Albuterol contribution to be higher from 4Q onwards – LupinAbhishek Salunke
Update on Indian equity market:
Following its global peers, Indian markets continued to rally for the 5th straight session as Nifty closed the day 143 points higher at 12,157. Within the index, the gainers were led by RELIANCE (3.6%), BAJAJFINSV (3.5%), and INDUSINDBK (3.3%) whereas Maruti (-2.9%), GAIL (-1.9%) and BHARTIARTL (-1.5%) were the laggards. Among the sectoral indices, PVT BANK (2.1%), BANK (1.9%), and FIN SERVICE (1.9%) led the index higher while PHARMA (-0.7%) and FMCG (-0.1%) were the only laggards.
Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Nilesh Gupta, Managing Director, Lupin with CNBC-TV18 dated 05th November 2020:
The company is witnessing growth in the US markets on the back of the launch of Albuterol. The drug is a great growth opportunity for Lupin.
The Albuterol story will really come out in 4QFY21E. The company is still in ramp-up mode. Lupin is expected to get more business in 3Q as compared to 2Q and will see a steady-state of demand from 4Q onwards.
The reason for optimism on Albuterol is a major competitor, Perrigo going out of business with no timeline of coming back.
Commenting on the re-launch of Glumetza, there were some teething problems regarding the product but management is confident about the re-launch of the drug.
The company is able to return to a $180- 200mn quarterly run rate in the US markets. The remediation costs and research and development spend in the past have started fructifying for the company.
In the Indian business, the company is expected to grow 6-8% YoY. The business has suffered in the 1st half of FY21 due to the COVID-related slowdown in demand from the acute segment. The market is expected to grow in the range of 4-5% and the company is confident of beating the industry growth rate.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
The closing price of Lupin was ₹ 931/- as of 05-Nov-2020. It traded at 40x/ 25x/ 21x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 23/ 38/ 45 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
The consensus target price of ₹ 945/- implies a P/E multiple of 21x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 45/-.
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