Lincotrade Delivers Strong Performance for FY2023 with Revenue Surging 78.0 Percent to S$69.9 Million
SINGAPORE, August 31, 2023: (ACN Newswire) – Lincotrade & Associates Holdings Limited, (“Lincotrade” or the “Company” and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), a specialist in interior fitting-out services, is pleased to announce its full-year financial results ended 30 June 2023 (“FY2023”), following the completion of the reverse takeover (“RTO”) of Fabchem China Limited on 3 August 2022.
– Excluding the one-off non-cash RTO-related expenses, the Group’s profit before tax in FY2023 was S$2.8 Million, a year-on-year increase of 168.2%
– Strong performance from the Group’s commercial and show flats business segments, which posted revenue growth of 58.7% and 357.3% respectively, propelled the Group’s revenue growth in FY2023
– Generated net cash flow of approximately S$4.7 million from operations during FY2023
– Total assets increased 26.5% to approximately S$35.1 million, of which cash and cash equivalents increased by 104.5% to approximately S$12.7 million as at 30 June 2023
– The Group’s order book stood at approximately S$58.0 million as at 30 June 2023
– Aiming to expand its order book with a healthy pipeline of new projects, the Group expects the demand for its interior fitting-out services in 2023 to remain strong in view of the projections of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (“BCA”), where the total construction demand in 2023 is projected to range between S$27 billion and S$32 billion
Commenting on its FY2023 results, the Managing Director of Lincotrade, Mr. Tan Jit Meng said: “FY2023 marks a new milestone in Lincotrade’s history as we completed our RTO and transition into a listed company in our corporate journey.
We look back on a strong first year of listing with good performance across the Group, both operationally and financially, which reflects our core competencies in project management and execution.
With diversity in our business model that has three different business categories, Lincotrade is well-positioned to continue our momentum of organic growth that aligns, and we aim to supplement that growth with a disciplined financial approach.
The positive outlook of Singapore’s construction market reaffirms Lincotrade’s positive trajectory and reinforces our belief in our ability to achieve a stronger growth profile ahead.”
Propelled by higher revenue contribution from the Group’s commercial and show flats business segments, the Group’s revenue surged by approximately S$30.6 million or 78.0%, to approximately S$69.9 million in FY2023: Lincotrade is engaged in the provision of interior fitting-out services, additions and alterations (“A&A”) work and other building construction services primarily for three business segments, commercial, residential and show flats.
As part of the Group’s strategic plans to increase revenue contribution from its commercial segment, the Group has been focused on securing more commercial projects in Singapore and as a result, there was a higher percentage of revenue contribution from some of the Group’s larger commercial projects in FY2023. There was also increased revenue from larger show flats projects in FY2023 while the majority of the Group’s residential projects were substantially completed before 30 June 2022.
As a result, revenue contribution from the Group’s commercial and showflats business segments increased by approximately S$17.9 million or 58.7% and approximately S$14.1 million or 357.3% respectively in FY2023.
Gross profit increased by approximately S$2.6 million or 55.0% in FY2023 to S$7.3 million despite lower gross profit margin: Corresponding to increased revenue growth in FY2023, the Group’s gross profit increased to approximately S$7.3 million in FY2023. However, the Group’s gross profit margin dipped 1.5 percentage points to 10.4% in FY2023 (FY2022: 11.9%), mainly due to a higher proportion of revenue contribution from the showflats business segment, which registered a lower gross margin in FY2023.
One-off non-cash RTO expenses of approximately S$10.8 million includes the deemed RTO expenses of approximately S$9.6 million, share-based payment to the Sponsor and Arranger of approximately S$1.2 million: With the completion of the RTO on 3 August 2022, the Group recognized the one-off non-cash RTO expenses in accordance with the Singapore Financial Reporting Standards (International) in FY2023.
Excluding the one-off non-cash RTO expenses, Lincotrade would have recorded an adjusted profit before tax of approximately S$2.8 million for FY2023, representing a growth of 168.2% as compared to FY2022.
Generated net cash of approximately S$4.7 million from operations during FY2023: The Group recorded operating cash flows before working capital changes of approximately S$3.5 million and net cash of approximately S$4.7 million generated from operating activities during FY2023.
During FY2023, the Group used net cash of approximately S$0.3 million in investing activities and there was net cash outflow of approximately S$0.6 million from financing activities.
Overall, the Group registered a net increase of approximately S$3.8 million in cash and cash equivalents during FY2023.
Total assets increased 26.5% to approximately S$35.1 million, of which cash and cash equivalents increased 104.5% to approximately S$12.7 million as at 30 June 2023: The Group’s total assets comprise non-current assets of approximately S$4.4 million and current assets of approximately S$30.6 million as at 30 June 2023.
The key components of non-current assets are property, plant, and equipment of approximately S$1.4 million and a non-current portion of trade and other receivables of approximately S$3.0 million. The key components of current assets are cash and cash equivalents of approximately S$12.7 million, contract assets of approximately S$5.3 million, and current portion of trade and other receivables of approximately S$11.2 million.
As at the end of June 2023, the Group’s total equity stood at approximately S$8.8 million and total liabilities amounted to approximately S$26.3 million, of which total non-current liabilities is approximately S$1.7 million and current liabilities is approximately S$24.6 million. The key components of current liabilities are trade and other payables of approximately S$11.7 million and other financial liabilities of approximately S$11.6 million.
Positive industry outlook in Singapore: According to a media release by BCA issued on 12 January 2023, it projects the total construction demand in 2023 (i.e. the value of construction contracts to be awarded) to range between S$27 billion and S$32 billion.
The public sector is expected to contribute about 60 percent of the total construction demand, between S$16 billion and S$19 billion. Private sector construction demand is projected to be between S$11 billion and S$13 billion in 2023.
Over the medium term, BCA expects the total construction demand to reach between $25 billion and $32 billion per year from 2024 to 2027. Private sector construction demand is projected to remain steady over the medium term, reaching approximately S$11 billion to S$14 billion per annum from 2024 to 2027, in view of healthy investment commitments amid Singapore’s strong economic fundamentals.
As at 30 June 2023, the Group’s order book stood at approximately S$58.0 million which generally will be fulfilled during the next two years.
With an aim to expand its order book with a healthy pipeline of new projects, the Group continues to proactively tender for new projects in Singapore, particularly those that are larger in terms of scale and contract value. In January 2023, the Group secured an Asset Enhancement Initiative (“AEI”) for an integrated development in Singapore with a contract value of approximately S$35.0 million, the largest single contract secured by the Group to date.