RE&S Holdings Limited - Phillip Securities 2017-11-17: IPO Note ~ Quick-Service Restaurants To Drive Growth

RE&S Holdings Limited - Phillip Securities 2017-11-17: IPO Note ~ Quick-Service Restaurants To Drive Growth RE&S HOLDINGS LIMITED 1G1.SI

RE&S Holdings Limited - IPO Note ~ Quick-Service Restaurants To Drive Growth

  • Resilient and scalable business model. A diversified portfolio with
    1. strong track record over 25 years,
    2. a wide range of offerings with multi-price point strategy, and
    3. is operated by a team of experienced management. 
  • Expansion into the fast-growing and higher margin Quick-Service Restaurants segment and ready-to-eat meals; While potential margin gains from its central kitchen should drive bottom-line growth. 
  • With improving margins, positive operating cash flows, a high return on equity (FY17 ROE at 18.3%, post-invitation), RE&S Holdings Limited trades at a post-IPO historical P/E of 13.7x, 13.8% discount to the industry average of 15.9x. 
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INVESTMENT SUMMARY

  • RE&S Holdings Limited is a concept owner and operator of F&B Outlets in Singapore and Malaysia that provides customers with authentic Japanese cuisine and dining experiences, via
    1. 39 Full-Service Restaurants, and
    2. 38 Quick-Service Restaurants, Food Kiosks, Japanese Bakery and Food Retail Outlets. 
  • The Group also supply Japanese food products which it manufactures to third-party businesses in Singapore.

Dividend Policy 

  • No fixed dividend policy, but intends to distribute dividends of at least 35.0% of PATMI in each of FY2018 and FY2019.


COMPANY OVERVIEW

  • Established in 1988, RE&S Holdings Limited (RE&S) is a concept owner and operator of 77 F&B Outlets in Singapore and Malaysia that provides customers with authentic Japanese cuisine and dining experiences.
  • The company has a diversified portfolio of 20 unique and distinct brands under its two key business segments:
    1. Full-Service Restaurants; and
    2. Quick-Service Restaurants, Convenience and Others.
  • The Group also has a central kitchen (aggregate floor area of approximately 41,570 sqft) to: Support the operations of its F&B Outlets across Singapore by preparing various finished and semi-finished food items that are used in its food offerings; and Produce a variety of Japanese food items to supply to third-party businesses in Singapore.
  • It has a procurement office in Japan, RE&S Japan, which also exports seafood products to various countries in the Asian region, such as the Macau Special Administrative Region.

Business Segments 1. Full-Service Restaurants Segment (74.4% of FY2017 Revenue) 

  • Caters to customers seeking the full dining experience where they may sit down to have their meals and are provided with table service.
  • Operates on premises which have a gross floor area of between approximately 1,600 sqft and 6,500 sqft.
  • Comprises a total of 34 Full-Service Restaurants in Singapore; and 5 Full-Service Restaurants in Malaysia.

Business Segments 2. Quick-Service Restaurants, Convenience and Others segment (25.6% of FY2017 Revenue) 

  • Caters to customers seeking a quicker meal experience and/or in which they may order their meals for take-away. Also supply Japanese food products which it manufactures, such as bento and onigiri (Japanese rice balls), to third-party businesses in Singapore.
  • Operate on premises which have a gross floor area of between 200 sqft and 1,500 sqft (excluding the Food Retail Outlets which are operated under consignment arrangements).

Overview of F&B Brands and Outlets

BrandsDescription/SpecialtyNo. of outlets (Geographical location)
Full-Service Restaurants
Kuriya DiningUpmarket Japanes dining1 (SG); 1 (MY)
Ichiban BoshiJapanese casual dining13 (SG); 4 (MY)
Ichiban SushiJapanese family dining9 (SG)
Shimbashi SobaHealthy soba2 (SG)
Kabe no AnaOriginal Japanese pasta2 (SG)
Shabu TonteiShabu shabu and tonkatsu2 (SG)
Kuishin BoAuthentic Japanese buffet1 (SG)
SumiyaCharcoal grilled seafood1 (SG)
Ami AmiSeafood, tempura and robatayaki1 (SG)
Yaki Taki BoTeppanyaki grill1 (SG)
Shabu-ichiHokkaido hotpot buffet1 (SG)
Quick-Service Restaurants, Convenience and Others
Kuriya Japanese MarketJapanese fresh food and ingredients8 (SG)
Men-ichiHomemade ramen5 (SG)
Ichiban BentoTake-away bento9 (SG)
Idaten UdonUdon and assorted tempura5 (SG)
WadoriYakitori3 (SG)
Gokoku Japanese BakeryJapanese bread and pastries1 (SG)
Tokyo EaterTrending Japanese cuisines1 (SG)
GinzushiSushi bar1 (SG)
TenfukuTempura donburi (rice bowls)1 (SG)
Source: IPO Prospectus

A total of 38 Quick-Service Restaurants, Food Kiosks, Japanese Bakery and Food Retail Outlets in Singapore.

