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Friday, September 16, 2011

Indofood Sukses Makmur - CHANGE Downgrading recommendation to HOLD

by BNP

We downgrade Indofood to a HOLD as the stock trades on to its NAV, which we believe is fair assuming the premium is attributed the brands which are still held under Indofood. We believe it is b have exposure to ICBP at 13.7x (32% upside) vs exposure through Indofood at 21.0x 2012 earnings for the consumer branded

CATALYST

Net cash position could fuel acquisitions As a result of the de-leveraging exercises in recent years, spinning off ICBP and SIMP in 1H11, Indofood achieved a net cash position. Management openly admits that it is evaluating option acquire viable businesses which will fit well with their existing businesses.

VALUATION

Fair value of IDR5,900 based on SoTP Our SoTP valuation shows a fair value of IDR 5,900, hence our HOLD recommendation. Furthermore, there is also downside risk to earnings if CPO prices remain at current levels as earnings are highly geared to CPO prices (see Exhibit 6).

Upside risk: commodity prices hold up down risk: weaker IDR.

KEY CHART

Indofood now trades at 27% premium to its NAV

Key Earnings Drivers & Sensitivity

Earnings are quite sensitive to both wheat prices and CPO prices Rising wheat prices negatively affect earnings, since it accounts for around 45% of total COGS for instant noodles

Rising CPO prices are positive for Indofood due to its significant exposure to the upstream industry through Indofood Agri

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Downgrading Indofood to a HOLD

We are downgrading our recommendation on Indofood to a HOLD from a BUY since the stock now trades at a 27% premium to its NAV, which we believe is fair if one assigns the 27% premium to the value of the consumer branded brands which still lie within the parent company, Indofood. For Indofood, we believe the NAV could be easily generated since the two biggest businesses, namely the consumer brand products and the agriculture are both listed

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