I am not sure if your guess is correct. But the stock that I will be writing about is - Centurion Corporation Limited.
Do note that this is not part of my dividend series.
Profile In Short (Directly taken from AR2015)
Established in 1981 as an audio cassette tape manufacturing business in Singapore, it became one of the market leaders in the optical storage media industry and was listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange in 1995. Following a reverse acquisition exercise in 2011, the Group successfully diversified into the accommodation business to capture growth opportunities in this niche market.
Within a short span of time, Centurion has developed a strong portfolio of 16 operational accommodation assets totalling 50,072 beds, as at 31 December 2015. By 2018, upon completion of the development of one more workers accommodation asset in Singapore and three assets in Malaysia, the Group’s accommodation portfolio is expected to grow to over 74,500 beds.
In the workers accommodation space, Centurion has 27,600 beds across four workers accommodation assets in Singapore and 19,800 beds across six workers accommodation assets in Johor, Malaysia as at 31 December 2015, which are managed under the Group’s “Westlite” brand.
In 2014, leveraging its expertise in workers accommodation, the Group expanded into the student accommodation business with the acquisition of RMIT Village in Melbourne, Australia and four student accommodation assets in Liverpool and Manchester, United Kingdom, totalling 2,357 beds.
In 2015, the Group also won a bid to operate a 315-bed student hostel in Singapore. Besides exploring the potential to enhance these assets, the Group plans to grow its student accommodation portfolio in key educational hubs around the world.
Based on Enhanced Triple S Scorecard with Dividend Scorecard Portion (Present Price of $0.340 as of 29 Oct 2016):
Yes, as per the pictures above, this stock fails the Enhanced Triple S Scorecard with Dividend Scorecard Portion.
Then why am I still talking about it? What is so good about it?
TTJ Holdings Ltd and Hock Lian Seng Holdings Ltd are unable to renew their lease for their dormitory business - TTJ had a 5000 bed dormitory, while Hock Lian Seng had a 3000 bed dormitory previously. Both of their lease are not renewed. Thus, currently there will added demand for dormitory services and this can at least help to guarantee their occupancy rate in the near future.
Economic Moat - One of the main positive point of this stock is the economic moat it has. In my opinion, it is the only listed firm in SGX and Singapore being so focus on foreign worker and student accommodation. It is not a "sexy" business, but being one of the main company that is fully focus on this industry puts it on top of people's mind when companies are looking for accommodation their foreign worker.
Number of Foreign Worker in Singapore - Apparently there are over 300,000 foreign worker (construction related) in Singapore. With the construction business booming (all the infrastructure projects that Singapore Government are throwing out), there is very little possibility that Singapore Government will reduce the number of foreign workers in Singapore. In this way, occupancy rate for Centurion Corporation Limited's Singapore dormitories and those nearby Johor Bahru dormitories will be guaranteed. Do note that Singapore business provided up to 65% of the 2015's Revenue.
High Net Profit Margin - This business is a high net profit margin business. In the notes on the segmented business revenue and net profit in 2014 and 2015, the dormitory business has been providing about 40 cents to 50 cents net profit for every $1 earned. That's how profitable this business is.
90% occupancy rate for Singapore Dormitories - The occupancy rate for Singapore dormitories is significantly high. Once a company places its workers in their dormitories, it will not unnecessary remove them. Thus, this will form recurring income for Centurion Corporation Limited.
Focus on Accommodation Business - Centurion Corporation Limited still have some businesses in providing optic disc. Nevertheless, from its latest report, it seems to be slowly stopping that business and totally focusing on the accommodation business. This should bring about better coordination and synergy within the company, most probably resulting in higher revenue and net profit.
Warrants with Exercise Price at 50 cents - It is important to note that Centurion Corporation Limited has warrants with exercise price of 50 cents that will expire in October 2017. This meant that the management team will probably push the share price to at least 40+ cents prior to the expiry of the warrants in October next year.
Paid off $100 Million of Notes - Base on the recent announcement, the company has actually paid off its $100 Million of Notes. This will have reduced its leverage significantly.
But why am I still hesitating?
Highly Leverage - From the scorecard, you can see that this stock is very highly leverage. Despite its ability to generate huge amount of free cash flow, Centurion Corporation Limited is still taking on huge amount of debt. This is due to its extreme growth strategy in expanding its accommodation business. It is developing a few dormitories, which will only be operational in 2018. Thus, during the next year, the stock will most probably continue to take on more debt.
REIT Listing - My initial thoughts of reducing the amount leverage in its financials, Centurion Corporation Limited can put up a REIT listing in SGX. However, further research shows that the stock wanted to propose a REIT listing in 2015. But it eventually pull out. It seems that there could be some road block ahead that prevents the stock from putting up a REIT listing. (Is there anyone who understands and can explain about "Chain Listing" in the announcement?)
Tuas South Ave 9 Dormitory Expiring Soon - The stock actually will have a dormitory at Tuas South Ave 9 that will expire soon. From the looks of the recent progress in this industry, this lease may not be renewed. This will definitely impacted the revenue and net profit adversely.
Significant Additional Investment Properties - Although the scorecard indicates that the company produces high Free Cash Flow, but it does not take into account of the additional investment properties it invest in. If the additional investment properties is taken into account, the stock will produce negative free cash flow on an annual basis. Thus, Price to Free Cash Flow will become negative instead.
Unclear in Occupancy Rate in Overseas Business - Despite understanding that the Singapore Business has a high occupancy rate, I have been unable to find out the occupancy rate in the overseas businesses.
Despite failing both scorecards, I was prepared to invest in this stock mainly due to its economic moat and business model. However, its extreme growth strategy and significant leverage has been deterring me to invest in it. After all, it is not like Fraser Centrepoint Ltd that has means to reduce the leverage significantly. Furthermore, Centurion Corporation Limited will definitely require to leverage more in the next 1 or 2 years. A REIT listing may still be possible in future but more understanding will be required,
To answer my initial question, I have most probably ignored this stock up to 2 months ago, due to its high leverage.
Thus, my view is that at the current price and economy situation, I am unwilling to take on the risk involved. Furthermore, the opportunity cost is high now as the money can be put to better use by averaging down some of the good solid stocks in my portfolio or purchase other blue chips.
Do note that if the share price continue to drop I may still purchase this stock. But that will be for the future.
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