Hi-P International - Maybank Kim Eng 2020-09-29: Constant improvement; Upgrade to BUY

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Hi-P International - Constant improvement; Upgrade to BUY


Continual improvement in ESG factors; Upgrade to BUY

  • Upgrade Hi-P International (SGX:H17) to BUY from HOLD with unchanged ROE-g/COE-g Target Price of SGD1.23 (1.4x FY21E P/B) as the recent correction may have priced in negatives such as pricing pressure and demand uncertainty.
  • Hi-P International’s electronics manufacturing business exposes it to industry risks including corruption, workplace safety, fair labour practices and environmental.
  • Hi-P International is rolling out new ISO standards to improve its monitoring and execution of environmental and anti-corruption factors. Hi-P International states it is in full compliance of environmental, labour and governance laws.



Strong stance against corruption

  • Key governance risks include corruption, which Hi-P International takes a strong stance against. As Hi-P International’s customer base is largely American and European, it complies with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.
  • In 2019, there were no substantiated cases of corruption. Hi-P International intends to implement the ISO37001 Anti-bribery Management System to improve its anti-corruption process.


Fair treatment of employees

  • Hi-P International is an equal-opportunities employer, and its policies also include voluntary employment (i.e. non-forced labour), prohibition of child labour, and humane treatment. This is important as the supply chain that Hi-P International is exposed to has faced allegations of mistreatment of labour in recent years. Hi-P International has established Hi-P College to boost internal knowledge sharing online.

Environmental exposure



Hi-P International is one of the top institutions net buy stocks in 3Q20. See SGX market update: Institutions Net Buyers of Technology, Retail and Tourism Stocks in 3Q20.






Gene Lih Lai CFA Maybank Kim Eng Research | https://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2020-09-29
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY UPGRADE HOLD 1.23 SAME 1.23



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