Auto

Reducing dependency on two-wheeler segment – Minda Corporation

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, NIFTY settled down lower at 15,809 (-2.7%). HCLTECH (-6%), WIPRO (-5.8%), and INFY (-5.2%) were the top losers. ITC (+3.4%), DRREDDY (+1%), and POWERGRID (+0.4%) were the only gainers. Among the sectors, IT (-5.7%), METAL (-4%), and PSU BANK (-2.7%) led the losers. There were no sectoral gainers for the day.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Aakash Minda, ED, Minda Corporation (MINDACORP) with ET Now on 18th May 2022:

  • The company delivered revenue of Rs 9,470mn with an EBITDA margin of 11.4% and this was in line with management guidance of delivering consistent and improved performance.
  • MINDACORP is targeting to grow and perform more than 10-15% above the industry on a quarterly and annually and deliver consistent and sustainable EBITDA in double digits.
  • On Electric vehicles (EV) he said, MINDACORP has a very strong order book. In FY22 the company received a lifetime order book worth Rs 9,500mn and from FY23 it will start contributing to the revenues of ~Rs 700-800mn.
  • MINDACORP’s ~45-50% revenue was contributed by the 2W segment but this segment did not perform well. The company is focusing on diversifying its segments and reducing its dependency on 2W from ~50% to 40-45% and growing in other areas like passenger cars.
  • In FY22 the export revenues stood at 12% of total sales but in FY23 the company expects that the exports will be more than FY22.
  • On geographic expansion, America and Europe are the biggest markets of exports for the company but it is also focusing on entering into newer geographies.
  • In the last two years, raw material and logistics prices have gone up significantly and have impacted MINDACORP, although the company Is doing back-to-back arrangements with the customers the lag persists.
  • The company expects the input costs pressures and semiconductor chip shortage will continue in FY23 which will drag down the growth and profitability of MINDACORP and the overall industry for the upcoming quarters and years.
  • For FY23, it will maintain its CAPEX spend of ~4-5% of revenues and invest in new technology and smarter, futuristic, and advanced products. All the CAPEX will be funded from internal cash accruals.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • Management’s guidance of outperforming the industry through contract wins in EVs increased revenues from CVs, and export focus will be key positives for the company.
  • Higher input costs, supply chain issues, semiconductor chip shortage, higher fuel costs, and increasing inflationary pressures on consumers are the key risks for the overall auto and auto component industry.
  • We believe Management’s target of reaching 12% EBITDAM by end of FY24E is achievable on the back of premiumization, improved product mix, commercial vehicle pick up, stable copper prices, localization of components, and productivity of labor.

Consensus Estimates: (Source: Market screener website)

  • The closing price of MINDACORP was ₹ 199/- as of 19-May-2022.  It traded at 20x/ 16x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 10/ 12.7/- for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 264/- implies a P/E Multiple of 21x on the FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 12.7/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Capex of 2.6 bn pounds to be utilized for electrification operations – TATAMOTORS

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Wednesday, NIFTY settled lower at 16,204 (-0.1%). POWERGRID (-4.5%), BPCL (-3.2%), and TECHM (-2.2%) were the top losers. TATACONSUM (+3.1%), HINDUNILVR (2.1%), and ULTRACEMCO (+2.0%) were the gainers. Among the sectors, REALTY (-1.8%), PSU BANK (-1.6%), and CONSUMER DURABLES (-0.5%) led the losers. FMCG (+1.3%), PHARMA (+1.1%), and HEALTHCARE (+0.6%) led the gainers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. P.B Balaji, Group CFO, Tata Motors with Economic times on 17th May 2022:

