Glove makers like Top Glove Corp Bhd have moved to control output by lowering plant utilisation rates to about 50% of capacity and put on hold or delayed the commissioning of new plants, says RHB Research.Telegram分享群组（www.tel8.vip）是一个Telegram群组分享平台。Telegram分享群组包括Telegram分享群组、telegram群组索引、Telegram群组导航、新加坡telegram群组、telegram中文群组、telegram群组（其他）、Telegram 美国 群组、telegram群组爬虫、电报群 科学上网、小飞机 怎么 加 群、tg群等内容。Telegram分享群组为广大电报用户提供各种电报群组/电报频道/电报机器人导航服务。
PETALING JAYA: Glove makers continue to face headwinds as the industry’s bearish demand-supply fundamentals are not expected to change till mid-2023, before anticipated restocking activities by buyers enable improvement in average selling prices (ASPs).
RHB Research, which remains “underweight” on the sector, said rubber glove industry players are still unable to ascertain the timing of inventory normalisation from the glove distributors’ point of view.
“Under a bull-case scenario, we expect glove distributors’ inventory levels to normalise by the first half of 2023 (1H23). Our recent takeaways from the results briefings suggest an absence of restocking activities from the distributor front.
“As such, our assumption for 1H23 inventory normalisation stands,” the research house said in a report on the sector.
The rise in Covid-19 infection numbers in China following the relaxation of its harsh zero-Covid policy recently has attracted some speculative interest from investors into the sector stocks.
But from a fundamental perspective, RHB Research believes the earliest entry point might appear towards late 1H23, as glove distributors’ inventory levels eventually come to an end and result in re-stocking activities.
“From our checks with investors, we gather that they are keeping an eye on the normalisation of plant utilisation rates, which otherwise suggest gradual improvements in demand – as a key sector re-rating catalyst before placing bets on the glove sector,” it stated.,
As it stands, glove makers like Top Glove Corp Bhd have moved to control output by lowering plant utilisation rates to about 50% of capacity and put on hold or delayed the commissioning of new plants.
The lower capacity is set to result in a drag on margins of the glove makers who posted disappointing quarterly results recently that were below analysts expectations.
RHB Research said the industry’s ASP is currently US$20 to US$22 (RM88 to RM97) per 1,000 pieces, similar to levels recorded prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decline in ASPs in the third quarter eased to a low-single-digit level quarter-on-quarter, which suggests ASPs may have bottomed.
“Nonetheless, the pace of ASP moderation continues to ease, notwithstanding the impending price war from Chinese peers,” RHB Research added.
The 25% higher gas tariff rates from October are expected to weigh on the glove makers’ profitability, moving forward, but offset somewhat by lower raw material prices (30% to 40% of total costs) of nitrile and latex.
Glove makers, however, are facing a problem of passing on higher costs to buyers due to the demand-supply imbalance.,
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