Top Glove - Disappointing Earnings From Aspion

Date: 18/10/2018

Source  :  MIDF
Stock  :  TOPGLOV       Price Target  :  10.60      |      Price Call  :  HOLD
        Last Price  :  4.97      |      Upside/Downside  :  +5.63 (113.28%)


  • Higher sales volume growth from developing markets, primarily Asia and Eastern Europe
  • Future earnings from Aspion to remain depressed
  • New factory in Thailand to commission in early 2020, adding additional 3.2b pieces per annum
  • Maintain NEUTRAL with a revised TP of RM10.60

Strong demand for medical gloves helped to sustain earnings.  Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Top Glove), in its 4QFY18 analyst briefing, revealed that there is a strong growing demand for its disposable medical gloves worldwide. The +34.8%yoy growth in revenue for the 4QFY18 was mainly attributable to a +27.0%yoy growth in sales volume. There is higher demand for rubber gloves in developing markets such as Asia (excluding Japan) and Eastern Europe which recorded growth of +58.0%yoy and +39.6%yoy respectively for FY18. The higher sales volume helped to sustained 4QFY18 earnings given the downward pressures from: (i) lower than expected contribution from Aspion Sdn Bhd (Aspion) and; (ii) higher effective tax rate.

Aspion’s future earnings to remain subdued in the near term. With regard to Aspion, an investigation conducted by an independent accounting firm revealed that the previous financial years’ net profit had been inflated, which rendered the projections unreliable and unlikely to be achieved. To recall, as part of the incentive-based acquisition agreement to acquire Aspion, Top Glove was guaranteed a core profit after tax (PAT) for the first two years (RM80.9m for the first year and RM108.3m for the second year). However, management guided that FY18 earnings contribution from Aspion came in between RM20.0m to RM30.0m. Meanwhile, we gather that higher 4QFY18 effective tax rate of 28.2% was due to postponement of utilisation of tax incentives.

Further foray into Thailand. The management announced to open a new factory in Thailand for the production of rubber and nitrile glove. The factory which is expected to be commissioned in 1HCY20, will comprise of 32 production lines. This will boost Top Glove’s annual capacity by additional 3.2b pieces per annum. The planned expansion is vital to cater for the growing demand of disposable medical gloves worldwide.

Earnings forecast. We are revising our FY19F earnings forecast downward by -3.7% to account for the lower contribution from Aspion. However, we are revising the FY20F earnings upward by +5.0% to take into account the additional contribution from the new factory in Thailand.

Target price. We are revising our TP to RM10.60 (previously RM10.80). Our valuation is premised on CY19 EPS of 42.4sen pegged to an unchanged PER of 25x which is +0.5SD of the company’s three-year historical average PER. Post 1-for-1 bonus issue which will go-ex on 24 Oct, the TP will be revised to RM5.30.

Maintain NEUTRAL. We opine that despite the current improvement in raw materials price especially natural rubber latex, the cost savings might be offset by lower ASPs as a result of the low raw materials price. Also, notwithstanding the strong revenue growth driven by the growing demand of disposable medical glove, earnings will be impacted in the near term given the lower than expected contribution from Aspion. All in all, we believe the stock is fully-valued at this juncture.

Source: MIDF Research - 18 Oct 2018

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