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Not keen on diversifying at this point – M&M

Update on the Indian Equity market:
On Friday, Nifty50 ended 0.2% higher at 12,720. EICHERMOT (+7.4%), BAJAJFINSV (+3.7%), and COALINDIA (+3.1%) led the index gainers while TATAMOTORS (-3.3%), LT (-2.0%), and HDFC (-1.1%) led the laggards. Among the sectoral gainers, METAL (+1.7%), REALTY (+1.3%), and PHARMA (+1.1%) were the leaders while MEDIA (-0.9%), and FMCG (-0.1%) were the only index losers.

Excerpts of an interview of Mr. Anish Shah, MD & CEO-designate, M&M published in Business Standard on 12th November 2020:
• The stock price has more than doubled since March. The board’s decision to not invest in SsangYong was important and signaled to investors that the management is serious about capital allocation.
• The next re-rating will happen once the international subsidiaries turn around and start contributing to earnings. The second set of actions is toward driving the growth of the domestic business. Third, they have identified significant growth drivers for the future, which are termed ’10 gems’.
• They are conducting a detailed analysis of growth drivers of international subsidiaries’ performance; does it have the potential for an 18 percent return on equity? They are working to see if they can revisit their go-to-market, product, and channel strategies. The subsidiaries will have to show a profitable path.
• M&M was the best performing stock in the Nifty for 17 years. Though acquisitions were made even then, that was driven by a very high level of fiscal discipline. Now, the acquisitions will be made, just that the bar in terms of fiscal discipline will be as high as it was in the past.
• They don’t expect to diversify even when they make an acquisition. There are 10 businesses right now and they believe there is a lot of potential to grow. They are keen on scaling up the diversified footprint.
• The joint venture with Ford has been delayed because of the pandemic and government approvals.
• There is a lot of synergy from material costs in the auto and farm equipment segments. They announced the best-operating margins and that is why those segments will be together.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
• The closing price of M&M was ₹ 629/- as of 13-November-2020. It traded at 23x/ 17x/ 15x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 26.9/ 36.7/ 41.1 per share for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 667 implies a PE multiple of 16x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 41.1/-.
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Expect impact of high rubber prices in 4QFY21 – Ceat

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
The Indian markets witnessed a volatile monthly expiry day as Nifty opened the day higher but managed to close 57 points lower at 11,673. Within the index, the gainers were led by ASIANPAINT (3.1%), TECHM (2.2%), and ULTRACEMCO (2.0%) whereas LT (-4.9%), TITAN (-3.4%), and ONGC (-2.9%) were the laggards. Among the sectoral indices, only IT (0.5%) closed the day in green while MEDIA (-1.7%), AUTO (-1.1%), and PHARMA (-0.9%) led the laggards.
Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Anant Goenka, Managing Director, Ceat Ltd (Ceat) published on CNBC-TV18 dated 28th October 2020:
The company is witnessing a very large demand in the months of October and November from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). The demand seems challenging from 4QFY21E onwards.
Raw material prices are inching up for the past few days. The increased rubber prices will start coming into effect around 4Q onwards. This will have a negative impact on margins.
He said that the rural economy has done well for the company. The farm sector has shown 50-60 percent growth in the replacement segment. The revenues are also back to 90 percent of pre-COVID levels. The higher demand is a mix of pent-up demand and a lot of other aspects.
The higher profitability margins during 1HFY21 were led by favorable mix and t is expected to come down in 2nd half of FY21E.
The company has completed a capex of Rs 2,500-3000mn YTD (Year-to-Date) and the figure will be around Rs 5,000mn by the end of FY21E and Rs 6,000 mn for FY22E.
Ban on Chinese tyres has impacted the PCR replacement demand. However, he said that OEMs are allowed to import Chinese tyres.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
The closing price of Ceat was ₹ 1,123/- as of 29-Oct-2020. It traded at 22x/ 16x/ 14x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 51/ 72/ 78 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
The consensus target price of ₹ 1,014/- implies a P/E multiple of 13x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 78/-.
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Difficult to predict festive season sales – Bajaj Auto

