STA-STGT Sink Again as Gloves Price Continue to Fall

STA and STGT shares fell deeper on Thursday as the selling price of rubber gloves continues to decline and it would lead to a smaller profit in 1Q22.

As of 14.30 hrs. local time in Thailand, the share price of Sri Trang Gloves (Thailand) Public Company Limited (SET: STGT) dropped THB1.60/share, or 6.67% to THB22.40/share, with a trading value of THB437 million.

The share price of Sri Trang Agro-Industry Public Company Limited (SET: STA) dropped THB1.30/share, or 5.22% to THB23.60/share, with a trading value of THB299 million.

KTBST Securities reiterated a SELL rating on STGT and cut the target price to THB14.00 from THB19.50 following our earnings forecast downgrade, predicting 1Q22 net profit to slump -92% YoY, -55% QoQ to THB823 million as 1) average selling price appears to have  reduced -64% YoY, -25% QoQ to THB0.82 apiece due to additional nitrile glove supplies from China and Malaysia, and 2) gross profit margin may narrow sharply YoY, QoQ to 22%,  although sales volume seems to have increased YoY on the back of higher production capacity but remained flat QoQ. 

KTBST cut 2022/2023 net profit forecast by 65%/48% to THB2.72 billion (-89% YoY)/THB2.49 billion (-9%) as 1) an average selling price is predicted to drop sharply to THB0.70/THB0.56 apiece compared to THB1.74 in 2021, 2) gross profit margin would decrease to 20%/18% from 59.4% in the same period, and 3) sales volume would be 37.0 billion/50.0 billion pieces.