Volumes impacted due to Coronavirus: V. Kalyana Rama, CONCORMaitreyee Vaishampayan
Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Thursday, investors continued rushing to safer assets on fears that the coronavirus outbreak is fast developing into a pandemic.
The broad market index, NIFTY50 ended the day marginally lower at 11,633. The two sectoral gainers were Pharma (+0.6%), and FMCG (+0.1%). Realty (-2.4%), Media (-2.4%), and PSU Bank (-2.3%) were the top losing sectors. The top gaining stocks were Sun Pharma (+3.6%), Britannia (+1.9%), and Titan (+1.9%) while Wipro (-3.5%), ONCG (-3.0%), and JSW Steel (-3.0%) led the losers.
Volumes impacted due to Corona Virus: V. Kalyana Rama, CONCOR
Excerpts from an interview with Mr V. Kalyana Rama, Chairman and MD, CONCOR published in Mint on 26th February 2020:
- The last quarter witnessed a drop in the volumes of the company as the demand did not pick up. Even now the business is subdued; the volumes are impacted because of the coronavirus.
- They have guided for a flat FY20 in the last quarter looking at the volumes. If the impact of coronavirus is worse than already considered, there might be a negative side.
- There has been a provision for the Services Export from India Scheme (SEIS) income close to ₹ 861 crores, which was disallowed by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). CONCOR is contesting the disallowance of those claims. Disallowance leads to the formation of committee of secretaries and approvals from the government. The process is a work-in-progress and they are waiting for the outcome.
- The government had announced it is willing to divest CONCOR with management control, transferring 30.8% share.
- Despite the government announcement, business is going on as usual on 41 terminals on lease from the railways. There is absolutely no disruption on the business.
- CONCOR is continuing with rail freight price policy announced in April 2019, for the current financial year. Any price change will be only in effect from FY21 and the market will be duly notified of it. As per the previous three-quarter numbers, there was a positive effect on the top line and the bottom line.
- The coastal shipping business made some losses in the first nine months but they are not too worried about it. They are keeping a timeframe of three years to stabilize and turnover this business.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
- The closing price of CONCOR was ₹ 510/- as of 27-February-2020. The consensus earnings estimates are not available.
- The company declared earnings of ₹ 2.9 per share for the quarter ending December 31 2019, versus ₹ 4.5 declared for the quarter ending December 31, 2018. It declared earnings of ₹ 19.95 per share for the year ended March 31, 2019.