+ Same-store sales building momentum. We have seen same-store sales turning since 2Q23. Momentum has crept up to 1.8% YoY in 3Q23, from an estimated 1.5% YoY in 2Q23. Same-store sales is rising from market share gains and a jump in population in Singapore.
+New stores recovering. SSG added one new store in Yishun. There are three more stores pending award by HDB. Thereafter, there are another 5 stores in the pipeline by HDB over the next six months.
– Operating expenses jumped S$6.1mn YoY. The introduction of a progressive wage model and higher utility costs drove up operating expenses by S$6.1mn (or 10% YoY). Despite higher wages, the number of staff at 3200 is similar to pre-pandemic levels. Utility cost is expected to decline in FY24e.