Aurizon Holdings

About the author:

Nathan Lead
Author name:
By Nathan Lead
Job title:
Senior Analyst
Date posted:
30 April 2014, 10:40 AM
Sectors Covered:
Infrastructure, Utilities

Coal volumes

In Queensland, seasonal weather influences were evident in the March quarter. Strong growth on previous corresponding quarter driven by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance volumes under legacy contract. 

Growth in New South Wales was impacted by industrial action in February and seasonal effects.

Coal average trip length continues to grow due to longer haul contracts. We suspect this will continue to have a downward pricing influence as reported in the 1H14.

FY14 guidance

Coal - no change to FY14 coal haulage guidance at 207-212Mt, implying Q4 volumes of 49-54Mt. This accounts for weather impacts of tropical cyclone Ita. Our forecasts sit at the top end of this range.

Iron ore - volumes tracking to 30Mt in FY14. There will be a decline in FY15 due to loss of the Mineral Resources and Mt Gibson's Tallering Peak mine contracts. Our estimate for FY15 is 24.2Mt.

Freight volumes - look to be tracking marginally behind our FY14 forecast. Bulk volumes continue to have difficulties, partly offset by a 20% increase in Intermodal volumes (i.e. new customers).

What we think

The period for potential union action to impact AZJ's Qld operations is approaching (May/June). In addition, release by the regulator of its draft decision on AZJ's below rail pricing/revenue is drawing close. 

As such, we retain our short-term Hold recommendation. Long-term, we continue to be very positive, and would see any share price weakness around A$5.00ps as a buying opportunity.

We retain our share price target of A$5.33.

More information

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