Thursday, August 16, 2018

WEGMANS: Unearthing growing Gem that benefit from Strong USD!


Share price: RM0.36 (15/8/2018)                Total shares issued: 500m
Market Cap: RM180m (15/8/2018)             Annualized P/E: 12.12
Top 30 shareholders: 88.68%                       Listing Date: 6/3/2018

After writing the article last night, Ringgit had once again break another psychological resistant level of RM4.10. 

Coincidentally, 1 of our top 3 counters Wegmans had announced their quarter result today. The result is quite surprising as they manage to turn around from Red to Green this quarter.

Their PAT is RM3.7m @ RM0.0074, if we annualize the earning of the company, we can see that their EPS will be around RM0.0296 which is trading at 12x PE. 

Let’s take a look at the Qr commentary of the company. 

1st we can see that the Average selling price of Wegman’s is higher for this quarter.
2nd The strengthening USD will yield foreign exchange gain to the company.
3rd The company is increasing their production capacity.

For the 1st point, we can’t really comment much as this info is not something that outsider like you or I could simply acquire. However, 2nd point is an info that we can acquire from the public available data.

Looking at the 2nd point, we could see that the USD movement will affect the earning of the company. Why?

According to the prospectus, approximately 98.42% and 9.53% of the revenue and purchase are denominated in USD. While the 1.58% and 90.47% of revenue and purchase are denominated in RM. This makes Wegmans to be a total beneficiary of strong USD. 

    1.  USD
Now, let’s do a comparison of USD movement towards the result Wegmans.
As we can see, USD was traded below RM4 for 1st half in 2018, however, we started to see that USD begin to trade above RM4 again in June. 
RM is now traded at RM4.10 for this month.
USD averagely traded at
1st Q: (3.901+3.917+3.8635)/3 = RM3.8938
2nd Q: (3.9215+3.98+4.0395)/3 = RM3.9803
3rd Q: (4.0613+4.10)/2 = RM4.0807
*we are just at 2nd month for 3rd Q and we assume that RM close at RM4.10 for August

As we can see on the comparison above, Wegmans is doing quite well on this quarter compare to last quarter, this is due to USD is averagely traded at RM3.9803 compare to RM3.8938.

As of today, USD is traded at RM4.1040. Assuming USD will be trading at this level for August and September, then we will see the average of USD against RM will be around RM4.08.

If this assumption materialise, and every other thing remain the same then we will be surely seeing growth in Wegmans earning.

Source: Prospectus
As we can see from the prospectus, the company is strongly affected by USD movement. 

    2. Growth theme
The reason for Wegmans to get IPO is to get money for expansion, this expansion will help to increase Wegmans capacity by 100%.

According to prospectus: 

As u can see, Wegmans will be increasing their productions line by 100% and will commence production in 2019. This will be the biggest catalyst to the company. This is because I found that not much players from this industry is expanding their business currently. 

As a result, they will be the sole industry player that is expanding their production capacity which make them the only GROWTH stock in this industry. 

    3.  PE

If we were to look at the PE of the Wegmans that is trading at 12 times, we might be thinking that Wegmans are trading at the high side compare to their peers. 

According to the annualized EPS of 3c per share, the PE of Wegmans which traded at current price of RM0.36 is about 12 time, which is highest amongst market player.

Anyway, we can see that:
1.      Liihen: 87% revenue from USD, 80% of product exported to US & Canada, 2800 workers. Factory got burnt down and rebuilt, expected to resume production in June 2018. (95% revenue from USD in 2016).

2.      Homeritz: 99% revenue from USD and 70% purchase from USD.

3.      Pohuat: 69% & 22% of revenue are from Canada, 1000 workers in Malaysia & 4700 in Vietnam. (Binh Duong expansion in 2016 due to fire and increased 20% production)  

4.      Latitude: Expansion in 2016 and 2017 which already completed. 97% of revenue and 84% of cost are denominated in foreign currency. 7000 workers.

5.      Jaycorp: 27.6% of the revenue derive from North America.

6.      Wegmans: approximately 98.42% and 9.53% of the revenue and purchase are denominated in USD. While the 1.58% and 90.47% of revenue and purchase are denominated in RM. They are also expanding where their capacity can grow by 100% after their new production completed

Among all the industry player, Pohuat and Latitude is the only company that have expansion in the past year. As a result, we can see that Wegmans is the only company that has new production line coming up will be increasing their production capacity by 100% and making them the only growth stock in this industry.

Even Wegmans is trading at 12 times PE right now, however, it is worth noting that Wegmans is building their new production line which will increase their capacity by 100% and is slated to complete by 3rd Q of 2019.

Under Blue sky scenario: Assuming the new capacity will hit 90% utilisation rate, this will help to increase the company’s profit by 90% (optimistically). This also mean that the current profit of RM14.5m increase by RM13m to RM27.5m. With current market cap of RM180m which mean Wegmans is now trading at Forward PE of only 6.5 times which is lowest compare to the industry players that being compared above.

However, I believe that it would be better for us to be not that optimistic, hence, it would be better if we take utilisation rate of 50% for the new production line. 

As a result, I would assume the new production line will also increase the net profit by 50% which is RM7.5m. Hence the total profit will be RM22m. With current market cap of RM180m, then the Forward PE will be 8 times.

Assuming the company should be traded around their peers, which is around 10 times, hence, with the profit of:

a.      RM27.5m @ EPS RM0.051 = the company should be traded at RM275m with a total shares of 500m then it will be at RM0.55 per share.

b.      RM22m @ EPS RM0.044 = the company should be traded at RM220m which is RM0.44.

However, this company still has a lot of corporate exercise can be done, hence, it would be justifiable to trade at slightly higher PE compare to the industry players.

    4. Corporate Exercise

a.      Change to mainboard
If we were to look close at Wegmans’ account, we can see that they’ve been making more than RM6m a year and they have more than RM20m profit for the past 5 years. As a result, they are already qualified to change Mainboard and I believe this is a matter of time.

b.      Issuing warrants
A way of rewarding their shareholders which can be done concurrently with mainboard transferring.

By having these corporate exercise on the card, hence it would be justifiable for the counter to trade at premium compare to its peers. 


In short, Big Canon Finance understand that Wegmans will be the black horse that benefited from Strong USD. Big canon expect the quarter result of Wegmans will be getting better as long as USD able to trade around RM4.10.

On the other hand, they are also expanding their production capacity by 100%. Under blue sky scenario, the company profit could go up together by 100% with their increase of production line too!

Wegmans are potential to have corporate exercise such as transferring to mainboard and also bonus warrant.

After looking at the potentials of the company, I think this company will be doing well as long as the USD are trading at the high side. I believe this company deserve a higher PE compare to its peers due to the catalyst they have.

With all the catalyst that embedded in Wegmans, could the investment bank start to initiate research report about it? Ermmmmmmmmmm…. Hopefully... 

Please always bear in mind that Big canon is not giving any buy or sell call, always bear in mind, Big Canon don’t give buy or sell call. Our articles only serve for education & sharing purposes. 

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