Volume boost expected from commissioning of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor– CONCOR

Update on the Indian Equity Market:


On Wednesday, Nifty closed 0.9% higher at 14,819. Within NIFTY50, JSWSTEEL (+5.3%), WIPRO (+2.4%), and SBIN (+2.2%) were top gainers, while ADANIPORTS (-2.8%), TATACONSUM (-1.4%), and UPL (-1.3%) were the top losing stocks. Among the sectoral indices, PSU BANK (+1.9%), AUTO (+1.6%), and PRIVATE BANK (+1.5%) were the highest gainers, while no sector ended with losses.


Volume boost expected from commissioning of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor– CONCOR


Excerpts of an interview with Mr. V Kalyana Rama, MD& Chairman, Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), aired on CNBC-TV18 dated on 6th April 2021:

  • CONCOR had good volumes in 4QFY21. Overall for FY21, handling volumes for CONCOR were 2.8% less YoY, while originating volumes were higher on a YoY basis.
  • Rama hopes FY22E will be a good year as demand has picked up and is expected to continue. Export demand has also increased in the last 6 months.
  • CONCOR has paid Rs 5,900 mn to Indian Railways in relation to a dispute, and the issue is now resolved.
  • According to a comment by DIPAM (Department of Investment and Public Asset Management) secretary, divestment of CONCOR may not happen in 1QFY22E. CONCOR divestment can take place only after Indian Railways finalizes land lease policy, which has to be approved by the Cabinet.
  • Commissioning of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is expected to be completed by June 2022. Connection up to Palanpur is expected to start any day now. This will help in connecting to 2 ports- Mundra and Pipavav. This will be a big volume boost in the northern India container movement business. The connection upto Mumbai port will take another year.
  • The DFC will lead to higher revenues. There is also a possibility to increase EBITDA margins due to double stacking and high capacity wagons. CONCOR is planning to have a 100% double stacking movement for all containers meant for northern India.
  • In the short term, Mr. Rama expects more growth in EXIM business as exports are picking up. In the domestic market, he is seeing more people coming toward containerization which will also aid growth. In addition, CONCOR is focusing on bulk transportation of commodities.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • In the Union Budget for FY22E, Government of India (GoI) has budgeted inflow of Rs 17.5 lakh mn from divestment in PSUs.
  • To kick start the privatization of PSUs, GoI will float the Expression of Interest (EoI) for divestment in CONCOR. GoI plans to divest 30.8% stake and cede management control in the Rs 355 bn market cap (as on 6th April 2021) company.
  • Several Indian as well as global companies seem to be interested in getting a stake in India’s largest container and terminal operator.
  • There has been scepticism on whether GoI will be able to successfully execute their PSU divestment strategy.  Success of this privatization will pave way for further divestments in other PSUs.


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

  • The closing price of CONCOR was ₹ 583as of 6-April-2021. It traded at 35x/ 27x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹16.7/21.4 for FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 520/- implies a PE multiple of 24x on FY23E EPS of ₹21.4/-.


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Volumes impacted due to Coronavirus: V. Kalyana Rama, CONCOR

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, investors continued rushing to safer assets on fears that the coronavirus outbreak is fast developing into a pandemic.

The broad market index, NIFTY50 ended the day marginally lower at 11,633. The two sectoral gainers were Pharma (+0.6%), and FMCG (+0.1%). Realty (-2.4%), Media (-2.4%), and PSU Bank (-2.3%) were the top losing sectors. The top gaining stocks were Sun Pharma (+3.6%), Britannia (+1.9%), and Titan (+1.9%) while Wipro (-3.5%), ONCG (-3.0%), and JSW Steel (-3.0%) led the losers.

Volumes impacted due to Corona Virus: V. Kalyana Rama, CONCOR

Excerpts from an interview with Mr V. Kalyana Rama, Chairman and MD, CONCOR published in Mint on 26th February 2020:

  • The last quarter witnessed a drop in the volumes of the company as the demand did not pick up. Even now the business is subdued; the volumes are impacted because of the coronavirus.
  • They have guided for a flat FY20 in the last quarter looking at the volumes. If the impact of coronavirus is worse than already considered, there might be a negative side.
  • There has been a provision for the Services Export from India Scheme (SEIS) income close to ₹ 861 crores, which was disallowed by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). CONCOR is contesting the disallowance of those claims. Disallowance leads to the formation of committee of secretaries and approvals from the government. The process is a work-in-progress and they are waiting for the outcome.
  • The government had announced it is willing to divest CONCOR with management control, transferring 30.8% share.
  • Despite the government announcement, business is going on as usual on 41 terminals on lease from the railways. There is absolutely no disruption on the business.
  • CONCOR is continuing with rail freight price policy announced in April 2019, for the current financial year. Any price change will be only in effect from FY21 and the market will be duly notified of it. As per the previous three-quarter numbers, there was a positive effect on the top line and the bottom line.
  • The coastal shipping business made some losses in the first nine months but they are not too worried about it. They are keeping a timeframe of three years to stabilize and turnover this business.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of CONCOR was ₹ 510/- as of 27-February-2020.  The consensus earnings estimates are not available.
  • The company declared earnings of ₹ 2.9 per share for the quarter ending December 31 2019, versus ₹ 4.5 declared for the quarter ending December 31, 2018. It declared earnings of ₹ 19.95 per share for the year ended March 31, 2019.