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Q&M Dental - Phillip Securities 2022-03-11: Record Clinics, PCR Less Relevant

Q & M DENTAL GROUP (S) LIMITED (SGX:QC7) | SGinvestors.io Q & M DENTAL GROUP (S) LIMITED (SGX:QC7)

Q&M Dental - Record Clinics, PCR Less Relevant

  • Q&M Dental (SGX:QC7)'s earnings were below our forecast. FY21 PATMI was 81% of our forecast. COVID-19 PCR test revenue declined dramatically and employee expenses were higher than expected.
  • A record 7 new Singapore dental clinics were opened in 4Q21 (3Q21: +3). The number of Singapore clinics increased by 17% y-o-y in FY21 to 97.
  • We cut our FY22e PATMI forecast for Q&M Dental by 15% to S$26.3mil due to lower PCR revenue. Our BUY recommendation is maintained. The target price is lowered from S$0.82 to S$0.71.



The Positive


Record quarterly expansion in clinics.

  • The 7 new clinics in Singapore will be Q&M Dental's highest quarterly expansion in clinic numbers. It equals the 7 in the entire FY19. Another two clinics to commence in 1Q22. Q&M Dental has plans to expand by at least 30 dental clinics a year in Singapore and Malaysia for the next 10 years, starting from 2021.


The Negatives


Dental earnings weak.

  • Profitability from core dental operations was weak due to higher employee expenses from the provision of higher bonuses. Volume was also impacted by the wariness of patients for dental visitations due to the resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic cases.

Collapse in COVID-19 PCR test earnings.

  • Earnings contribution from Acumen collapsed from around S$4.4mil in 3Q21 to S$0.8mil in 4Q21. ART has become the default option for most users. Under the new inbound travel requirements, PCR is no longer mandatory. Acumen will also pursue other PCR test products such as sepsis and colorectal detection. The near-term revenue driver will be ART testing.


Outlook

  • Q&M Dental's revenue growth in FY22e will be driven by the 18 clinics (Singapore - 14 / Malaysia - 4 ) opened last year. A drag to FY22e earnings will be the decline in COVID-19 PCR test revenue. However, Acumen contribution will now be derived from the 46 clinics providing the ART testing services islandwide.
  • Q&M Dental has plans to open at least 30 dental clinics a year from 2021 onwards in Singapore and Malaysia for the next 10 years. This implies a doubling of dental clinics in 5 years.

Maintain BUY with a lower target price of S$0.71 (previously S$0.82)






Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2022-03-11
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 0.71 DOWN 0.820



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