In QE31/3/2017, Lonbisc's net profit dropped by 82% q-o-q or 79% y-o-y to RM0.8 million while revenue dropped 36% q-o-q or 45% y-o-y to RM62 million. There was no explanation as to why the company's financial performance has declined so badly.
Table 1: Lonbisc's last 8 quarterly results
If we look at the segmental analysis below, we can see that the confectionery business has been on a decline for the past 4 years while the sweets & candies has been in decline for the past 3 years and the snacks business has just peak last year. Gosh, where will that leave Lonbisc next year??
Table 2: Lonbisc's segmental reporting for 9-month ended Mar for the past 6 years
The sharp decline in revenue is scary and demands an explanation!!
Graph: Lonbisc's last 50 quarterly results
Lonbisc's financial position as at 31/3/2017 is deemed mixed. Its gearing ratio is fairly elevated at 0.6x while current ratio was at 1.8x. The current assets include debtors totaling RM147 million. That's equivalent to 135 days credit term- an exceptional high number for fast moving consumer products. I suspect some of the debtors may not be collectible.
Lonbisc (closed at RM0.765 today) is trading at a PE of 10 times (based on annualized EPS of 7.9 sen). Based on this PER Lonbisc is deemed fully valued for a smallcap stock.
Lonbisc has been moving sideways for the past 5-6 years. In the past 6 months, the share price has moved up slightly with support at RM0.75 & resistance at RM0.82.
Chart 1: Lonbisc's monthly chart as at May 31, 2017(Source: Shareinvestor.com)
Chart 2: Lonbisc's weekly chart as at May 31, 2017(Source: Shareinvestor.com)
Based on weak financial performance & position, unexciting growth prospect and full valuation, Lonbisc is a stock to be avoided. This is especially true after a sharp drop in revenue/sales which was not addressed by the company.