Sheng Siong Group - UOB Kay Hian 2019-04-29: 1Q19 In Line; Secures Three New Stores

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Sheng Siong Group - 1Q19: In Line; Secures Three New Stores

  • SHENG SIONG GROUP LTD (SGX:OV8) posted a 1Q19 net profit of S$19.4m (+5.9% y-o-y) as new store sales ramped up, aided by Chinese New Year festivities.
  • Net revenue grew 10.1% y-o-y, driven by contributions from new stores which were partially offset by a contraction in comparable SSS.
  • Maintain HOLD with a PE-based target price of S$1.11. Entry price: S$1.00.



1Q19 RESULTS


Sheng Siong Group's 1Q19 results in line with expectations.

  • SHENG SIONG GROUP LTD (SGX:OV8)’s results are in line with our estimates. Revenue rose 10.1% y-o-y in 1Q19, mainly attributable to new store sales.
  • Gross margin dipped y-o-y to 26.1% (1Q18: 26.2%) as the improved sales mix was offset by slightly lower supplier rebates. Sequentially, gross margin declined from 27.1%, in line with seasonal trends as the group pushed for more volumes during the Chinese New Year season.
  • The higher gross profit was partially offset by higher operating expenses due to six new stores opened between Apr 18 and Dec 18.

SSS contraction.

  • In 1Q19, comparable same-store sales (SSS) contracted 1.0% y-o-y due to softer consumer sentiment and stiffer competition.


STOCK IMPACT


Nurture and expand Singapore business.

  • Management remains committed to nurture the growth of new stores while also looking out for opportunities to expand into HDB estates where the group does not have a presence.

China business broke even, opening second outlet in 2H19.

  • The supermarket in in 1Q19 as revenue grew 0.5% y-o-y (1Q18: +0.8%). A second supermarket in Kunming is expected to be operational in 3Q19.


EARNINGS REVISION/RISK

  • No revision to earnings forecasts.
  • Risks include:
    1. price war between Amazon and RedMart which might trigger associated price reductions from brick-and-mortar players,
    2. irrational bidding for supermarket units, resulting in fewer new-store wins, and
    3. disruption to supply chain caused by trade tariffs.


VALUATION/RECOMMENDATION

  • Maintain HOLD with a PE-based target price of S$1.11, pegged to peers’ average 2019F PE of 22.7x.
  • Sheng Siong Group remains in transition as it ramps up new-store sales. While we believe in the positive long-term growth prospects of Sheng Siong Group as it expands into young housing estates, near-term net margins will likely be affected by higher operating expenses. We will turn positive on the stock when new stores begin to show profitability.
  • Entry price is S$1.00.


SHARE PRICE CATALYST

  • Pick-up in SSS growth.
  • Higher-than-expected new-store openings.
  • China expansion surprising on the upside.





Yeo Hai Wei UOB Kay Hian Research | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2019-04-29
SGX Stock Analyst Report HOLD MAINTAIN HOLD 1.110 SAME 1.110



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