Company Update and Acquisition of Three Franchise Clinics
Sydney, May 23, 2017 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Traditional Therapy Clinics Limited (ASX:TTC) (TTC or the Company) has successfully generated strong business and EBIT growth of more than 10% for its Chinese RMB operations since its IPO in 2015. This growth has been primarily generated by a careful expansion of both its franchised clinics and company owned clinics. The company strategy is to maintain this growth and successful expansion through the acquisition and establishment of more clinics. Company owned clinics make a greater contribution to profit and the company is pleased that the number of company owned clinics has grown rapidly from 11 clinics to 35 clinics over the last 2 years or so.
In further executing this growth strategy then Traditional Therapy Clinics Limited (ASX:TTC) (TTC or the Company) is pleased to advise that through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fuqiao (Chongqing) Holdings Co. Limited, TTC has entered into agreements to acquire three franchise clinics located in Tianjin, Jiangsu Province, and Tibet. These new acquisitions, together with three other clinics acquired in April 2017, are in line with a key element of the business strategy which is to grow its owned clinic network and increase revenues and profit.
The combined purchase price for these new clinics will be paid in cash by TTC and totals RMB 28.45 million which equates to AUD 5.57 million at an exchange rate of 5.11 (AUD:RMB). The total purchase price represents an average EBITDA multiple of 3.22 times based on the clinics' earnings in the 2016 financial year. Operational functions of these new clinics will be transferred to TTC in June 2017.
Signing of these contracts takes the number of clinics acquired by TTC since listing on the ASX in September 2015, to 24 and the total number of owned clinics to 35. The total number of franchised and owned clinics and new franchise licenses granted and clinics acquired by TTC during the 2015 to 2017 calendar years are shown in the link below.
TTC's Growth Strategy
TTC's multi-pronged growth strategy includes focusing on:
- Growing its number of franchised clinics; and
- Expanding its owned clinic network through the acquisition of existing clinics (from third parties or franchisees) or developing Greenfield owned clinics in suitable locations.
The "owned clinic" model is one key focus of the company given the ability to generate a greater return on investment and its added advantage of assisting with projecting TTC's brand and further demonstrating the high standards of quality and service within the TTC network.
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About Traditional Therapy Clinics Ltd
Traditional Therapy Clinics Limited (ASX:TTC) is a franchisor and the owner of one of the largest chains (by number of clinics) of traditional therapeutic health and wellness clinics in China. It currently has 343 franchised clinics and 35 owned clinics in operation. It is a well established business with a strong growth profile, employing a repeatable and scalable business model.
TTC has a highly recognised and respected brand, having received the prestigious Chinese Well-Known Trademark designation from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. It operates within a strongly regulated industry sector of significant scale, which offers opportunity for further growth.
TTC is an ASX listed company employing around 1,000 staff across 27 of the 33 administrative divisions in China. More information is available at https://www.ttc-ltd.com/