Premium Pet Food Expands Margin

Background

Asian Seafoods Coldstorage Public Company Limited is a smaller player in the Thai seafood market, with five domestic production facilities which produce frozen, canned and pouched seafood, as well as fish feed.

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Premium Pet Food

The company also sells high-end pet foods. Of total sales 80% are exported.

Business Description

ASIAN started as a frozen seafood maker and distributor, which still accounts for almost half of its business revenue.

The group subsequently branched out into supplying fish feed to fish farmers, and making canned and pouched tuna which together account for 28% of sales. Most recently, the firm has made a big move into the area of premium pet food, which was 28% of total sales in 9M17.

The frozen seafood division product line-up is comprised of shrimp sold for use in tempura in Japan, and other frozen shrimp, tuna and squid products. Some frozen seafood is sold under its own company brand, while the rest is sold under other seafood company labels.

Started as a frozen seafood maker and distributor but ventured into premium #petfood

Of its five plants, three are for frozen seafood production, one is for fish feed, the fifth is for canned and pouched tuna and premium pet foods.

Pet food is currently the fastest growing business of the group thanks to high demand for premium pet foods which are exported to the developed markets. ASIAN also works on product development with its clients that own premium pet food brands.

Leadership

Somsak Amornrattanachaikul is the Chairman and CEO of Asian Seafoods Coldstorage and its subsidiaries. He has served in this position since 1999 and personally holds 45 percent of shares of the company. This number totals up to 72 percent of outstanding shares held by him and his family. Along with other professional qualifications, he has completed a BA Political Science from Ramkhamhaeng University.

Somsak Amornrattanachaikul is the Chairman and #CEO of #Asian Seafoods Coldstorage

World Class Benchmarking

Profitable Growth returned to #1 in the past 12 months after a dip to #8 in 2016.

ASIAN ranked among the top 57 of 570 medium-sized Consumer Staples companies globally.

Profitability has improved to #4 from #10 in 2104, Growth has been volatile and returned to #1 in the past 12 months.

ASIAN ranked among the top 57 of 570 medium-sized #Consumer Staples globally

Asset utilization remained strong at #2. Profit margin improved due to a larger share of high-margin premium pet food in the sales mix but remained weak at #6.

Sales growth maintained its #3 rank and Margin change improved to #2 from #7 in the past 12 months.

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Dr. Andrew Stotz, CFA
Dr. Andrew Stotz, CFA is the CEO of A. Stotz Investment Research, a company providing institutional investors with ready-to- invest portfolios in Asia that aim to beat the benchmark through superior stock selection. The company also provides buy- and sell-side clients with financial models to value any company in the world and World Class Benchmarking to determine what companies are financially world class. Previously, as Head of Research at CLSA, Andrew was voted No. 1 Analyst in Thailand in the Asiamoney Brokers Polls for 2008 and 2009. He was also voted No. 1 Analyst in Thailand in the 2009 Institutional Investor magazine All-Asia Research Team Report. Andrew earned his PhD in finance at the University of Science and Technology of China in Anhui province, with a focus on answering questions raised by fund managers and analysts during his career about picking stocks and managing portfolios. In addition, Andrew has been a lecturer in finance for 22 years at various universities in Thailand. Since 2013, he has been the president of the CFA Society of Thailand. He is also the author of How to Start Building Your Wealth Investing in the Stock Market.