Company Overview
Established in 1991 and headquartered in Malaysia, Top Glove Corporation Bhd is the world’s largest manufacturer of gloves capturing 26% of the world’s market share for rubber gloves. The company has manufacturing operations in Malaysia, Thailand, China and Vietnam. Top Glove offers a comprehensive product range, which now includes a non-glove segment comprising condoms, face masks, dental dams and exercise bands. Link to StockFacts company page 

1. What are some notable developments that Top Glove’s shareholders can look forward to?

• We believe that global demand for gloves will continue to be robust, growing by c.25% in 2021, especially given the current pandemic. Average Selling Prices (ASP) have also been increasing monthly, along with higher raw material and operating costs. We have since allocated 30% of our total capacity for spot orders and are fully sold for the next 3 months.

• Post-pandemic, global demand for gloves is expected to grow at 15%, higher than pre-pandemic given the increased awareness and best practices adopted in medical and non-medical sectors.

• We have earmarked a capital expenditure of RM10 billion for the next 5 years to be invested in several key areas including new capacity expansion, enhancement of existing manufacturing facilities, a Nitrile latex plant, a gamma sterilisation plant, land bank for future expansion, industry 4.0 initiatives and improve workers’ facilities.

• We adopt a 50% dividend payout policy with payment on a quarterly basis, and we have committed to a payout ratio of 51% for FY2020. 

2. What differentiates Top Glove from its competitors?
LimWeeChai2Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai, Executive Chairman,  Top Glove Corporation. Photo: Company• We have grown exponentially in 30 years to be the world’s largest manufacturer for Nitrile Rubber gloves, Rubber gloves and Surgical gloves.

• We have a balanced product mix, allowing us to tap on a wider range of customers globally across medical and non-medical sectors. We now serve 2,000 customers worldwide and export to over 195 countries, and no single customer contributes over 4% of our revenue.

• Our operations risk is also lower and diverse as we operate in various countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, China, United States, Germany, Brazil and Vietnam. 

3. Describe Top Glove’s financial performance over the past few years. What strategies have you put in place to maintain or accelerate this growth trajectory?

• Since listing in Mar 2001, Top Glove has seen steady growth over past 20 years, with Revenue CAGR grown 23.1% and profit after tax (PAT) CAGR grown 28.6%. Top Glove delivered strong growth in FY2020 with new highs in revenue of RM7.24 billion (+51% YoY) and profit of RM1.9 billion (+417% YoY). With more upside in glove demand expected, we look forward to fresh highs in FY2021.

• We will continue to expand our capacity to meet with the rising global demand for gloves. As global demand is now estimated to grow at a much faster pace by an estimated 25% in 2021 and 15% post-pandemic, Top Glove will continue to expand more intensively by adding 100 billion pieces of gloves per annum by 2025.

We will also continue to expand through mergers and acquisitions as part of our growth strategy. Aside from expanding our capacity, we will also continue to focus on innovation, automation, digitalisation and artificial intelligence, towardsimproving our productivity and efficiency.

4. Can you provide a breakdown of Top Glove’s order book over the next 12 months?

• Pre-pandemic, we had a lead time of around 30 to 40 days. Given the increased demand, our current lead time has extended to 620 days for nitrile gloves, 400 days for natural rubber gloves, 250 days for vinyl gloves and 110 days for surgical gloves.

• The lead time for natural rubber gloves has shortened since July 2020, following new natural rubber glove production lines coming onstream and the switching of some surgical glove production lines to produce natural rubber gloves. Lead times by product are depicted below:


5. In your view, what are the key demand drivers globally for gloves in the current environment, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic? 

We view key demand drivers for gloves to be:

• As a protective barrier for medical personnel in the healthcare sector

• Increasing hygiene standards and healthcare awareness for both medical and non-medicalsector

• Progressively stringent healthcare regulations

• Healthcare reforms in US and China, and regulations such as OSHA in US, EU-OSHA in Europe, SESI in Brazil

• Emergence of health threats such as COVID-19, H1N1, SARS, bird flu, Ebola, bio-terrorism

6. What are Top Glove’s plans to increase its manufacturing production capacity and how much capital spending is budgeted over the next few years for the different phases of its capacity enhancements?

• We will continue to expand our capacity to ensure that we are well-positioned to fulfil global glove demand, which is expected to grow from a pre-COVID-19 level of about 10% per annum, to about 15% per annum postCOVID-19, on the back of increased usage in both the medical and non-medicalsectors.

• We have earmarked RM10 billion of capital expenditures over the next 5 years from FY2021 to 2025, to provide us with additional capacity of 100 billion pieces of gloves. Factory F41, which is the Group’s first factory in Vietnam, is expected to come onstream in October 2020, the initial production capacity for which is approximately 2.4 billion pieces of gloves from its 10 production lines. 

7. What research & development (R&D) plans does Top Glove have to boost efficiency?

• Top Glove continues to focus on R&D, invest in talent by recruiting researchers to develop more automation and artificial intelligence, and embark on industry 4.0 digitalisation. We now have 752 researchers and 6 R&D centres as at September 2020. We also employ 1,500 graduates and experienced talents annually to ensure a strong staff force.

• Over the years, we have improved our productivity by 80%, reducing from 8.4 Workers Per Million (WPM) pieces of gloves to the current 1.8 WPM and expect this number to continue to decrease. We will continue to invest in R&D towards enhancing the Group’s productivity and efficiency – hence Top Quality, Top Efficiency.

8. What is the Group’s current dividend policy? Will the Group maintain or change this policy going forward?

• Top Glove has a dividend payout policy of 50% of PAT after minority interests. For FY2020, we have a dividend payout ratio of 51%, with 8.5 sen final dividend to be paid on 3 November 2020.

We have revised the dividend payments to be on a quarterly basis effective FY2021 in January, April, July and November, and we will review the policy going forward.

9. What is Top Glove’s value proposition to its shareholders and potential investors?

• Top Glove has delivered a shareholders’ return of 40,679% over the past 20 years since our IPO in 2001. In just 4 years of our listing on the SGX, we have generated total shareholders return of 987% since 2016.
(Data as of 28 Sep 2020)

• We have seen steady growth since our listing in 2001, with Revenue CAGR grown 23.1%, PAT CAGR grown 28.6%, average PAT margin grown 12.2%. (Data for FY ending 31 Aug 2020)

• We achieved stellar performance in FY2020, with strong growth in sales quantity of 17% and added additional 21 billion pieces of capacity with production utilization of above 95%. We also saw higher operational efficiency from ongoing upgrading and productivity enhancement, and higher ASPs in line with strong market demand.

10. What do you think investors may have overlooked about Top Glove’s business?

• Top Glove is committed to delivering sustainable economic performance and generating attractive returns for our shareholders. We have taken steps to ensure that our internal supply chains are sustainable, by establishing our own plants and factories which include 2 latex concentrate plants, 3 chemical factories, a glove former factory and 2 packaging material factories.

• In addition, we have a nitrile latex plant and a gamma sterilisation plant in our pipeline, as we work towards establishing a comprehensive in-house supply chain. This integrated supply chain will enable us to be more competitive in the industry.

• As a healthcare products manufacturer, we believe that we are well able to increase our product range in terms of medical gloves, face masks and dental dams to cater to the very strong global demand for personal protective equipment and continue to expand our capabilities in producing healthcare related products.

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