Hyphens Pharma International Ltd – Assembling multiple growth engines March 9, 2023 392

PSR Recommendation: BUY Status: Maintained
Last Close Price: 0.285 Target Price: 0.445
  • FY22 results exceeded expectations. FY22 revenue and PATMI were 109%/118% of our forecasts. Revenue jumped across all segments in 2H22, in part driven by pent-up demand after the re-opening. Dividends surged by 66% to 1.11 cents.
  • We believe the re-opening saw the return of surgeries deferred during the pandemic, and increased visits drove specialty pharma revenue. Around 86% of FY22 earnings is from specialty pharma.
  • We raise FY23e earnings by 31% to S$13.2mn and the DCF target price is nudged up to S$0.445 (prev. S$0.43). Our BUY recommendation is maintained. We underestimated the rebound in sales post re-opening. Hyphens has assembled multi-franchise drivers in the medium term, namely DocMed, proprietary skincare brands and specialty pharma distribution into public sector verticals. A near-term headwind is the upfront costs to develop the DocMed healthcare platform.



The Positive

+ Strong growth in specialty pharma. The largest earning driver was specialty pharma. EBITDA more than doubled to S$7.9mn with the inclusion of recently acquired Novem. We believe the re-opening has increased surgeries and visits to hospitals and specialists, thereby driving up revenue.

The Negative

– Softer proprietary margins. EBITDA margins for proprietary brands declined by 1.4% points YoY to 7.4% in 2H22. We believe higher production and product development costs contributed to the weakness in margins.



We expect slower growth post the pent-up demand after the re-opening. New products launched will support sales, such as Nabota® (botox), Meradan® (steroid eczema cream) and Winlevi® (acne cream). Hyphens continue to build medium-term franchises: (i) DocMed – a platform for doctors, drug companies and other healthcare providers; (ii) Proprietary brands in skin health products; (iii) Novem – expand specialty products distribution into the public sector.

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Paul Chew
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Paul has 20 years of experience as a fund manager and sell-side analyst. During his time as fund manager, he has managed multiple funds and mandates including capital guaranteed, dividend income, renewable energy, single country and regionally focused funds.

He graduated from Monash University and had completed both his Chartered Financial Analyst and Australian CPA programme.

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