|Steel bars stacked inside Hoà Phát Group's warehouse. Photo hoaphat.com.vn|
HÀ NỘI — In a recent report, Viet Dragon Securities Corporation (VDSC) said that hot rolled coil (HRC) plays an important role in Hòa Phát Group (HPG)’s business activities as the steel producer is benefiting from higher HRC prices and strong demand from galvanised steel exporters.
VDSC forecasts the company’s profit after tax will be about VNĐ10.2 trillion (US$445.4 million) in the second quarter of this year, and fall to VNĐ8.9 trillion (US$388.7 million) in the third quarter.
On the Shanghai Futures exchange, the HRC for August delivery was quoted at yuan 5,514 per tonne (US$861.38 per tonne) on Tuesday.
VDSC believes that Hoà Phát will not face any difficulties in consuming all output despite the selling price tending to be higher than that of some Chinese factories.
This is due to strong demand for HRC from domestic exporters of coated steel sheets. Steel companies are receiving large orders from the EU and North American markets, which have banned China's HRC. To meet the origin requirements of the base steel, domestic manufacturers of coated steel sheets mainly use HRC from HPG, Formosa, or India.
Currently, India's HRC supply is weakened due to the pandemic, causing higher export prices. As a result, domestic galvanised steel sheet manufacturers are short of cheap imports to meet the demand from the export market, allowing Hoà Phát to maintain production capacity and high selling prices.
VDSC expects Hoà Phát to sell about 690,000 tonnes of HRC (both internal and external) in the third quarter, up about 4 per cent compared to same period last year. However, the gross profit margin of the construction steel segment may decrease due to weak demand and increased production costs.
Construction steel sales declined in May to 320,000 tonnes after a surge in March and April. Of which, the proportion of export volume rose from 17 per cent in the first four months of 2021 to 21.6 per cent in May.
Besides large inventories of retailers, rising selling prices and relatively weak domestic demand were the main reasons that the company could not maintain high sales as it did in March and April.
Hoà Phát can reduce the selling price of construction steel in the coming months to maintain sales, leading to a decrease in gross margin in the second half of the year, VDSC added.
Due to the upcoming rainy season, steel demand from construction activities in the third quarter is likely to be weaker than in the second quarter. Thus, the company has started to reduce selling prices by VNĐ500 - 800 per kilo from the beginning of June to boost sales.
Currently, the cost of electric furnace manufacturers is still higher than that of Hoà Phát. The company can gain more market share by reducing selling prices, the securities firm said.
On the stock market, HPG shares, which are listed on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), closed yesterday's trade at VNĐ53,200 per share. VNS