Excerpts from UOB KH report
Analysts: John Cheong & Singapore Research Team
|Top picks: Riverstone, Food Empire, Frencken|
• Riverstone. We expect Riverstone to post much stronger results for 2H20 as ASPs for healthcare gloves continue the uptrend (+10% mom in July and Aug 20) as global glove demand continues to outpace supply.
Additionally, with an ASP hike already in place for Jun-Jul 20, the robust demand for clean room gloves has led to a second ASP hike that management expects in Aug-Sep 20.
At the current price, we believe there is room for upside as Riverstone is trading at only 15.8x 2021F PE, below the sector’s 19x 2021F PE.
|• Food Empire. Trading at 8.7x 2021F PE vs >20x for its regional peers, valuation is due for a re-rating in our view.
Although some of its core markets in Eastern Europe are still under a partial lockdown, the restrictions are much less stringent compared to Mar-Apr 20 and have gradually eased since May-Jun 20.
This is evident through the significant improvement in the retail sales for countries such as Russia (retail food sales: Jul 20: -2.2% yoy, Apr 20: -9.2% yoy), Ukraine (retail trade turnover: Jul 20: +7.8% yoy, Apr 20: -11.6% yoy) and other CIS markets.
Furthermore, we believe the group’s sales should be more resilient against an economic slowdown given that its products are consumer staples with relatively inelastic demand.
• Frencken Group. Its 2Q20 earnings were in line with our expectations.
Despite supply chain disruptions in 1H20, the strong showing from group’s semiconductor segment revenue in 1H20 (+73.6% yoy) reflected strength in demand for both front-end and back-end equipment and management expects a better 2H20 for the segment, relative to 1H20.
The 19% retracement in share price since the beginning of August presents a good buying opportunity, in our view.
At the current price, the stock trades at 8.7x 2021F PE which compares favourably to the current peers’ average of 12.9x.
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