  • In terms of capex plans, the company intends to spend Rs 60bn on Tata Motors and 2.6 bn pounds on JLR, which will be utilised for innovations and to prepare the company for the future as the industry transitions from IC engines to an industry of net-zero commitments. Capex will be used by the company for both traditional and electrification-related operations.
  • Capex will be funded by internal accruals, and the firm will generate free cash flows of over a billion pounds after spending 2.6 bn pounds on capex. The commercial vehicle business of Tata Motors is cash positive, whereas the passenger car division is cash neutral. The TPG transaction was executed to ensure investments in electrification are made on time.
  •  The failure to meet market demand due to the semiconductor shortage is affecting revenues, both at JLR and Tata Motors is expected to result in a loss of contribution, profitability, and operational leverage.
  • As far as China lockdowns are concerned, they have impacted the April numbers for all OEMs that were released on 16th May 2022.
  • The Company’s supply chain has not been directly harmed by the Russia-Ukraine war. They have two vendors in the regions that are being diverted.
  • Interest rate rises will undoubtedly weaken demand in the future as a result of inflation in fuel, commodities, and food. However, from the standpoint of JLR and Tata Motors, the premium market is not facing that challenge.
  • Domestically, the firm hasn’t seen any impact on demand, but it will be watching this closely for the next three to six months to see how the demand plays out.
  • Due to commodities, oil, and the resulting fuel price increase, management has begun to identify a risk of greater inflationary expectations, which might harm the premium sector as well as demand in India.
  • Due to the commodity cost rise, the company has roughly 200 basis points of unrecovered margins, compared to about 540 basis points previously.
  • The company anticipates commodity prices to stay steady at current levels. In April, the company raised its prices. If commodity prices continue to climb, the company will increase prices to protect our margins.
  • Lithium costs have risen as demand for electric cars has grown. The company has taken price hikes which are absorbed by the market.  There is a very attractive equation in terms of the running cost of an electric vehicle vis-à-vis a diesel or a petrol car.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • As supply-side concerns ease and commodity headwinds settle, Indian business, which was severely impacted by the second Covid wave, could witness some supply-side recovery. The renewed product range in its PV business is expected to lead to market share gains, and it is projected to achieve FCF breakeven by FY23E due to macroeconomic recovery.
  • JLR’s profitability is likely to improve as a result of cost-cutting activities in both variable and fixed costs, improved mix, increased operational leverage, and cost savings from its modular platform.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener)

  • The closing price of TATAMOTORS was ₹ 415/- as of 18-May-2022. It traded at 24x/ 11x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 17.0/ 36.4/- per share for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 529 /- implies a P/E Multiple of 15x on the FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 36.4/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

 

The commuter segment has seen a slowdown over the past 3 years  – Bajaj Auto

 

 

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

The Indian indices opened the week in the red. NIFTY ended 0.2% lower at 17,069 led by INDUSINDBK (3.9%), COALINDIA (2.6%), and POWERGRID (2.1%). EICHERMOT (-3.4%), APOLLOHOSP (-3.4%), and TITAN (-2.9%) were top losers.

Among the sectoral indices, METAL (+0.6%), PRIVATE BANK (+0.5%) and MEDIA (+0.4%) were the top gainers. CONSUMER DURABLES (-2.0%), IT (-1.5%), and AUTO (-1.4%) led the sectoral laggards.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rakesh Sharma, ED, Bajaj Auto with CNBC-TV18 on 28th April 2022: 

  • EV transition provides the company with a huge opportunity in the scooter segment. The company is currently not present in the ICE scooter segment, ASEAN Markets are heavily skewed towards the non-motorcycle segment, so EV Scooters provide Bajaj Auto with a global opportunity.
  • The company launched has launched Chetak EV Scooter 2 years ago and will launch soon launch a new version in June-2022. The recent EV Fire incidents will impact buyer behavior in terms of safety concerns and brand preference but the transition to EV is inevitable.
  • The Mass Market segment (~100cc) has lost over 15% volume over the last 3 years due to economic slowdown in the rural parts of the country and decreased purchasing power of low-income groups due to COVID-19 and inflation.
  • The commuter segment contributes about 50% of 2 wheeler industry’s volumes, so the company is on the lookout for how the monsoon performs as it expects a revival in demand if a robust monsoon leads to a rise in disposable incomes which will be critical for the 2 wheeler industry’s turnaround.
  • The export segment has performed steadily with the company reporting the highest-ever volumes from the export segment. The company is a market leader or the runner-up in key export markets of Latin America, Africa, and ASEAN.
  • Demand will be buoyant during Q1, due to pent-up demand and marriage season in rural India, however, that cannot ve extrapolated to the outlook for FY23. Q2FY23 will be crucial to determine whether the 2 Wheeler industry is set for a turnaround after reaching a decadal low due to structural problems of inflation and unemployment across rural India.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • Bajaj Auto like other mass-market producers has borne the brunt of rural slowdowns and decline in demand, increasing commodity costs, and supply chain constraints but the issues seem to have bottomed out and the industry as a whole is set for a turnaround in FY23.
  • High export exposure and a robust portfolio of premium brands like Dominar, Pulsar, and KTM-Husqvarna have insulated Bajaj Auto from the slowdown in the commuter segment and made it better placed amongst the all the players in the 2 wheeler industry.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: Marketscreener website)

