|Food Empire is on a roll. After UOB KH's report (FOOD EMPIRE: Higher earnings and margins to come?), Maybank had a report out as well (see below). Both basically say that 1Q2023 results to be released this Friday will be positive.|
Excerpts from Maybank KE report
Analysts: Jarick Seet & Eric Ong
Food Empire Holdings (FEH SP): A good start to the year
FEH will report 1Q23 earnings on 12 May 2023 after market hours and we expect revenue of USD86.7m (+5% YoY) and NPAT of USD11.2m (+22% YoY).
This should be driven by strong demand, especially in its core markets of Russia and Vietnam.
|1Q23E should show strong NPAT growth|
We expect demand to remain strong in Russia and the CIS region and strong growth from Vietnam.
Spray dry and new freeze dry coffee plants in India continue to operate at full capacity but should yield higher margins due to cost reductions on freight cost normalisation.
We expect 1Q23E to show further strong NPAT growth of 22% YoY to USD11.2m, especially given that the Russia/Ukraine war started in 1Q22 and hurt its operations.
|Share buybacks to resume after blackout|
“We also expect interim dividends to be a possibility in the near future due to its strong cash flow generation and strong balance sheet.”
FEH has also been undertaking share-buybacks in the open market, buying at higher prices than ever before (>SGD1.01) and we expect this to continue as management concur that the company is deeply undervalued and remains confident of its outlook.
We also expect interim dividends to be a possibility in the near future due to its strong cash flow generation and strong balance sheet.
|Fundamentals still strong and valuations attractive|
As such, we think that it could be an attractive target for bigger competitors given its strong presence in Russia and Vietnam.
With a positive outlook and resilience despite the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, we maintain BUY.
Full report here.FEH is trading at 8.6x core FY23E P/E, still a steep discount despite its strong recent share price performance versus the valuations of its private and listed global peers.