Koufu Group - Phillip Securities 2021-05-24: Speed Bump On Road To Recovery


Koufu Group - Speed Bump On Road To Recovery

  • Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) grants to be enhanced to 50% from 10%.
  • Footfalls at food courts dropped following Singapore’s move to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).
  • Commencement of integrated facility operations delayed to 3Q21.
  • Downgrade Koufu from ACCUMULATE to NEUTRAL with a lower target price of S$0.64 from S$0.68.

Koufu's Operational Update

  • Koufu (SGX:VL6) provided an operational update on the impact of Singapore’s move from Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) following a sharp spike in unlinked community COVID-19 cases. In a bid to curb the chain of transmissions, further restrictions have been imposed. These include prohibition of dining in at all food outlets, a capping of social gatherings and activities to two persons, reduced capacity for malls and work from home as the default mode of operations.


JSS support to be enhanced to 50% from 10%.

  • To tide the F&B sector during this period, government support under the JSS will be enhanced to 50% instead of the initial 10% for wages paid up to June 2021. We estimate Koufu will receive about S$600,000 in government grants, which would lift its total government grants to S$1.6mn in FY21e.

Marginal improvements in Macau.

  • Macau reopened its borders to foreigners via mainland China on 16 March 2021. This led to a slight improvement in footfalls at malls and food courts during the recent Labour Day holidays in May 2021. All of Koufu’s food courts at the University of Macau, Nova City and Cotai Sands remained operational, though footfall and revenue were lower than pre-COVID levels. The negative impact has been mitigated partially by rental waivers and rebates from landlords.


Footfalls dropped after Singapore’s move into Phase 2 (Heightened alert).

  • Koufu’s operations in food courts, coffee shops and restaurants have been hurt by lower footfalls in malls and tertiary institutions. While its food outlets remain operational for takeaway and delivery, food courts near offices and in downtown areas, tourist hotspots and tertiary institutions where staff and students have transitioned to home-based learning has been affected the most.

Outlet & mall management:

  • While Koufu’s revenue from outlet & mall management comprises mainly fixed rental income from stall tenants, a portion is directly linked to the performance of stallholders in certain food outlets, where a component of the fee is variable in nature and pegged to the gross turnover of the stall.

F&B retail business:

  • Earnings negatively impacted by lower footfalls in malls and tertiary institutions. Koufu has temporarily suspended the operations of both the Koufu food court and Grove quick service restaurant at Singapore Management University and two R&B Tea kiosks at Far East Square and Change Alley Mall during this period due to low footfalls at these outlets.

Commencement of integrated facility operations delayed to 3Q2021.

  • Construction of this facility has been delayed by COVID-19 measures introduced in both Singapore and Malaysia, where certain materials are sourced. Koufu now expects to commence operations in 3Q21 rather than 2Q21. Temporary occupation permit (TOP) for this facility was obtained in April 2021. Koufu will be occupying 75% of the total gross floor area with the balance 25% fully tenanted out.


  • In light of the slower-than-expected recovery in consumption, we lower our Koufu's revenue estimates for FY21e and FY22e by 1.8% and 1.9% respectively. Consequently, profits are reduced by 6.1% and 8.0% from negative operating leverage and the delay in completion of its integrated facility.

Downgrade Koufu to NEUTRAL with lower target price of S$0.64 (previously S$0.68)

Terence Chua Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2021-05-24