UMS Holdings - CGS-CIMB Research 2020-02-04: Watch S$0.815 Support Level

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UMS Holdings - Watch S$0.815 Support Level

  • Based on forecasts and data from SEMI, the semicon industry is set for a recovery in 2020, benefitting UMS Holdings (SGX:558).
  • Key risks are possible export restrictions and impact from a prolonged coronavirus situation.
  • We reiterate HOLD with higher target price, which assumes the risks mentioned above do not derail the semicon recovery.



Semicon recovery in 2020 to benefit UMS

  • The semicon industry is on track for a recovery in 2020. According to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the global industry association representing the semiconductor manufacturing and design supply chain, global semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales will decline 10.5% y-o-y to US$57.6bn in 2019 from the 2018 historic peak of US$64.4bn but stage a 2020 recovery and set a new high in 2021.
  • SEMI’s forecasts see global semicon equipment sales growing, registering a 5.5% rise to US$60.8bn in 2020 and expanding further into 2021.


Key risks

  • We see key risks in 2020 as possible export restrictions on US semicon companies’ export business with China as well as a global economic slowdown and production disruptions if the coronavirus issue drags on.
  • We note that UMS remained profitable throughout the SARS period in Nov 2002 to Jul 2003. During that period, the share price hit a low about four months from the start of SARS (-18%) and rebounded 33% from this low at the end of the crisis. Over the SARS timeline, the share price gained 10%.


4Q19 results out 24 Feb

  • We expect UMS to report 4Q19 earnings on 24 Feb. See UMS Holdings Announcements. Our 4Q19 net profit expectation is S$10.4m (+8.0% y-o-y, +12.8% q-o-q). However, we caution that there could be non-operational exchange loss, which could result in lower profitability as the US$/S$ exchange rate fell from 1.849 (1 Oct 2019) to 1.3459 on 31 Dec 2019.


Reiterate Hold; technical levels to watch are S$0.885/S$0.815






William TNG CFA CGS-CIMB Research | https://www.cgs-cimb.com 2020-02-04
SGX Stock Analyst Report HOLD MAINTAIN HOLD 0.96 UP 0.670



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