Volume recovery on cards, Margins to improve in H2FY22: MaricoPratik Mate
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Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Saugata Gupta, MD & CEO, Marico on CNBCTV18 dated 2nd August 2021:
- 1QFY22 began with the momentum that was handed over from the last quarter of FY21. May sales were affected due to the 2nd wave of lockdown. Recovery was seen in June, and supply-side issues are slowly improving.
- Growth rates are improving drastically in the South, which is the company’s stronghold. Barring major disruptions, the company expects to deliver 8-10% volume growth.
- Gross margins declined both sequentially and YoY. This was due to raw material costs pressure, both in copra and vegetable oil-based products. The company took price hikes which resulted in less pressure on margins.
- The company expects Copra prices to come down and some deflationary easing on margins and hopes to record 19%+ margins for the rest of the year.
- The company makes lower gross margins in the food business and expects margins to improve with scale. The company expects volumes to grow in soya, honey and oodles, and add around 100 crores to the top line.
- The company’s focus is to add volume growth and expects margins to grow with scale. However, the company expects more product diversification over the next 4-5 years.
Asset Multiplier Comments:
- The food and FMCG Industry has adapted to the pandemic imposed changes. Despite the pandemic, the volumes have improved and may recover sharply soon with further unlocking. With expanding product portfolio, the growth rates may be significantly higher.
- Marico has an established portfolio and brand awareness with consumers which it can leverage to expand volumes to grow further and deliver value to shareholders.
Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website):
- The closing price of Marico was ₹544/- as of 03-August-2021. It traded at 54x/45x the EPS estimate of ₹10/₹ 12 for FY22E/23E.
- The consensus price target is ₹ 560/- which trades at 47x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 12/-
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