Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Kossan continues landbanking activities

Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd
(Dec 15, RM4.60)
Maintain “buy” with unchanged target price of RM5.05.
Kossan announced last Friday the acquisition of a 13.3 acre (5.38ha) piece of freehold industrial land at Mukim Kapar in Klang, Selangor, for a cash consideration of RM39 million.

The purchase consideration implies a price tag of RM68 per sq ft. This is 40% higher than the price it previously paid for 9.3 acres of industrial land located close by in late 2013.

The acquisition will be funded via internally generated funds and/or bank borrowings, and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of financial year 2015 ending December 2015 (1QFY15).

Funding should not be an issue given the group’s low gearing level of 0.1 times as at end-3QFY14.

We understand the land is located near its existing plants. As such, we believe the site is well connected to necessary infrastructure for glove manufacturing, including natural gas supply. This should reduce the associated execution risks in the construction of new plants.

Management plans to develop this land after it completes the construction of two plants at the adjacent 15-acre site in 2016.

We are positive on this acquisition as it will help the group to achieve its long-term growth plan. Including this site, Kossan has 95 acres of vacant land available to drive its expansion plans.

Management guided that it could put up a warehouse and two plants with total annual capacity of 3.8 billion to  four billion gloves. This represents 18% to 19% of the group’s estimated production capacity at end-2015.
We maintain our “buy” rating on Kossan with an unchanged RM5.05 target price, based on 18 times FY15 earnings per share. We are keeping our earnings forecast unchanged, pending further details on the development plans for the land. — Alliance DBS Research, Dec 15

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on December 16, 2014.

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