Kenanga Research & Investment

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Hartalega Holdings - More Great Quarters to Come

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1HFY21 PATAMI of RM765m (+286% YoY) came in at 27%/38% of our/consensus full-year forecasts. We consider the results to be within expectations as impact from higher ASPs will be felt in subsequent quarters. The group is confident of sustained strong demand with its production capacity booked up till end CY21, reassuring us that the lagged impact from ASP hike will be felt in 2HFY21. Our TP is RM26.22 based on 19.7x CY21E EPS. Reiterate Outperform.

Results’ review. QoQ, 2QFY21 revenue rose 46%, thanks to higher ASP (+40%) and sales volume (+4%). Correspondingly, EBITDA margin expanded by 20ppt from 32.8% to 52.8% due to higher ASP and better production efficiency. This brings 2QFY21 PATAMI to RM545m (+148%). A first interim DPS of 3.85 sen was proposed which is within with our expectation.

YoY, 1HFY21 revenue rose 68% due to higher volume sales (+32%), and ASP (+27%). Correspondingly, EBITDA margin expanded by 20.4ppt to 44.7% from 24.3% due to higher ASP and lower raw material and energy costs coupled with cost control initiative to reduce operation costs. This brings 1HFY21 PATAMI to RM765m (+286% YoY), boosted by a lower effective tax rate of 19% compared to 23% in 1HFY20.

Salient points from 2QFY21 results’ briefing conference call. Management is of the view that demand will stay strong at least over the next two years and shortage in supply will remain tight due to formers shortage and raw material constraint. We highlight that industry ASP has risen for Sept to Dec delivery suggesting that the robust demand will continue over the next few quarters. In line with higher industry ASP, HARTA is expected to raise ASP by 30% and 40% in 3QFY21 and 4QFY21, respectively. We do not expect supply to flood the market at least in the first three quarters of 2021 despite growing concern amongst investors that a number of Malaysian listed companies’ have announced new ventures into the gloves manufacturing segment. Furthermore, the typical timeline to complete a plant takes 12-15 months from land acquisition to obtaining approvals in terms of audit checks by clients and regulatory approvals to commissioning the first line.

Outlook. To date, all 12 lines of Plant 6 (installed capacity of 4.7b pieces) have commenced commercial operations. Plant 7 is expected to be commissioned by end-2020, which will focus on small orders as well as specialty products with an installed capacity of 2.7b pieces. With the progressive commissioning of Plant 6 and 7, the group’s annual installed capacity is expected to increase from current 39bn to 44bn pieces by FY22. Beyond plant 7, NGC 1.5 is expected to have four plants built with an estimated capacity of 19b pieces and construction is expected to start some time in 2021. NGC 2 is expected to have 82 new production lines with a capacity of 32.3b pieces which we believe would be mostly for nitrile gloves and expected to start in 1Q 2022.

Reiterate OP. We maintain our TP of RM26.22 based on 19.7x CY21E EPS (at -0.5SD below 5-year historical forward mean). We like HART for: (i) its solid management, (ii) constantly evolving via innovative products development, and (iii) its booming nitrile gloves segment.

Risks to our call. Lower-than-expected ASP and volume sales.

Source: Kenanga Research - 28 Oct 2020

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