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Friday, Nifty ended 0.3% higher at 11,930 led by the auto stocks. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Maruti (+4.3%), M&M (+3.3%), and Tata Steel (+3.3%) while the losing stocks for the day were Ultra Cement (-2.4%), HCL Tech (-1.6%), and HUL (-1.6%). Top gaining sectors were Auto (+2.9%), Media (+0.7%), and IT (+0.5%) while top losing sectors are Realty (-1.1%), Pharma (-0.4%) and Pvt Bank (-0.04%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Rakesh Sharma, ED, Bajaj Auto Ltd; dated 22nd October 2020 from CNBC TV18:

The geographical mix & the business unit mix have a very big impact on the blended margins of Bajaj Auto. Last year the Company faced many headwinds in maintaining the margins. The Company is optimistic about maintaining the margins reported in 2QFY21 despite raw material cost increases seen.
There has been a marginal improvement in walk-ins, enquiries & sales over the beginning of the festive period last year.

Bajaj Auto is optimistic about maintaining margin despite raw material cost increase and they have streamlined low margin products.

The Company recorded the highest ever sales of Pulsar in 2QFY21. This impacted margins in a positive way during the quarter.

The Company had the highest ever exports in September-20 and October performance will beat September performance according to Mr Sharma. If the Company does not have any supply chain issues and transport interruption, then in November they will beat October exports.

The Company saw a smart recovery in domestic performance. They aim to improve the domestic market share from 18.2% in H1 to 20% in H2. There is a huge scope for expansion in market share but the Company does not want to compromise the margins and profitability for gaining the market shares.

It is very difficult to make predictions about the festive season sales as of now. The industry is seeing a slight improvement in enquiry and sales in this festive season. Post festive where all pent up demand is exhausted, it is interesting to see how the industry and demand responds. This will be the most important thing to be considered.
125cc segment is more profitable than 100cc and thus Bajaj Auto has expanded this market segment.

The ultra-premium segment (KTM/ Dominar) has clocked 10,000-12,000 units run rate per month currently.

The underperforming models/ low margin products of the Company have been stream-lined and prices have been increased during 2QFY21.

Bajaj Auto has passed on cost increases from September-20 onwards in the majority of the International markets. It had been a very difficult exercise for the Company as the Chinese & Japanese brands which has seen a huge revival, the company had to face intense competition.
The Company hopes the three-wheelers will start performing well with support from the Government initiatives.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
The closing price of Bajaj Auto Ltd was ₹ 3,090/- as of 23-October-2020. It traded at 20.7x/ 17.2x/15.0x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 149/180/206 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.

The consensus target price of ₹ 3,088/- implies a PE multiple of 15.0x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 206/-.

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Auto component makers see MoM improvement in demand

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Friday, Nifty ended 0.7% higher at 11,762. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were JSW Steel (+6.7%), Tata Steel (+5.4%), and BPCL (+4.4%) while the losing stocks for the day UPL (-7.7%), HCL Tech (-3.5%), and M&M (-1.8%). Top gaining sectors were Metal (+4.0%), Realty (+2.6%) and Pvt Bank (+2.1%) while losing sectors were IT (-0.1%) and Media (-0.4%).

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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Replacement Market has played well- CEAT

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Wednesday Nifty closed 0.3% higher at 11,917. Among the sectoral indices, Fin Services (+2.0%), Bank (+1.6%), and Private Bank (+1.5%) closed higher. IT (-1.3%), Pharma (-0.7%), and Auto (-0.3%) closed lower. Wipro (-7.1%), NTPC (-4.1%), and ONGC (-3.1%) closed on a negative note. Bajaj Finserv (+4.1%), SBILIFE (+3.4%), and Bajaj Finance (+2.8%) were among the top gainers.

Excerpts from an interview of Mr. Anant Goenka, MD & CEO, CEAT Ltd with ET NOW dated 12th October 2020:

