Foolish Face-Off: Super Group versus Power Root Berhad

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The Foolish Face-Off series pits two businesses that are similar in nature against each other. In this latest instalment, we will let Singapore-listed Super Group (SGX: S10) and Malaysia-listed Power Root Berhad tussle it out in the ring to see which company emerges victorious.

Introducing the contenders

Super Group is an integrated instant food and beverage (F&B) brand owner that operates in two main business segments – Branded Consumer and Food Ingredients. The former entails the sale of instant coffee mixes, instant tea, and cereals, under brands such as Super, Owl, and NutreMill. The latter is involved in manufacturing various types of beverage-ingredients like non-dairy creamer and soluble coffee powder for sale to other beverage manufacturers.

Super’s contender, Power Root, mainly manufactures and distributes coffee and tea products, energy drinks, and cereal drinks, among others. Some of its famous brands include Alicafe and Ah Huat.

Super Group Power Root
Market Capitalisation S$1.65 billion RM681 million
Revenue (last 12 months) S$549 million RM307 million

Source: S&P Capital IQ

Round 1: Profitability

The first round looks at the profitability of the companies in terms of their profit margins and Return on Equity (ROE). In particular, the latter shows how efficient a company’s management is in turning every dollar of shareholders’ capital into actual profits.

Super Group Power Root
Gross margin* 37.7% 58.7%
Net margin* 17.4% 12.5%
Return on equity* (ROE) 21.0% 18.5%
*Based on last 12 months’ financial figures

Source: S&P Capital IQ

For every dollar of revenue earned by Super, 17.4 cents is converted into profit while for its competitor, every ringgit of revenue only becomes 12.5 sen in profit. Super also has a higher ROE as compared to Power Root. However, Power Root has higher gross margin than Super; this shows that the management of Power Root is able to keep its costs for raw materials low.

With Super winning in two out of three aspects, it is the winner in this round.

Winner: Super

Round 2: Growth

In this round, we will delve into some numbers that concern the growth of the two F&B firms for the past five years at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) basis. In the long-term, companies that can grow their sales and profits steadily over time should also see their intrinsic value increase in tandem.

Super Group Power Root
Revenue CAGR* 13.2% 17.2%
Earnings per share (EPS) CAGR* 31.1% 31.8%
Dividend CAGR* 41.3% 24.6%
*Based on each company’s figures for their last five completed financial years; CAGR stands for Compounded Annual Growth Rate

Source: S&P Capital IQ

Power Root grew its earnings per share at a clip of 31.8% per year for its past five completed financial years. Meanwhile, Super is no slouch either as its EPS growth is just a hair’s breadth slower at 31.1% per annum during the same period. On the dividends front, Super’s shareholders were rewarded more handsomely as compared to Power Root’s.

With two out of three aspects in Power Root’s favour, the winner is obvious.

Winner: Power Root

Round 3: Valuation

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett once quipped that price does not equate to value as looking at the absolute price of a share tell us nothing about the value of its underlying business. Because of that, we want to look at a share’s valuation. Here’re the two companies’ price-to-earnings (PE) ratio, price-to-sales (PS) ratio and dividend yield.

Super Group Power Root
Price-to-earnings (PE) ratio* 17.3 17.5
Price-to-sales (PS) ratio* 3.0 2.2
Dividend yield** 3.0% 4.2%
Share price S$1.47 RM2.16
*Based on financial figures for the last 12 months
**Based on current share price and dividends for last-completed financial year

Source: S&P Capital IQ

Since Power Root has a lower PS ratio and higher dividend yield as compared to Super, it seems to be at a better value than the latter.

Winner: Power Root

Foolish Bottom Line

Final Score: 2-1 to Power Root!

Overall, the winner in the friendly mano-a-mano is Power Root as it has shown better growth and is actually selling for a lower valuation.

But before you rush to buy shares of Power Root, you also have to delve into other important aspects of the two F&B outfits such as the strength of their balance sheet  and their respective cash flow situations. We have also not looked into the companies’ management and their management track record. This Foolish Face-Off just serves as a direction in the right path.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Sudhan P owns shares in Super Group.