Travel returning to pre-pandemic levels – VIP Industries

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, NIFTY settled at 17,465 (-0.2%) near the day’s high of 17,334. FMCG (+1.2%), MEDIA (+0.8%), and PRIVATE BANK (+0.3%) were the top sectoral gainers. HEALTHCARE (-1.3%), PHARMA (-1.2%), and PSU BANK (-0.8%) led the sectoral losers. Among the NIFTY50 components, JSWSTEEL         (+2.2%), M&M (+2.1%), and BRITANNIA (+2.0%) led the gainers. HINDALCO (-4.8%), DIVISLAB (-2.5%), and APOLLOHOSP (-2.0%) led the losers.

Travel returning to pre-pandemic levels – VIP Industries

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Dilip Piramal, Chairman, VIP INDUSTRIES (VIP) with CNBC-TV18 on 29th March 2022:

  • Demand has been good since Q3FY22, but it was still 8% lower than pre-pandemic levels. The company expects a significant bounce back in Q1FY23 owing to the lifting of COVID-19 induced international travel restrictions ending. There are signs of pent-up demand and revenge travel.
  • Marriages have been subdued due to COVID-19 which is now getting into full swing ahead of the wedding season. Another driver for volume growth for the company is that educational institutions have been opening up after almost 2 years, which has boded well for the backpacks segment.
  • 60% of the previous raw material supplies of the company earlier used to come from China, which has now come down to around 10%. The company is increasingly sourcing key raw materials for soft luggage from Bangladesh fulfilling about 50% of the requirement.
  • The demand for hard luggage is picking up and the company has enough in-house capacity in Sinnar, to provide for the increasing demand, it expects Q1FY23 to be a bumper quarter owing to seasonality. However, the company is wary about supply-side issues that are prevalent currently.
  • Margins have been topsy-turvy over the past year. Raw material cost escalation from China, as it is the largest supplier of the key raw materials to VIP’s suppliers, freight and logistics costs are at an all-time high, so it’s difficult for the management to give EBITDA margin guidance. However, it is targeting the margins to be in the mid-teens.
  • The company has taken a price hike in Q4FY22 of 5% over Q3FY22, following a price hike in October-21. As the input cost inflation persists due to extreme fluctuations in the pricing it’s difficult to take calibrated price hikes.
  • The company has currently a market share of 47%, the company has an aspirational target of crossing Rs. 20 bn in sales with mid-teen EBITDA Margins and increasing the market share to 50%.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • Luggage being a proxy play to the travel & tourism industry was among the worst impacted sectors owing to pandemic in FY21, FY22. With school and offices re opening, travel resuming and wedding season around the corner we see demand visible. VIP Industries is well positioned to tap this opportunity due to increased movement of leisure and business tourist both domestically and internationally..
  • Strong manufacturing capabilities in Bangladesh (for soft luggage) gives VIP an edge over its peers. By reducing dependence on China and sourcing from Bangladesh, we expect VIP to be able to manage margin pressures effectively.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of VIP was ₹ 745/- as of 31-March-2022. It traded at 57x/ 41x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 13/ 18/- per share for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 705/- implies a P/E Multiple of 39x on the FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 18/-

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Coronavirus impact likely from 1QFY21: Dilip Piramal Chairman, VIP Industries

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Thursday, Sensex ended up 152 pts lower and Nifty settled 45 pts lower at 12,080 level led by weekly expiry. Metal (+0.8%) and PSU Bank (+1%) were the top-performing sectors. NIFTY FMCG (-0.6%), NIFTY IT (-0.7%) and NIFTY Media (-0.6%) led the declining sectors. Among stocks, Cipla, Asian Paints, HUL and TCS were the top laggards, while gainers were INDUSIND Bank, Zee, SBI and Tata Steel.

Coronavirus impact likely from 1QFY21: Dilip Piramal Chairman, VIP Industries

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr. Dilip Piramal, Chairman, VIP Industries; dated 19th February 2020:

Mr. Piramal said the Chinese companies’ accounts for 50% of its supplies.
Speaking about Coronavirus he said that this is an unprecedented situation and will have to see how this pans out. This will definitely have an impact on travel and on the general economy as China is a large supplier for most of the products in the world. But India is not so much part of the international economy as yet, so it could have some advantage.
The international travel is going to be affected on the whole as there will be some negative reaction.
China is a large part of VIP’s supply chain as VIP imports from China. The dependence on China is reducing gradually over the last few years.
Coronavirus is going to affect the whole luggage industry as it is dependent on China for finished goods, including the unorganised sector.
The factories in China have started after the Chinese New Year holidays with local workers last Monday, but that is still a small part of the overall employment.
Talking about the Supplies requirement from China, Mr. Piramal informed that 60% of the supplies for the Jun quarter are stocked up and there might be some delay, shortfall and may have to see some decline in revenues.
VIP’s supplies are now about 50% from China and the rest is sourced in India and Bangladesh.
When asked about the pricing scenario, Mr. Piramal commented that he doesn’t expect any price surge in the luggage industry but there will be some amount of firmness and decline in discounts and offers.
Mr. Piramal said that it is too early to comment on the sales growth to be expected in Jun quarter but they have stocked up and hopes that the stock levels go low and they don’t lose any sales.
Because of the downturn and loss of market share, the sales growth for 9MFY20 was less than 5%. The market share as of now stands at ~50%.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener, website)

The closing price of VIP Industries was ₹ 450/- as of 20th February 2020. It traded at 34x/ 32x/ 26x the consensus EPS for FY20E/ FY21E/ FY22E of ₹ 13.4/14.4/17.7 respectively.
Consensus target price of ₹ 520/- implies a PE multiple of 29x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 17.7/-.

