Clearbridge Health Ltd - Phillip Securities 2019-04-01: Rolling Up Profits Centres In Healthcare

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Clearbridge Health Ltd - Rolling Up Profits Centres In Healthcare

  • Penetrating high-growth in Indonesian and Philippine healthcare markets.
  • Acquires asset-light healthcare franchises that yield recurrent revenues and revitalised through expansion in capacity, network and capabilities.
  • Initiate with a BUY recommendation and target price of S$0.28. We used a DCF valuation to capture the full benefits of Clearbridge Health’s impressive growth trajectory over the next five years.



INVESTMENT THESIS


Penetrating high-growth healthcare markets in Indonesia and the Philippines.

  • Clearbridge Health has entered the fast-growing healthcare markets in Indonesia and the Philippines through two acquisitions. Both countries rank among the lowest in Asia in terms of the number of hospital beds and health professionals per capita. Healthcare spending in both countries has been growing at around 9 - 10% p.a.

Creating a recurrent revenue stream in healthcare.

  • A key feature of its new Indonesian business is recurring revenue. Renal dialysis is a lifetime treatment, and Clearbridge Health expanded from 15 hospitals at acquisition to 21 currently and another 13 under renovation.

Targeting and revitalising profitable segments.

  • Clearbridge Health acquires asset-light, fast-growing healthcare segments. After the acquisition, Clearbridge Health grows the businesses through expansion in capacity, network and capabilities.

Initiate coverage with a BUY and Target Price of S$0.28.

  • Initiate with a BUY recommendation and target price of S$0.28. We used DCF valuation to capture the full benefit of Clearbridge Health impressive growth over the next five years.


COMPANY BACKGROUND

  • CLEARBRIDGE HEALTH LIMITED (SGX:1H3) began in 2010 with a focus on the medical technology industry. It made its first investment in Biolidics in 2011, listed on the Catalist in December 2018. It then co-founded Sam Lab in 2011.
  • In 2017, Clearbridge Health acquired Clearbridge Medical Group that owned two medical clinics. Clearbridge Health listed on December 2017 at S$0.28 a share.
  • 2018 was a watershed year as Clearbridge Health expanded into high growth markets of Indonesia, by acquiring a renal dialysis operator, and the Philippines, by acquiring a large medical facility. There is a further proposal to acquire 12 clinical diagnostic laboratories in Indonesia.
  • With only two clinics during listing, Clearbridge Health has expanded into a well-diversified portfolio of asset-light healthcare businesses. The focus is on healthcare segments with the fastest growth and creates an ecosystem of businesses that can support each other and serve the complete lifecycle needs of a patient. We can essentially split its business into three key segments:
    1. Healthcare services and medical centres: Two medical clinics in Singapore and Hong Kong, one aesthetic facility in Singapore and one medical centre in the Philippines.
    2. Healthcare systems:
      1. Pathology laboratories in Singapore and the Philippines. With a proposed 12 laboratories in Indonesia pending;
      2. 34 renal care centres in Indonesia.
    3. Strategic investments:
      1. 24.8% stake (with another 10.67% option) in liquid biopsy equipment and consumables developer and producer, Biolidics;
      2. Clearbridge Biophotonics (CBBP), a subsidiary in the research of an algorithm powered microscopy technology. It is a leap in imaging technology and enables several medical applications (Clearbridge Health has a stake of 47.83% with an option to buy 26.85% from an existing shareholder).


Indonesia

  • Clearbridge Health entered Indonesia through the acquisition of Tirta Medika Jaya (TMJ) in April 2018. The attractiveness of TMJ includes the recurrent nature of its revenue, high growth and low capex intensity.
    • Recurrent revenue: Patients are required to undertake kidney dialysis around three times per week.
    • High growth: TMJ currently manages the kidney dialysis facility in 21 hospitals under a joint operations agreement. TMJ has contracts to service up to 34 hospitals. The number of renal devices will more than double from 267 to 626. Indonesia presents a huge opportunity with at least 2,770 hospitals in the country.
    • Low capital intensity: Capex for TMJ consist of renovations after taking over the facilities. Equipment is provided by suppliers that are seeking to sell consumables attached to the equipment.

Tirta Medika Jaya (55% stake)

  • Description: Renal dialysis centre for 21 hospitals in Indonesia and each hospital can accommodate 10-20 dialysis machines.
  • Revenue: A fixed fee is charged and able to accommodate 3 to 4 treatments or patients per day per machine. Each treatment is 4 hours. There are generally two revenue models:
    1. a 70:30 revenue share with the hospital and TMJ purchases the consumable;
    2. Sell consumables to the hospitals at a mark-up.
  • Cost: The cost for running the business include employee expense (1 admin each facility), consumables costs (which are imported from machine provider) and initial fitting and renovation costs. Medical staff in the facility are provided from the hospital.
  • Cash-flow: Initial renovation cost is S$60,000 to S$80,000 per hospital.
  • In August 2018, Clearbridge Health entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding to acquire 12 clinical laboratories operated by Indo Genesis Medika (IGM) in Indonesia.

