Thai Beverage - RHB Invest 2022-11-28: Further Recovery Ahead; Stay BUY


Thai Beverage - Further Recovery Ahead; Stay BUY

  • Thai Beverage’s FY22 (Oct 2021 to Sep 2022) earnings were in line with our, but above consensus expectations, thanks to the encouraging volume recovery in beer markets whilst impact from cost inflation was also well contained.
  • We foresee the recovery momentum continuing into FY23F on a further pick-up in tourism activities. We continue to like Thai Beverage as a major proxy to capitalise on the recovery, taking into account its strong market presence and brand equity.
  • Maintain BUY recommendation on Thai Beverage with new target price of S$0.91 from S$0.97, 49% upside and ~4% FY23F yield.

FY22 earnings met our, but beat consensus expectations.

  • Thai Beverage (SGX:Y92)'s FY22 core net profit of THB30.1bn (+22% y-o-y) accounted for 101% and 106% of our and Street estimates. Post-results, our FY23F-24F earnings forecast for Thai Beverage are revised up by 1-3% and we roll out FY25 forecast, which implies 5% growth.
  • Thai Beverage's FY22 revenue rose 13% to THB275.4bn driven primarily by the strong recovery in beer segment (+24%) whilst the non-alcoholic beverages (NAB) and food segments also chalked up encouraging growth on the back of broader reopening of economies.
  • Gross profit margin (GPM) slipped marginally by 0.2ppt to 29.5% as the higher input costs were partially mitigated by price adjustments. Operating profit surged 14% to THB38.6bn as the company also incurred higher A&P expenses for brand building and to stimulate consumer spending.
  • By segment, the beer segment was again the key driver with a 39% jump in EBITDA contribution thanks to the 15% volume growth.
  • Meanwhile, the ease in COVID-19 related restrictions and reopening of international borders also aided the recovery in both NAB and food segments.

Thai Beverage – Outlook.

  • Looking forward, we foresee the positive recovery momentum to sustain into FY23F. This is taking into account further normalisation of economic activities whilst the progressive pick-up in tourist arrivals should also lift consumption and benefit all of the company’s business divisions.
  • Meanwhile, we expect the price increases and continuous efficiency gain to mitigate some of the impact of higher raw material costs. Hence, we expect gross profit margin to stay relatively stable notwithstanding the volatile commodity prices.
  • On the other hand, distribution costs should remain elevated as Thai Beverage may look to intensify its brand building marketing initiative to spur spending and strengthen its market share now that most of the restrictions are lifted.
  • Our target price for Thai Beverage drops to S$0.91 (inclusive of a 4% premium on our ESG score of 3.2) after accounting for FY22 numbers and updating of our risk assumptions.
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  • Risks to our recommendation include higher-than-expected input costs and slower-than-expected pick-up in tourism activities.

Singapore Research RHB Securities Research | https://www.rhbgroup.com/ 2022-11-28
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