UG Healthcare - Phillip Securities 2021-08-31: Limited Selling Price Visibility


UG Healthcare - Limited Selling Price Visibility

  • UG Healthcare (SGX:8K7)'s 4Q21 results within expectations. FY21 revenue/PATMI at 101%/103% of our FY21e forecasts.
  • Glove selling prices are falling as distributors and customers wind down their existing stocks. Falling prices make buyers hesitant to commit to purchases. We estimate industry selling prices for FY22e could drop by 40% y-o-y to around US$50. There is limited visibility on where selling prices will stabilise.
  • Our FY22e PATMI estimate for UG Healthcare is cut by 35% to S$49mil. Target price for UG Healthcare still pegged at a 30% discount to the Big 4 glove makers. This implies 8x FY22e P/E and a target of S$0.63, down from S$0.85 previously. Recommendation downgraded to ACCUMULATE.
  • Catalysts expected from stabilising selling prices but limited visibility currently.

The Positive

New capacity installed in April 2021.

  • A 20% expansion in capacity to 3.4bn pieces of gloves was completed in April 2021. However, production was affected by temporary plant shutdowns due to Malaysia’s enhanced movement control order for factories located in Seremban.

The Negative

Q-o-q weakness in earnings.

  • Since peaking in 3Q21, we believe industry nitrile glove selling prices declined around 20% to US$80 in 4Q21. This brought down revenue and earnings q-o-q.


  • Industry glove selling prices have fallen from US$80 in 4Q21 to likely US$60 in 1Q22e. We do not expect prices to improve even in 2Q22e. Customers are hesitant to stock up, fearful of inventory losses as prices spiral downwards. Prices could deteriorate more as Malaysian manufacturers’ production recovers from the COVID-19 mandated shutdowns and cuts in utilisation. Chinese manufacturers are another source of disruption, with their aggressive expansion in nitrile capacity.
  • The positive for UG Healthcare is an expansion in effective capacity of at least 20% in FY22e. There would be another 35% jump in effective capacity to 4.6bn gloves in FY23e. Improved scale brings down production costs. Exposure to latex gloves and emerging markets could also offset falling nitrile glove prices, especially in developed markets.

Downgrade to ACCUMULATE with a lower target price of S$0.63, from S$0.85

Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2021-08-31
SGX Stock Analyst Report ACCUMULATE DOWNGRADE BUY 0.63 DOWN 0.850