Indo Genesis Medika (75% stake)

  • Description: Twelve joint operation contracts to operate diagnostic laboratories in public hospitals in Indonesia. As the lab resides inside the hospital, it will enjoy captive patient pool from the hospital. Patients can be fully reimbursed under the Indonesia BPJS national health scheme. It serves six grade-A referral hospitals* in Indonesia. There are only sixteen such grade-A referral hospitals in the country. (* referral hospitals mean that these grade A hospitals are referred patients from other lower grade hospitals as grade A hospitals generally have better equipment and medical resources.)
  • Revenue: Revenue sharing with the hospital. Equipment suppliers will provide the machines.
  • Cost: Enjoyed EBITDA of S$3.8mn in 2017.
  • Cash-flow: 49% stake for S$2.5mn and S$1.3mn for 26% stake via exchangeable bond. In addition, Clearbridge Health will be extending an interest-bearing loan of up to S$9.5mn for working capital and operational requirements.


Philippines

  • Clearbridge Health entered the Philippines healthcare sector in 2018 with the acquisition of Marzan Health in January 2018 (renamed Clearbridge Medical Philippines). Since taking over, Clearbridge Health renovated the facility, introduced more medical services and opened three additional branches.
  • According to the Philippines statistics authority, total healthcare expenditure (excluding fixed capital formation) in the country grew around CAGR 9.5% p.a. over the past three years to US$13bn in 2017. A surge in government spending has been supporting growth as well. As Figure 15 in attached PDF report suggests, the government budget for healthcare has been rising at 26% p.a. over the past five years.
  • Healthcare spending in the Philippines is expected to grow at a much faster pace with the introduction of universal health insurance. In February, the Universal Health Care Act was signed into law. The act is a US$4bn (P217bn) funded automatic enrollment of all citizens into the National Health Insurance Programme (NHIP) administered by PhilHealth. It is an expansion of the existing PhilHealth insurance where only 2 out of 3 Philippine citizens received coverage. Coverage will also be widened from not just hospitalization but preventive healthcare services. It will be funded by taxes on tobacco and alcohol.

Clearbridge Medical Philippines (65% stake)

  • Description: A four-storey multi-speciality clinic facility in Quezon City (formerly known as Marzan Health Care Diagnostic Centre). There are no inpatient beds but some recovery rooms in this facility. It is a convenient facility for all major primary care needs.
  • Since taking over the facility, Clearbridge Health has undertaken a major renovation in early 4Q18 which was completed in February 2019. New services, such as seven specialist outpatient clinics which were accredited by the Department of Health as an approved overseas foreign worker screening and medical facility, have been added. Another initiative in the Philippines will be the setting up of three ClearSkin skincare and aesthetic centres (wholly owned by Clearbridge Health) which includes a centre inside a hospital located in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
  • Revenue: Revenue comes from drug sales, dental care, renal dialysis and diagnostics. A large component of sales come from the pharmacy because it received approval to sell drugs that will be subsidised by the government (or Department of Social Health).
  • Cost: Depreciation, staff, wages and drug cost. The land is leased for 30 years.
  • Cash-flow: Acquired for S$1.86mn.


Singapore

  • Clearbridge Health has a strategy to cater to the growing needs of a consumer's health care in Singapore with various medical touchpoints along the treatment journey. It owns a medical clinic, aesthetic and clinical laboratory in Singapore. This suite of services can cater to the general, lifestyle and chronic care lifecycle of a patient.
  • The spending on healthcare in Singapore continues to escalate but competition will be intense especially from the public sector. For instance, government expenditure on health has more than doubled from S$3.9bn in 2010 to S$9.3bn in 2016. The government has built seven hospitals since 2010.

