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Author: simonsg   |   Latest post: Tue, 13 Dec 2022, 10:52 AM


Q&M Dental Group - a Transition Year

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  • To recap, Q&M Dental (SGX:QC7)’s 2Q22 net profit of S$3.4m (48% q-o-q; -60% y-o-y) was disappointing due to the sharply lower-than-expected contribution from PCR tests. While 2Q revenue fell 13% y-o-y to S$44.1m, earnings suffered more due to negative operating leverage amid current inflationary pressures.
  • To conserve cash, Q&M Dental did not declare an interim dividend for 2Q22.

Outlet Expansion to Drive Q&M's Core Dental Business

  • Management will now focus on its dental operations and has initiated a strategy of intensive organic growth going forward. Q&M Dental has 17 new outlets in Singapore and 7 in Malaysia in the last 12 months.
  • At the same time, Q&M Dental Group will continue to look for opportunities to further expand its core healthcare business through the opening of more dental clinics in the region.
  • Even as Q&M Dental seeks to further grow its network, we are cognisant of the increased staff costs in this tight labour market, as well as the gestation period of about one year for new outlets to break-even.

TechMed Could be Next Growth Engine

  • Meanwhile, Q&M Dental is looking to develop and optimise its digital Artificial Intelligence (AI) guided clinical decision support system to provide the most effective and suitable treatment plans for patients. While this could potentially be the next blockbuster, catering to rising demand for primary and high-value specialist dental healthcare services, we think continued investments could weigh on its bottomline in the near-term.

Looks to Roll Out Pipeline of New Tests

  • To offset the rapid decline in COVID-19 tests volumes and prices, Q&M Dental’s 51%-owned subsidiary, Acumen Diagnostics, aims to progressively roll out its pipeline of new PCR tests. These include tests for sepsis, identification of bacteria pathogens and their associated antimicrobial resistance in hospitalised pneumonia, as well as colorectal cancer screening and pharmacogenomics. But given the lack of visibility on commercialisation, we do not assume any contributions from these new ventures.

Q&M Dental - Valuation and Recommendation

  • We cut our FY22-24E EPS forecast for Q&M Dental by over 40% on complete removal of testing revenues and slower core dental business growth.
  • Downgrade Q&M Dental to HOLD with a lower target price of S$0.40 as we roll forward our valuation to 20x FY23E P/E.

Source: Maybank Research - 23 Sep 2022

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