VIP Industries: Revenue growth target of 5-10% for next quarter as well as for the whole year

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

Markets started the week marginally higher as Nifty closed the day 5 points higher to 11,912. 6 out of 11 sectoral indices closed the day on a positive note with MEDIA (2.8%), PVT BANKS (1.4%) and BANK (1.3%) led the gains while IT (-0.5%), FMCG (-0.5%) and AUTO (-0.2) were the laggards. Among the stocks, ZEEL (6.2%), YESBANK (5.7%) and BPCL (2.8%) led the index higher whereas NESTLEIND (-2.4%), HEROMOTO (-2.1%) and HINDALCO (-2.1%) were the worst-performing stocks.

VIP Industries:  Revenue growth target of 5-10% for next quarter as well as for the whole year

Key takeaways from the interview of Mr Dilip Piramal, Chairman, VIP Industries dated 11th November 2019 published in LiveMint:

  • Mr Piramal started the interview with his remarks on the 2QFY20 performance of VIP Industries. He mentioned that though revenues were lower, EBITDA was higher due to two reasons. First, due to the implementation of IND-AS 116, the EBITDA went up by 6 basis points. Second, the company also witnessed improvement in gross margins which contributed to the EBITDA growth.
  • The company reported YoY growth of 3% in revenues. He said that he was not surprised by the lower growth in revenues as it aligns with the general trend in the economy.
  • About the revenue growth in the future, he said that things are slightly better than before. The company is looking to achieve between 5-10% growth in this quarter and for the whole year. This is lower as compared to the historical growth rate of around 25%.
  • On being asked about whether the customers are up-trading, he said that there is not much of a change. In fact, the lower end is increasing faster for about nearly one year.
  • He mentioned that there is no increase in competition for the company. The industry is very small with two bigger players and one quite small player who is very competitive in the lower end. It is more like a segment-wise competition. The competitive pressure is the same.
  • After the implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST), the market share has moved from unorganised players to the organized players. The company achieved a growth of 25% in FY18 largely on the back of implementation of GST.

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of VIP Industries was ₹ 437/- as of 11-November-19. It traded at 37x/ 30x the consensus EPS for FY 20E/ FY 21E of ₹ 11.8/ 14.6 respectively.
  • Consensus target price of ₹ 509/- implies a PE multiple of 35x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 14.6/-.

VIP Industries Ltd – Weak Yuan positive for VIP

Dated : 4th Sept 2019

Update on Indian market:

Domestic equity indices BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty fell over 2 percent on Tuesday. NSE Nifty ended at 10,798, down 225 points or 2.04 %. Market sentiment got impacted due to subdued auto numbers and a set of macroeconomic data like GDP data showing the country’s growth rate slumped for the fifth straight quarter to hit an over six-year low of 5 %. Growth of eight core industries dropped to 2.1 percent in July, mainly due to a contraction in coal, crude oil, and natural gas production. PMI data showed the country’s manufacturing sector activity declined to its 15-month low in August. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined to 51.4 in August, its lowest mark since May 2018, from 52.5 in July. The Indian Rupee fell by 64 paise to reach 72 mark against the US dollar and sustained outflows by foreign portfolio investors (FPI). Gainers among Nifty50 stocks were Tech M (1.4%) and HCL Tech (0.5%) while the losers were Tata Steel (-4.5%), Ultratech and ICICI Bank(-4.4%).  

VIP Industries Ltd – Weak Yuan positive for VIP

Key highlights of the Interview by Mr. Dilip G Piramal, Chairman of VIP Industries on CNBC TV18

VIP Industries is into manufacturing of luggage and travel accessories and imports less than 50% of the raw material from China. The Chairman of the company in the recent interview stated that a weakening yuan helps.

He also mentioned that:

1.    August and September traditionally weakest months of the year.

2.    Luggage is a narrow segment with limited players, so they don’t see contract manufacturing or single-brand retail having a significant impact on competition.

3.    Weakening of Rupee will benefit as VIP is also getting into exports gradually.

4.      Demand has not picked up yet, VIP Ind is in wait & watch mode. No plans for price cuts to propel demand.

5.      Due to China-US trade war Chinese manufacturers have become more dependent on India which benefits the company to get better schemes and offers from them.

6.      100% Foreign Direct Investment in contract manufacturing will improve the Indian economy gradually and in 5-10 years a lot of the low-end manufacturing from China will move to India because India is a country with a very large population. A lot of the manufacturing is moving already from China to Vietnam, Cambodia but these countries do not have so much of the population. There are so many large industries at the lower-end, readymade garments being the largest and all other consumer goods industries like shoes, toys, everything else will move out of China gradually.

Consensus estimates (Marketscreener website):

·       The stock price was Rs 422/- as of close price of 3rd September 2019 and trades at P/E multiple of 36x / 29x the consensus EPS of Rs 12.2/ 15.0 for FY20E /21E respectively. 

·       Consensus target price is Rs 500/- implying P/E of 33x for FY21E EPS of Rs 15.0/-