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The Recent Glove Sector Sell Off (June 2020)


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CIMB Securities 2015-08-05: Riverstone Holdings Ltd - 2Q15 Results ...Dear all, apart from Riverstone Holdings Ltd. which I was the earliest to discover and highlight the stock, I have yet to write an article on the glove sector due to a proliferation of articles / reports by research analysts , authors and promoters which made me feel writing another article is redundant. However, given the selldown in glove sector in recent days since Top Glove reported extraordinary results, I would like to share my humble view with all. (A detailed article would follow later on)
When I first called Riverstone Holdings in 2019, I remembered it was only 90 sens SGD, today it closed $2.31 SGD (high of $2.49). I have not sold a single share since then. Why did I choose this company? Some may ask, if I was so good, why did I fail to notice other gloves stocks like the big 4 and only focused on Riverstone? Bear with me and let me share a true story. 
Luck was on my side when I was representing a client (US buyer of medical gloves) during their visit to Malaysia scouting for suppliers. They wanted Top Glove even before visiting other glove makers thinking Topglove is number 1. However they later on realised in terms of quality, Tier 1 nitrile medical gloves were Hartalega, (lesser known) Riverstone, (non-listed) YTY Group. Through this business dealing, I had the chance to visit Riverstone manufacturing facility, meet with the management team. I knew I had to invest after my visit because I was impressed with their facility and most importantly the management team / founder philosophy. This was before Covid-19 pandemic. 
Shortly after that, I started studying the sector and found :
1. Hartalega - would always command a premium over the rest (founder Mr Kuan - is an industry titan / pioneer) with strong balance sheet and state of the art facility / technology. 
2. Top Glove is the ever expanding, aggressive, high profile number 2 chasing Hartalega market leader (market cap) position. What made me hesitant was the huge debts taken to expand - perpetual sukuk. I never liked overly aggressive business philosophy. However, today Topglove is reaping the full benefit due to their aggressive growth model. 
3. Kossan was the number 3, steady, expanding with good margin glove player who was not as aggressive as Topglove but reliable and willing to work hard to fulfil their OEM client needs whilst carving their own niche is technical gloves. 
4. Supermax was the OBM player who had fluctuating performance, and margin that was lower with a less healthy balance sheet. Today, Supermax OBM model is paying off benefiting from full ASP increase. 
When Covid-19 was still known as Novel Coronavirus in end Jan and before a full blown pandemic, during a round of golf, a seasoned investor whom I was having a game with told me to buy Supermax. The price was RM1.70 then. I refused as my biggest reservation was the past political issues of the founder. Clearly, I was wrong.
Subsequently, when Riverstone results was out, I knew that this sector is due for rerating. Then the glove stocks started the run and I was desperately looking for the next glove stock still a laggard as Big 3 were shooting through the roof. Luckily, I found Sri Trang Agro (Thailand and Singapore dual listed) both were still significantly undervalued. I took a huge position. My subscribers did too and today, all are sitting on good profits from Riverstone and Sri Trang. We are still holding till today.
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I wanted to be patient to wait for results earnings before I make a call which is my style.I couldn’t believe how crazy the sector rerated as retailers, research analysts and promoters were pushing Big 4 and other lesser known / loss making glove players. To me it has become like a “Tuilp Mania”. But I was wrong when Top Glove released the results last week. It was off the charts. They were right. 
Now fast forward to today, the entire sector appears to be facing sell off due to a variety of reasons. I won’t address it here one by one but will deal with it in a later article. I will only say this - the gloves sector retracement / selloff is a godsend opportunity to those who missed the ride. Whoever entered earlier and is taking profit now, congratulations, you or the fund did well hence taking profit off the table is good discipline. 
BUT, this is an opportunity to collect Topglove, Supermax, Kossan and Hartalega (in order of position) because fundamentally, this will be a record run never seen in our history and it is a culmination of 30-40 years since the industry was built by the pioneers back when there were over 300 players competing. What you see today are the reward being reaped after years of innovation, persistence, competition by these manufacturers who built their business on solid foundation that even China manufacturers with their skilled copycat / technology innovation cannot compete. Malaysia glove sector is an industry that controls 65% of world market share not by sheer luck or opportunistic play. It is years of organic growth backed by natural resources, technology innovation, R&D which has won the trust, certification and global reputation for the country. 
This is my view and I hope it will clear some of the confusion / anxiety / worry faced by my fellow investors. Rather than throw your money into syndicated promoted goreng stocks with poor fundamentals, have a little faith in our Malaysian industrialist who have toiled and sweat more than 30 years to play a big role in fighting covid-19 global pandemic and protecting frontliners with their products. Their valuation is more than justified and I believe this is one of the best opportunities in the market right now.
Margma | Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association

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