ZEN fixes IPO price at 13 baht per share for subscription on 7, 8 and 11 Feb Aims to be leader of food service business Set to push through full expansion of its restaurant branches

Stocks and Financial Services Press Releases Wednesday February 6, 2019 13:44
Bangkok--6 Feb--MT Multimedia

'ZEN Corporation Group Plc.' or ZEN has fixed its IPO price at 13 baht per share which is the highest price surveyed during the book building process following a good response from institutional investors. The group is poised to appoint Kasikorn Securities as its underwriter. SCB Securities Co., Ltd., Finansia Syrus Securities Pcl., KGI Securities (Thailand) Pcl. and KTB Securities (Thailand) Pcl. will be its co-underwriters. After the prospectus takes effect, ZEN will proceed with its investment plan to expand its restaurant branches in Thailand and abroad. Its goal is to become the leader in the food service business.

On 6 February 2019, ZEN Corporation Group Plc. or ZEN signed a contract to appoint Kasikorn Securities to underwrite its initial public offering (IPO) and to appoint SCB Securities Co., Ltd., Finansia Syrus Securities Pcl., KGI Securities (Thailand) Pcl. and KTB Securities (Thailand) Pcl. as co-underwriters.

Mr Pongsak Phrukpaisal, Managing Director of Kasikorn Securities Pcl., in his capacity as financial adviser and underwriter, revealed that the company had surveyed demands for ZEN's IPO during the book building on 4-5 February. It found good response from institutional investors who wanted subscription at the highest price of 13 baht per share and demand far exceeds the number of shares being allocated. This reflects confidence in the business fundamentals and future growth potentials of the group which is why the IPO price was set at 13 baht per share, the highest price surveyed during the book building. Preparations are being made for investor subscription on 7, 8 and 11 February. ZEN shares are expected to see its first day of trading in the Stock Exchange of Thailand on 20 February.

At present the ZEN Corporation Group Plc. has a registered capital of 300 million baht divided into 300 common shares at a par value of one baht per share. The registered capital is composed of 225 million baht in paid-up capital and the group will offer to sell 75 million IPO shares, or no more than 25% of all issued and paid-up common shares of the company after this IPO. The fund raised will be used to expand the business of the group – including expansion and improvement of restaurant branches, repayment of loans from commercial banks, and used as working capital in the operation.

Mr Boonyong Tansakul, Chief Executive Officer of ZEN, said the group aims to step up as the leader in the country's food service business and the corporate vision is to become the leader in the food business that has the confidence of customers, business partners and all other concerned parties. The group plans to expand its business through a concerted effort to improve its restaurants, franchise and other related businesses after having invested in the management system within the organisation to support business expansion. In 2019, the group plans to expand 123 restaurant branches, divided into branches with original designs and those with new styles but are smaller (about 100 square metres in area). Of these 36 will be owned and operated by ZEN and 87 will be franchise operations. In 2020, the group plans to expand 225 branches, both original and new designs, with ZEN operating 50 branches and 175 will be franchise branches.

The business of the group can be divided into three categories (1) restaurant business (2) franchise, and (3) other related businesses such as food delivery, catering, restaurant management, restaurant consultancy and retail food business. The retail food business is composed of ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat food which takes popular products from the restaurants and sell it to general consumers.

At present the group has a total of 12 restaurant brands – six Japanese and six Thai. The Japanese brand restaurants include: (1) ZEN, serving authentic Japanese food, (2) Musha by ZEN, new trend Japanese restaurants, (3) Sushi Cyu Carnival Yakiniku, premium Japanese restaurants, (4) AKA, Japanese style grill restaurants (Yakiniku), (5) Testu, premium Japanese style grill restaurants, and (6) On the Table Tokyo Cafe, lifestyle restaurants.

The Thai brand restaurants include: (1) Tummour, Thai-Esan restaurants, (2) Laoyuan, Thai-Esan and Vietnamese restaurants, (3) Jaew Hon, Lao style Suki restaurants, (4) Pho, Vietnamese style noodle soup restaurants, (5) de Tummour, premium Thai-Esan restaurants, and (6) Khiang by Tummour, Thai street food style restaurants. The last is a new brand that offers one plate Thai dishes popular with general consumers such as stir-fried pork with basil. Khiang has opened its first branch at a PTT petrol station in Jesada Bodin, Nonthaburi.

As of 31 December 2018, the group has 255 restaurant branches under its brands, both in Thailand and abroad. Of these, 167 branches are Thai restaurants and 88 branches are Japanese restaurants. The group owns and operates 110 of these branches and the other 145 operate under franchises.

The overview of the operating results for the first nine months of 2018 (January to September) saw total revenues of 2.226 billion baht, an increase of 21.9% from the same period of the previous year. The group earned a net profit of 108.7 million baht or an increase of 120.9% over the same period of the previous year. The main factor for this increase was the growth of the restaurant and franchise businesses.

"We have the strength of being a complete provider of food services. We have a food business with a variety of brands that can respond to consumers with low, medium and high purchasing powers. We have a franchise business to help the group expand its branches widely and we also have other related businesses that make us different and give strength to our operations," Mr Boonyong said.

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