I last wrote an article on Wilmar International (OTCPK:WLMIF) late last year and have accumulated its shares over the past 2 years.
What I like about this company is evident. I wrote last year that I was bullish on agriculture commodities based on a view that inflation is poised to come back and companies in this sector have not necessarily reflected this future trend. One such company is WLMIF.
Here is a snapshot of WLMIF's Valuation Measures from Yahoo! Finance.
With a Forward P/E of 14.17x and PEG Ratio of 1.35x, investors may not readily look at this company as a long-term investment target. Simply put, it is not cheap.
What I like though, is that WLMIF is progressively changing its business model. Here's an example based on PBT by Segments in 1Q 2014.
Source: Wilmar international 1Q2010 Results Presentation
Two evident trends can be seen by this simple comparison. Wilmar's sugar operations have become a significant segment and the "Oilseeds & grains" segment is very important to the company as its fluctuations between gains and losses (mainly cyclical) has been a drag on the company.
Source: WLMIF 4Q2013 Corporate Presentation
On an annualized basis, sugar now contributes to about 7% of the company's profits. The Consumer Products segment is another major contributor (about 12%).
Source: WLMIF 4Q2010 Corporate Presentation
The impact of volatility in WLMIF's Oilseeds & grains segment will continue to weigh on the company's stock performance. However, over time, we should see stronger profit and revenue drivers as the company continues its diversification and downstream expansion.
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