Company Name: AIRASIA BHD
|Research House: CREDIT SUISSE||Price Call: BUY||Target Price: 4.80|
KUALA LUMPUR: Shares of AIRASIA BHD  extended its gains in the afternoon session on Friday, June 24, rising to RM3.26 while Credit Suisse Research maintained its RM4.80 target price.
At 2.41pm, it was up 10 sen to RM3.26.
The research house said on Friday, June 24 it remains positive on AirAsia and maintained its Outperform rating on the low-cost carrier.
Credit Suisse Research said it was positive on AirAsia's decision to order 200 Airbus A320-NEOs (with an option to purchase a further 100 aircraft). Delivery of the A320-NEOs, which offers 15% fuel cost savings, is expected to start from 2016.
'We maintain our Outperform. We see this as a positive development, as AirAsia has secured delivery of the next generation of aircraft at a significant 'early bird' discount,' it said.
Credit Suisse Research said the orders are for AirAsia's long-term growth, including the new ventures in the Philippines and Vietnam. It also expected the large scale order at such an early stage of the aircraft development, would enable'' AirAsia to enjoy significant discounts over the list price of the aircraft.
It pointed out the orders were also part of AirAsia's fleet renewal programme. By 2016, AirAsia would have 16 aircraft that are 10 years old and over, with a further 19 aircraft to hit the 10-year mark in 2017.
'We expect AirAsia to maintain a young fleet (lower maintenance cost), thus will dispose of older aircraft to crystalise the gains from the large discounts enjoyed from its A320-200 order,' it said.
The research house said it did not factor the impact of the A320-NEO order, as deliveries are only expected to start in 2016.
'We remain positive on AirAsia and reiterate our OUTPERFORM rating on the stock and RM4.80 target price,' it said.