Premium brands witnessing a growth of 50% – Bajaj Auto

Premium brands witnessing a growth of 50% – Bajaj Auto

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Tuesday, NIFTY closed in minor red at 11,222 (-0.05%). Top gainers in NIFTY50 were Hindalco (+5.3%), ULTRACEMCO (+3.3%) and HERO MOTOCORP (+2.8%). The top losers were UPL (-3.5%), ONGC (-3.5%), and INDUSIND (-3.4%). Top sectoral gainers were METAL (+1.9%), AUTO (+0.3%), and IT (+0.2%) and sectoral losers were PSU BANKS (-2.2%), FMCG (-1.5%), and PVT BANK (-1.3%).

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director – Bajaj Auto with CNBC -TV18 dated 28th September 2020:
● Bajaj Auto has partnered with KTM, Husqvarna and Triumph. So Bajaj Auto cannot engage with Harley due to these partnerships.
● Harley Davidson has decided to end India operations on account of low sales and a global rewire strategy. The company which sold over 58,000 units in North America in the first six months of this year has sold just over 25,000 units in India in a ten year period.
● Bajaj agreed that Harley could never really take off in India due to the high price point but said that Bajaj Auto’s partnership’s with KTM and Husqvarna show how brands like Harley can succeed in India.
● Bajaj Auto tied up with KTM in 2007 when the latter was selling 65,000 motorcycles a year and struggling and today KTM has surpassed Harley with a sale of three hundred thousand units a year.
● This year they should make close to two hundred thousand KTM’s & Husqvarna’s for global sales including India. These bikes between 125-400 cc are very competitively priced and KTM has distribution all over ASEAN and Latin America which KTM could not do before. This should be the goal of brands like Harley Davidson also.
● Distribution is about demand fulfilment and will not generate demand. If Harley is looking at making a 300-400cc motorcycle then they must get it absolutely right. The Street 750 did not succeed as it was considered a poor man’s Harley.
● Q2 is in line with July projections. Projected 1 mn motorcycle & 3W sales if supply chain supports. They can reach 2.5 mn in October if production supports. 3W sales are moving up too.
● Pulsar sales are expected to be at an all-time high of 2 lakh units in October. Exports have seen an all-time high in September-October.
● Premium segments like KTM, Dominar have seen close to 50% growth. KTM exports in the US, EU & Australia see 30-100% growth.
● They see no obvious evidence of a shift to COVID linked personal mobility pick up.
● They have re-engineered CT and Platina portfolio for a profitable share gain.
● Lockdown has destroyed Tier 1 & 2 suppliers. Tier 1 suppliers facing labour issues.
● Bajaj Auto can see sales of 4 lakh units in the month of September.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and websites)
● The closing price of Bajaj Auto was ₹ 2,901/- as of 29th September 2020. It traded at 19x/ 16x/ 14x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 149/ 179/203 for FY21E/22E/23E respectively.
● The consensus price target is ₹ 3,010/- which trades at 15x the earnings estimate for FY23E of ₹ 203/-
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