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Company growing better than the industry average – Berger Paints

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Monday Nifty closed 1.6% higher at 12,461. Among the sectoral indices, Bank (+2.7%), Pvt Bank (+3.3%), and Fin services (+1.9%) closed higher. Media (-0.01%) closed lower. Cipla (-2.9%), Adani ports (-1.1%), and Maruti (-0.6%), closed on a negative note. Divis labs (+5.4%), Bharti Airtel (+5.1%), and IndusInd Bank (+4.9%) were among the top gainers.

Excerpts from an interview of Mr. Abhijit Roy MD & CEO, Berger paints with CNBC-TV18 dated 6th November 2020:

● The months of August and September saw a good pickup in demand.

● On volume growth, Mr. Roy said there was a 17% growth in the decorative business and overall all volume growth was around 16%.

● Speaking about growth sustainability, he said October was better and November 20 to date is good. On the back of this, the company expects 3QFY21 to be better than 2QFY21.

● In Q2FY21, the performance of Berger was better than the industry.

● On the Expense front, he said there are savings in fixed expenses and some of these expenses like traveling and rent will be lower than normal in the near term. There is also some amount of savings on the raw material front.

● On the demand trend, he said most of the demand is coming from Tier 2, 3, and 4 towns. The demand is also picking up in urban centers.

● On products, he said earlier the lower and economic products were seeing a higher demand but since October month there is a revival in premium and luxury category as well.

● The company plans to expand its capacity. The current capacity utilization was around 93%.

● The new plant is expected to be operational by December 21.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and Investing.com websites)
● The closing price of Berger Paints was ₹ 650 as of 09-November-2020. It traded at 104x/ 74x/ 62x the consensus Earnings per share estimate of ₹ 6.27/8.78/10.5 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
● The consensus average target price for Berger Paints is ₹ 489/- which implies a PE multiple of 47x on FY23E EPS of ₹10.5/-.
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Demand strong ahead of festive and wedding season – Asian Paints

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Tuesday, Nifty ended 1.2% higher at 11,813 led by the financial & metal stocks. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were ICICI Bank (+6.7%), Hindalco (+5.1%) and SBI (+4.3%) while the losing stocks for the day UPL (-6.6%), NTPC (-3.8%) and Reliance (-1.3%). Top gaining sectors were Bank (+3.2%), Financial Services (+3.1%) and Pvt Bank (+3.1%) while the losing sectors for the day were Realty (-2.3%), and Media (-0.3%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Amit Syngle, MD & CEO, Asian Paints; dated 02nd November 2020 from CNBCTV18:

Demand has been buoyant in the festive season, according to Mr Syngle. He further added that staying at home has made people desire home improvement.

The Company is seeing a very strong growth trend because of the festivals coming in with the wedding season which is also around. So both these factors are giving very strong flavour to the market and that is the trend they are seeing in October as well.

Mr Syngle said that demand in tier-II, III and IV cities has been exceptional. The luxury segment in rural areas was picking up too.

The company sees demand from metros close to about 85% of the pre-COVID levels. For Tier-III and tier-IV, it sees a strong jump in terms of demand even better than pre-COVID times.

Mr Syngle added that the home décor business was growing much faster on a low base.

According to him, Asian Paints is not about just owning the walls, but space between the walls. The Company sees that trend coming in strongly and he sees a definite pick up in September in terms of people embellishing their homes not only with respect to walls but even with respect to the other areas which fill up space in the home.
Asian Paints is open to acquisitions that will bring in synergistic benefits.

Talking about the quarterly result he said, 3Q margins may be better than 2Q on stable inputs. The Company has lately witnessed input costs moving up due to demand.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

The closing price of Asian Paints Ltd was ₹ 2,158/- as of 03-November-2020. It traded at 74x/ 52x/51x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 29.2/36.4/42.4 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.

The consensus target price of ₹ 2,086/- implies a PE multiple of 49x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 42.4/-.

