Supply-side issues disrupting demand fulfilment – Motherson SumiPratik Talvatkar
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Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman, Motherson Sumi Group (MOTHERSUMI) with CNBCTV18 on 11th March 2022:
- The Russia-Ukraine crisis has impacted the auto ancillary industry in the last couple of days. Some of these companies have European exposure where supply has been affected due to the current geopolitical conflicts.
- The industry was on track to return to normalcy in terms of semiconductor chip supplies but due to the current crisis industry got another hit. The situation has not yet recovered but he expects that the semiconductor situation should not be highly affected due to the crisis.
- Sehagal added, due to the crisis certain companies and suppliers who have a presence in Ukraine are affected. This adversely affected the operations of car manufacturers. MOTHERSUMI doesn’t have any facility in Ukraine but the company has small plants in Russia but the operations weren’t impacted.
- He doesn’t expect demand to get affected due to the current situation but supply-side issues are disrupting the demand fulfillment.
- The impact of rising energy costs was exacerbated by the rising geopolitical issues on the Auto OEMs.
- The company is taking a lot of initiatives to protect profitability and MOTHERSUMI’s team also strongly focuses on mitigating the issues.
- On the back of semiconductor and other issues, the current crisis affecting car manufacturing operations and carmakers also wanted to revive their business as quickly as possible.
- Sehagal expects that the situation of semiconductor shortage might be stretched out further. If the issues are not resolved till Sep-22 or Oct-22, they might be stretched out further till Jan-23 or Feb-23. Car manufacturers are also trying to solve these issues by 1HFY23.
- On international business, Mr. Sehgal said the demand was steady and war-like situations accelerated the demand and expects the North American business perform better than expectations.
Asset Multiplier Comments
- We think that the raw material cost inflation, increased energy costs in Europe, and other supply chain disruptions are likely to delay the recovery in MOTHERSUMI’s revenue and profitability.
- Global major car manufacturers are shutting their plants in Russia due to current conflicts and with warlike situations continuing, the demand for luxury cars is getting impacted. The top 20 clients contribute ~70% of MOTHERSUMI’s revenue. The list includes some of the luxury car manufacturers. The demand reduction is likely to impact the company’s revenues in the short term.
- We believe that the pick up in production levels of OEM’s post supply chains improvement, and a stabilisation in commodity prices, and the execution of strong order book will improve the performance of the company.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: Marketscreener website)
- The closing price of MOTHERSUMI was ₹ 128/- as of 14-March-2022. It traded at 16x/12x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 8.1/11 for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
- The consensus target price of ₹ 206/- implies a P/E multiple of 19x on FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 11/-
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