Supercomnet Expected To Deliver Stronger Performance Despite Declining Demands

Supercomnet Technologies Bhd’s (SCOMNET) 2QFY23 net profit fell 22.4% YoY to RM7.3m, impacted by the decline in demand across all 3 segments. Revenue for the quarter contracted 16.4% YoY to RM33.3m.

“For 6MFY23, cumulative net profit decreased 14.8% YoY to RM14.3m. The reported earnings came in at 36.6% of our forecasted net profit of RM39.1m and 37.8% of consensus forecast of RM37.9m,” said Malacca Securities in the recent Stock Digest.

In 2QFY23, net margins improved to 21.9% vs. 18.8% recorded in 1QFY23, driven by the increase in sales of higher profit margin products and favorable foreign exchange rate.

They reckon that net margins may stay at current levels for 2HFY23 as the issue of defective products received from its FDA-approved supplier resolves.

As at end- 2QFY23, SCOMNET continues to maintain a lean balance sheet with zero borrowings and a cash position of RM62.3m, while also operating in a net operating cash flow position.

“Going forward, the medical segment is expected to anchor the overall contribution, premised on the introduction and commercialisation of new products in the pipeline,” said Malacca Securities.

Meanwhile, the automotive segment contribution is also expected to deliver improvement from supply of wire harnesses and fuel tanks for the Peugeot 5008, 3008 and 2008 models to Stellantis with deliveries expected from September 2023 onwards.

Factory expansion plans are on track with the 2nd floor expansion in existing operations will add 990sqm of floor space. In addition, the group has also allocated RM25.0m from internally generated funds over the next 3 years for the construction of new 5-storey building to house the production of new medical products. This will boost production floor space by 12,000sqm.

“Meanwhile, we note that the completion of listing transfer to Main Market of Bursa Malaysia is a key milestone for SCOMNET. The move is a testament to their solid financial track record and the move may garner greater interests from institutional participants,” said Malacca Securities.

They maintain BUY on SCOMNET with a higher target price of RM1.90. Risks to their recommendation include potential delay in the FDA approval of new product launches which affects the prospects of growth in new income stream.

Then there is the possible fluctuation in raw material costs which may affect margins whereby material cost accounts approximately 50.0% of SCOMENT production costs. Malacca Securities further point out the exposure to currency risk as most of their products are sold in USD.

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