After years of flat profits, Mercator benefits from virus demand on gloves
WARSAW (July 22): Some investments take time to pay back.
Poland’s Mercator Medical SA bought its first factory producing latex gloves in Thailand in 2006, and tripled its capacity over the next 10 years. Initially, the investment didn’t help its market valuation, oscillating around the US$25 million mark in recent years. But demand for medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic changed all that.
Mercator shares rose 72% on Monday, after company reported second-quarter net income of US$54 million, four-times more than its cumulative profits in the last decade. The stock got another boost on Tuesday, ending 16% higher, and was Warsaw’s second-most traded stock after management said record earnings weren’t a one-off. The gains bring this year’s rally to 3,277% — surpassing its bigger Malaysian peers — and valuing the company at US$924 million.
Even so, the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Wieslaw Zyznowski, dubbed the “Polish rubber king,” isn’t considering cashing out of his 76% stake. Instead, he plans to invest in new production facilities in Thailand and expand into complementary businesses.
“During the war, we should prepare for peace,” Zyznowski, who has a PhD in philosophy, said on a videoconference on Tuesday. “We are working on scenarios for the company for the time when Covid-19 will be eventually tamed.”
|1 JULY 2020||80.6||91.08|
|28 AUG 2020||329||371.77|
EXCHANGE RATE: 1 Poland Zloty = RM1.13 (as of 28 Aug 2020)
Mercator Medical SA engages in the production and distribution of rubber gloves, factory in Thailand trading in medical materials.
Headquarter: Krakow, Poland
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|1||TOPGLOVE / 7113||RM28.00 TO RM58.00|
|2||SUPERMAX / 7106||RM35.86 TO RM50.56|
|3||HARTLEGA / 5168||RM22.00 TO RM25.00|
|4||KOSSAN / 7153||RM20.00 TO RM23.00|
|5||COMFORT / 2127||RM7.28 TO RM9.00|
|6||RUBBEREX / 7803||RM7.21 TO RM9.00|
|7||ADVENTA / 7191||RM5.18 TO RM7.00|
In short, still a lot of upward thrusts as the coming quarters - that are scheduled to announce in September, October, November 2020 will be substantial increasing earnings per share (EPS).
Disclaimer: The above opinion is never intended to be a BUY CALL whatsoever. We are sharing observations based on fundamental; past history; current trading pattern; charts etc. Please make your own informed decision before buying this share or whatever share for that matter.
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ADVENTA already sold their gloves biz to Top Glove lah!