Anta Sports (2020.HK): Descente is expected to benefit from developing winter sports market January 24, 2018

Investment Summary

We highlight that 1) Descente is expected to benefit from developing winter sports market; 2) New logistics center is going into operation soon; 3) Main brands are on right track; 4) E-commerce grows quickly. Given PE 26x (par to industry average), we increase our target price to HKD40.37, `Neutral` recommendation. (Closing price at 22 Jan 2018)

Business Overview

New logistics center going into operation soon. We know from our checks that company`s new logistics center will go into operation in May 2018. This new center will help to significantly shorten delivery time from factories to distributors and retail terminals (from one month to as quick as 2 days). It will improve the replenishment efficiency which facilitates the company to better respond to market conditions and changes in consumer preferences.

Main brands are on right track. Anta brand is expected to achieve mid-teens growth in 2017E, given normal inventory turnover and continued same store sales growth in 17Q4. Fila brand enters more shopping malls and department stores in tier-one cities and we expect Fila to deliver over 30% YoY growth in 2017E. Because of early winter and cold weather, warm clothing sells well in northern market. We expect generally good performance in 17Q4.

Descente is expected to benefit from intensifying winter sports market. Descente is introduced in 2016 offering winter sportswear and now majority of Descente products are imported. The company makes efforts to localize the products in order to better cater to Chinese customers. Meanwhile the company is planning to develop summer products that will enrich the brand product mix and mitigate seasonal effect. The brand is expected to open 50 new stores in 2018E. We expect 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will help to make winter sports more popular in northern area. According to Suggestions to Speeding  up the Development of Winter Sports (2016-2011) issued by Beijing municipal government, the population participating in winter sports will amount to 8 million in 2022E. The government is going to establish more skiing fields and promote winter sports to residents and schools. We highlight that increasing popularity of winter sports will boost sales of relating apparels and footwear. Anta is dedicated to enhance promotion campaign for winter sports and make Descente a popular winter sports brand.

Kolon fills blank of outdoor market. The company set a JV with Korean Kolon in Sep 2017 to commercialize Kolon IP in China market. Kolon owns more than 200 stores in PRC targeting mid/high-end clients. The brand provides not only professional outdoor products but also fashionable outdoor leisure products with popular star Song Zhongji as its spokesperson. Kolon enriches the company product lines. We expect that Kolon will leverage on Anta`s strong distribution channel and efficient operation to win more share of outdoor products market.

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Eurus Zhou
Phillip Securities (HK)

Graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Master of Finance (Investment Management). Possess bachelor degree majoring in Financial Management from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. Focus on industry prospect and corporate fundamentals to explore investment value and cover pharmaceutical and consumer industry.

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