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Expect double digit growth over the next 5 years – Kansai Nerolac

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Friday, NIFTY was down 194pts (-1.7%) at 11,334. Among the sectoral indices, METAL (-3.0%), PSUBANK (-2.7%), and REALTY(-2.3%) were the top losers and there were no gainers. Among the stocks, MARUTI (+1.8%) was the only gainer. TATASTEEL (-3.9%), AXISBANK(-3.8%), and ADANIPORTS (-3.6%) were the top losers.

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr. HM Bharuka, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Kansai Nerolac with ETNOW dated 3rd September 2020:

• His comments on completing 100 years: Feels proud to complete 100 years, there are few companies in India who have thrived and survived 100 years. Surviving through various crises in the past 100 years and going through Covid indicates the strength of the company.
• His views on the next 3-5 years and visibility for the business: Paint industry since 1991 is having double-digit growth. He thinks the penetration level is still low, per capita income is rising, and expects double-digit growth for the next 20-25 years. Looking at various parameters like consumer, demography, infrastructure, auto industry gives confidence that these sectors will grow from hereon and sees good prospects for the paint industry for the next 20-25 years.
• When asked about his views on auto sales numbers picking up in the month of Aug-20 he commented that it is slowly picking up, because of the pandemic and financial crisis, the auto industry was facing problems. But every 3-5 years, the auto industry does see a dip and then recovers back. It was about to recover but due to the pandemic it got postponed and now we can see month on month improvement, but he thinks still there is a long way to go. Commercial vehicles are still in problem and for 2 wheelers, some companies have done well and the others have not. Overall, he thinks it will take time for the auto industry to recover but positive signs are beginning to show up. In fact, he thinks pandemic would accelerate if we are able to sort out financial issues, because of the social distancing norm and people avoiding public transport, everyone would now like to own their own private vehicle. India should focus on the auto industry as it an important core industry and can become an export hub for auto and auto components and is optimistic about the auto sector.
• When asked about the demand scenario and whether he sees continuing volume growth for the rest of the year he stated that despite there being problems like non-availability of painters and people fearing to interact with each other still, Nerolac saw growth from May-20 onwards, which is a positive sign. Posting double-digit growth in 1FY21 indicates the strong nature of the paint industry and is confident about the architecture industry and is also positive on auto, infrastructure, and white goods segment.
• When asked about the possibility of market share shifting from urban to rural areas, he informed that the penetration level of this industry is low in rural areas, so in any case, Nerolac is supposed to do better in rural areas as compared to the urban market. Due to this pandemic, the rural economy is doing well and expects rural demand to continue to grow faster than urban going forward. He is counting more on the rural market to do well for double-digit growth for the company.
• When asked whether Indian companies are complete “aatmanirbhar”, he said that India has only one manufacturer of TiO2, an important raw material for paints, and that too is government-controlled. More than 2/3rd of India’s TiO2 consumption is currently being imported. He believes there is a big opportunity to make TiO2, Monomers, and other pigments used for specialty paints in India.
• His comments on strategy for the next 5 years: This is the industry is a defensive and growing industry which is reflected in PE multiple ranging from 40-60x. For the next 5 years, Nerolac expects to continue to grow in double digits if growth continues there are few players as entry barriers are high and hence expect margins to expand. Of course, global consolidation will take place, but despite that, all major players are in India and it is expected that current players will expand its topline and bottom line. He expects 12% compounded growth for the company and stock return to be higher than 12%. He sees a golden period for investors and shareholders. Commenting on dividend payout, he said that this industry has positive cash flow, and when there are no other investment opportunities there is no point keeping the cash as ROCE goes down. So, certainly, cash should be given back if no other investment opportunities are found.