● The demand for tyres has picked up faster than expectations.
● They operate in 3 markets- Replacement, Auto players, and Export.
● The replacement market has played very well and it leads the way, OEM’s has recently seen a pick up from August and September and reached pre-covid levels. The Export segment has also seen gradual growth.
● Amongst vehicle categories, the two-wheeler and tractor industry is showing the strongest demand followed by the passenger car segment.
● The Commercial Vehicle OEM segment has yet to show growth. The demand is slow over there.
● The rural sector has also shown a very strong demand for the company.
● The company is very well positioned at this point in time and had set up a fair amount of capacity.
● The company’s capacity is well utilized.
● The company had set a new facility in Nagpur for 2 Wheelers and the PV car facility in Chennai, and Truck facility in Halol is now ramping up. The company has invested around Rs 3,000 crore.
● The last six months were about managing supplies.
● Things are much clear for the company up to December, January onwards will have to see how things will pan out.
● The company is planning to reduce its cost by Rs 1000 mn.
● Speaking on the manufacturing front, he said India is in a strong position in the Auto Space. Within Type space, the industry is capable of manufacturing all kinds of tyres.
● On Export opportunities, he said the market has shown a linear growth. It is one big area where the Industry can take advantage of the current situation.
● The company is planning to de-risk the exposure towards China by focusing to have at least one domestic supplier for key raw materials.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and Investing.com websites)
● The closing price of CEAT was ₹ 1,004/- as of 14-October-2020. It traded at 22x/ 15x/ 13x the consensus Earnings per share estimate of ₹ 46.6/65.5/79.0 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
● The consensus average target price for CEAT is ₹ 967/- which implies a PE multiple of 12x on FY23E EPS of ₹79.0/-.
Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

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 investing.com 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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We have increased market share, exceeded pre-Covid levels – Tata Motors

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Thursday, NIFTY was down 326 pts (-2.9%) at 10,806.
Among the sectoral indices, METAL (-4.2%), IT (-4.2%), and PSU BANK (-3.9%) were the top losers and there were no gainers.
Among the stocks, INFRATEL (+2.9%), ZEEL (+0.9%), and HUL (+0.3%) were the top gainers. INDUSINDBK (-7.5%), TATAMOTORS (-6.6%), and BAJFINANCE (-6.6%) were the top losers.

We have increased market share, exceeded pre-Covid levels – Tata Motors

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Head, Marketing – Passenger Cars, Tata Motors with The Hindu dated 12th September 2020:

‘Onam has performed very well overall for the industry and particularly for us at Tata Motors.’
We had pretty robust growth both in terms of first-time car buyers from smaller towns but also upgraders and probably people getting their second car into the household in the bigger towns, says Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Tata Motors.

• When asked about the targets for festive season he informed that fortunately ever since the unlock has begun around the middle of June, there has been a consistent increase in demand for passenger cars and it has sustained pretty well through the last four months. The first indicator of festival season is how Onam performs. It has traditionally been the first festival across the country and this year Onam has performed very well overall for the industry and particularly for Tata Motors.
• Tata Motors had sustained demand across all five products. It launched a completely new range of five BS-VI ready products in January and fortunately have demand for all five so much so that most of the production is being lapped up. Considering the farmers community has been blessed with a good monsoon, agricultural production seems to be going really strong, the harvest season is performing well. Now on the back of these factors, he is expecting a fairly good festival season.
• His comments on current dealer inventory levels in the channel and timely delivery: For Tata Motors, dealership inventory is a shade below what the company would like it to be at an ideal level. Company is trying to ramp up production and take care of their bookings. As a result, customers are having to wait a little longer than they would like. All three plants are accelerating the factory forward kind of transportation to the dealers as much as possible, getting into daily work management to produce and dispatch the cars as early as possible.
• Tata Motors is ramping up processes and operations to ensure that customers get the deliveries on their favored time in terms of auspicious days or in terms of specific days they would like to get it. Tata Motors have a pretty good mechanism of informing the expected date of delivery at our dealerships. Customers are informed well in advance of when they can expect their cars.
• When asked which are the key geographies they are focusing on and demand scenario from metros, tier I, tier II and rural areas he replied that traction seems to be pretty consistent across both tier I, tier II and smaller markets. The good indicator would be Kerala with Onam as a base case. Pretty robust growth was seen both in terms of first-time car buyers from smaller towns but also upgraders and probably people getting their second car into the household in the bigger towns. Tata Motors have a fairly spread product range right from hatchback which traditionally is called the entry hatch and Tiago going up to a mid-SUV of the Harrier, a pretty wide price band. It would not be an accurate parameter to gouge where the demand is coming from. But looking at the flow of bookings, demand is fairly uniform across the different town classes.
• However, in terms of offers, company have made a slight differentiation between a bigger town and a smaller town. It was seen that post the pandemic, there has been a huge demand uptick for personal transportation owing to the safety that is involved and by and large people are looking at ease of entry into car ownership and hence marketing has largely revolved around two areas. One is to assure the customers that it is very safe to actually visit showrooms and experience test drives. Second, in terms of ownership, company’s focus has been largely on making ownership accessible and very aggressive EMI offers, finance options, ease of finance availability have been the focus.
• When asked about sales reaching pre covid levels he stated that overall, industry is on par with pre-Covid levels but specifically for Tata Motors, they are happy that they have exceeded pre-Covid levels. This is quite visible by company’s market share increase. Tata Motors have grown their market share substantially compared to pre-Covid levels. Demand is continuing to be strong and it is to some extent, exceeding supply in the ensuing period. In terms of customer behavior, there’s quite a lot of change. There is increased focus on safety. Most of cars are four star or five stars rated in the global end cap rating scale. Customers have really shown preference for their range right from Tiago, Tigor, compact SUV the Nexon as well as latest premium hatch the Altroz.
• He said that the other area of difference being that he sees a lot of family involvement in car purchase now and hence the design appeal is becoming stronger. It is more of a unified purchase decision today than it was earlier and inputs from women are higher than ever and hence we see a strong orientation towards appealing design and also comfort features are coming very strongly to the fore. Premium Altroz is hugely lagged because of the 90-degree opening doors that it provides and the flat floor. These are features that customers are quite fascinated by. So, there is a slight change in customer behaviour with far more orientation towards safety and design.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

