Expect robust demand but need to watch for supply issues– Galaxy Surfactants

Expect robust demand but need to watch for supply issues– Galaxy Surfactants

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Excerpts of an interview with Mr. U Shekhar, Founder, and MD, Galaxy Surfactants (GALAXYSURF) with CNBC TV-18 on 9th June 2021:

  • Operating margins have gone down in 4QFY21 due to a sharp increase in raw material prices. As a result, revenue increase has been in direct correlation with the increase in material prices.
  • Overall, for the year sales volume growth was ~5.2% with specialty care products growing 15.7% in 2HFY21 over 1HFY21. Performance surfactants volume grew ~8.8% in FY21.
  • FY21 and FY22E are going to be focused on mitigating supply chain disruptions. Demand will be strong with a focus on GALAXYSURF’s response to customers’ supply chain requirements.
  • New products have been launched and expect EBITDA per ton to increase sequentially.
  • The delay in the arrival of raw material along with sustained higher freight costs remains a concern for the regular availability of raw material.
  • There could be certain costs to maintain an inventory that might have a marginal impact on margins.
  • FY21 was a ten months performance, especially for India. The US and Egypt business was not impacted as much, in terms of operations. The growth in terms of specialty care was in 2HFY21 when customers’ demand improved. With the introduction of new products in FY22, they are confident of additional revenues from new customers. A 6-8% volume growth is expected.
  • International sales have remained stable at ~65%. Mr. Shekhar expects a ratio of 65-35/67-33 for international and domestic sales.


Asset Multiplier Comments

  • The Company has given a Capex guidance of Rs 1.5bn for FY22, with a large part to be spent on the specialty care portfolio. The ongoing capex projects are expected to be completed in 1HFY22, resulting in the introduction of new products, which will aid volume growth post 2HFY22.
  • With clients’ focus on reducing carbon footprint, the launch of new green products will strengthen the Company’s market position in specialty care products.


Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of GALAXYSURF was ₹ 3,061/- as of 10-June-2021. It traded at 34x/ 30x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 89/102 for FY22E/FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 2,742/- implies a PE multiple of 27x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 102/-.

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