
Solid order book and track record. The company has an order book of more than RM400 million, expected to be fully recognized by March 2024. Aurelius is headed by CEO Loh Hock Chiang who has more than 28 years of experience in the EMS industry. Collectively, the management team has an average industry experience of 29 years, supported by a long-serving technical team to spearhead the business going forward.
The company has recently appointed Ms Jamie Lee Hwe Ping, daughter of deceased founder Mr Lee Chong Yeow, as the non-independent non-executive director and Jonathan Lee Ming Chian as the alternative of Ms Jamie Lee.
Risk factors identified include failure to secure orders from customers and raw material shortages arising from supply chain disruptions.