SAMCHEM is an established regional chemical distributor. Samchem distributes industrial chemicals and specialty chemicals across the region, including Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore. The group supplies about 500 types of petrochemicals to over 7,000 clients across various industries, such as rubber, pharmaceutical, plastic, automotive, personal care, agriculture and etc.
Source: SAMCHEM website
1. Have Been Growing in the Past 30 Years (Experienced a few times of Crisis) and May Continue to Grow
Samchem started operations as a chemical distributor in Malaysia in 1989. Today, the Group has subsidiaries around South East Asia and is continuing to expand its network in the region.
2. Samchem companies are in the Supply Chain (as chemical raw material distributor) to Essential Goods Manufacturers
While supply chains were affected during the Movement Control Order (MCO), Samchem was allowed to operate because chemical products are considered essential goods.
Samchem supplies to Essential Goods Manufactures (hand sanitisers, disinfectants, personal and household care, gloves, some personal protective equipment, as well as the printing and packaging associated with all these products) and were able to meet the demand from these manufacturers in spite of the lockdowns.
Samchem may see increase in demand of hand sanitisers, disinfectants, personal and household care which caused a surge in demand for ethanol-based products.
3. Anticipate impending improvement in demand for chemicals
Besides a surge in demand for ethanol-based chemicals during MCO, there is increase in demand for chemicals used in the packaging, and petrochemicals, as most industries started their operations since the RMCO.
4. Highest ROE but Cheapest Chemical Player among Peers - with Potential Upside of more than 100%?
Source: RHB estimates, Bloomberg
If you look at Samchem’s valuation and its peers, it was only traded at 1 year forward PER at 8 times.
By using whichever valuation metric, SAMCHEM appears to be extremely attractive.
In the PART II, some of the details may be discussed especially on how Samchem benefited from its direct and indirect customers as a Essential Goods Manufacturers in hand sanitisers, disinfectants, personal and household care, gloves, some personal protective equipment.
That will give a clearer picture of SAMCHEM as one of the best healthcare plays with its defensive business model, strong dividend yields and indirect beneficiary of strong demand in PPE sector.
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