  • The closing price of Bajaj Auto was ₹ 3,623/- as of 02-May-2022. It traded at 19x/ 16x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 194/226 for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 4,120/- implies a P/E Multiple of 18x on the FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 226/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Time to reimagine supply chain strategies to be future-ready– Tata Motors

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, NIFTY ended 256 points in the green and closed at 17,392. AUTO (+2.2%), FINANCIAL SERVICES (+1.5%), and PRIVATE BANK (+1.5%) were the gainers, whereas, MEDIA (-0.1) was the only loser. Among the stocks, EICHERMOT (+4.4%), COALINDIA (+4%), and M&M (+3.2%) were the top gainers, and CIPLA (-1.2%), HINDALCO (-0.8%), and ONGC (-0.6%) were the top losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President-PV Operations, Tata Motors with CNBC TV-18 on the 18th of April 2022:

  • Covid-19 has affected global supply networks all across the world, particularly in the auto industry, which is currently recovering from a supply chain shock. The worldwide chip scarcity is still wreaking havoc on the automotive industry in particular. Lockdowns in Shanghai hampered supply, and consignments are now lying at airports. Geopolitical threats, on the other hand, have yet to be felt on the ground. The effects of the war on the automobile industry are yet unknown.
  • The company feels it is time to reconsider its strategic goals. Previously, supply chains were centered on cost optimization, with the goal of sourcing items at the lowest feasible price as quickly as possible. To be future-ready, the company believes that it needs a more agile, productive, robust, digital, and sustainable supply chain.
  • The company believes that adopting a digitally integrated value chain in conjunction with a collaborative approach will be more effective, whereas proactive risk management will prepare organizations for any uncertainties that demand a total supply chain transformation.
  • The company is attempting to increase visibility across the entire value chain to identify any potential risks. As a result, the firm has mapped all of its suppliers and locations to build a Supplier Grid, which is monitored to better analyze risk and take preventative steps.
  • In addition, the firm is diversifying its supplier risks rather than depending on a single supplier, which will assist the company to gain flexibility, dependability, and reliability within the supply chain.
  • To address the chip availability issue, the company is designing electronic components with catalog chips and developing alternate architecture with next-generation chips.
  • The company is utilizing AI (Artificial Intelligence) to create a digital control tower for simulating supply scenarios to predict supply chain risks.
  • No big investments are needed for the supply chain measures.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • The semiconductor shortage is likely to persist at least for a few months which will create a hindrance for most automobile companies. We believe, the company’s supply-side issues and commodity headwinds stabilize gradually. The company continues to address the supply chain bottlenecks via a strategic approach which will augur well for the company in the future.
  • We expect the company to benefit from the improving consumer demand for Passenger vehicles and Electric vehicles with the receding Omicron effect, the launch of new products.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: Marketscreener website)

  • The closing price of TATAMOTORS was ₹ 440 /- as of 21-Apr-2022. It traded at 20x/11x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 22/41 for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 547 /- implies a P/E Multiple of 13x on the FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 41/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

To launch its first EV model by 2025 – Maruti Suzuki

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Monday, NIFTY ended 290 points in the red and closed at 17,173. FMCG (+0.6%), AUTO (+0.4%), and METAL (+0.3%) were the gainers, whereas, IT (-4.6%), PSU BANK (-2.5%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (-2.2%) were the losers. Among the stocks, NTPC (+6.4%), SBILIFE (+2%), and HDFCLIFE (+1.7%) were the gainers and INFY (-7.2%), HDFC (-4.8%), and HDFCBANK (-4.6%) were the top losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Hisashi Takeuchi, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki published in Business Standard on the 18th April 2022:

  • The shortage of necessary electronic components and semiconductors has resulted in a backlog of 270,000 units – the equivalent of nearly two and a half months of the company’s domestic sales.
  • For sourcing the semiconductor chips, the company is working with the parent, Suzuki Motor Corporation as well as placing bulk orders directly with chipmakers.
  • The market share of the company has come down to 43.4% from 47.7% two years back. Despite clocking a 13% YoY sales growth in FY22, the loss in domestic market share was due to the total industry growing at a similar pace.
  • The company deals predominantly in the small car market and has lagged in the SUV segment. It has strategies to make a comeback by introducing multiple models in the SUV space.
  • With Suzuki announcing investment in Gujarat to manufacture electric vehicles, the company is targeting localisation which will help in end-product cost reduction.
  • To manufacture electric vehicles and batteries by setting up greenfield projects takes around two to three years. The company thinks, a launch in 2025 is achievable.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • We believe, the company will continue to face competition from other existing as well as new players. The company’s goal of regaining its lost market share is a big challenge for the new CEO.
  • The semiconductor shortage is likely to persist at least for a few months which will create a hindrance for most automobile companies. The players who can rationalize the short supply by prioritizing selling the premium category models will turn out to be better performers.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: Tikr website)

