Auto component makers see MoM improvement in demandNeha Kshirsagar
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Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Sunil Bohra, ED & Group CFO, Minda Industries, and Mr Jayant Davar, Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Sandhar Technologies; dated 15th October 2020 from Economic Times:
According to Mr Bohra, the auto component industry has been witnessing a month-on-month improvement in demand, and going forward, the sustenance of the demand hinges on how the scenario plays out during and after the festive season.
Mr Bohra added that October 2020 auto volumes are expected to be better than September 2020. OEMs are positive on medium-term demand forecasts. Personal mobility is driving the auto demand in the last few months.
Mr Bohra said that it is difficult to predict how demand would play out over the next two to three quarters.
Mr Davar, on the other hand, gave an optimistic commentary, stating that he is confident of a sustained recovery in demand. According to him, the demand will stay for a longer time. There is a sense of apprehension but all the indicators point towards a sustained recovery.
According to Mr Davar, October 2020 could potentially be a historic month of the industry. Although at the same time, he did admit that it will take some time for Covid-led damage during 1Q to be wiped out. FY22E will see an improvement in margins for the industry considering the market sustains and the demand sees a rise.
Mr Bohra commented that the cash position of the auto ancillary players is stable. There is no cash crunch witnessed. Minda Industries is in a very comfortable position in terms of the balance sheet.
Mr Bohra and Mr Davar offered slightly differing stances on how the demand trajectory could shape up in the future, both seemed to share a similar view on the localisation of components. The companies have been focusing on and investing in localisation of products for 3 decades. Companies are working on reducing the dependence on China for different parts/ materials. The Companies are trying to diversify their supply chain geographically and be prepared for the worst going ahead.
When asked about the government’s push on AtmaNirbhar Bharat and sourcing locally, the management of Minda, as well as Sandhar, welcomed the step, lauding the coming together of OEMs, suppliers and policymakers for the first time.
Mr Bohra also reiterated that the component maker has been consistently working towards increasing localisation and they are on a constant lookout for alternate (local) sourcing strategies, with strong support from the OEM clients as an added boost.
Mr Davar also brought to light the limitations of the industry in terms of the economies of scale and the fact that substitution of import would require the entire system to pay more.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
The closing price of Minda Industries Ltd was ₹ 327/- as of 16-October-2020. It traded at 97.6x/ 29.7x/20.2x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 3.4/11.0/16.2 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively. The consensus target price of ₹ 361/- implies a PE multiple of 22.3x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 16.2/-.
The closing price of Sandhar Technologies Ltd was ₹ 240/- as of 16-October-2020. It traded at 47.1x/22.4x/16.1x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 5.1/10.7/14.9 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively. The consensus target price of ₹ 279.5/- implies a PE multiple of 18.7x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 14.9/-.
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