Ebos Group Posts Record Numbers, Healthcare segment Saw unprecedented demand in Q3 

  • August 21, 2020 05:19 PM NZST
  • Team Kalkine
Ebos Group Posts Record Numbers, Healthcare segment Saw unprecedented demand in Q3 

Summary

  • Marketer and distributor of healthcare products, EBOS Group, witnessed strong performances from both Healthcare and Animal Care segments in FY20; total revenue grew by 26.5%.
  • With the distribution of healthcare products falling under essential services, the business activities of the Group continued during the pandemic.
  • Revenue of Healthcare and Animal Care segments increased by 27.4% and 11.3%, respectively.
  • Underlying EBITDA of healthcare segment increased by 14.8% and Animal Care EBITDA rose 8.3%.
  • The Group declared a final dividend of NZ 40.0 cents per share, taking total dividends declared for FY20 up by 8.4% to NZ 77.5 cents.

The healthcare sector, along with the information technology and consumer staples sectors, has performed well despite the challenging environment the world has faced so far in 2020. With the companies coming up with their financial results, it has been noted that healthcare players have delivered impressive financial results which are also reflected in the improved healthcare share price on the indices.

While the S&P/NZX50 index has moved up marginally by 0.27% in 2020 (As on 20 August), the healthcare sector index, S&P/NZX All Healthcare has generated a notable return of 19.11% over the same period.

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With this backdrop, today, we will discuss an NZX-listed healthcare company which posted impressive FY20 results. Let us delve deep and discuss EBOS Group Limited-

EBOS Group Posts Record Full-year Results

Dual-listed (both ASX and NZX) company EBOS Group Limited (NZX:EBO) is the largest & most diversified marketer, wholesaler and distributor of healthcare, medical as well as pharmaceutical products across Australasia. The Company is also a prominent marketer and distributor of recognised consumer products and animal care brands.

EBOS witnessed robust performances from both Healthcare and Animal Care segments in FY20

On 20 August 2020, EBOS updated the market with its FY20 results, with the Company posting record results for the period and a substantial increase in earnings. Highlights from FY20 results are detailed below:

  • During FY20, EBOS revenue stood at ~A$8.8 billion, an increase of 26.5%.
  • The underlying EBITDA was recorded at ~A$296.6 million, up by 13.4%, while underlying NPAT increased by 16.5% to A$168.3 million.
  • Both Healthcare, as well as Animal Care segments, performed well and demonstrated the strength of their market-leading positions.
  • Underlying EBITDA of Healthcare segment and Animal Care segment were up 14.8% and 8.3%, respectively.
  • During the period, operating cash flow of A$229.2 million was reported because of the rise in earnings combined with the industry-leading the management of working capital of the Group.
  • EBOS Group has a strong balance sheet, with Net Debt/EBITDA ratio of 1.11x, strengthened through the latest refinancing programs which boosted the weighted average maturity of debt facilities of the Group to 2.5 years.
  • The Group declared a final dividend of NZ 40.0 cents per share, taking total dividends declared for FY20 up by 8.4% to NZ 77.5 cents.

Source: Company Investor presentation

The overall net impact of COVID-19 on the Group’s financial performance was broadly neutral for FY20, although there were both positive and negative trends in months as the COVID-19 crisis evolved. Trading conditions were better towards the end of the financial year.

EBOS Group’s business activities that formed a part of essential services had earlier aided the Company in generating improved business momentum in the third quarter of FY2020.

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Notably, EBOS has market leading positions in stable and defensive industries and has a solid balance sheet. These attributes have held the Group in good stead during these challenging times.

Healthcare Segment Revenue Increased by 27.4%

Healthcare segment of EBOS Group generated a 27.4% increase in revenue during FY20, bolstered by substantially higher sales volumes in community pharmacy along with continued growth in its institutional healthcare and contract logistics businesses.

  • In Australia, Healthcare revenue increased by A$1.7 billion (+33.1%).
  • Underlying EBITDA rose by 19.6% led by the performance of EBOS Group’s institutional healthcare, community pharmacy, along with contract logistics businesses.
  • New Zealand Healthcare revenue grew by 8.5%. However, underlying EBITDA was affected by cost escalations in labour and freight as well as the softer overseas requirement for consumer products of the Company.
  • Community Pharmacy revenue across Australia and New Zealand climbed by A$1.4 billion (up by 37.4%) owing to substantially increased volumes.
  • The business gained profit from initiation of the wholesale distribution of the Chemist Warehouse volumes from 1 July 2019 in Australia, as well as the improved performance from our TerryWhite Chemmart (TWC) franchise network partners.
  • Community pharmacy profited from unprecedented need during March 2020 as many consumers stored ethical and OTC products.

Source: EBOS NZX Update

Animal Segment Revenue Rose by 11.3%

The revenue of Animal Care segment of EBOS rose by 11.3%, mainly by a combination of the continued outstanding performance from its branded products portfolio and higher veterinary wholesale volumes.

Key brands of the Group Black Hawk and Vitapet recorded robust uplifts in revenue. Lyppard bolstered its market status during the period with revenue rising by ~12.0% due to customer growth along with the lately acquired Therapon business.

Source: EBOS NZX Update

COVID-19 Update-

  • The Group’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extensive.
  • While continuing to serve the community and its customers as effectively as possible, during extremely restrictive conditions, the Group’s primary objective has been the safety as well as the wellbeing of its employees.

The government measures implemented in response to COVID-19 did have a financial impact on the business of EBOS during FY20. However, the net overall financial effect was roughly neutral.

Stock Information- On 21 August 2020, EBO share price closed at NZ$22.380 (updated at 5:00 PM NZST) up by 1.27% from its previous close. The market capitalisation of EBOS stood at ~NZ$3.657 billion.

Given EBOS’ scale as well as a leading position in stable industries, along with a strong balance sheet, the Group is well positioned to respond to the upcoming challenges.

 

 


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