Sheng Siong Group - DBS Research 2019-10-31: New Stores Continue To Drive Growth

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Sheng Siong Group - New Stores Continue To Drive Growth

  • Sheng Siong Group's 3Q19 earnings in line, growth driven by new stores and better margins.
  • Higher margins a result of better sales mix.
  • New stores to continue driving growth.
  • Maintain BUY and S$1.32 Target Price.



3Q19 earnings in line.

  • SHENG SIONG GROUP (SGX:OV8)'s 3Q19 earnings of S$20.6m (+15% y-o-y) was in line with our forecast, led by 11% y-o-y revenue growth to S$253.8m. Revenue growth was driven by new stores (+10.4% y-o-y) and China (+1.3%), offset by a slight decline in overall same store sales growth (SSSG) of 0.3%. Sales per square feet on an annualised basis dipped by 5% y-o-y to S$1,983. An additional S$1.1m of government grants was received in 3Q19 for subsidies for a project.
  • Excluding this, 3Q19 results were within our estimates. See Sheng Siong Announcements.


Higher margins on better sales mix.

  • Gross margins improved to 27.1% (+0.6ppt) due to better sales mix i.e. higher fresh food contribution, and lower input costs from suppliers’ rebates. Operating margin improved to 8.8% (+0.5ppt) largely from a lower than proportionate increase in operating costs.


New stores to drive growth.

  • Singapore retail sales for supermarkets has generally been positive this year. Sheng Siong’s growth should continue to be driven by new stores, having opened five new supermarkets this year with one more due to open in 1Q20. China’s contribution remains small as net profit from China was S$0.1m with the new second store yet to breakeven.


Maintain BUY and unchanged Target Price of S$1.32.






Alfie YEO DBS Group Research | Andy SIM CFA DBS Research | https://www.dbsvickers.com/ 2019-10-31
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 1.320 SAME 1.320



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