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Market is idiot to treat all semiconductor companies the same - felicity

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Saturday, October 19, 2019


The world's semiconductor market is a $400 billion market. Thank goodness, some of the Malaysian companies and economy is in the play. A large part of the Malaysian semiconductor industry though is dependent on foreign companies such as Intel, Agilent, First Solar, Infineon. The real serious local companies only comprise of not more than 100 companies. The ones that are listed on Bursa Malaysia and seriously in play may not exceed 20.

Just take a look at China's exports below, which electronics have been the largest by far. The trade war is about semiconductor and its related industries (or larger context, technology per se) war. Electronics and electronics related products probably comprise 40% of its exports. 
"The following export product groups categorize the highest dollar value in Chinese global shipments during 2018. Also shown is the percentage share each export category represents in terms of overall exports from China.
  1. Electrical machinery, equipment: US$664.4 billion (26.6% of total exports)
  2. Machinery including computers: $430 billion (17.2%)
  3. Furniture, bedding, lighting, signs, prefab buildings: $96.4 billion (3.9%)
  4. Plastics, plastic articles: $80.1 billion (3.2%)
  5. Vehicles: $75.1 billion (3%)
  6. Knit or crochet clothing, accessories: $73.5 billion (2.9%)
  7. Clothing, accessories (not knit or crochet): $71.4 billion (2.9%)
  8. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $71.4 billion (2.9%)
  9. Articles of iron or steel: $65.6 billion (2.6%)
  10. Organic chemicals: $59.8 billion (2.4%)"
If US, and probably Europe in the future is to reign on China's strength in technology related sector, a large sum of these businesses is going to move to countries that are to pick them up.
Vietnam is going to be the largest beneficiary. Singapore will not. Malaysia will benefit partially, but we need to know which company will benefit from it. If we look below, we are just playing every company in the semiconductor list. I have seen that the market have been excited about the better pick up in Iphone 11 sales, hence Inari's shares have picked up. Are we looking that short term? Is Inari mainly only produces its chips for IPhone?
Let's look at where in the value chain is Inari. Who does Inari sells to? And to which value chain it is in. Inari sells to Broadcom, Osram largely. These companies a portion of it sells to companies in China or Chinese companies and they are most of the time assembling their products in China. These products are sold to US and many parts of the world. That's why packaging companies are assembling semiconductors in package format. Many of Broadcom's components are not substitutable. If there are, high chance it is another US or European company.

But, China is working very very hard to make themselves. I cannot see Inari to be exciting as they are supporter of American based companies. China, if they can will try to avoid.
Let me put in this perspective. No semiconductor company if they are substantial in size, can be just dependent on one country. I have heard of China, because of the threat from the trade war has asked its companies to support Chinese companies first. Hence, the Chinese manufacturers are looking within then only external. Usually, in this scenario if they can find substitute, they will buy local. Only when there is no substitute, they will have no choice but to buy foreign. On the other hand, foreign companies that have been having products manufactured in China, will want to look for other alternatives.
Why I like box-build companies
Unlike Inari for example, which is dependent largely on Broadcom, many of these box build companies are more spread out when comes to its customers base. They can build for US. They can also build for Europe. When US is threatening to impose 25% tariff, and they have done it, many companies will look beyond China because the final product after VS Industry or PIE Industrial have produced will be shipped to US. That is where the 25% is imposed - after VS has manufactured and put them in the corrugated carton box - and later sent to US.
Today, if I am a big size manufacturer and doing assembly out of China, some of these companies may want to approach me. 
If I am a company that my product is sent to China for it to be assembled, I may be suffering. If I am doing something where my work or product can be replaced by some Chinese companies, I may be suffering as well - since China is working on "Buy Chinese goods first".
Remember, we have to know which part of the value chain our Bursa companies are.


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billionn Saliva more than tea up or down? Be straight forward la
19/10/2019 6:34 PM
Goh Kim Hock the problem with most Malaysian investors(ahem.. or should i say speculartors) dont really care about the players. they will just blindly put their money into some counters which actually they have no idea of. As long as they are categorized into "Technology" section.

As for the knowledgeable ones, this is the golden opportunity for them to distribute.
19/10/2019 6:36 PM
Fabien "The Efficient Capital Allocater" I am long on SKP Resources.

Prefer SKP over VS for 2 reasons
1) VS exposure to China
2) Divergence in valuation between these 2
19/10/2019 7:29 PM
19/10/2019 7:33 PM
Armada An Quantum Leap Stock In 2019/2020 Actually i prefer Vsi
Vsi r&d has the motivation moving furtur with vsi direction.
Actually vsi never stop to capture more ip right even by merger or buying their stake abroad.

Ems need this ability and far sights to grow and beat grtting more complex and advanced tech. From most mnc clientele.
20/10/2019 9:49 AM
Patrick13 Good article. Thanks for sharing.
20/10/2019 10:05 AM
UnicornP It is a semicon run. So every semicon related stock must run be it washing the machine(Frontkn) or producing parts that build those machines(UWC).
20/10/2019 10:14 AM
UnicornP Even those distant relatives of semicon like HDD must also run(Dufu, Notion). In conclusion, you can't beat the market. :)
20/10/2019 10:17 AM
Armada An Quantum Leap Stock In 2019/2020 UnicorpP

Uwc never want to pull back, hard to get !
20/10/2019 10:24 AM
Armada An Quantum Leap Stock In 2019/2020 What happen to jcy ?
Anything the management can do to reverse its embarrassing redults ?
While other data storage producer making profit.
20/10/2019 10:26 AM
UnicornP VenFx, actually too many stocks are running now. But we must not be 'flower heart'. Just continue to stay loyal to your selected few.
20/10/2019 10:29 AM
UnicornP You better Dufuing than JCYing.

Aug 22, 2019 11:16 PM | Report Abuse

Dufu definitely worth it.
20/10/2019 10:32 AM
Icon8888 Big semicon wave that can last for many years

All counters can punt
20/10/2019 10:47 AM
Sslee How about EG with revenue of a billion but profit margin of about 1 %
20/10/2019 10:47 AM
thoughtsigum Thank you very much. It is a valuable reference. Well done!
21/10/2019 7:55 AM


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