Auto Ancillary

Exports will be the focus area after the acquisition – Motherson sumi

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday , NIFTY ended higher at 17,991 (+0.26%). All the sectoral indices were gainers, led by PSU Banks (+3.1%), Media (+1.5%), and FMCG (+1.2%). IT was the lone loser, down by (-0.9%). Among the stocks, Titan (+6.1%), Bajaj Auto (+3.3%), and Bajaj Finserv (+3.0%) led the gainers while HCL Tech (-3.7%), HDFC Life (-1.9%), and Coal India (-1.7%) led the losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman , of Motherson Sumi (MS) with ET NOW on 11th October 2021:

  • Acquisition of CIM Tools in aerospace segment will be beneficial for MS. CIM Tools have an order book of more than $200 million and the company will do very well in coming time.
  • Exports will be the focus area because MS set up bases in the different countries with CIM Tools and there will be a rise in exports because of the customers are abroad.
  • CIM Tools is a profit-making company and idea would be to improve it and add to the top line. MS has a clear thinking. They get 40% return on capital employed.
  • MS is acquiring existing profit-making joint venture in China. It is very important because MS is more into in passenger vehicles and this one is all about commercial vehicles .
  • MS has a huge presence in China and company have a huge market that they can then generate in China itself.
  • Opportunity wise in two to three years company will be all over in China. Company is learning about commercial vehicles. It is a wonderful area to get into it because MS is very strong with commercial vehicles globally.
  • Comparing global and domestic business is very difficult. The kinds of cars that are produced outside and the cars in India are very different in terms of value. Every car that produced there has a buyer for it. That means customers are at very good situation. Companies have the orders but they have some supply constraints.
  • The chip shortage and all other things combated with customers in a very strong way. The demand is huge and the situation is also getting better.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • Auto production cuts and raw material price increase due to inflation might affect company’s performance in the near term.
  • Company is expanding its business in different segments. This will be the growth driver.

 Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Motherson Sumi Systems Limited was ₹ 245/- as of 12-Oct-2021. It traded at 35x/23x/20x the consensus earnings per share estimate of ₹6.89/10.8/12.4 for FY22E/FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 254/- implies a PE multiple of 20x on FY24E EPS of ₹12.4/-.

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Semiconductor shortage to persist – Motherson Sumi

Update on Indian Equity Market:
On Thursday, markets ended on a high with Nifty closing 110 points higher to close at 17,630. INDUSINDBK (+7.3%), ITC (+6.6%), and SBI (+4.5%) were the top gainers on the index while GRASIM (-1.8%), BHARTIARTL (-1.3%), and TCS (-1.3%) were the top losers for the day. Among the sectoral indices PSU BANK (+5.4%), PRIVATE BANK (+2.7%), and BANK (+2.2%) were the top gainers, while MEDIA (-1.7%), METALS (-0.6%), and IT (-0.6%) were laggards.

Excerpts of the Interview with Mr VC Sehgal, Chairman of Motherson Sumi with CNBCTV18, dated 15th September 2021:

A lot of struggling semiconductors manufacturers are coming back on stream. However, with the uncertainty and guidance from manufacturers, the company expects this issue to persist beyond Q2CY22.
The sophistication required and the manufacturing processes of these semiconductor chips are extremely complex, the current structural barriers faced by these manufacturers can’t be removed overnight.
Demand has picked up for the entire sector, however, there’s a rise in inventory for OEMs as manufacturers wait for semiconductors to be supplied to complete the production and deliver the automobiles.
OEMs like Motherson Sumi are agnostic towards the engine that is fitted into the automobile, whether EV or ICE. However, the shift towards EV is value accretive for the company.
PLI scheme is more focused on technology transfer and development than actual production, however, these schemes coupled with the EV push by the government will result in robust demand for OEMs.
Raw Material price hikes and other margin pressures are a function of cycles and thus the company is not planning to take any aggressive steps to counter it. Right now the focus is only on delivering on the pent-up demand as fast as possible.