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

• The closing price of Kansai Nerolac was ₹ 486/- as of 04-Sep-2020. It traded at 59x/43x/36x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 8.27/11.5/13.7 per share for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 426/- implies a PE multiple of 31x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 13.7/-

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Confident of future as a lot of new demand has come in June – Asian Paints

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, NIFTY ended up 169 pts (+1.5%) at 11,300.
Among the sectoral indices, AUTO (+3.2%), METAL (+2.2%) and IT (+2.4%) were top gainers while MEDIA (-0.2%) was the only loser.
Among the stocks, ULTRACEMCO (+7.0%), KOTAKBANK (+4.7%) and TCS (+4.7%) were the top gainers. ICICIBANK (-1.8%), INFRATEL (-1.6%) and NESTLEIND (-1.4%) were the top losers.

Confident of future as a lot of new demand has come in June – Asian Paints

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr. Amit Syngle, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Asian Paints with Economic Times dated 27th July, 2020:

We saw a lot of secondary demand come up across the cities and that has boosted our confidence that a lot of new demand has come in areas of painting, waterproofing and so on, says Amit Syngle, MD & CEO.

• His comments on 1QFY21 result: There was no business activity from 20th March to end of April due to the lockdown. The entire month of April was an absolute washout. A lot of pent up demand was seen in May and people had to look at some of those real pent up maintenance issues. Therefore, in May, there was very satisfying pent up demand across the country. However, a good part of it was seen in June, triggered by Asian Paint’s safe painting campaign which gave people confidence that it was safe to get a set of painters to get your house painted. A lot of secondary demand came up across the cities and that has boosted the company’s confidence that it was not only the pent up demand which we saw in May but a lot of new demand which came in both in the area of painting, waterproofing and so on. This was also led by another campaign which Asian Paints did with terrace waterproofing. A lot of demand which has come in the June is new paint demand and that has boosted confidence in the market.
• When asked about how confident he is of this new paint demand trend continuing he replied that the month of July has been more challenging in terms of the sporadic lockdown across various states. But till now, the indications have been good in terms of looking at how the paint demand is coming and he feels that today the trend is changing. Some of the tier one-tier two cities which were slow to kind of recover are recovering at a higher rate the surge was possibly shown at the smaller cities which were the tier three, tier four cities. He further added that there might be slowing down a little as Covid is spreading more into the hinterland but there is a balancing which is happening with respect to that and therefore the current indications are that volumes are still looking decent.
• When asked about the demand pattern of premium decoratives, he stated that some products are at the luxury and premium end and are also solutions based. If people are looking at that kind of an antibacterial protection for their homes, it is still value for money coming at the luxury end. But in general, there is a little bit of downtrading where people are coming down from the luxury end and looking at more premium products and upgrading far more strongly. A lot of discretionary spend is happening in terms of maintenance rather than absolutely décor. Therefore, he is of the view that a part of this painting has come in because people would like healthy and hygienic homes, fairly clean and beautiful homes
• His stated his views on pricing strategy: Overall, the company has been very cautious and is looking at ways and means in terms of better material costs, sourcing efficiencies and formulation efficiency. As of now, there is a little bit of neutrality coming because there is a rupee which has depreciated. Raw material prices are going up as demand comes back. Volatility will continue and he will be more focused in terms of internal efficiencies and going ahead, he doesn’t see any changes in terms of prices till the time there is a stability in terms of the environment we are in.

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

• The closing price of Asian Paints was ₹ 1,756/- as of 28-July-2020. It traded at 67x/ 51x/ 44x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 26.7/34.9/40.9 per share for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 1,810/- implies a PE multiple of 44x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 40.9/-

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Entry into service industry for sanitization for the long haul: Amit Syngle, Asian Paints

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

For the second consecutive day, the Nifty closed lower at 9,206 on Tuesday amid reports of stress among lenders when millions of borrowers are facing pandemic induced income loss. As a result, there were no sectoral gainers. PSU Bank (-3.3%), Realty (-2.9%), and Bank (-2.4%) were the top losing sectors. Among the stocks, the biggest gainers were Infratel (+3.6%), M&M (3.2%), and Powergrid (+2.9%). SBIN (-4.2%), Bajaj Finance (-3.8%), and Britannia (-3.6%) led the losers.