  • The closing price of MARUTI was ₹ 7,579 /- as of 18-Apr-2022. It traded at 35x/22x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 219/343 for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 9,150/- implies a P/E Multiple of 27x on the FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 343/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Supply-side issues disrupting demand fulfilment – Motherson Sumi

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Monday, NIFTY50 ended in green at 16,871 (+1.5%). Among the sectoral indices, MEDIA (+2.5%) BANK (+2.2%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (+2.16%) were the top gainers, whereas REALTY (-1.7%), OIL & GAS (-0.5%), and METAL (-0.5%) were the top losers. Among the stocks, INFY (+3.8%), HDFCBANK (+3.3%), and SBIN (+3.2%) were the top gainers while IOC (-2.6%), ONGC (-2.3%), and HINDUNILVR (-1.7%) led the losers.

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/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

On a strong recovery path with new variant launches – Ashok Leyland

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Wednesday, Nifty closed lower at 17,063 (-0.2%). Among the sectoral indices REALTY (+3.2%), PSU BANK (+1.0%), and CONSUMER DURABLES (+0.9%) led the gainers while FINANCIAL SERVICES 25/50 (-0.2%), AUTO (-0.2%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (-0.2%) led the losers.

Among the NIFTY components, the top losers were ONGC (-2.4%), HEROMOTOCO (-2.2%), and NTPC (-1.5%) while KOTAKBANK (+2.2%), TITAN (+1.8%), and INDUSINDBK (+1%) were the top gainers.

On a strong recovery path with new variant launches – Ashok Leyland

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Head of M&HCV, Ashok Leyland, with Livemint on 15th February 2022:

  • The Company plans to steadily expand its CNG range. It is targeting to bring in up to 40% of Intermediate commercial vehicle (ICV) sales from this fuel variant. It has been delaying its CNG vehicles launch despite this variant being the biggest volume generator in the commercial vehicle space.
  • Its electric mobility arm, Switch Mobility aims to raise funding of around USD 200-300 million. Under this arm, Ashok Leyland continues to develop its electric vehicle (EV) and E-Mobility-as-a-service (E-MaaS) portfolio. The E-MaaS service is soon to be started in India.
  • The competition was quick in providing CNG vehicles as they provided existing bus engines. Ashok Leyland developed CNG engines specifically for trucks. This new engine has the highest horsepower and torque in this segment.
  • The company has announced the launch of 14-tonne and 16-tonne CNG trucks. Further, they plan to extend this range to 11-tonne trucks in the next two months and eventually also to multi-axle vehicles.
  • The launch is timed at an opportune situation where after a three-year slump the commercial vehicle market is seeing a rebound. Positive signals from E-commerce, steel, cement, coal, iron ore will be the main growth drivers for a rise in demand for commercial vehicles.
  • The lower running cost of CNG vehicles as well as the rapidly increasing number of CNG fueling stations are making fleet operators of intermediate and light commercial vehicles prefer CNG over diesel variants.
  • In the intermediate commercial vehicles (ICV) market, 35%-40% of the existing vehicles are already CNG powered. Also, the shortage of trucks with the fleet operators is resulting in a spur in demand.
  • Further, Ashok Leyland is also developing alternate fuel technologies such as liquified natural gas (LNG) as a possible substitute for diesel-run M&HCVs.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • An uptick in commercial vehicle demand will be strong on the back of the recovery in E-commerce, logistics, building equipment like steel, iron, and cement.
  • Ashok Leyland is well-positioned to service the demand for better and fuel-efficient CNG commercial vehicles.

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener & TIKR websites)

  • The closing price of Ashok Leyland was ₹ 124 /- as of 23-February-2022. It traded at 29x/ 17x the consensus EPS estimates of ₹ 4.2/ 7.1 for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 143 /- implies a P/E Multiple of 20x on FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 7.1/-.

