Textile firms see mixed performance in Q2 hinh anh 1Workers at a textile factory. VITAS said six-month textile exports reached 22.3 billion USD. (Photo: vneconomy.vn)
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - In contrast to a sector-wide pickup in the first quarter of 2022, textile firms saw mixed performance in the second quarter.

According to the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS), textile exports hit around 22.3 billion USD in the first six months of the year, up 17.7% compared to the same period last year.

Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) made an after-tax profit of 573 billion VND (25 million USD) in Q2, up 49% compared to Q2/2021.

The firm attributed the rise in profit to its high volume of cotton in storage, which resulted in low production costs amid mounting cotton prices.

TNG Investment and Trading JSC followed suit with a revenue of nearly 2 trillion VND and after-tax profit of 87 billion VND, up 35.7% and 42.3% year-on-year, respectively.

Phong Phu Corporation was another firm that came out well in Q2. It raked in over 160 billion VND in profit, surpassing the figure in Q2/2021 by 11%.

Although many firms were riding high in the second quarter, some others saw their profits eroded by rising costs.

Thanh Cong Textile Garment Investment Trading JSC earned just 55 billion VND in Q2, down 6% against Q2/2021. The company said higher overheads and exchange rate fluctuations cost it over 75 billion VND, eating into its profits.

The situation was not better for the Century Synthetic Fiber Corporation as the company saw a fall of 2% in profit due to soaring financial costs. The costs ballooned from 320 million VND to over 15 billion VND, driving its profits down to 69.4 billion VND.

Hanoi Textile Garment JSC ran unprofitably as it incurred higher financial costs and elevated costs of sales. It made a loss of 5.4 billion VND in Q2, a stark contrast to the profit of 6.2 billion VND in the same period last year.

VITAS said the outlook of Vietnamese textiles is not very optimistic in the second half of the year as the risk of COVID-19 resurgence is still high.

On top of that, many of Vietnam’s commercial partners have been tightening up their preventive measures against COVID-19, fuelling the situation.

Rising inflation in textile-importing countries, coupled with the prolonged Ukraine-Russia conflict, would continue to push up materials and fuel prices, adding around 25% to textile firms' bills and eroding their profits.

The securities firm SSI forecast that textile firms would fare worse financially in the last six months of 2022 and early 2023.

It is the case because rising costs, including labour, material and logistic costs, and the possible downturn of the US economy, a major textile importer, are expected to wear away their earnings.

Viet Dragon Securities believed that textile demand would fall during the rest of year as consumers have begun to tighten their belts and cut back on non-essential products.

It forecast that domestic textile firms would have to compete more vigorously for input materials and sale contracts during the period. Big firms are more likely to fare better profit-wise since they have a solid customer base./.