The Washington H Soul Pattinson and Co Ltd [ASX:SOL] expects NPAT to jump from $170 million in FY20 to $316–336 million in FY21. The news wasn’t enough to send SOL share price higher, with Soul Patts currently down 2% to $35.24 per share.
SOL shares have gained 70% over the last 12 months.
SOL updates FY21 regular NPAT
WHSP believes that the key drivers of success for its business is the capital growth of the portfolio and a consistently growing yield.
With this in mind, the company notes that there are plenty of factors that will materially impact the consolidated regular NPAT in FY21.
As a result of thermal coal prices being at a 10-year high, portfolio constituent New Hope disclosed in its latest quarterly report that EBITDA is expected to stand at $372 million in FY21.
The result is unaudited and New Hope’s full-year result is expected to come out on 21 September 2021 and will have a direct impact on WHSP.
Brickworks, another company in WHSP’s portfolio, posted a trading update on 9 June 2021.
Brickworks highlighted that due to rising real estate prices, it expects ‘record earnings’ from its property division.
The company will release its full-year results on 23 September 2021.
Round Oak, a base metal mining company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WHSP.
Round Oak is predicted to deliver a Regular NPAT of $64–68 million in FY21, a significant improvement from the $43 million loss in FY20.
The profit will be driven by improved zinc and copper prices, with the company moving from the development to production phase at a number of its mines.
SOL’s net profit is tied to the performance of these companies and SOL expects to post a consolidated regular NPAT of $316–336 million in FY21.
This is an increase from $170 million in FY20.
However, despite the increased earnings by New Hope, Brickworks, and Round Oak, WHSP expects reduced contributions from TPG Telecom.
SOL share price outlook
A potential reason for today’s drop could be SOL’s update on statutory profit.
SOL’s FY20 statutory profit included a one-off accounting gain of $1.05 billion from the derecognition of TPG as an equity accounted associate.
This won’t be repeated in FY21 and the company said its statutory profit will be materially lower.
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