 

 

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Production levels improving gradually – Maruti Suzuki

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, the benchmark index NIFTY 50 closed at 17,805 (+1.0%), 180 points higher. Among the sectoral indices, OIL & GAS (+1.3%), PSU BANK (+1.2%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (+1.2%) led the gainers while HEALTHCARE (-0.8%), PHARMA (-0.8%), and REALTY (-0.5%) led the losers. Among the NIFTY50 components, NTPC (+5.2%), ONGC (+3.7%), and SBIN (+2.8%) were the top gainers while TATAMOTORS (-1.7%), COALINDIA (-1.7%) and TATACONSUM (-1.2%) led the laggards.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Shashank Srivastava, ED-Marketing & Sales of Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) with CNBC-TV18 on 03rd January 2022:

  • In December, MSIL could produce almost 90% of its planned production which was an improvement over the previous months. In September, the company did only about 40% of the production. In October it was about 60%. In November it was about 83-84% and it was close to 90% in December.
  • There seems to have been a progressive improvement on the supply side as well because of the improved situation on the semiconductor front. Going forward, the situation is still not expected to be normal and it is very difficult to pinpoint exactly at what time it will become normal. The company doesn’t believe January-22 will be normal.
  • 100% Normal Utilisation levels is a dynamic that involves the global supply chain and is a very complex issue involving not just Maruti Suzuki and India, but all the OEMs across the globe.
  • On the demand side, the momentum seems to be still pretty strong and it is across all segments. The company saw a good improvement in booking numbers as well as the overall inquiry level even in December.
  • The demand seems to be strong but in the last few months there was a supply disruption because of the semiconductor issue and that has led to the building up of waiting periods and the pending payments had gone up. Currently, MSIL has 2.3 lakh pending bookings. The demand for CNG seems to continue growing. The waiting periods for CNG models are much longer than that for the Petrol/Diesel models.
  • MSIL is very bullish about the Indian market in the long term and the company is planning to strengthen the portfolio in one of the areas where it is a little weaker as far as product portfolio is concerned. The Company plans to launch many new models in the mid SUV segment.
  • The company has no plans to launch an EV before 2025 because it believes the ecosystem which is required for sustainable large-scale, large-volume build-up in the industry is still not there. With regards to the product and investments in the product, Maruti Suzuki has been a very strong presence and along with its parent organization Suzuki Motor Corporation, the company plans to make robust investments in the e-product portfolio.
  • Commodity prices are pretty strong and there is no real relief on the cards. As a result, the company has announced a price hike. Most of the OEMs have announced a price hike in January-22 and the company plans to announce a price hike in line with that.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • Auto Industry is undergoing a lot of turmoil due to high pent-up demand, increasing fuel prices, supply chain issues, and commodity inflation. As India’s largest carmaker- MSIL is at an inflection point as it navigates through these critical issues while maintaining its market share.
  • The migration to EV has already been started by MSIL’s peers, however, with the company delaying EV Launch to 2025, it remains to be seen how it reacts to aggressive expansion by its competitors in this segment.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and Tikr website)

  • The closing price of Maruti Suzuki was ₹ 7,630/- as of 04-January-2022. It traded at 56x/30x/25x the EPS estimates of ₹ 136/251/304/- for FY22E/FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 8,172/- implies a P/E Multiple of 27x on FY24 EPS estimate of ₹ 304/-

 

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

 

 

 

Double-digit decline to continue in 4QFY22E as well – Bajaj Auto

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Monday, NIFTY closed in the red at 17,625 (+1.6%). Among the sectoral indices, PRIVATE BANK (+2.7%), BANK (+2.7%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (+2.5%) closed higher while PHARMA (-0.5%) and HEALTHCARE (0.4%) closed in the red. COAL INDIA (+6.4%), EICHERMOT (+4.6%), and BAJFINANCE (+3.6%) were the top gainers. CIPLA (-1.3%), DR REDDY (-1.0%), and M&M (-0.8%) were among the top losers.

Excerpts from an interview of Mr. Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto with CNBC-TV18 dated 3rd January 2022:

