Thursday 23 June 2022

Investing in the Cinema Business at Good Value- Orange Sky Golden Harvest

Contributed by: The Big Fat Whale

The cinema business has weathered an unprecedented crisis brought by the pandemic. The massive plunge in patrons to the cinemas has drastically fallen off the cliff with all the measures by governments to contain Covid 19. However, things seem to be picking up with an about-turn to better days with the unwinding of earlier tough measures.

From Singapore's scenario, there is now no safe distance requirement and capacity could go back to 100%. With the pent-up supply where movie companies have held back launches of their blockbusters, the return of the good old days of the cinema business could be on track.

In recent times, the screening of Top Gun (meant to be released in June 2020), Jurassic World Dominion, and the upcoming Minions- The Rise of Gru, would generate the buzz for moviegoers to revisit the cinemas and get things back to normalcy.

Given this backdrop, an investment in the cinema business would be a way to ride this recovery thesis of the sector. Moreover, we have spotted a well-known company that is trading at a deep value which provides a good margin of safety.


Deep Value Play

The stock that we are considering would be no other than Orange Sky Golden Harvest which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. They are owners of the Golden Village chain of cinemas in Singapore (14 cinemas) and also have exposure to the Hong Kong (10 cinemas) and Taiwan (16 cinemas) cinema industry.

Golden Village is an iconic name in the Singapore Cinema scene with the first multiplex (Numerous cinemas) established in Singapore on 27th May 1992.

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Thursday 2 June 2022

Food Crisis and Protectionism- Boom for the Cold Storage Industry

Contributed by: The Big Fat Whale

The recent ban on exporting live chickens- 3.6 million a month- from Malaysia to Singapore has been unprecedented. It shows the vulnerabilities of the supply chain issues for a country like Singapore which is highly dependent on others for their food and energy sources.

The current situation is due to the cap by the Malaysian government on chicken prices at RM8.90 per kg since Feb 5, 2022, which has led to losses or minuscule margins for the chicken breeders. This has affected the supply of chickens as some would rather not breed given a loss-making situation where costs of breeding have shot up due to the world's inflationary environment.

The government did try to cushion and provided support to the breeders through a subsidy of RM730 million. However, to date, only RM50 million have been paid out.

The ban on Malaysia's export to Singapore could help stabilise the prices of chickens in Malaysia as there is a good possibility that prices the breeders managed to secure from Singapore would be higher than the ceiling price set by the Malaysian government.

However, if prices are not set by market forces, sustainability would be questionable, especially with subsidies not efficiently handed out.

Singapore Chicken Source

Source: The Straits Time

From the chart above, Malaysia should form the bulk of our live chicken supply due to the geographical and logistical aspects of the supply chain. 

Going forward, with a huge dent in the supply of live chicken stocks, we might have to make do with frozen chicken till the ban eases.

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