Republished from ThumbtackInvestor's blog with permission. The article below is the top half of a long piece on Dutech Holdings which you are encouraged to read at the blog of ThumbtackInvestor, a Singaporean in his mid-30s, whose portfolio is valued at just over S$1 million. 

This is a continuation of my previous post:

Dutech Holdings – What’s Next? Realize $117k Profit, Hold Or Add More? (Part I)

Which is in turn a continuation of my initial investing thesis written way back: Dutech Holdings Investing Thesis

In this post, I'll aim to project what goes into Dutech Holdings' FY16Q4 results, as well as analyze in detail their most recent acquisition.

Now, CIMB's coverage of Dutech's financials is pretty extensive, and although in my previous post I cross referenced their DCF with mine to illustrate some slight differences, in this and subsequent posts I won't repeat what's already in their report.

Cos there's really no value in doing that.

Their analyst report is widely available and anyone can go read it. I don't think SG TTI's readers want to come here and read some snippets of repeated data cut and paste from somewhere else, or some superficial unsubstantiated thoughts.

Instead, here I'll discuss some pertinent facts that as far as I can tell, nobody has recognized, brought up, dissected or discussed.

Yet these points, as you'll see, are telling.

4. Scalability Of Dutech's Business, Long Term Compounding Of Earnings

I separated this into a post on its own as it's going to be long.

In part I, we've already seen how Dutech has a long term track record of profitability, increasing earnings over the years, growth both organically as well as via M&As and they've done this on the back of minimal debt.

Any debt that resides in Dutech's BS currently comes from their acquired subsidiaries and are not bank loans taken up for acquisitions.

drjohnnyliu dinner1.15Dr Johnny Liu, CEO of Dutech Holdings (right). NextInsight file photo Dutech's key man, Dr Johnny Liu, has thus far, IMO been insightful and his track record has been spotless.

I've also worked out the valuation in Part I by doing a peer comparison, as well as a DCF model. (Yes, I've received a fair bit of feedback from emails and on Investing Note that the share price has risen a bit since Part I, but I'm really talking in terms of much bigger gains than a few % points)

All these are somewhat backward looking though, and since future gains are substantially affected by what the company does in future, here I'll attempt to do the impossible and try to peer into Dutech's future.

Stellar FY16 results

Approximately a month from now, Dutech is scheduled to release FY16Q4 and FY16 results. I'm expecting a set of stellar results. By "stellar", I mean at least the 2nd best set of FY earnings in the last 7 years (that's as far back the data I've analyzed), and in all likelihood, record earnings by a mile.

This table shows Dutech's long term record of EPS:

(RMB'000) FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 9M16
Earnings per share (RMB cents) 18.11 10.16 11.29 28.15 40.02 33.1 29.53

As of 9M16, Dutech's EPS has already exceeded the full year earnings 3 years ago, and is poised to well exceed FY15.

Extraordinary Gain In FY16Q4

In FY16Q4, Dutech completed its acquisition of parts (most parts in fact) of the insolvent Metric Group.

412) Dutech's acquisition of Metric.jpg

I'll spend some time discussing this Metric acquisition and its prospects for Dutech as there seems to be quite a bit of confusion (based on the queries I've received and discussions on Investing Note after my Part I post)

It's no surprise why it's confusing, because the names of the acquired parts are similar, and they changed the name of the holding company just recently.

1stly, it should be obvious at first glance from the announcement, that Dutech got a helluva deal by picking the carcass of an insolvent Metric Group.

Dutech paid up S$4.5mil in cash, which is a tiny chink of the S$69mil in cash and cash equivalents that the company has as of mrq.

In turn, Dutech received S$6.1mil worth of inventory, and intangible assets of S$13.8mil.

Wow. Talk about driving a hard bargain.

But that's typical of insolvency proceedings. The administrator takes over the company, shields it temporarily from creditors, halts the business and sells off all parts as best as they could. The proceeds are then given to the creditors according to the hierarchy rights, and in all likelihood in this case, the shareholders of Metric walked away empty handed.

From the figures above, it'd also mean that Dutech is likely to recognize a one off, extraordinary gain from this M&A in FY16Q4. This is on top of its organic growth (see EPS table above).

♦ Dutech paid S$4.5m cash for Metric.

  In turn, Dutech received S$6.1m worth of inventory, and intangible assets of S$13.8m.

♦ Thus  Dutech is likely to recognize a one-off, extraordinary gain from this M&A in FY16Q4. This is on top of its organic growth.

Which is why I said I'm expecting stellar results.

Exactly how stellar is this extraordinary gain going to be? Well, I can't tell exactly, cos that depends on how much of the goodwill Dutech's accountants decide to write off.

But assuming they recognise the full sum above, Dutech will recognize a total gain of S$15.5mil, which works out to be... <gasp> about 21 RMB cents more!

I had to rework my figures a few times to make sure I got it right.

If that's true, that's going to blow out the EPS for FY16 to somewhere close to 60RMB cents, which is record EPS by a mile.

Even if Dutech decides to write off some of the goodwill, I can't see how there won't be an additional 20 RMB cents or so added to earnings come FY16Q4 from this acquisition.

Again, bear in mind this extraordinary gain, is on top of the current large jump in earnings in FY16.

Fact: In every quarter of FY16 (Q1, Q2 & Q3) thus far, Dutech's earnings has exceeded the same period in the preceding year by approximately 20%.

For the rest of the article, visit ThumbtackInvestor's blog

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