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Can Philippine’s Largest Telco Company Globe Deliver on Its High Growth Prospects?


  • Home broadband expansion offers solid top-line driver
  • New entrant Dito challenges previous Filipino duopoly
  • Investment in mobile payments could pay off big

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Globe Telecom’s revenue breakdown 2021

Share price rally could come to an end based on technical signals

  • In August 2021, Globe saw a massive 50%+ share price increase
    • The increase is mainly attributable to positive news about its latest fintech investment “Mynt”
    • The 50 DMA stayed well above the 200 DMA but it seems like that it is about to fall
  • Volume RSI has been weak recently; hence, does not provide any support

Home broadband expansion offers solid top-line driver

  • In 9M21, Glove recognized 3.7m broadband subscribers, which is an 85% increase compared to 2019
  • The rapid increase was attributable to its accelerated rollout of fiber
    • In 2021, it reached 1.4m additional households with its fiber network
    • Currently, revenue from broadband makes up 20% of its service revenue

Heavy investments required to stay ahead of competition

  • As disposable income rises in the Philippines, I expect households to have both a fixed broadband connection at home as well as mobile connections for family members
    • Therefore, mobile operators must extend their network coverage
    • Accelerating expansion is necessary to avoid losing market share

New entrant Dito challenges previous Filipino duopoly

  • In March 2021, the China-backed company Dito started its commercial operations
    • Throughout the past year, it already acquired 5.3m subscribers
    • Annual CAPEX of more than PHP50bn to expand network coverage fast
  • For 2022, Dito targets to double its subscriber base to 12m, which means it could steal subscribers from Globe

High mobile penetration means intensified competition

  • With around 150%, mobile penetration is already high, and I don’t see that number rising much further
  • This means that mobile operators need to sell more to current subscribers or win over subscribers from competitors in order to realize further growth
    • The entrant of Dito makes the market more competitive

What are the ways to grow revenue?

  • Revenue growth is a key success factor of any business
  • Simply put, revenue equals price times quantity
  • Therefore, to increase revenue a company must either sell more of its products or increase the price of its products, or some combination of both
  • One way to increase quantity is to bring new products to the market, this is what cell phone companies did when the rolled-out fiber optics networks

Investment in mobile payments could pay off big

  • Globe bought a 40% stake in Mynt, a fintech firm engaged in mobile payments, and microloans
    • Mynt operates with GCash the largest e-wallet in the Philippines
  • GCash’s user base and number of merchants is growing exponentially
    • In 3Q21, it recorded 51m users, up 10x compared to 2019
    • As a comparison, the aggregate of all e-wallet competitors is only 41m

GCash dragged profits in the past but turns now into big driver

  • In 2019 and 2020, Globe recognized more than PHP4bn equity loss from its investment in Mynt
    • However, in 2Q21, Mynt started to record a profit, and this could grow exponentially
  • With a current valuation of PHP$100bn, Mynt is considered Philippine’s largest unicorn that could be ready for IPO in 2022
    • I expect the investment in Mynt to be a key long-term profit driver

FVMR Scorecard – Globe Telecom

  • A stock’s attractiveness relative to stocks in that country or region
  • Attractiveness is based on four elements
    • Fundamentals, Valuation, Momentum, and Risk (FVMR)
  • Scale from 1 (Best) to 10 (Worst)

Consensus don’t see upside after recent share price rally

  • The majority analysts stay with a HOLD, while 4 analysts issued a SELL
  • Consensus expects solid single-digit revenue growth for the future
    • Also, margins are expected to stay stable

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P&L – Globe Telecom

  • After recording more than PHP4bn in losses from its investment in Mynt, it is likely to record a profit in 2021
    • Over time, it could evolve to a serious profit contributor

Balance sheet – Globe Telecom

  • Heavy CAPEX required to expand network coverage and stay ahead of competitors
  • Issuance of long-term debt necessary to fund expansion
    • Operating cash flows are not sufficient to fund growth internally yet

Ratios – Globe Telecom

  • Dividend payout is high which means it could continue to deliver a solid dividend yield of 3%+
  • Leverage significantly increased over time
    • Based on its debt covenants, it can not go beyond a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.1x

Long-term share price performance potential

Free cash flow – Globe Telecom

  • FCFF in 2021 is likely to end up negative due to an increase in CAPEX
    • However, it should be able to deliver positive FCFF again from 2022 onward

Value estimate – Globe Telecom

  • Similar to consensus, I expect stable revenue growth over the next few years
    • I am a bit more optimistic on margins as I expect the third competitor Dito will not be able to scale fast enough
  • Over the long run, I assume Globe to grow in line with population growth, which is around 2%

World Class Benchmarking Scorecard – Globe Telecom

  • Identifies a company’s competitive position relative to global peers
  • Combined, composite rank of profitability and growth, called “Profitable Growth”
  • Scale from 1 (Best) to 10 (Worst)

Key risk is intensified price competition

  • Less-than-expected return on CAPEX in a capital-intensive industry
  • Overestimation of profit contribution from Mynt investment
  • Failure to keep up with technological changes


  • The company recognized the potential of broadband to provide solid growth opportunities
  • With a potential IPO of its fintech investment Mynt, share price could see another surge
  • High ROE could justify slightly expensive valuation

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