Conglomerate With Big Exposure To Philippine Consumers

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Philippines

Background

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is one the largest conglomerates in the Philippines.

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It operates beverage, food, packaging, power, fuel, oil and infrastructure businesses.

SMC produces beverages, poultry, animal feeds, fresh and processed meats, dairy products, various packaging products, and a range of refined petroleum products.

Business Description

SMC’s largest contributor (53%) is its fuel and oil segment through Petron Corporation (PCOR PM). It is the largest refining and marketing company in the Philippines, supplying nearly 40% of the country’s oil requirements with a rated capacity of 180,000 barrels per day.

The food segment, San Miguel Food and Beverage, Inc. (FB PM) contributing 14% of total sales, is engaged in feed production, livestock farming, processing, manufacturing and selling of meat, canned meat and bakery ingredients among others.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Philippines

San Miguel Brewery, Inc. also contributes 14% of sales, the largest producer of beer in the Philippines with a market share of 93%, meanwhile Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (GSMI PM) its liquor business, is engaged in the manufacturing of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. sells and distributes power. The packaging business produces glass containers, PET bottles, etc. SMC infrastructure engages in construction and development of various infrastructure projects such as airports, roads and highways.

Leadership

Eduardo M. Cojuangco, Jr. has served as the Chairman and CEO of San Miguel Corporation since 2003. He is also the Chairman of SMC’s listed subsidiaries Petron Corporation (PCOR PM), San Miguel Food and Beverage, Inc. (FB PM), and Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (GSMI PM). Mr. Cojuangco has completed multiple Master’s degrees in the field of Economics, Humanities, and Agri-Business from multiple institutes in the Philliphines.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Philippines

Ramon S. Ang joined the group in 2002 and is the current Vice Chairman, President, and COO of SMC. As Chairman Cojuangco he also holds leadership positions in a number of organizations including subsidiaries of SMC. His education consists of a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Far Eastern University, Philippines.

World Class Benchmarking

Profitable Growth has been poor after 2013 and ranked at #9 in the past 12 months.

Profitability greatly resembles the trend of Profitable Growth while Growth has been better, attaining above average ranks in most years.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Philippines

Asset utilization has consistently ranked at #8 throughout the years. Profit margin saw an improvement to #6 in 2016, but fell back one step to #7 in the past 12 months.

Sales growth has ranked below average in most years but has risen to rank #3 in the past 12 months. Margin change saw good improvements in rank in 2015-2016 but fell to an average rank in the most recent period.

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About the Author

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.

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