Sheng Siong Group - Phillip Securities 2021-02-26: Demand Still Above Trend


Sheng Siong Group - Demand Still Above Trend

  • Sheng Siong (SGX:OV8)'s 4Q20 revenue and earnings were within expectations, with full-year at 102%/101% of forecasts, excluding government grant. Final dividend jumped 67% to 3 cents per share.
  • Revenue grew 28% y-o-y to S$319mn despite a gradual return of social and outdoor activities. Same-store sales growth in 4Q20 was 18%, 10-fold higher than 1.8% in 4Q19.
  • Sheng Siong's FY21 earnings could be weaker following last year’s record sales triggered by pantry-loading and dine-home demand. We have modelled a 13% drop in revenue per sq ft for FY21e. Still, revenue should be 10% higher than pre-COVID levels. Expect grocery demand to be supported by dining at home and more households present in the country with international borders largely shut.
  • We raise Sheng Siong to ACCUMULATE from NEUTRAL as demand is still above trend.

The Positives

Healthy revenue despite re-opening.

  • Sheng Siong's revenue in 4Q20 was supported by same-store sales, which grew 10-fold vs 4Q19’s 1.8% rise. New stores added another 10.6% points to growth.

Record cash flows and dividend hike.

  • Sheng Siong's net cash as at end-December ballooned to S$224mn from S$76mn in 4Q19.
  • In FY20, Sheng Siong generated S$257mn of FCF, up from S$64mn in FY19.
  • Final dividend was raised by 67% to 3 cents. Full-year dividend rose 83% to 6.5 cents for a payout of 70.5%.

The Negative

Fewer store openings in 2021.

  • Tendering of new stores by HDB has been temporarily suspended. There was only one tender for two HDB shops in 2020. There remains a pipeline of 20 stores to be awarded over the next 2-3 years but the timeline is unclear. The store in the Penjuru dorm stopped operations in March 2020 due to the pandemic. It was permanently closed in October 2020.

Spike in administrative expenses.

  • Sheng Siong's administrative expenses jumped 63% y-o-y to S$57mn due to a S$12.8mn rise in staff costs for staff bonuses and additional headcount.


  • FY20 revenue per sq ft was S$2,423. We are estimating S$2,100 for FY21e. This would still be 10% higher than pre-COVID’s S$1,916 in 2019.
  • The higher revenue reflects the current trend of consumption and cooking at home. In addition, with international borders largely closed, the number of households in Singapore should remain higher than prior years.
  • There is little clarity on whether home dining will sustain beyond FY22, after COVID. We have conservatively modelled weaker sales for FY22e. Our FY21e earnings are unchanged.

Upgrade to ACCUMULATE with unchanged target price of S$1.71

Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2021-02-26
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