Glove Sector On Last Stretch, To See Equilibrium In FY26

Kenanga reiterates its UNDERWEIGHT rating on the glove sector as most players either were in the red or reported tepid
profits in 1QCY24, with only one meeting our expectation. The weak earnings undertone in 1QCY24 suggests the operating environment remains challenging, plagued by overcapacity, predatory pricing by certain overseas players, weak demand and the high cost of inputs. On a slightly brighter note, further decommissioning of older production facilities locally should help to ease supply pressure, at least bringing about more rational competition amongst local players.

The house said that there was a slight sequential weakening in earnings delivery (against expectations) by the glove sector in the recently concluded 1QCY24 reporting season with 25%/75% of results coming within/below compared to 25%/50%/25% above/within/below in 4QCY23. Out of the four companies under its coverage, only one came in within forecasts (KOSSAN), while three came in below (HARTA, SUPRMX and TOPGLOV). Overall, players are benefiting from a lower cost base following the decommissioning of inefficient production capacity in the industry.

The weak earnings undertone in 1QCY24 suggests the operating environment remains challenging, plagued by overcapacity,
predatory pricing by certain overseas players, weak demand, and the high cost of inputs. Despite registering a third consecutive quarterly profit, KOSSAN and HARTA’s tepid 1QCY24 profitability was lower QoQ, dragged down by subdued sales volume and sustained high input nitrile butadiene rubber price. On the other hand, SUPERMX and TOPGLOV suffered their 6th and 7th consecutive quarterly losses, respectively. However, SUPERMX and TOPGLOV’s losses narrowed, thanks to: (i) depleting high- cost inventory, and (ii) lower cost base following the decommissioning of inefficient production capacity.

Oversupply to persist. Based on estimates, the demand-supply situation will only start to head towards equilibrium in CY26 when there is virtually no more new capacity coming onstream while the global demand for gloves continues to rise by 15% per annum, underpinned by rising hygiene awareness. MARGMA projects 12%−15% global demand growth for rubber gloves annually from CY23, following an estimated 25% contraction to 300b pieces in CY23.

The house projects the demand for gloves to rise by 30% in CY24 to 390b pieces (due to a low base effect in CY23) and resume its organic growth of 15% thereafter. This will result in an excess capacity of 212b pieces in CY24. The overcapacity still persists which means low prices and depressed plant utilisation will continue to plague the industry in CY24.

Assumptions. The CY24 forecasts assumes: (i) an ASP per 1,000 pieces of USD20 similar to CY23, and (ii) an average plant
utilisation of 45% vs. an estimated 40% in CY23. In the meantime, Kemanga said it does not have any top pick for the sector.

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