Sam Laboratory (100% stake) samlaboratory.com

  • Description: Provides diagnostic test such as health screening, cancer diagnosis and biomarker diagnostics. Before Clearbridge increased its stake to 100%, Sam Lab was a subsidiary of the Singapore Institute of Advanced Medicine Holdings (SIAMH). Sam Lab is CAP accredited. CAP is considered the highest global accreditation for clinical laboratories. CAP accreditation helps in building brand credibility, especially when working with research centres.
  • Revenue: Revenue comes routine or esoteric test. A major customer in Singapore is Asia Health Partners that requires blood, stool and urine analyses. Referrals from doctors are an important source of business. Cost per test can range between S$300- 900. Another source of revenue to become a principal for the esoteric test by providers such as CELLSEARCH® Circulating Tumor Cell Test, Prosigna® Breast Cancer Prognostic Signature Assay and MILS International diagnostics test. Sam Lab will have a sales team in various countries to educate the doctors on the merits of these esoteric test.
  • Cost: Staff, rental and consumables.
  • Cash-flow: Capital expenditure is minimal because some equipment rented can be paid via purchases of receivables. Relocation of Sam Lab from its current location in Lucky Plaza to Clearbridge Health’s Mapex office unit in the second quarter of 2018 for S$2mn in Nov17. The office is freehold and belongs to the company.

Medic Surgery and Laser Clinic (85% stake) www.medicsurg.com

  • Description: Began operations in November 2011 and owns one clinic in Tanjong Pagar. The medical services provided are general medical, surgical and aesthetics.
  • Revenue: Revenue usually comes from aesthetic services sold through packages.
  • Cost: Doctor, nurse, rental and medicine.
  • Cash-flow: Certain packages enjoy prepayment features.

Clearbridge Medical Group (100% stake) www.clearbridgemedical.com.hk

  • Description: Owns two medical clinics in Hong Kong and Singapore which commenced operations in July and August 2017 respectively.
  • Revenue: Revenue comes from drug sales and services.
  • Location: The Singapore clinic is located in Tanjong Pagar and the Hong Kong clinic in East Point Centre.


Hong Kong

  • A medical clinic that started in 2017. The target patients are medical tourists from China. The key driver to growth will be the co-operation with marketing agents in late 2018 to bring medical tourists to this clinic. Some of the services offered include health screening, vaccination and medical consultation. The clinic is also collaborating with insurance companies such as Prudential and Tai Ping. There are currently plans to expand the premises of this clinic.
  • There are over 3mn outbound Chinese health tourists per year. The most frequently travelled destinations for medical tourism include Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan (using the latest total China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI) figures of 145mn in 2017). The report (as per link below) highlighted that both the number and percentage of Chinese health tourists are expected to rise in 2018.


Malaysia

  • Clearbridge Health expanded its presence into Malaysia with the opening of a paediatric cum family clinic in Kuala Lumpur. The commencement of the clinic is dependent on a pending license from the Ministry of Health. Clearbridge Health will also work with several other GP clinics in KlangVallent to provide their Hereditary Cancer Gene Test.


STRATEGIC INVESTMENT

  • BIOLIDICS LIMITED (SGX:8YY) (24.8% stake, with Jan2020 call option for SEEDS Capital 10.67% stake)
    • Description: Incorporated in 2009. Biolidics launched its medical device called the ClearCell® FX1 System in 2013. The device can separate live cancer cells from blood samples. Rather than taking a tissue biopsy of the cancerous tumour, liquid biopsy using blood is less invasive and expensive.
    • Technology: The core technology behind the separation is the use of Dean Flow Fractionation process. When blood flows through the CTChip® FR1 biochip consumable inside this device, different sized cells can be separated through fractionation via a Dean vortex. Cancer cells (or called circulating tumour cells - CTCs) that are relatively larger, are separated from other normal cells in the blood. This method can preserve the CTCs in their original state.
    • Revenue: Revenue in FY18 was S$1.2mn. The key revenue generator is now the device but the consumables used (i.e. the biochip). Each test will require single-use biochip. There are around 80 ClearCell® FX1 System deployed globally.
    • Opportunity: We believe the significant revenue opportunity is available from three key milestones:
      • Collaboration with Sysmex. Sysmex is a US$13bn market cap leader in haematology and coagulation instrumentation worldwide. It is a Japanese company. Biolidics can tap on Sysmex’s immense distribution network to sell the FX1 system as part of a complete oncology test kit for clinical labs globally.
      • Lab-developed tests in China. In China, Biolidics is working with labs in Hunan and Hangzhou to gain such validation and thereafter to offer cancer diagnostic services (with these lab-developed tests) to patients. Professor Xie Tian is a shareholder and winner of the Wu Jieping Medical Innovation Award. He is considered a key opinion leader in the field of oncology in China.
      • China FDA Class 3 registration. The FX1 system currently has a Class 1 registration. A Class 3 registration will allow the product to be used nationwide.


OUTLOOK – Macro Tailwind + Good execution

  • We believe the two primary growth drivers for Clearbridge Health is the healthy underlying demand for healthcare services in the three key countries that it is operating in – Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and it's aggressive and strong execution to grow the various businesses acquired.

