Nov 10, 2016 23:01:55

Trump victory - the impact on Indonesia
JCI went into considerable correction, down as much as 2.4% during the intraday, following the prospect of Trump’s winning. Selling pressure were visible across sector, with IDR also depreciated 0.9%. Closer to end of trading hour, market slightly improved mainly led by a rebound on commodity counters, with index closed down 1% with IDR relatively flat.
The Trump’s winning undoubtedly creates uncertainty, especially on the execution and direction of what would be the policy under his administrative, on both economy and politic. According to our economist, historical facts imply that a clean sweep tends to be more positive for the US economy in general because of less gridlock. As such, with Republican sweep (Trump President and GOP Congress), fiscal policy, both from higher spending and lower taxes, is likely to be more expansionary over the next four years on average. It is still too early to conclude for any potential downward revision on economic growth at this stage.
One of the main concerns of the Trump administration would be on potential trade protectionist (anti-trade) issue. In regards of Indonesia, the main export products to the US would be textile, rubber product, shoes, electronics and F&B with export to US accounts for 12% of total non oil and gas export. However, the impact the share of export to GDP in Indonesia remains the lowest in the region at 22% (Vs Thailand’s 58%, Malaysia 73% and Singapore 198%), which would provide much-needed shelter under global economy volatility circumstances. Domestic consumption and government-led infrastructure spending continue to serve as the underpinning factors for economic growth improvement and we still expect economy growth at 5.3% in 2017.

Our economist still expect that the Fed is likely to go ahead with its tightening policy bias and raise rate by 25 bps this December. As such, one of the palpable risks would be on currency of which IDR has enjoyed 5% appreciation ytd. Any sudden increase in volatility could risk of escalation of importation of raw material and potential cost overrun in certain infra projects, which undoubtedly will led to inflation and growth risk. In our view, this risk would be contained, especially as: 1. Indonesia rising forex reserve of USD115b and expected to reach USD150b by 2017; 2. Repatriation fund inflow by end of the year; and 3. Record low inflation outlook at sub-4% level.
Acknowledging potential change in global trade and politics, Indonesia with its domestic consumption at the core, remains to offer attractive investment thesis. At this stage, we see no change on Indonesia fundamental investment story, and maintain our constructive view mainly underpin by macro improvement and government-led infrastructure investment. Our top picks in the market mainly comprise of company with strong balance and visible earnings growth and they are: $BBNI, $CTRA, $BSDE, $TLKM, $INDF and $WSKT. To play on the positive rally on the commodity, we like LSIP and UNTR. (Helmy Kristanto)