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Want Want China Holdings Ltd.

  • 6.45 HKD
  • -0.24
  • -3.59%
  • China
    Apr 20, 2018
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Company Background

Want Want China Holdings is a Taiwanese confectionery company headquartered in Shanghai, China. It offers a wide array of products ranging from snack foods such as gummies to baby milk powder and other dairy products. It holds an about 80% share of the rice cracker market, taking advantage of technical assistance provided by the Japanese company Iwatsuka Confectionery. Want Want China was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2008.

The predecessor of Want Want China was a Taiwan-based food manufacturing factory opened in 1962 by the father of Tsai Eng-meng, Want Want China's current chairman. At the age of 19, Tsai succeeded his father in the business. When he was 24, he visited Japan to meet Iwatsuka's founder Keisaku Maki to ask for technical assistance. Want Want China started growing dramatically from 1983, when Maki agreed to provide technical support.

Rice crackers are the company's core business. Technical staff sent by Iwatsuka guide employees on how to select materials and manage facilities. Implementation of strict quality control has helped the company gain customer confidence in China, where food safety problems have often occurred.

Want Want China has more than 100 factories and over 300 sales offices throughout China. With a sales force of more than 10,000, the company has extended its marketing reach deeply into the country's interior, including the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province. It generates 80% of its total sales from regional small enterprises, such as privately owned shops.

The company is working to strengthen its dairy products division as a way to diversify its operations further. As such, it has tied up with the Japanese company Morinaga Milk Industry. While the Chinese market makes up approximately 80% of its rice cracker sales, the company will have to focus more other markets for growth.

Business Summary

Want Want China Holdings Ltd. is an investment holding company, which engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of food and beverages. It operates through the following segments: Rice Crackers, Dairy Products and Beverages, Snack Foods and Other Products. The Rice Crackers segment manufactures sugar coated crackers, savory crackers, and fried crackers. The Dairy Products and Beverages segment includes flavored milk, yogurt drinks, ready-to-drink coffee, carbonated drinks, herbal tea, and milk powder. The Snack Foods segment comprises of candies, popsicles and jellies, ball cakes, beans, and nuts. The Other Products segment consists of mainly wine and other food products. The company was founded on October 3, 2007 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2016 HKDUSD
Gross Profit10,631.86M1,369.65M
Operating income5,519.92M711.10M
Income before tax5,727.51M737.84M
Net income4,111.86M529.71M
Diluted EPS0.320.04
Dividends Per Share0.130.01
Total Assets30,355.71M3,915.27M
Total liabilities16,609.98M2,142.35M
Total equity13,690.26M1,765.76M
Operating cash flow5,968.04M768.83M
Currency in HKDCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2012Dec 2013Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016
Revenue 26,053.10M 29,612.61M 29,276.54M 26,383.31M 23,029.67M
Gross Profit 10,088.84M 12,065.68M 11,504.24M 11,213.91M 10,631.86M
Operating income 5,482.47M 6,674.02M 5,552.90M 5,600.76M 5,519.92M
Income before tax 5,804.75M 7,229.93M 6,436.89M 5,926.89M 5,727.51M
Net income 4,295.97M 5,331.26M 4,811.81M 4,172.28M 4,111.86M
EBITDA 6,143.20M 7,468.10M 6,469.79M 6,621.35M 6,556.00M
Diluted EPS 0.32 0.40 0.36 0.31 0.32
Dividends Per Share 0.22 0.26 0.18 0.14 0.13
Total Assets 26,826.45M 33,714.01M 33,219.88M 29,498.40M 30,355.71M
Total liabilities 14,397.42M 18,576.93M 17,261.90M 14,975.49M 16,609.98M
Total equity 12,366.34M 15,068.35M 15,897.51M 14,463.92M 13,690.26M
Operating cash flow 4,776.61M 7,392.14M 2,297.18M 6,101.49M 5,968.04M
 Dec 2012Dec 2013Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016
Revenue 3,358.65M 3,817.71M 3,775.33M 3,403.16M 2,966.80M
Gross Profit 1,300.60M 1,555.52M 1,483.52M 1,446.47M 1,369.65M
Operating income 706.77M 860.42M 716.07M 722.43M 711.10M
Income before tax 748.32M 932.09M 830.06M 764.50M 737.84M
Net income 553.81M 687.31M 620.50M 538.18M 529.71M
EBITDA 791.95M 962.80M 834.30M 854.08M 844.57M
Diluted EPS 0.04 0.05 0.04 0.04 0.04
Dividends Per Share 0.02 0.03 0.02 0.01 0.01
Total Assets 3,461.09M 4,348.09M 4,283.75M 3,806.17M 3,915.27M
Total liabilities 1,857.52M 2,395.86M 2,225.95M 1,932.28M 2,142.35M
Total equity 1,595.48M 1,943.36M 2,050.00M 1,866.27M 1,765.76M
Operating cash flow 615.77M 953.00M 296.23M 787.02M 768.83M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2016
Operating margin23.96%
Profit margin17.85%

Key executives

  • Chairman & Executive President: Eng-Meng Tsai
  • COO, Executive Director, VP-Dairy & Beverages: Wang-Chia Tsai
  • Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director: Chi-Wen Chu
  • Executive Director & Chief Information Officer: Yu-Feng Chan
  • Managing Director-Administration Department: Yu-Sheng Lee


  • TSAI ENG MENG (49.3%)
  • Iwatsuka Confectionery Co., Ltd. (4.8%)
  • CHENG WEN HSIEN (3.7%)
  • OppenheimerFunds, Inc. (1.9%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (1.0%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (0.8%)
  • TSAI WANG CHIA (0.8%)
  • TSAI SHAO CHUNG (0.8%)
  • TSAI WANG HSUAN (0.8%)

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    Last Updated on 20 Apr, 2018

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