Globetronics 4Q net profit falls, warns of more challenges

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on February 25, 2020.
Globetronics 4Q net profit falls, warns of more challenges
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KUALA LUMPUR: Globetronics Technology Bhd’s net profit fell by one-third for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2019 (4QFY19) to RM14.54 million from RM21.98 million for the year-ago quarter, which it blamed on lower volume loadings of products from some customers.

Revenue was down 28.3% to RM58.96 million from RM82.24 million, its exchange filing yesterday showed.

This brings the electronic component maker’s full-year net profit to RM44.71 million, down 36.2% from RM70.12 million for FY18, while revenue sank 34% to RM216.32 million from RM327.96 million.

According to Globetronics, the weaker FY19 results were due to the phasing out of certain mature products by a Japanese customer, as well as lower capacity utilisation and volatile volume loadings of certain products, especially in the first half of the year.

Going forward, the group said its “financial performance may be impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak and the disruption in the supply chain in China”, based on its customers’ recent forecast and guidance.

It added that it has taken strong initiative to mitigate the exposure and disruption and save for the above, is cautiously optimistic of achieving satisfactory financial performance in FY20.

Shares in Globetronics settled unchanged yesterday at RM2.39. The stock has risen nearly 40% in the past six months, bringing the group a market capitalisation of RM1.6 billion.