  • On the demand environment, the company expects volume cutbacks in a variety of categories, including retail, rural, and urban.
  • The industry still facing a double-digit decline. Retail sales have dropped by 15%-17%, which is a big drop. The company does not see any bottom in sight. The management does expect the double-digit decline in volumes to continue, especially in the mass market group, in 4QFY22E as well.
  • The majority of the company’s 2-wheeler demand comes from the lower-income segment of the economy. Since the 2-wheeler industry has been affected during FY20 – FY22, and the economic recovery has not yet trickled down to this sector, the management does not see demand picking up. The COVID issue has receded and the decline in demand is driven by the economic performance.
  • Despite this, the firm has increased its market share by 3% in the previous three quarters. The business anticipates a 20% market share in the motorcycle industry by FY22E.
  • Within the EV space, the company is preparing to shift from ICE to electric with a positive outlook. The company had invested Rs 3,000 million for a capacity of 5,00,000 in their new electric vehicle plant. Their first EV will be rolled out in June-2022 from the company’s Akurdi production site.
  • The company said that the key constraint is related to the supply of EV-specific components. Supply is volatile and uncertain which makes it difficult to boldly plan bigger volumes in the immediate terms.
  • India’s two-wheeler market is still under-penetrated. The country’s demographic division, as well as the pace of urbanization and road penetration, have a direct influence on demand for two-wheelers. When compared to Southeast Asia, India lags in terms of these fundamental characteristics that influence demand. So, the demand components are in place, but there is a problem with purchasing power or the amount of money in the hands of the people. This has an impact on the ultimate demand.
  • Retail financing, which is performing significantly better than cash sales, indicates that individuals do not have enough cash in their pockets. However, as retail lending spreads into rural regions, this will be critical in fuelling demand growth.

Asset Multiplier comments:

  • Commodity inflation and a chip scarcity may continue to have an impact on margins and demand fulfillment in 2HFY22E and FY23E.
  • Strong brand image, product innovation, and expanding market share will eventually fuel Bajaj Auto’s future sales. We anticipate that the firm will benefit from the premiumization trend and export potential. Moreover, the company has the opportunity to build its EV 2-wheeler scooter market.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: Market screener website and Investing.com)

  • The closing price of Bajaj Auto was ₹ 3,274 as of 3-January-2022.  It traded at 18x/15x/13x the consensus Earnings per share estimate of ₹ 177/ 211/ 242/- for FY22E/FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus average target price is ₹ 3,976/- which implies a PE multiple of 15x on FY24E EPS of 242/-.

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Product Development for Next-Gen EVs under Focus – Sona Comstar

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

After Monday’s freefall, Indian equities recovered on Tueday as the NIFTY 50 closed at 16,771 (+0.9%). None of the sectoral indices ended with losses. METAL (+2.9%), MEDIA (+2.5%), and CONSUMER DURABLES (+2.0%) were the best performers of the day.

Among the NIFTY 50 components, HCLTECH (+4.3%), WIPRO (+3.8%), and UPL (+3.6%) were the gainers. POWERGRID (-1.7%), AXISBANK (-1.1%), and BAJFINANCE (-0.7%) led the laggards.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sunjay Kapur, Chairman of Sona Comstar with CNBC-TV18 on 20th December 2021:

  • Sona Comstar has inaugurated a new state of art research and innovation center in Chennai. This facility is dedicated solely to electric vehicles with an aim to foster the development of advanced products for next-generation electrified vehicles.
  • The semi-conductor shortage situation has not improved much over the past few weeks, as the number of chips required per vehicle are increasing as OEMs shift focus towards more digitally integrated systems in vehicles.
  • This is a trend across other industries as well, where the demand for more complex and efficient chips is increasing, adding to the supply issues. Currently, the Auto industry consumes 7% of semiconductor supply, which is slated to go up to 20% in the next 5 years.
  • There’s no immediate relief in sight as there’s no anticipation of a slowdown in demand, so until the supply catches up this issue will persist in the medium term.
  • Logistics, CIF, and Raw Material Inflation are near-term headwinds for the company, the demand persists the challenge lies in solving the supply-side issues in the medium term.
  • The company has set up a state-of-the-art Testing and R&D Facility in Chennai to develop 30-50 Kw Motors and Controllers for EVs. The company is in talks with global OEMs to gauge the demand arising from a shift towards EVs.
  • Conversion from ICE to EVs in terms of the 2 Wheeler market provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all auto-ancillary companies. The company believes that in a market of this size, competition can co-exist with significant market share

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • The shift to EVs provides a massive growth opportunity for all auto and auto ancillary companies and Sona Comstar is perfectly placed to take advantage of its unique R&D-led product portfolio.
  • The Auto Industry is reeling from the semi-conductor shortage crisis and with no respite in sight, we believe the company will be under pressure in the medium term until the supply side issues are sorted out.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and investing.com websites)

  • The closing price of Sona Comstar was ₹ 709/- as of 21-December-2021.  It traded at 118x/ 75x the EPS estimates of ₹ 6.0/ 9.5/- for FY22E/FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 708/- implies a P/E Multiple of 75x on FY23 EPS estimate of ₹ 9.5/-.

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