Riverstone - CGS-CIMB Research 2021-02-26: Another Strong Showing


Riverstone - Another Strong Showing

  • Riverstone's 4Q20 net profit of RM331m (+85% q-o-q, +932% y-o-y) was above expectations. Dividend declared for FY20 of RM0.22 per share also surprised on the upside.
  • Fundamentals remain solid with further ASP hikes; Riverstone continues to prioritise its cleanroom segment to lift sustainable earnings.
  • Reiterate ADD on Riverstone, with a target price of S$2.30 (15x CY22F P/E).

Riverstone's 4Q20 results a beat; special dividend declared

  • Despite some shipment delays, Riverstone (SGX:AP4)’s 4Q20 net profit of RM331m (+85% q-o-q, +932% y-o-y) was above expectations due to stronger-than-expected margin expansion, led by stronger ASPs. FY20 net profit of RM647m was above expectations at 110%/117% of our/Bloomberg consensus estimates.
  • With the declaration of a special dividend, Riverstone’s FY20 dividend payout ratio is raised to 50% (FY19: 40%). Riverstone's total FY20 dividend amounted to RM0.22 per share, implying a 5.3% dividend yield.

Fundamentals remain solid with further ASP hikes

  • We expect the price hike momentum to continue, amid glove shortages and higher raw material prices. Riverstone targets healthcare/cleanroom glove ASPs to grow by 40%/30% q-o-q to US$95/US$100 per carton in 1Q21F. We expect gross profit margin to further expand in 1Q21F, as the selling price uptrend continues to outpace raw material cost increases.
  • Management notes that inventory levels across the supply chain are likely to remain low, with some distributors requesting for air freight recently to meet glove demand. Riverstone continues to focus on maintaining capacity allocation to long-standing customers; its FY21F capacity (including new addition of 1.5bn pcs/annum) has been fully taken up.

Prioritising cleanroom segment to lift sustainable earnings

  • Riverstone plans to raise its volume mix from its cleanroom segment to 20% in FY21F (FY20: ~15%). We expect demand for cleanroom gloves to be robust in FY21, riding on growth in the tech manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries; Riverstone has also been able to secure customer wins as key competitors in this space were unable to cope with the strong demand.
  • The cleanroom segment typically contributes higher ASPs and GPMs, and the customer relationship is usually more long term as Riverstone deals directly with the end-customers. We are positive on such move, as we believe it could lift the sustainable earnings profile of the company.

Reiterate ADD on Riverstone, with a lower target price of S$2.30

ONG Khang Chuen CFA CGS-CIMB Research | https://www.cgs-cimb.com 2021-02-26
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