Asset Multiplier Comments:
Semiconductor shortage is an issue that’s going to persist for the upcoming quarters and is universal. The Auto and Ancillary Sector has to bear the brunt until things get better.
Motherson Sumi by the virtue of its product portfolio is indifferent to the ICE/EV competition, thus it is better placed for robust growth ahead once the supply side issues subside.

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website):
The closing price of Motherson Sumi was ₹224/- as of 16-September-2021. It traded at 32x/20x/17x the EPS estimate of ₹ 7/₹ 11/₹ 13 for FY22E/23E/24E
The consensus price target is ₹ 256/- which trades at 19x the EPS estimate for FY24E of ₹13/-
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Production loss to be minimal despite semi-conductor Shortage: Bharat Forge

 

Update on Indian Equity Market:

On Monday, markets ended higher with Nifty closing 34 points higher to close at 16,130, TATASTEEL(3.7%), BAJFINANCE (3.4%) M&M (2.4%) were the top gainers on the index while MARUTI (-2.6%),SHREECEM (-2.3%) and EICHERMOT (-2.3%) were the top losers for the day. Among the sectoral indices,  METAL  (1.5%), OIL & GAS (0.9%) and  FINANCIAL SERVICES (0.4%) were the top gainers, while MEDIA (-1.4%),  PSU BANK (-1%) and AUTO (-0.9%) were the top losers.

 

Excerpts of an interview with Baba Kalyani, CMD of Bharat Forge on CNBCTV18 dated 13th August 2021:

 

  • Despite mounting input cost inflation, Company managed to expand its margins by 100 bps sequentially and posted robust growth on both Revenue and Net profit Fronts in Q1FY22
  • Semi-Conductor shortage is a universal phenomenon that’s affecting industries and businesses across the world. In the case of OEMs, most of them have taken adequate steps to address this issue. 
  • In the short term, everyone is suffering some loss in production, however, the company expects no adverse impact on production in the medium-long term. The company reiterated that the situation was outside the control of anyone and its a matter of when and not if the issue will be resolved,
  • He stated that the industry has resorted to rationing of semiconductors to produce higher-value products. This will impact the supply in the short term. 
  • A lot of Passenger vehicle manufacturers have resorted to reducing the production of lower end passenger cars against higher value cars that offer better realisations.
  • Cost Reduction was the company’s important priority in the past 2 years and the company has optimised costs through downsizing, IoT and WC Management, to produce the best margins this company has seen.
  • The company has a strong balance sheet and healthy cash balance, the company plans to take forward its growth through inorganic acquisitions aimed at future technologies like e-mobility, renewables etc as the company gears itself for the future.

 

Asset Multiplier Comments:

 

  • The Semi-Conductor shortage will be dealt with sooner rather than later, barring any major disruptions, OEM and the entire Auto and Ancillary sector is recovering well.
  • Bharat Forge has managed to improve its margins and its plans to grow across all segments through strategic investments as it gets ready for the future are on the right track.

 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website): 

  • The closing price of Bharat Forge was ₹803/- as of 16-August-2021.  It traded at 45x/29x /26x the EPS estimate of ₹18/₹ 28/₹ 31 for FY22E/23E/24E.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 900/- which trades at 30x the EPS estimate for FY24E of ₹ 31/-

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Growth opportunities ahead across all segments – Bharat Forge

Update on Indian Equity Market:

On Wednesday, markets ended lower with Nifty closing 105 points to close at 15,635. PowerGrid (3.9%), SBILIFE (1.8%), and NTPC (1.6%) were the top gainers on the index while TATA MOTORS (-2.6%), ADANIPORTS (-2.4%), SHREECEM (-2.0%) were the top losers for the day. Among the sectoral indices,  MEDIA (-2.1%),  REALTY (-1.7%), and AUTO (-1.3%) were the top losers, and there were no Sectoral gainers.

