+ Fewer clinics this quarter but up 17% YoY. Only 2 clinics were opened in Singapore, unchanged from a year ago, but fewer than the 7 clinics opened last quarter. Total number of clinics in Singapore rose 17% YoY to 99. Together with Malaysia, the total number of new clinics opened was 5. The company maintained the guidance of at least 30 and has identified 10 new locations.
– COVID-19 PCR tests contribution becoming negligible. COVID-19 related earnings from Acumen, as measured by minority interest, has declined 76% QoQ from S$2.9mn to S$0.7mn. The need for PCR tests is now largely for outbound travellers. Acumen’s focus is on sepsis and cancer marker PCR tests.
We believe the reopening of borders will become a near-term headwind as the availability of dentists decline and patients will likely fall due to travel reasons. New dental clinics will be the key earnings driver for the company. Other benefits of a larger dental chain are the de-risking revenue contribution from a larger pool of dentists and a more valuable referral ecosystem to the specialist dentist. In 1Q22, industry outpatient dental admissions was down 14%, QNM likely took some market share judging by the more stable revenue.
Maintain BUY with an unchanged TP of S$0.71
QNM is on its most aggressive expansion plan from an average of 5 clinics p.a. before 2019 to currently 25 to 30 p.a. Earnings in FY22e will be impacted by the collapse in COVID-19 PCR test revenue.