• B-Toto is worth a bet now as i) its core gaming operations remained resilient even …
• B-Toto is worth a bet now as i) its core gaming operations remained resilient even
during the post-CNY off-peak period and appear likely to surpass our 6-7% gaming
revenue growth target for FY4/09, ii) 2009’s special draw allocations for all three
NFOs could take place over the next few weeks and iii) there is upside potential to its
6-8% gross dividend yield based on its policy of a minimum payout of 75% if B-Toto
dishes out higher dividends to lend its parent a helping hand.
• Adjusting earnings but implied yields still decent. We raise our FY09-11’s
revenue per draw growth assumptions by 2-4% pts following the stronger-thanexpected
YTD showing. But FY10-11’s bottomline is lowered by 4-5% as we also
raise our blended prize payout assumption from 62-64% to 63-64% to better reflect
the payout trends seen so far. FY09’s numbers are largely intact despite these
adjustments. Even after a 3-5% cut in our FY10-11 DPS projections (unchanged
80% payout ratio), our forecasts still imply a decent yield.
• Reiterate OUTPERFORM. Our DPS downgrades trim our end-CY09 target price
from RM5.95 to RM5.65, based on an unchanged 5% discount to its DDM value. We
continue to like B-Toto for its steady, low-risk topline growth, superior ROEs and
sustainable dividend yields. Being a low-beta stock, B-Toto may fall out of favour in a
rising market. However, we flag the likelihood of bumper dividends over the short
term. This is a potential share price catalyst that underpins our OUTPERFORM
recommendation, along with the normalisation of luck factor and market share gains.