G8 Education Limited (GEM)

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General Information
Company Name: G8 Education Limited
Stock Code: GEM
Website: www.g8education.com.au
GICS Sub-Industry: Education Services
Market Cap ($M): 1,475
Equiv. Shares (M): 354

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 4.170 $ 4.320 $ 4.340 $ 4.060 $ 4.340 3,995,820 $ -0.170  -3.917 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Hold (2.5)
Recommendation Date: 16th Dec 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 2

Company Overview

Business Description:
G8 Education Limited (GEM) is a childcare center operator providing developmental and educational child care services mainly in Australia. GEM conducts a range of child care service activities, including: the acquisition of child care centres, the management of child care centres, industry-related project management, services and consultancy. GEM also operates child care centres, both owned and franchised, in Singapore.

Strategy Analysis:
G8 currently holds a portfolio of premier childcare brands and chooses to navigate this quality tilt through its corporate architecture as the company continues to stress the tremendous importance of outstanding childcare. This strategic positioning of its product, disseminating quality and safety allows the G8 to command relatively high margins. In addition to this, a wide distribution spanning Australia and Singapore gives the company leverage to capitalise on demographical changes. Growth will stem from both potential acquisition opportunities and through more organic means. G8 Education reported NPAT up 11% to $19.21m for the year ended 31 December 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were $179.99m, up 26% from last year. Diluted EPS was 8.94 cents compared to 9.27 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $19.95m compared to $11.76m last year. The final dividend declared was 2 cents, taking the full year dividend to 6 cents compared with 4 cents last year.

Financial Summary
Year to Dec NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2015  F 108.9 30.5 49.1 13.7 27.9 6.7 100.0
2014  F 66.4 20.5 64.9 20.4 17.0 4.1 100.0
2013  A 32.3 12.4 35.3 20.3 12.0 4.8 100.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F
G8 Education (GEM) $1,535 M 0.2766 0.7312 0.3972 37.0307 21.3898 15.3086 2.76 4.03 5.54
Navitas (NVT) $1,824 M 0.0996 0.1922 0.1313 22.1968 18.6180 16.4574 4.02 5.42 6.08
Vocation (VET) $52 M -- -- -- 4.0835 -- -- 14.22 -- --

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
GEM 0.60 20.8 4.11 0.38 4.21
Market 0.88 14.7 1.18 1.88 1.45
Sector 1.34 17.7 2.28 1.41 2.28

Name Position Start Date
Mr Chirstopher John Scott Managing Director 25 March 2010
Ms Jennifer Joan Hutson Non-Executive Chairman 25 March 2010
Mr Andrew Peter Somervill Kemp Non-Executive Director 18 March 2011
Mr Brian Hilton Bailison Non-Executive Director 25 March 2010
Ms Susan Margaret Forrester Non-Executive Director 01 November 2011

Name Position
Christopher Sacre Chief Financial Officer,Company Secretary,Chief Operating Officer

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
15,142,720 (5.02%) National Australia Bank Limited and associated companies
17,361,853 (5.75%) Perpetual Limited

Calendar of Events
Date Event
10 August 2015 Report (Interim)
16 February 2015 Report (Prelim)
16 February 2015 Report (Annual)
21 January 2015 Div Pay Date
29 December 2014 Books Close
23 December 2014 Div Ex Date
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