+ Production is back to norms. Following a vaccination rate of the workforce above 80%, UGHC can resume operations back to normal levels. The shutdown in 1Q22 has affected their ability to completely fulfil customer orders given the declining inventory and production uncertainty.
– Nitrile glove price weakness. Industry nitrile glove selling prices continue to decelerate from between US$70 to US$80 (per thousand pieces) in 4Q21 to US$55 to US$60 in 1Q22. We believe prices are now trending around US$35. Latex glove prices are holding up better at around US$33.
Nitrile glove prices are expected to slide further into 2Q22. However, other drivers can keep hold margins relatively stable for UGHC. Firstly, latex glove prices are stabilising as competition from China is concentrated in nitrile gloves; Secondly, nitrile raw material prices are beginning to decline due to excess capacity built up; Thirdly, glove demand is improving due to rising COVID-19 cases and stocking up for the winter season; Fourthly, excess production capacity has provided higher bargaining power and margins for distributors. This provides UGHC with an avenue to outsource some of their customer orders to other factories.
Maintain ACCUMULATE with a lower target price of S$0.32, from S$0.63
We cut FY22e PATMI by 20% to S$39mn. The visibility of glove prices remains an overhang due to the large nitrile capacity coming onstream in China and Malaysia. Our target price for UG is at the historical 30% discount to the Big 4 Malaysian glove makers.