FILE PHOTO: A employee inspects newly-made gloves at High Glove manufacturing unit in Shah Alam, Malaysia August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng
June 9, 2021
By Liz Lee
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – High Glove Corp Bhd, the topic of a U.S. import ban over issues about pressured labour, is ready for customs authorities there to confirm remedial motion it has taken on employees’ recruitment charges, the Malaysian agency mentioned on Wednesday.
The world’s largest maker of medical gloves didn’t know when U.S. customs may elevate the ban on its items, however verification of the remediation funds is underway, mentioned Managing Director Lee Kim Meow.
“We’ve no timeline given, however we now have tried our greatest,” he informed a outcomes briefing, including that High Glove was liaising carefully with customs, and hoped there have been no additional points.
In April, High Glove mentioned it had resolved all indicators of pressured labour in its operations, a step verified by London-based moral commerce guide Impactt Restricted.
The corporate mentioned elimination of the ban would increase gross sales, which have suffered since shipments to the USA halted quickly in its monetary third quarter.
A 68% discount in gross sales to North America was the principle purpose for volumes easing from the previous quarter, it mentioned.
The North American market accounted for simply 8% of gross sales throughout the March-Could quarter, down from 23% within the earlier interval. Whole gross sales quantity dropped 9% from a 12 months in the past, the agency added.
“Nonetheless, international glove demand stays resilient as utilization continues to rise, pushed by the continued pandemic,” it mentioned.
U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP) informed the nation’s ports to grab High Glove’s items in March, after having barred import of its merchandise final July, citing proof of pressured labour practices at manufacturing amenities throughout Malaysia.
High Glove shares closed 1.3% increased on Wednesday. They’ve slumped greater than 20% this 12 months.
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The U.S. motion has additionally stalled High Glove’s pursuit of a $1 billion itemizing in Hong Kong, as potential traders raised issues concerning the influence, Reuters has reported.
High Glove, which has internet money of 4.23 billion ringgit, has mentioned regulators had been reviewing its itemizing course of and it was working carefully with advisers.
“Itemizing in Hong Kong is for the long run,” mentioned Government Chairman Lim Wee Chai. “(The CBP ban) induced us a delay in Hong Kong, (but it surely) is simply short-term.”
On Wednesday, High Glove reported a bounce of 485% in third-quarter internet revenue benefiting from robust demand for gloves throughout the pandemic.
It had posted document revenue for the 4 straight quarters prior, bolstered by better use of gloves over hygiene issues.
A inventory alternate submitting confirmed internet revenue for the interval jumped to 2.04 billion ringgit ($495.63 million) from 347.9 million a 12 months in the past. UBS had forecast a revenue of two.54 billion ringgit, in line with Refinitiv information.
Its income rose 147% to 4.16 billion ringgit.
High Glove, which produces 100 billion items of gloves a 12 months, mentioned common promoting costs declined throughout the interval from February’s peak, and it had made changes according to market pricing tendencies.
(Reporting by Liz Lee; Enhancing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Clarence Fernandez)