4Q22 results came below ours and cons
ARTO recorded -IDR 25bn net loss in 4Q22, mainly due to the loan loss provision of IDR 127bn (+29.8% QoQ, and +151% YoY) and opex for the quarter (IDR 12bn), which brought its full-year net profit to IDR 16bn (-81.5% YoY), falling way short of ours (30.7%) and consensus (30.9%). The bank’s NII went up +7.7% QoQ and +35.6% YoY to IDR 369bn in 4Q22, supported by strong loan growth (+15.6% QoQ). On the funding side, deposits went up by +13.6% QoQ, as the bank saw improvements in its take-up rate. The number of KYC-ed customers reached 6.9mn in Dec-22 (3Q22: 5.7mn).
Diverse partnership portfolio
ARTO has a diverse portfolio of partnerships. As of FY22, the bank has 38 partners; three ecosystem partners, three securities companies, and 32 lending institutions. Going forward, the bank will continue to disburse more of its own lending products and develop its business banking app aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, providing them with the tools and platform to operate their businesses more efficiently. ARTO will also continue collaborating with BFIN and GoTo to disburse more joint financing loans.
What to expect in 2023F.
ARTO’s management remains confident that the bank will book loan growth of 50% in 2023, supported by its own lending products as well the joint financing with its partners. We expect the bank’s NIM to decline slightly in 2023, as the bank plans to increase its CoF by ~75bps this year. Meanwhile, the increase in average loan yield will be relatively limited as joint financing will remain the primary driver of ARTO’s loan growth this year, while the portion of direct lending products, which offer higher yields, will still be less than 10% of ARTO’s total loan portfolio in 2023. Regarding asset quality, the bank believes that an NPL ratio of 2-3% is still manageable (the bank’s current NPL ratio is below the range), while the cost of credit is expected to reach around 5% in 2023F, as the bank plans to raise its NPL coverage ratio to more than 200% going forward.
HOLD, TP of IDR 2,400
We reiterate our HOLD rating on ARTO and set a new TP of IDR 2,400. Since February 2023, the stock had dropped by 30% following its removal from the MSCI Indonesia index, which triggered a capital outflow from the stock, and the unfavorable sentiment following the failure of Silicon Valley Bank in the United States. The bank is currently trading at 3.7x PBV, and we anticipate that short-term pressure on the stock price will persist. In the long term, we still believe that the bank will be able to push its own lending products and increase its portion in the bank’s lending portfolio to more than 40%, thereby improving its NIM ratio and lowering credit costs (3-4%) once they can increase their NPL coverage ratio to more than 200%. Key risks: 1) slower than expected customer base growth, 2) poor technology adoption, and 3) regulatory problems.