 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Baba Kalyani, CMD of Bharat Forge on CNBCTV18 dated 7th June 2021 :

 

  • Greenshoots have been seen in recovery over Q4FY21 despite lockdown, the industry is coming back to pre-covid levels but the management expects another quarter for things to fully recover.
  • Oxygen shortage affected steel supply due to the 2nd COVID wave in Q4, but significant recovery has been seen. The semiconductor supply shortage is still an issue but there’s no reduction in demand for chassis and powertrains.
  • Exports have seen tremendous growth across all segments over FY19 levels, and the company is benefiting from shifting from traditional supply chains in East Asia to India and the rest of the world.
  • There is a huge Commodity Upcycle, especially in metals. However, the company is poised to directly pass on the hikes to its customers.
  • The Company is expanding its capacities in the renewables sector, in order to reduce its reliance on Oil and Gas and focus on sustainable growth ahead.

 

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • Bharat Forge like most Industrial manufacturing has already seen the worst of its days due to the pandemic, and recovery seems to be well on track.
  • Increased Government Expenditure, Focus on Atmanirbhar Bharat will help the company’s topline across all verticals in years ahead.

 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website): 

  • The closing price of Bharat Forge was ₹757/- as of 09-June-2021.  It traded at 42x/ 30x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 18/ 25/-  for FY22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 800/- which trades at 32x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 25/-.

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Current capacities fully utilized, need expansion to meet demand: Minda Industries

Update on Indian Equity Market:

After a blockbuster start of a 3-day week, markets traded lower to end the last day of FY21 as Nifty closed the day 154 points lower at 14,691.  Within the index, TATASTEEL (2.3%), GRASIM (2.3%), and UPL (1.9%) were few of the gainers while HDFC (-3.9%), HDFCBANK (-3.8%), and FMCG (1.0%) led the winners while FIN SERVICES (-2.0%), PVT BANK (-1.9%), and BANK (-1.7%) led the losers. 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sunil Bohra, ED & Group CFO, Minda Industries Ltd (MINDAIND) with CNBC -TV18 dated 30th March 2021:

  • The board of MINDAIND has approved the company’s expansion into four-wheel lighting business and four-wheel alloy wheel businesses due to an improved market scenario and increased demand.
  • In the Bawal plant of Haryana, the current capacity of 120,000 wheels/ month will be increased to 180,000 wheels/ month. This will be a part of the brownfield expansion.
  • The second plant aiming at the production of lighting is a Greenfield expansion plan.  Both the plants are expected to commission the production in FY22E.
  • The company is already running its alloy wheel business beyond its current capacity. The company is making sure that surplus capacity is available considering the additional orders received by the company. The aftermarket sales are having a positive momentum further creating demand for the alloy wheel segment.
  • Current sales in the lighting business are around Rs 4bn odd a year. The new orders received by the company are for more than Rs 2bn a year leading to the creation of a new plant.
  • The financing for both projects will be from internal accruals. The company might need a little bit of debt depending upon the funding requirement.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • The decision to expand the lighting and alloy business paints a healthy picture about the order book of the company for at least the next 24 months. The Company is expected to witness above-average growth due to pent-up orders.
  • The company is currently running the business at full capacity utilization. As a result, the growth in fundamentals till the commissioning of the new plant might not represent the true state of demand for the company.

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website):

  • The closing price of MINDAIND was ₹ 540/- as of 31-March-2021.  It traded at 94x/ 41x/ 29x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 5.8/ 13.5/ 18.9 for FY21E/22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 535/- which trades at 28x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 18.9/-

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Reorganization of verticals will help the company reduce costs: Minda Industries

Update on Indian Equity Market:

Markets continued to feel the pressure of rising bond yields as Nifty fell 163 points to 14,558.  Within the index, ITC (4.0%), BAJAJAUTO (2.9%) and HINDALCO (1.9%) were few of the gainers while HCL TECH (-3.5%), INFY (-3.3%) and DIVISLAB (-3.0%) led the losers. Among the sectoral indices, only FMCG (0.1%), and METAL (0.04%) managed to close in green while IT (-3.1%), PHARMA (-2.3%) and PSU BANK (-2.0%) led the losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sunil Bohra, ED & Group CFO, Minda Industries (MINDAIND) with CNBC -TV18 dated 17th March 2021:

