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Marginal impact of localized lockdown; essentials & hygiene to see uptick: Godrej Consumer
Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sunil Kataria, CEO, India and South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) at Godrej Consumer Products (GODREJCP), aired on CNBC-TV18 dated on 9th April 2021:
- All the SAARC countries have continued to do well and growth has been robust for Godrej Consumer. Exports faced challenges in the 1HFY21 primarily because of lockdown, but it bounced back strongly in 2HFY21.
- Thumb rule for FMCGs is whenever FMCG grows well, the Indian rural growth lead by 1.5x of urban growth. Pre covid, rural growth had gone down to 0.8x of urban, but the good news is now it has regained to 1.5x-1.7x of urban growth.
- Mr Kataria expects
- Good monsoon and with strong rural investment done, rural story will continue to hold very strong.
- In this Budget, there is a lot of investment gone behind infrastructure sector which will stimulate demand and growth in core sectors. This will lead to good urban growth.
- The top 3 important areas for Godrej Consumer are:
- Household insecticides: Godrej Consumer is the category leader in this segment and have done most of the innovations here. India’s outlook towards health and hygiene has changed permanently, a strong momentum in this category is seen by Godrej Consumer this year and expects to continue to hold this momentum
- Health and Hygiene: Godrej Consumer have done a lot of investment will continue to invest in this segment. It has moved beyond personal wash into being personal and home hygiene portfolio.
- Go-To-Market Strategy: Sharp investments done in building a next level of GTM, this will be a big enabler in future.
- Godrej Consumer Products posted a strong Q4FY21 update. The company said it has clocked in broad-based sales across all key categories and sees India sales growth around 30 percent this quarter.
- This time, the COVID upsurge will see more of localized lockdowns rather than very far-ranging, wide impacting lockdowns. Therefore, a localized geography-based limited impact will happen on demand, which could impact certain discretionary categories.
- People have started taking hygiene categories more casually and some stabilizing of demand is happening. Essentials and hygiene categories are expected to see an uptick again.
- The whole consumption demand has looked up well across most of the segments and Mr. Kataria is pleasantly surprised with the kind of recovery in the demand that has happened even after the festive season.
- Growth has been broad-based across all segments and that gives a lot of confidence and it talks about the quality of company’ growth across all the 3 segments – soap, hair color and household insecticides.
- The company has taken calibrated price hikes across the portfolio and it is going to keep a close watch on price and demand of the products. More price increases are expected going forward if inflation continues, but not at the cost of volume growth. Therefore, some short-term pressure on gross margins is expected to be seen.
Asset Multiplier Comments
- Post the virus outbreak, FMCG companies have stepped up supply chain agility and increased the GTM approach to ensure adequate stock. Teams have been put on “hyper-alert” to ensure that supply chains are uninterrupted in the case of disruptions due to localised lockdowns and curfews.
- Overall, FMCG companies might get impacted due to regional lockdowns but this time it would be milder than last time lockdowns.
Consensus Estimate (Source: investing. com and market screener websites)
- The closing price of GODREJCP was ₹ 715 as of 12-April-2021. It traded at 40x/ 35x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 18.5/20.9 for FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
- The consensus target price of ₹ 814/- implies a PE multiple of 39x on FY23E EPS of ₹20.9/-.
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