Today Pacific Smiles Group Ltd (ASX: PSQ) released its half-year report for the period ending 31 December 2018, with underlying net profit down 8.3% to $4.5 million.
Pacific Smiles is a dental service organisation which provides fully equipped dental practices for independent dentists to operate out of.
Pacific Smiles reported:
- Revenue up 18.5% to $59.8 million
- Underlying EBITDA up 2.5% to $11.2 million (click here to learn what EBITDA means)
- Underlying net profit after tax (NPAT) down 8.3% to $4.5 million
- Interim dividend unchanged of 2.3cps fully franked.
Pacific Smiles also reported they opened 3 new Pacific Smiles Dental centres in the half bringing the total number up to 82 centres on 31 December 2018.
CEO Phil McKenzie who was appointed in the period said, “I am pleased with the continued positive growth trajectory of Pacific Smiles, as we continue to gain share in a market that remains competitive and value conscious. Our growth strategy remains underpinned by dedicated and motivated practitioners operating alongside our professional support staff.”
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Pacific Smiles said business initiatives were undertaken during the half to “support the ongoing growth strategy and improve our competitive advantage in the market” included:
- 7 additional (dental) chairs commissioned in existing centres
- Upgrade of existing North Paramatta NIB centre and relocation of Drysdale centre
- Record intake for the dentist graduate program
- Implementation of a digital scanner pilot
- Increased focus on developing employees through expanded high achiever development programs, boosted traineeship programs and field-based trainers.
It seems Pacific Smiles’ idea of a competitive advantage is a little different to mine. There is nothing to stop a competitor such as 1300 Smiles Ltd (ASX: ONT) doing similar things.
The strategy in partnership with health insurance provider NIB (ASX: NHF) seems to be a ticking time bomb for margin compression. I think, sooner or later, NIB will be dictating the prices they are paying for their members. It is one of the things that 1300 Smiles Managing Director Dr Darryl Holmes has warned about. For that reason, 1300 Smiles is my top pick for dental service organisations.
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