  • Minda Industries has re-aligned its business verticals as the auto ancillary company is focusing on the centralization of operations of the company. The centralization theme will help cross-sale of products in the export market.
  • The company plans to have an increased focus on exports. Towards that goal, the company has set up a dedicated marketing office in Japan.
  • The objective of this move was to keep the fixed costs at the same level while increasing the sales. The company wanted to get synergies of scale to improve margins. The second objective was, some of the functions like marketing, commercial, were not reaping benefits of scale due to de-centralization.
  • The company now will have the ability to negotiate better prices with vendors. The company is confident of positive operating leverage at play in the medium term. This along with improved revenues will yield benefits for the company.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • The aim for the restructuring of an organization is a long-term process. If executed as per expectation, the company may see increased growth rates in revenues over a few years.
  • The objective of centralization is to keep fixed costs at similar levels to benefit from positive operating leverage. The company may witness improvement in profitability margins as a result of this move. 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener):

  • The closing price of MINDAIND was ₹ 551/- as of 18-March-2021.  It traded at 95x/ 41x/ 29x the consensus EPS estimate of 5.8/ 13.5/ 18.9 for FY21E/22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is 535/- which trades at 28x the EPS estimate for FY23E of 18.9/-

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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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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/-.
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Focus on vertical strengthening of product portfolio, market momentum expected in Q4: Sunil Bothra, Minda Industries

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, Nifty closed 0.7% lower at 12,126. Among the stocks, ONGC(+2.5%), Vedanta (+1.9%) and JSW Steel (+1.0%) were the gainers. Yes Bank (-4.4%), Bharti Airtel (-2.0%), and Reliance (-1.9%) ended in the red. Nifty Media (+0.1%) and Nifty Metal (+0.6%) were the only sectors which ended in the positive. Nifty PSU Bank (-1.5%), Nifty Pharma (-0.9%) and Nifty Bank (-0.9%) were the worst-performing sectors.

Focus on vertical strengthening of product portfolio, market momentum expected in Q4: Sunil Bothra, Minda Industries

Excerpts from an interview with Mr Sunil Bothra, Executive Director and Group Chief Financial Officer, Minda Industries:

  • The existing sensor business is more than 5 years old and as part of their strategy, they are in a long-term partnership with Sensata Technologies.
  • Sensata, which was previously Texas Instruments have many businesses which are into defence and other technologies.
  • Minda Industries has entered into an agreement with Sensata to acquire the wheel speed sensor business. The agreement will help to acquire the customer base in India and South Korea and will also make global opportunities available.
  • Although the acquisition cost only ₹ 45 crore, it is expected to generate an additional revenue of ₹100-120 crore in the next four years. With this acquisition, the fresh investment in the sensor business will reach ₹ 145 crore and it is expected to generate revenue of ₹ 500-600 crore in the next 4-5 years.
  • The company has been focussing on vertically strengthening the product portfolio, which they have done by undertaking small acquisitions. Now that they have more than 30 businesses or products, the focus is on strengthening their technological capability and offering to the OEs.
  • The recently concluded acquisition of Delvis will help strengthen their technology position in 4-wheeler lamps, thereby strengthening the sensor business.
  • Talking about the demand, he said the company has seen some green shoots in October, which led to a little increase in volume in a few original equipment manufacturers in November.
  • Since December is generally a lean period, Q3 is not very bullish as compared to Q2.
  • Some market momentum is expected in Q4. But they will have to wait and see how the market pans out post the BS-VI launch from April 1, since there will be price impact of 10-12%.
  • If they are able to increase their kit value per car or 2-wheeler or OE in Q4, they are hopeful of continuing the overperformance in the near future.      

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Minda Industries was ₹ 348 /- as of 26-December-19. It traded at 32.8 x/ 23.4x / 18.5x the consensus EPS estimate for FY20E/ FY21E/ FY22E of ₹ 10.6/14.9 /18.8 respectively.
  • Consensus target price of ₹ 383/- implies a PE multiple of 20.4x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 18.8/-.