The 3 Numbers That Make The Hour Glass Tick

Hourglass logoTime will tell, as the saying goes. In the case of The Hour Glass (SGX: E5P), the watch retailer has stood the test of time. Since its founding in 1979, the company has become a go-to destination for upmarket time pieces.

The watch retailer boasts one of the higher Return on Equity (RoE) in the Singapore market. At 19%, the company generates $19 for every $100 of shareholder equity. The market average is around 11%.

The Hour Glass, as you would expect, has a health Net Income Margin. It produces $9 of bottom-line profit on every $100 of sales. Around 80% of its revenues are generated in Southeast Asia and Australia, while the rest is generated from Northeast Asia.

Even though its margin is high in comparison to, say, retailers such as Challenger Technologies (SGX: 573) and Courts Asia (SGX: RE2), it lags the wider market. The average Net Income margin for the 30 companies that make up the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI) is around 19%.

For a retailer of expensive timepieces, The Hour Glass has a remarkably high Asset Turnover. It generates $1.80 of revenues for every $1 of asset employed in the business. The average for Singapore’s blue chips is $0.50 for every dollar of asset used.

The watch seller does not use excessive leverage in its business. Its Leverage Ratio of 1.2 is below the market average of 1.7.

By dismantling the financial ratios for the company, it is easy to see how the company generate a return for shareholders. It is the product of a good Net Income Margin of 9%; a decent Asset Turnover of 1.8 and a small Leverage Ratio of 1.2.

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