A) MULTI-YEAR MACRO TAILWIND

  • There is low penetration of healthcare in key markets – Indonesia and the Philippines. As Figure 27 and 28 suggest, the penetration of facilities or hospital beds and medical professionals are some of the lowest in the region.
  • In Singapore, the demand for healthcare is ever growing. Over the past three years,
  • healthcare expenditure has been rising at almost 8% CAGR. As highlighted, there are three major drivers to the rise of healthcare demand in Singapore.
    • Firstly, Singapore population is ageing fast. By 2035, our number of old age to working age will be similar to current levels in Japan.
    • Secondly, Singaporean life expectancy is rising, and for every ten years extra we live, more than one year is spent in illness.
    • Thirdly, less healthy lifestyles have seen the rise of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.

B) STRONG EXECUTION POST ACQUISITION

  • Secondly, after taking over the new acquisition, Clearbridge Health has undertaken initiatives to expand the original business at a much faster pace.
    1. TMJ: When acquired, it only operated renal dialysis in 15 hospitals. After taking control in April 2018, Clearbridge Health has secured contracts to expand the network to 34 hospitals. All this was completed within 12 months.
    2. Philippines: After acquiring the four-storey medical centre, Clearbridge Health undertook a renovation of the facility, introduced new services and expanded their footprint.
    3. Hong Kong: Refocus strategy to target medical tourist from China.
    4. Indo Genesis Medika (Proposed): Introduce more innovative clinical lab tests into Indonesia, attract more hospitals to tap on their facilities and support from Singapore on the more complex tests.
  • With the S$11mn raised from convertible bonds, we expect more acquisition to be undertaken by Clearbridge Health. Around 70% of the proceeds will be earmarked for expansion of the business plus merger and acquisitions. The convertible bonds bear an interest of 7% p.a. and repayable at 120% of principal by January 2022. Up to 39.28mn new shares can be issued upon full conversion.
  • Worth noting that the accounting treatment of the convertible bond is to recognize the value of the embedded option at fair value in the income statement.

Penetrating high-growth healthcare markets in Indonesia and the Philippines.

  • Clearbridge Health has entered the fast-growing healthcare markets in Indonesia and the Philippines through two acquisitions. Both countries rank among the lowest in Asia in the number of hospital beds and health professionals per capita. Healthcare spending in both countries has been growing at around 9 - 10% p.a.

Creating a recurrent revenue stream in healthcare.

  • A key feature of its new Indonesian business is recurring revenue. Renal dialysis is a lifetime treatment, and Clearbridge Health is expanding from 15 hospitals at the time of its acquisition to 21 currently and another 13 under renovation.

Targeting and revitalise profitable segments.

  • Clearbridge Health acquires asset-light, fast-growing healthcare segments. After the acquisitions, it will generally streamline operations, enhance costs efficiencies and grow revenue to maximize the business potential of the healthcare segments. After which, Clearbridge Health will expand the businesses through expansion in capacity, network and capabilities.


VALUATION

  • Initiate coverage with a BUY and Target Price of S$0.28. Initiate with a BUY recommendation and target price of S$0.28.
  • We used DCF valuation to capture the full benefit of Clearbridge Health impressive growth over the next five years. See attached PDF report for the financial assumptions to the DCF valuation.


Operating assumptions


Indonesia


  1. TMJ: Assumption is to add an additional 250 machines in FY19e, 250 in FY20e and 150 machines in FY21e and FY22e.
  2. IGM: Patient load expected to grow at a single-digit pace for existing contracts and revenue to expand to double-digit pace from new contracts. However, with direct access to doctors, there is an opportunity to introduce and sell higher value adding esoteric tests. It will be the revenue and margin driver. Other revenue drivers could be the expansion of one or two hospitals per year and re-negotiations with suppliers for better margins.

Philippines:

  • Introduction of new services in the medical centre will be the growth driver. New services include more pharmacy sales, health screening for overseas foreign workers, renal care and new aesthetics centres.

Hong Kong:

  • Medical tourism will be the key driver. Limitations are space and medical doctors.

Singapore

  1. Sam Lab: Introduce more high value-added esoteric tests, especially focused on oncology.
  2. Medic Laser: With only one doctor and several therapists, growth will be driven by mid-to-high single digit volume growth.
  3. GP clinic: Only one doctor and growth is driven by volume.
  4. Product distribution: Distribution into the region (Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia) of esoteric tests for principals such as Biolidics ClearCell® FX1 System, CELLSEARCH® Circulating Tumor Cell Test, Prosigna® Breast Cancer Prognostic Signature Assay and MILS International diagnostics test.





Phillip Research Team Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2019-04-01
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* The report is produced by Phillip Securities Research under the ‘SGX StockFacts Research Programme’ (administered by SGX) and has received monetary compensation for the production of the report from the entity mentioned in the report.



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