KUALA LUMPUR: CGS-CIMB Research expects palm oil stocks to rise by 4.6 per cent month on month (mom) to reach 1.59 million tonnes by end-March 2022, with output and exports rising by 15 per cent and six per cent mom, respectively.
The research house predicted that the crude palm oil (CPO) prices to trade at a wide range of RM6,000-RM7,500 per tonne in March 2022 due to uncertainties over the availability of sun oil crops from Russia and Ukraine.
The firm said Indonesia’s decision to increase its domestic market obligation (DMO) percentage to 30 per cent, up 10 per cent points from the previous mandate effective March 10, 2022, will also impact the price.
“Indonesia’s move to further restrict exports of palm oil will tighten the availability of palm oil in the export market as exporters may need time to full fill the new export ruling which we gathered had caught the industry by surprise.
“This could keep prices high at the current level of RM7,410 per tonne until the Ramadhan festival in May in the short term, before trending lower in the second half of 2022 (2H22),” it said.
CGS CIMB Research said Malaysia’s palm oil stocks fell two per cent MoM but grew 16 per cent year on year (YoY) to 1.52 million tonnes in February 2022 due to lower output.
The firm said the stock level was 19 per cent above its 1.27 million tonnes forecast (as per stock preview note on March 3, 2022) and 10-16 per cent above Bloomberg consensus’ and Reuters’ poll estimates of 1.31-1.38 million tonnes due to lower-than-expected exports.
“The weaker exports could be due to timing issues and early signals of demand rationing due to the sharp rise in spot local CPO price since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
“Stock level remains tight at 26 per cent below the historical 10-year average Feb stock level of 2.06 million tonnes.
“We maintain a Neutral rating on the sector, and our key picks in Malaysia are Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd, Genting Plantations Bhd and Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd,” it added.
source: New Straits Times