Valuetronics - UOB Kay Hian 2021-11-11: 1HFY22 Below Expectations; Outlook Remains Challenging


Valuetronics - 1HFY22 Below Expectations; Outlook Remains Challenging

  • Valuetronics's 1HFY22 net profit of HK$57m (-38% y-o-y/-41% q-o-q) was below our expectations, forming 41% of our full-year estimate, due to weaker-than-expected gross margin. 1HFY22 revenue (-7% y-o-y) and gross margin (-2.8ppt) were impacted due to the components shortage and cost pressure in China because of the appreciating renminbi.
  • Valuetronics expects forward outlook to remain challenging. We reduce our FY22 and FY23 EPS by 29%. Maintain HOLD with a 21% lower target price of S$0.52.

Valuetronics' 1HFY22 results below expectations.

  • Valuetronics (SGX:BN2)’s 1HFY22 net profit of HK$57m (-38% y-o-y/-41% q-o-q) came in below expectations, forming only 41% of our full-year earnings forecast. The underperformance was largely due to weaker-than-expected gross margin. 1HFY22 gross margin fell 2.8ppt to 14.2% as it was impacted by higher component prices due to tight supply, increased labour and operating costs in China under an appreciating renminbi.
  • Revenue declined for both the ICE and CE segment due customer switching supplier and components shortage. Valuetronics’s industrial and commercial electronics (ICE) segment’s revenue declined 4.8% y-o-y to HK$695m, due to a significant drop in sales because of an automobile customer who switched its production from the group’s factory to another vendor in North America. The fulfilment of certain ICE customers’ orders was also affected by the components shortage, but this was offset by revenue growth from a printer customer benefitting from e-commerce sales and a sensing devices customer benefitting from their product’s application in the logistics industry. On the consumer electronic (CE) front, the cancellation and deferral of customer orders as a result of the components shortage led to a 12.5% y-o-y drop in sales for the segment to HK$319m.
  • Proposed interim dividend of 4 HK cents/share. Valuetronics has recommended an interim dividend of 4 HK cents/share for 1HFY22 (5 HK cents in 1HFY21). This represents a payout ratio of 31%.

Challenging outlook.

  • 1HFY22, Valuetronics’s operations were adversely affected by the global components shortage which resulted in price surges and prolonged order lead times for a wide range of electronic components. Furthermore, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the capacity of the electronic component industry, which worsens component availability.
  • Valuetronics expects the global components shortage to continue to affect its ability to fulfil customers’ orders on time. This, together with the strong renminbi and increasing operating cost in China, will continue to erode Valuetronics’s profit margin in the near term. In order to mitigate these adverse impacts, Valuetronics will continue its efforts to secure new business opportunities, identify new sources of supply, qualify alternative parts, and negotiate new prices with customers.

Construction of Vietnam campus on track

  • Valuetronics’s Vietnam expansion remained on track despite the surge in COVID-19 cases. Its newly-constructed Vietnam campus in Vinh Phuc province was granted with a fire inspection certificate from the local government in 1HFY22 and selected products of two existing customers have been put to trial production.
  • Valuetronics expects mass production at its Vietnam campus to commence by the last quarter of FY22 following the satisfactory completion of ISO and customer audits, unless a new wave of COVID-19 infections leads to a lockdown in Vinh Phuc province, causing disruptions to Valuetronics’s production schedule.
  • Valuetronics’s Vietnam campus provides scalable capacity to meet the diversified needs of global customers and a solution to cope with the Sino-US trade situation. There have been positive responses from potential customers with regard to Valuetronics’s regional manufacturing footprint strategy. These potential customers include a hardware provider for retail chain stores and a customer providing cooling solutions for high performance computing environments. Valuetronics is finalising business terms with these potential customers and this is subject to the constraints in supply chain.


John Cheong UOB Kay Hian Research | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2021-11-11
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