• The closing price of TATAMOTORS was ₹ 123/- as of 24-Sep-2020. It traded at 14x/7x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 9.4/18.4 per share for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 129/- implies a PE multiple of 7x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 18.4/-

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Plants running at 100% capacity- M&M

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Thursday Nifty closed -0.1% lower at 11,527. Among the sectoral indices Bank (-1.4%), PVT Bank (-1.4%), FIN Services (-1.0%) closed lower. IT (+1.50%), Pharma (+0.9%) and FMCG (+0.8%) closed higher. ICICI Bank (-2.1%), Bharti Airtel (-1.9%) and Axis Bank (-1.9%) closed on a Negative note. Infratel (+10.9%), GRASIM (+7.2%) and Titan (+5.9%) were among the top gainers.
Excerpts from an interview of Mr. Hemant Sikka, President Farm Equipment Sector, M&M with CNBC-TV18 dated 2nd September 2020:
• Tractor sales were up 65% YoY, M&M remains positive because of good harvest and bountiful monsoon.
• The production started from mid-May and now plants are running at 100% capacity.
• The demand is robust throughout the country. The kharif sowing is going well which gives a confidence to farmers.
• The domestic market grew by 69% in August 20.
• On Finance, the availability is better compare to 3-4 months back. Initially finance was an issue as offices were not open, it was difficult for people to reach offices.
• The improvement in financing is seen from middle of June. The collection is also good as farmers have a better cash flow.
• Mr. Sikka said that for the next 3 months the company is expecting a full blast of production.
• The stock is at historic low levels.
• The challenges on supply side had eased out. All suppliers have ramped up their production.
• A good festive season is expected as supply chains are coming back on track and all factories running.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and Investing.com websites)
• The closing price of M&M was ₹ 642/- as of 03-September-2020. It traded at 25x/ 18x/ 16x the consensus Earnings per share estimate of ₹ 26.1/35.7/41.1 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
• The consensus average target price for M&M is ₹ 585/- which implies a PE multiple of 14x on FY23E EPS of ₹41.1/-.
Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Tractor demand will continue to remain buoyant – M&M

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Thursday, NIFTY ended up 99 pts (+0.89%) at 11,200.
Among the sectoral indices, IT (+1.8%), FMCG (+1.4%) and METAL (+1.4%) were top gainers while PSUBANK (-0.32%) was the only loser.
Among the stocks, TATASTEEL (+3.8%), INFY (+2.9%) and GAIL (+2.6%) were the top gainers. EICHERMOT (-1.3%), SHREECEM (-1.2%) and ADANIPORTS (-0.9%) were the top losers.

Tractor demand will continue to remain buoyant – M&M

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr. Hemant Sikka, President, Farm Equipment Sector (FES), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd with Business Standard dated 5th August 2020:

Hemant Sikka commented that the company noticed a turnaround in tractor business in December. Things were going very well.