  1. 9 Quick-Service Restaurants which cater primarily to customers who seek a quicker sit-down meal experience; 
  2. 16 Food Kiosks which cater primarily to customers seeking to order their meals for take-away; 
  3. a Japanese Bakery operating under Gokoku Japanese Bakery brand; and 
  4. 12 Food Retail Outlets comprising:
    1. 8 Food Retail Outlets which are operated under Kuriya Japanese Market brand, offering customers a wide selection of Japanese food items; and
    2. 4 Food Retail Outlets which are operated in Singapore within the premises of four supermarkets belonging to the same chain under consignment arrangements, offering, among other things, freshly prepared food items such as sashimi and sushi platters and take-away bentos.



INVESTMENT THESIS 


Strong track record, supported by a team of experienced management 

  • A leading F&B group in Singapore with over 25 years of operating track record.
    1. The Group introduced one of Singapore’s first conveyor belt sushi restaurants, Ichiban Sushi (formerly Fiesta), and Singapore’s first Japanese food street Shokutsu Ten.
    2. Awards and Accreditations evidencing quality solutions and services: ISO 22000:2005-certified central kitchen; all F&B Outlets are HACCP-compliant; Epicurean Star Awards; Excellent Service Award and AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards.
  • Management team, led by founder, Executive Director and President, Mr. Hiroshi Tatara, and CEO, Mr. Yek Hong Liat John, who each have over 25 years of experience in the F&B industry.
    1. Active management of food offerings and network of F&B Outlets in response to changes in market trends, customer demand and economic conditions.
    2. Regular introduction of new Japanese food trends to Singapore by bringing in new concepts from Japan, while refining these concepts to suit local customer tastes.
    3. In-house product development team of 11 chefs who create, test and refine concepts before introducing them to the market.
  • Developed a diversified brand portfolio with established and proprietary brand names 

Multi price point strategy offers resiliency somewhat. 

  • Multi-dining strategy provides diversity and income streams which are more resilient to changing economic cycles.
  • Capturing different market segments via 20 well-recognized brands across the full spectrum of the Japanese dining segment, ranging from upmarket to family-style and convenience.
  • Enable store expansion without significantly cannibalizing own stores in proximity. E.g.
  • the Japanese food street concepts under its Shokutsu Ten brand. These food streets house various brands or concepts at a single location.
  • Provide bargaining power with lessor:
    1. ability to switch brands to meet the evolving consumer preferences; and
    2. ability to take up a large retail area. E.g. it occupies more than 18,000 sqft of retail area in Jurong Point Shopping Centre.

More room for margin gains 

  • Central kitchen, equipped with specialized automated technology, offers economies of scale through integrated, end-to-end food processing and distribution capabilities. It has yet to reach its full capacity. Current utilization rate is at c.60%.
  • The central kitchen enables the Group to: 
    1. Increase restaurant productivity with lower operating and labour costs through central production.
    2. Enhance product consistency and safety through centralized process control. The central kitchen has 12 food processing lines to maintain a high standard of consistency and food quality.
    3. Conduct research and development of new concepts, dishes or to improve food preparation processes.
    4. Tapping into the fast-growing and higher margin Quick-Service Restaurants segment and ready-to-eat meals. Underpinned by the increasing demand for convenience and food delivery services in Singapore, the Group can leverage on the factory capacity to ramp up production for its takeaway and ready-to-eat meals.
      Quick-Service Restaurants has a faster turnover and lesser operating costs, thus yielding higher margins. This positive upside can be materialized faster than a Full-Service Restaurant due to lesser capital expenditure required to set up a new store and shorter period to break even.

Acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances (including franchise opportunities), to expand domestically or overseas. 

  • Although there is no concrete plan in the pipeline, management is open to both vertical integration (synergistic or complementary businesses) and vertical integration (food suppliers, manufacturers and/or other service providers).

IPO price at a discount to peers. 

  • With improving margins, positive operating cash flows, a high return on equity (FY17 ROE at 18.3%, post-invitation), RE&S Holdings Limited trades at a post-IPO historical P/E of 13.7x, 13.8% discount to the industry average of 15.9x.


FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS 


Do not expect a rosy 1H18 earnings. 

  • 1H18 earnings will be dampened by: 
    1. Downtime costs and equipment write-offs from the reconstruction of Shokutsu Ten food street into a Japanese food alley at Jurong Point Shopping Centre in 1Q18; and 
    2. IPO expenses in 2Q18. 
  • Nonetheless, earnings should normalize in 2H18.
  • Currently, the company is in a net debt position of S$13mn and net gearing at 0.63x. The financial position should improve post-IPO, with net debt of S$2.65mn and net gearing at 0.17x. The debt is manageable with its healthy operating cash flow of over S$17mn p.a.






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