Consumer staple stocks are non-cyclical in nature, representing products and services that are essential for consumers regardless of the economic situation. Food, beverages, household goods, feminine hygiene products etc fall under the category of consumer staples. Generally, these are termed as necessary goods, and people are unable to cut out on the usage of these products from their budgets.
Infant Formula includes food items that are suitable for babies and infant less than twelve months of age. Specific formulations are needed to meet the various nutritious requirements of infants.
Solid demand for nutrient added and organic food items has propelled the Baby Food Manufacturing industry’s performance in the last five years period. Major players in this industry have successfully captured the rising need for infant products in both domestic as well as international markets. The industry revenue is anticipated to grow at an annualised rate of 3.7 per cent across the five years.
In this article, we are discussing, Bubs Australia Limited, which is into providing baby food and dairy products including infant formula, also called as baby formula, which is an alternative to breast milk for infants until 12 months of age.
Recently, the company updated the market on its recently held Annual General Meeting and significant developments in the company. Let us dig into these company updates.
Bubs Australia Limited (ASX: BUB)
Bubs Australia Limited was founded by Kristy Carr in 2006 and is the largest producer of goat milk products. The company’s products include baby products such as Organic Oats, Organic Apple Porridge, rusks, purees and cereals.
Source: Company’s Report
On 5 December 2019, BUB notified the market that its shares were placed in trading halt on ASX at its request, until the beginning of normal trading on 9 December 2019, pending a release of an announcement.
2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Results
The company declared the Annual General Meeting results held on 29 November 2019; Following are the resolutions to be considered during the Annual General Meeting:
- Resolution 1 - Adoption of Remuneration Report
- Resolution 2 - Re-election of Director - Mr Matthew Reynolds
- Resolution 3 - Election of Director - Mr Steve Lin
- Resolution 4 - Ratification of prior issue of 48,366,888 Shares
- Resolution 5 - Ratification of prior issue of 15,384,615 Shares
- Resolution 6 - Ratification of prior issue of 2,974,272 Shares
- Resolution 7 - Approval of issue of Shares to Chemist Warehouse
- Resolution 8 - Replacement of Constitution
- Resolution 9 - Approval of issue of Options to Dennis Lin
- Resolution 10 - Adoption of an Incentive Option Plan
- Resolution 11 - Appointment of Auditor
Relocation of Corporate Headquarters to Victoria
On 26 November 2019, BUB announced that it was relocating its corporate headquarters to its Australia Deloraine Dairy manufacturing facility in Dandenong South, Victoria. The official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held soon in the presence of The Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP, State Member for Dandenong, and Mr Danny Pearson MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier. The company’s new corporate headquarter is located near the Goat Dairy Farms and Supply Chain Partners.
The company’s CEO and Founder, Mrs Carr commented:
Bubs Australia Launched in BIBO Mart
On 11 November 2019, the company declared that it has secured ranging for BUBs® product portfolio in Vietnam’s largest Mother & Baby store chain, Bibo Mart JS Company. The BIBO Mart company has more than 135 stores located in major metropolitan areas.
For providing service to Bibo Mart and other Mother and Baby store chain, BUB signed an agreement with Viet Nam TVV Service and Trading Company (TVV).
TTV is one of the largest distributors of infant nutritional industry in Vietnam with Approximately 20,000 retail outlets.
The company’s goat milk infant formula and organic baby food products would be marketed and distributed by TTV through its network in Vietnam.
The company anticipates that the product will be on the Bibo Mart and other Vietnamese stores from December 2019.
The company is expected to generate revenue of $1.5 million from the initial distribution agreement in Vietnam. The time frame for the agreement is two years and may be terminated if BUB does not meet the minimum sales requirement.
Bubs Distribution Agreement with Alibaba CIP
On 6 November 2019, BUB announced a strategic agreement with Alibaba CIP to capitalise on the growth of China’s RMB10bn or $2Bn goat dairy market.
Under the Agreement, the company and key channel partner, Alibaba CIP expect to ship adult goat dairy products, including CapriLac® and Deloraine® brand portfolios, worth RMB 50m ($10m) in one year.
BUB will also be conducting an official signing ceremony at CIIE in Shanghai to formalise a Strategic Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CCIC Australia.
International Markets region surged up by 973 per cent in FYQ1 2020
On 31 October 2019, the company declared the Q1 FY20 period ended 30 September 2019, a few highlights of the announcement are as follows:
- BUB has reported the revenue of $14.21 million, increased by 58 per cent compared to the corresponding previous year.
- The china export sales surged by 113 per cent, which is largely driven by Beingmate and Alibaba partnerships.
- The company’s Bubs Infant Nutrition products increased by 66 per cent on pcp.
- BUB has performed decently well and rose by 973 per cent in other international markets, accounting 8 per cent of the total revenue.
- In the future, the strategic channel partnerships and rich data would provide the supporting for the growing role in developing the China market.
- The company is added in ASX300 index as part of the S&P’s quarterly rebalance on 23 September 2019.
- BUB had a strong balance sheet with $18.0 in cash reserves (as on 30 September 2019).
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The stock of BUB last traded at a price of $1.070 on 4 December 2019. The company has approximately 514.07 million outstanding shares and a market cap of $550.06 million. BUB’s 52 weeks high was noted at $1.615. The stock has generated a return of 5.42 per cent in the last six months and 135.16 per cent return in year to date basis.