We maintain our SELL call on Top Glove Corporation (Top Glove) with an unchanged fair value (FV) of RM0.60/share. This is pegged to a target FY24F PE of 20x, at parity to its 10-year average. There is no ESG-related FV adjustment based on our unchanged 3-star rating.
According to Oriental Daily News, yesterday at 5pm, there was a serious fire outbreak at Top Glove factory in Lukut, Negeri Sembilan. The fire began in the production unit located in Block A and quickly spread to the whole factory, leading to the destruction of 60% of the factory space of 100 x 100 sq feet. The firefighters took 3 hours to extinguish the fire. Fortunately, none of the 500 workers were injured. Yet, large quantities of equipment and rubber gloves were destroyed (Exhibit 2).
According to Top Glove, the entire capacity of Lukut factory is 3.2bil pcs/annum (or 3.2% of group’s 100bil pcs/annum), while the affected capacity is 1.2bil pcs/annum. With the group’s 2QFY23 plant utilisation rate (PU) at only 27%, we estimate that the Lukut factory could have contributed 10% of 2QFY23 group revenue, based on an assumption of optimal PU at 85% as management would chose only the most efficient plants to operate under the current supply-demand imbalance.
Assuming all Lukut factory shipments in Apr 2023 were destroyed, this could only affect Group FY23F revenue by 0.5%-1.0%, which we deem insignificant to warrant a forecast revision for now. Under the current low group PU, we expect Top Glove to relocate its production to other factories for shipments in May 2023 and beyond.
At this juncture, the amount of write-offs for destroyed equipment and inventories is still being evaluated. On a positive note, the factory is insured and insurance assessors are scheduled to visit today to evaluate the issue.
The stock currently trades at a high FY24F PE of 31.5x, which is 58% above its 10-year average of 20x.
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