Excerpts from CGS-CIMB report

Analyst: Ong Khang Chuen, CFA
Riverstone Holdings

Solid execution
■ 1Q NP of RM109m (-2% qoq) slightly above expectations, showing RSTON’s earnings resiliency vs. peers, amid declining healthcare glove ASPs.


Share price: 
77.5 cents


■ Strong demand for cleanroom gloves supports elevated ASPs; meanwhile healthcare glove ASPs likely bottomed, supported by industry’s higher costs.

■ RSTON continues to prioritise customised offerings in both the cleanroom and healthcare segments to improve stickiness in ASPs. Reiterate Add.

peers cf5.22Source: DBS Research, Bloomberg
Solid set of 1Q22 results

Riverstone Holdings (RSTON) reported a 1Q22 NP of RM108.7m (-1.8% qoq, -79.2% yoy); the qoq flattish NP showed its stronger earnings resiliency vs. peers amid the continued decline in healthcare glove ASPs.

1Q22 NP was slightly above expectations, at 32%/31% of our/consensus’ FY22F estimates. 1Q22 revenue of RM402.3m was stable on a qoq basis (-1.9% qoq, -61% yoy), as weaker healthcare ASPs were offset by higher volumes; cleanroom segment’s ASP and volumes remained firm in 1Q22.

Due to lower input costs and higher utilisation rates during the quarter, margins were stable qoq.

Wong quote5.22

Cleanroom outlook remains firm
Cleanroom segment remains the key earnings contributor, accounting for 60% of RSTON’s gross profit in 1Q22.

Demand for cleanroom gloves remains strong, and management expects the segment volume to grow 10% yoy in FY22F (back-loaded due to 1H festive seasons and ongoing capacity expansion).

Cleanroom glove pricing remains high at US$100-US$110/carton in 2Q22F, and we expect it to remain sticky with quarterly/semi-annual pricing reviews.

Healthcare ASPs likely bottomed in 2Q22F
While healthcare glove ASPs continued on a normalisation trend in early-CY22 to c.US$25/carton in Apr (1Q22: c.US$30-US$32), we understand that the recent increase in industry operating costs (higher labour costs due to minimum wage hike in Malaysia, higher utility costs due to rising electricity and natural gas tariffs) have enabled RSTON to raise prices in May by c.4%.

RSTON continues to work with distributors on customised products that offer higher ASPs and margins, and we expect its healthcare segment GPM to remain healthy at 22% in 2Q22F supported by price hikes and the recent US$appreciation against RM.

RSTON notes that order demand remains healthy and believes that production capacity utilisation can remain at c.80% for the rest of FY22F (with the labour shortage currently being the key bottleneck for further recovery).

Reiterate Add and TP of S$1.10
OngKhangChuenOng Khang Chuen, CFA, analystReiterate Add, as we believe RSTON’s earnings are relatively resilient vs. Malaysian listed peers, given its sustained performance in the cleanroom segment.

Valuation is attractive at 7.8x CY23F ex-cash P/E. We make no changes to our FY22-24F EPS forecasts; our TP is also kept at S$1.10, still based on 17x CY23F P/E (RSTON’s 5-year mean).

Re-rating catalyst include a continued uptrend in selling prices; downside risks include stronger-than-expected cost pressures negatively impacting margins.

Full report here.

DBS Research as a 82-cent target price while UOB KH, 80 cents. Read UOB KH's report here.

You have no rights to post comments

Share Prices

Counter NameLastChange
AEM Holdings3.6900.080
Avi-Tech Electronics0.2750.025
Best World1.770-
Broadway Ind0.090-
China Sunsine0.420-
Food Empire0.955-0.010
Fortress Minerals0.360-
Geo Energy Res0.230-
Golden Energy0.9600.005
GSS Energy0.0440.005
ISDN Holdings0.4300.015
IX Biopharma0.081-
Jiutian Chemical0.056-0.001
KSH Holdings0.3300.005
Leader Env0.0860.004
Medtecs Intl0.149-
Meta Health0.015-
Nordic Group0.4600.010
Oxley Holdings0.1240.001
REX International0.166-0.002
Sinostar PEC0.1570.004
Southern Alliance Mining0.780-
Straco Corp.0.470-
Sunpower Group0.310-0.015
The Trendlines0.099-
Totm Technologies0.083-
UG Healthcare0.159-0.003
Uni-Asia Group0.9000.010
Wilmar Intl3.970-
Yangzijiang Shipbldg1.270-0.030

NextInsight RSS

rss_2 NextInsight - Latest News

Online Now

We have 468 guests and no members online