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Supermax Corporation Berhad - Growing Global Ambition

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  • 1QFY21 earnings beat expectations
  • 1QFY21 net profit up by 98.3%qoq to RM793.5m
  • Still room for ASP growth
  • Plans to build plants overseas
  • Eyeing dual listing in Singapore
  • Maintain BUY with an unchanged TP RM13.83

1QFY21 earnings beat expectations. Supermax’s 1QFY21 core net earnings of RM793.5m came in above our and consensus’ expectations, making up 37.7% and 40.9% of our and consensus’ full year estimates respectively. The positive deviation can be attributed to its better than expected margin.

1QFY21 net profit swelled by 1345.1%yoy to RM793.5m as revenue jumped by 79%yoy to RM1,352.5m. The surge in net profit can be attributed in its OBM model, which allows it to command higher margins through its own distribution channels. The model enables it to sell directly to end users and more so during the pandemic, hence making the higher profit margin. Other than selling medical gloves, the company also distributes other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and protective gowns, which had also garnered good margins. Income contribution from manufacturing is 65% while the remaining 35% is from distribution. For the product mix during the quarter, 68% is nitrile glove, 25% latex powder-free glove, 5% powder latex glove and 2% surgical glove.

Sequentially, 1QFY21 net profit almost double compared to 4QFY20 thanks to higher quarter-on-quarter average selling prices (ASPs) and even more lucrative margins due to better production efficiency and distribution margins for other PPE products. This was also boosted by additional capacity from its Block A lines in Plant 12, which added 2.2 billion pieces p.a. to its volume. The completion of Block B in Plant 12 is expected to add another 2.2 billion pieces p.a. by 4QCY20. In 1QFY21, it exports 58% of production under its own brand (versus 55% in 4QFY20 and 40% prior to the pandemic). Sales through independent distributors are 40% (vs 30% pre-pandemic) while OEM only accounted for 2% of sales compared to 5% in 4QFY20 and 30% pre-pandemic. This results in PATANCI margin expanding further by 15.7ppt to 58.7% in 1QFY21.

Still room for ASP growth. During the briefing post-results, management guided that the company is still in an oversold position and that there is still room for ASPs to increase in the coming quarters, albeit at a smaller percentage. The demand is also seen in capacity been taken up until end of 2021 compared to about mid of 2021 guided previously. It continues to receive 30% to 50% for deposits for the orders.

Capex of RM1.3b for 5 new plants in Malaysia and another USD550m (RM2.3b) for plants in US. The company has earmarked RM1.3b for Plant 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 in Klang. The progress of the 5 new plants is at various stages with commissioning plans from 2021 to 2022. Currently, construction works are on-going at Plant 13 and 14. It targets to bring its capacity to 48.4 billion pieces by end of 2022 with the new plants. Meanwhile, it is also working with government agencies in the US to build factories there for the US market. It plans to allocate USD300m for the first phase and USD250m for the second phase. In the long-run, it targets to build a capacity of ~15 billion pieces of gloves for the US market, specifically supplying to the US government agencies and hospitals initially. Ultimately, its ambition is to capture ~10% of US market with US-made gloves from its production capacity there. The company is at the stage of identifying suitable sites for the plant in the US. Other than the US, it is also eyeing to build a plant in the UK with a budget of GBP50m (RM271.5m) and a targeted capacity of 220 million pieces of gloves per year. Meanwhile, it has started the commissioning of its Canadian face mask production and delivered a few million pieces to the Canadian government. We believe that its expansion plans can be supported by its strong balance sheet as net cash stood at RM2.1b as of endSeptember.

Eyeing dual listing in Singapore. The company is in the midst of appointing an investment bank (IB) for its plans to list on the Singapore stock exchange. It aims to raise funds for its future expansion plans, to widen its shareholders base and to expose its name to the global financial market. It expects to share more details after the announcement of the appointment of the IB. It targets to complete the exercise in 6 months upon the appointment.

Earnings forecast revised upwards. We revise our FY21F earnings forecast by +44.3% as we factor in higher margins due to its higher own-brand sales and higher sales from its distribution business. We maintain our FY22F earnings estimates for now.

Maintain BUY with an unchanged TP of RM13.83. We reiterate our BUY recommendation on Supermax as we believe that its prospects are still positive due to the high demand in gloves and potentially higher ASPs in the coming quarters. Its profit margins are also superior while operating cash flow is expected to remain strong. We also believe that it is a strong contender to be included in the KLCI in the upcoming review. Our TP of RM13.83 is based on 18.0x FY22F EPS of 13.3 sen. The 18.0x PER is based on its 10-year average.

Source: MIDF Research - 28 Oct 2020

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