I have written many times about DS Smith (SMDS), typically loving-up its exposure to e-commerce delivery box-making...along with a capability for ‘sustainable packaging solutions, paper products and recycling services worldwide’. I know this is not that exciting an area but the first bit in particular has growing demand all around the world. Even the average company is working out that to be competitive against the Amazons of this world, having such a box option matters. Unfortunately for them DS Smith is a big supplier to Amazon too...
Now not everything in its business is e-commerce related though, hence why December’s first half profits were down year-on-year. Fortunately a third quarter update came across well, with the company noting that ‘trading continues to perform well’ including an improvement in the more conventional industrial area and even higher paper and related prices are now being countered by higher underlying prices. Basically the numbers for the full year ending in April (and likely to be published in July) have been reconfirmed. For me, today’s four quid share price puts the shares statically on a x14s EV/ebit multiple and a likely 3%+ cash flow...and frankly these numbers will improve over the next year. Pulling it all together this is why I retain a five quid share price target and a buy recommendation. Two other interesting aspects though…
First, you may recall here last week I wrote up a story that peer (and fellow London-listed) Mondi (MNDI) might bid for the company. Mondi refused to give any answers on this last week and there was nothing even mentioned on the latest DS Smith update. Whilst Mondi is a larger company and has about a billion quid less debt than DS Smith, any deal would be like a 60/40 combination. It would no doubt lead to some required disposals to allow a deal but I can see the rationale as the combination would be strong not just in the UK/Europe but also the US and the emerging markets. And suffice to say everyone in every country is getting more into e-commerce boxes and businesses that are already fairly recycling focused.
The second aspect was it felt like a slightly quiet update from DS Smith’s CEO, including one point where he struggled with an answer because of the old line that he could not read his pre-prepared answer. For me this happens if someone realises that a bigger story is out there such as - for example - a potential deal. Either way I strongly suggest investors keep holding on as deal or no immediate deal, and despite the smart moves since last summer, a five quid share price looks realistic.
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