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STOCKS NEWS INDONESIA-Deutsche Bank cuts Astra Agro, London Sumatra to 'hold'
March 7, 2013 / 9:17 AM / 5 years ago

STOCKS NEWS INDONESIA-Deutsche Bank cuts Astra Agro, London Sumatra to 'hold'

Deutsche Bank Markets Research cut its rating on palm plantation companies PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk and PT Perusahaan Perkebunan London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk to ‘hold’, citing lower earnings forecasts due to declining palm oil prices.

“Overall, we expect Astra Agro to continue to trade at a premium given its good corporate governance and strong balance sheet, but we have lowered the premium amid less favourable age profile,” Deutsche Bank said in a note on Thursday.

It lowered its target price on Astra Agro to 18,500 rupiah.

The research house also cut its target price on London Sumatra to 1,900 rupiah and said, “We continue to view the CPO price as the stock’s main catalyst, and our Hold rating is basically driven by our forecast of a lower CPO price this year amid still relatively strong production compared to demand.”

However, Deutsche Bank said it did expect a production recovery this year and the company should be able to absorb some of the negative impact to its earnings from a lower CPO price.

Astra Agro’s shares were up 0.26 percent at 18.950 rupiah and London Sumatra shares rose 1.26 percent to 2,075 rupiah. The Jakarta stock exchange index was up 0.09 percent.

1650 (0850 GMT)

(Reporting by Muhammad Subarkah, Editing by Anupama Dwivedi)

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1332 (0632 GMT)

(Reporting by Fathiya Dahrul, Editing by Jijo Jacob)

*************************************************************** 11:52 STOCKS NEWS INDONESIA-Agung Podomoro, Intiland jump on hopes of sea wall project

Shares in construction companies PT Agung Podomoro Land Tbk and PT Intiland Development jumped on expectations of winning a sea wall construction project. Jakarta’s newly elected governor, Joko Widodo, said he expects to expedite the construction of the giant sea wall in Jakarta coast to prevent flooding. Widodo now expects to start the project by 2014, six years ahead of the target of 2020. The construction will cost more than 100 trillion rupiah ($10.32 billion) with 4,000 hectares of land reclamation. “We believe this could potentially benefit companies with the principal license to do reclamation in Jakarta’s North coast, which includes Agung Podomoro, Intiland Development and Jaya Real Property,” Deutsche Bank said in a note on Thursday. Shares of Agung Podomoro jumped as much as 9 percent to 485 rupiah, while Intiland’s shares rose as much as 4 percent to 550 rupiah. Jaya Real’s shares were down 0.53 percent at 4,725 rupiah. Indonesian property sectors was up 1.21 percent, while the Jakarta Composite Index was up 0.32 percent. ($1 = 9,692.5 rupiah)

1102 (0402 GMT) (Reporting by Andjarsari Paramaditha, Editing by Anand Basu)

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