UG Healthcare - Phillip Securities 2022-05-19: Below Book Value & Earnings Stable


UG Healthcare - Below Book Value And Earnings Stable

  • UG Healthcare (SGX:8K7)'s 3Q22 PATMI fell 69% y-o-y to S$10.7mil. Year-to-3Q22 revenue/PATMI were within expectations at 80%/81% of our FY22e forecasts.
  • Glove selling prices fell by around 30% y-o-y and glove volume sales were flat y-o-y. The price of generic nitrile gloves prices is still weakening albeit at a slower pace. UG Healthcare can ramp up its trading business to take advantage of these weak prices. Latex prices are stable with healthy demand from China and South America.
  • Our BUY recommendation and FY22e earnings forecast for UG Healthcare are unchanged. The target price is pegged to a 30% discount to the Big 4 glove makers, or 5x FY22e P/E. We find UG Healthcare's valuations attractive.
  • UG Healthcare is taking advantage of low nitrile prices by outsourcing to other manufacturers. Latex glove prices are stable with demand from emerging markets. New capacity is earmarked for latex gloves.

The Positive

More q-o-q stability in margins.

  • Gross margins have started to stabilise after a euphoric 58% in FY21. We expect gross margins to stabilise around current levels due to improving latex and distribution margins.

The Negative

Ramp up of new capacity dependent on labour availability.

  • The new glove factory will raise production capacity by another 1.2bn pieces to 4.6bn. The plant is expected to be completed in May 2022 with production commencing in June. The ability to ramp up production will depend on the arrival of foreign workers. Many industries are queuing up to secure these workers.


  • Chinese manufacturers continue to disrupt generic nitrile glove prices. Their short lead times and aggressive pricing (US$18-19), suggest excess capacity or inventory available from Chinese manufacturers. UG Healthcare will look to outsource their nitrile customer orders from these lower-cost factories. The low prices will allow the distribution business to enjoy attractive margins.
  • UG Healthcare has built up a distribution network, namely in Europe, for nitrile gloves. The new plant will raise the production capacity of latex gloves and support earnings in FY23e. The major challenge in FY23e will be cost pressures from higher minimum wages (effective 1st May) and the increase in gas tariffs.

Maintain BUY with an unchanged target price of S$0.32

Paul Chew Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2022-05-19
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