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Analysts Keep ‘buy’ on VS Industry Despite Lower-than-expected 9MFY22 Earnings

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Publish date: Tue, 28 Jun 2022, 09:04 AM
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Analysts keep ‘buy’ on VS Industry despite lower-than-expected 9MFY22 earnings

KUALA LUMPUR (June 27): Analysts have maintained their "buy" rating of VS Industry Bhd (VSI) despite the company’s earnings for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2022 (9MFY22) coming in below their expectations.

Despite maintaining a "buy" rating for the stock, Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) Research trimmed its target price (TP) to RM1.14 (from RM1.21 previously).

“In light of [the] rising interest rate environment and cost headwinds, we tweak our P/E (price-to-earnings) target lower from 18 times to 16 times.

“As the biggest EMS (electronic manufacturing services) player in Malaysia with a solid track record, we opine that VSI would be able to weather through the gloomy clouds while simultaneously scour for opportunities from the trade diversion,” said the research house in a note on Monday (June 27).

VSI’s net profit for the third quarter ended April 30, 2022 (3QFY22) dropped 30.1% year-on-year to RM51.29 million, from RM73.38 million previously, weighed by rising inflation, labour and material costs, as well as supply chain and logistics disruptions. Quarterly revenue fell 13.69% to RM927.59 million from RM1.07 billion previously.

For 9MFY22, the company’s net profit tumbled 33.69% to RM135.17 million from RM203.85 million a year earlier, while 9MFY22 revenue slipped 4.95% to RM2.91 billion from RM3.06 billion.

“This came in below expectations at 57%/59% of our and the consensus full-year forecasts respectively,” said HLIB.

Meanwhile, RHB Research increased its TP for VSI to RM1.49 from RM1.26.

“Its current valuation is attractive — trading below the mean P/E — taking into account a 61% earnings growth in FY23 and the resolution of labour standard issues, with the audit findings expected to be announced soon.

"We also like the EMS sector for its cost-plus model — hence the insulation from the inflationary environment,” it said.

RHB said earnings for the group is expected to continue recovering, post the arrival of new foreign labour (intake of 1,400 workers) starting at end-May.

This should effectively lift the company’s production capacity and output from 4QFY22 onwards, the research house said.

“Beyond the near term, its exciting 61% earnings growth in FY23 should be underpinned by normalisation of production and contributions of new production lines. On the other hand, the social audit of its labour practices is ongoing, and is estimated to be completed soon. We believe that convincing positive results of this audit should remove the overhang of the stock,” it added.

VSI shares settled 2.5 sen or 2.45% lower at 99.5 sen, giving the company a market capitalisation of RM3.82 billion.

Source: TheEdge - 28 Jun 2022

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