Rubber firms pick up rosy profits despite COVID-19

July 30, 2021 | 15:28
The export of rubber and rubber products rebounded strongly despite the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting revenues in the industry, but more is needed to get the segment back on track to sustainable development.
Rubber firms pick up rosy profits despite COVID-19
Vietnam raked in $1.2 billion in rubber export in the first six months, equal to a 83.6 per cent jump on-year

Recent figures from the General Department of Customs show that Vietnam counted more than $1.2 billion and $644 million in rubber and rubber product exports in the first half of this year, showing 83.6 and 66.8 per cent jumps on-year.

The export price of rubber remains high, fetching an average $1,718 per tonne in the second quarter this year, compared to the $1,660 in Q1/2020.

As a result, businesses operating in rubber production and processing have been soaring against the previous year.

Vietnam Rubber Industry Group (GVR) earned an estimated VND10.193 trillion($443.17 million) in revenue in H1, up 49.6 per cent on-year.

Meanwhile, the revenue from business activities of Dak Lak Rubber Investment JSC jumped 78 per cent on-year, reaching VND243 billion ($10.57 million) with a marked improvement in its profit margin. Accordingly, the company reaped nearly VND50 billion ($2.17 million) in net profit.

Nguyen Thi Hai, the company’s general director, unveiled that while export volume increased only 26.1 per cent, the company saw a sharp jump of 86.5 per cent in export value thanks to rising prices.

Many firms in the industry have also reported impressive revenue growth due to buoyant export performance. For instance, Dong Phu Rubber saw its revenue soar by 126 per cent while Tay Ninh Rubber reported 53 per cent and Phuoc Hoa Rubber 48 per cent of growth.

The total revenue of six listed rubber firms (ticker codes: DPR, DRI, GVR, TRC, PHR, HRC) amounted to VND1.66 trillion ($72.17 million), up 62 per cent on-year.

Besides favourble factors from rising export price, the sector would encounter many challenges in the second half of 2021.

Not only rubber firms, businesses active in tube and tyre production have also reported remarkable improvements in their revenue.

Danang Rubber JSC set a new revenue record in Q2, for the first time surpassing VND1.2 trillion (52.17 million) after a 53 per cent jump on-year.

The company's profit hit VND170 billion ($7.4 million), doubling against the same period last year.

Southern Rubber Industry JSC (Casumina) has reported a 13 per cent hike in both revenue and profit in H1. As for Saovang Rubber JSC, despite a 24 per cent jump in revenue, its profit saw a slight decrease due to rising sales expenses, particularly logistics costs.

The Q2 financial statements of theaforesaid three leading tyre firmsall reflect increased inventories, particularly rubber materials and end products.

Besides rising export price, the sector expects many challenges in H2/2021, including the shortage of containers for transportation and difficulties facing the car industry, a particularly rubber-intensive sector.

In addition, exports of rubber and rubber products to China, the largest importer of the products, have been slowing down after the market had stocked up on these products in Q4/2020.

To boost business efficiency, Vietnam Rubber Industry Group has envisaged turning part of its rubber growing areas into other crops with high-tech applications to boost yields or shift the use of rubber fields in areas with rapid urbanisation and industrial development into providing IP infrastructure leasing services.

By Song Thuy

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