+ Healthy growth in revenue. 4Q22 revenue grew 15% YoY to S$1.04bn, the 2nd highest December quarter since 2017. Growth was from the life science, medical device and healthcare domain. Pre-pandemic, revenue growth was a negative 4% from FY17 to FY19. We also expect revenue growth to slow in 2023 with the absence of the Malaysia re-opening lift experienced in 2022.
– Major decline in margins. 2H22 gross margins declined 2.1% points to 23.7%, the lowest levels since 2015. We believe Venture had to absorb the higher-priced raw materials which were bulked up over the past few quarters. Venture still maintains a high S$1bn of inventories. There was operating leverage at the operating cost level due to the appreciating US dollar.