• Comments on key factors driving sales: This is the peak season for tractors. The strong demand momentum continued, aided by positive sentiments due to good cash flows to farmers, higher kharif sowing, a timely and normal monsoon cumulatively across June and July, and continued higher rural spending by the government. While it is too early to share target figures for the entire year, it is expected that this demand will continue to remain buoyant in the coming months.
• He informed that 75% of the tractor sales are on finance, M&M have aligned finances very well starting in May itself building out further in June and July. In addition to land preparation, tractors provide machine power for performing various farm applications and can be used to pull a variety of farm equipment, while also relieving the burden on farm labor and improving farmer’s livelihood.
• When asked about the supply chain constraints he replied that with tractor capacity at nearly 95%, some localized lockdowns enforced in certain cities are hampering the ramp-up of the supply chain, thus affecting production at OEMs. More than 90% of the dealers have started.
• When asked about the Capex plans, he said that K2 is a large investment, and K2 will be over by the end of FY21, some will be before FY22. (Under K2 project, the company is creating a new platform on which a new range of tractors, developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi of Japan, to further strengthen its position, both in the domestic).
• The company also made engine investments in the recent past. Investment in Swaraj tractor was also made by M&M. He further added that they are not compromising with the products for the future. It’s just that the company is completing a peak of Capex in this Capex cycle.
• While FES has a strong tractor portfolio, M&M is building technology skill sets beyond it and working on introducing a range of farm machinery, with the idea of taking technologies used in large landholding farms around the world and making them affordable and accessible to small landholding farmers. This is based on having established three global technology Centers of Excellence in Japan, Finland & Turkey, through acquisitions made over the last couple of years, from new products will be launched in FY21.
• Simultaneously, M&M is also focusing and developing Farming as a Service vertical (FaaS), which will focus on giving farmers advisory and precision farming technologies to help our farmers increase their productivity and get more output from their efforts.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener, investing.com websites)

• The closing price of M&M was ₹ 610/- as of 06-Aug-2020. It traded at 24x/18x/16x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 25.7/34.0/39.5 per share for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 585/- implies a PE multiple of 15x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 39.5/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Auto demand picking up as the festive season nears – Maruti Suzuki

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, Nifty ended 1.9%, higher than the previous close at 11,095. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Reliance (+7.4%), Zee (+6.4%), and HDFC Bank (+3.8%) while the losing stocks were Tech M (-2.8%), BPCL (-2.5%), and IndusInd Bank (-2.0%). The sectoral gainers for the day were Media (+3.8%), Financial Service (+2.3%) and Pvt Bank (+2.0%) while the losers were IT (-0.9%) and PSU Bank (-0.02%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr RC Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki; dated 04th August 2020 from CNBC TV18:

  • Auto sales in the month of July have seen a substantial improvement as compared to June and the demand is seen picking up ahead of the festive
  • Demand is beginning to pick up as the festival season is coming up. Maruti is gradually ramping up production but there are still problems as the factories are working at anywhere near 100% capacities. Safety regulations limit the capacity utilization. So with all of that, Maruti is trying to meet the demand and get up to last year without any forecast or guarantees of what is going to happen.
  • He highlighted that the number of enquiries was large and bookings were going along quite normally, compared to last year.
  • There is the pent-up demand from last year as there is some requirement of people to have mobility as the economy is opening up. However, he expects the situation for six months down to remain uncertain because of negative factors such as lower income levels of people caused by the shutdown in business activities.
  • Hospitality and travel businesses have closed down which were users of vehicles.
  • In terms of the cost of a vehicle in relation to per capita income, he believes that has gone up probably a little faster because of new regulations on safety and emissions.
  • The steel prices have never been on a straight line. There has been a period when steel prices have gone up sharply than they have flattened out and come down and then the cycle reverses. In the last two years, there were periods when steel prices were declining and they are benefited from that. Thus, he is not so worried about the increase in steel prices.
  • Talking on the personal mobility issue he said that the percentage of buying cars which are the smaller entry-level hatchbacks has gone up. The increase in the percentage of people wanting to buy small hatchbacks is an indicator that there is a requirement of people to have a small car for doing all kinds of things, going to school, going shopping and other forms of transport. So he thinks that there is some section of the consumers that needs to have personal transport instead of using shared transport or some other form of transport.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and investing.com websites)

  • The closing price of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd was ₹ 6,361/- as of 04-August-2020. It traded at 45x/27x the consensus EPS estimates of ₹ 141/239 for FY21E/FY22E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 5,698/- implies a PE multiple of 24x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 239/-.

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