Entry into service industry for sanitization for the long haul: Amit Syngle, Asian Paints

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Amit Syngle, MD & CEO, Asian Paints which aired on CNBC TV18 on 4th May 2020:

  • For the last 3-4 weeks, Asian Paints were under a complete lockdown. The lockdown 3.0 has offered some relaxation.
  • Some of the plants and warehouses have opened as shops for non-essential goods have been allowed to open. Most of their plants have opened but work at slightly reduced capacity.
  • Asian Paints has given buyers 45 days of credit and asked vendors for an extension as well. Talking about the liquidity position, he said stringent cost-cutting measures are being undertaken to preserve cash. There is comfortable liquidity going ahead and they do not foresee any problems in the coming period.
  • Asian Paints had announced their foray into the hand and surface sanitizer with the Viroprotek range of products. Talking about the development of this range, he said they have worked on the range in the last 10-15 days at the behest of the government and the Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Chemicals.
  • As a responsible and caring brand, they wanted to help the government and community and the shortage in the market was the motivation for entering this segment. They already have the Royal Health Shield, a range of antibacterial paint that ensures hygiene and bacteria control. So entry into the sanitizer range aligned with their objective.
  • They have been in the Health and Hygiene space for some time and have products in that range. In the near future, Viroprotek will be a part of the overall range.
  • To ensure reach to the right outlets and ensure adequate supply, their distribution segments will be activated.
  • Though initially entire production will be directed to the Government and NGO initiatives, sanitizers & surface cleaners will be part of Asian Paint’s portfolio in the future. They are looking to enter the service industry for sanitization in a very big way.
  • On the business plans going forward, he said they are watching and devising scenarios as to what will happen in these exceptional circumstances. There is no clarity in terms of how the situation envelops, and what is going to happen. Thus, depending on how the situation clears up and the market opens, plans will be made accordingly. It is difficult to give concrete plans as the entire environment is uncertain.
  • Talking about the top line, no action will be seen in 1QFY21. As per indications coming in, it will be a wipe off quarter. It is difficult to say how revenues will come in for the entire year.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Asian Paints Ltd was ₹ 1,618/- as of 05-May-2020.  It traded at 49.5x/ 41.6x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 32.7/ 38.9 for FY21E/ FY22E respectively.
  • The consensus average target price of ₹ 1,822/- implies a PE multiple of 46.8x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 38.9/-

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.”

Asian Paints 1QFY20 result highlights: Performance beyond street estimates, uncertain about sustainability.

Dated: 25th July 2019

1QFY20 result:

  • Consolidated Revenue was Rs 51,306 mn, 17% higher YoY.
  • EBITDA was Rs 11,563 mn, 24% higher YoY. EBITDA margin reported at 22.5%, an improvement from 21.1% in 1QFY19.
  • Net Profit was Rs 6,721 mn, 18% higher YoY.

Management Commentary:

  • Asian Paints saw double-digit volume growth across segments. Lower value products like distemper and putty continue to grow faster than premium products. In 1QFY20, decorative paints segment in the Indian market grew in high double digits.
  • Asian Paints undertook aggressive channel push in 1QFY20 contributing to the higher revenue growth.
  • Growth in smaller towns has been much higher than metros.
  • EBITDA margin improvement came from benign raw material prices and a decrease in freight cost from the new plants in Vizag and Mysore.
  •  Employee costs in 1QFY20 fully reflect the incremental costs from new plants. Other expenses will grow as production ramps up.
  • Advertisement costs are generally lower in the 1st quarter. Some of the ad costs shifted from 1QFY20 to 4QFY19 due to IPL season.
  • Management is cautious about the growth going forward. Economic conditions remain challenging and may result in a negative impact on the coatings business. Uncertainty also exists in the International business due to developments in the Middle East.

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Rallis is Rs 1,496/- on 25-Jul-19. It traded at 55x / 48x the consensus EPS for FY 20E / FY 21E EPS of Rs 27.3 / 30.9 respectively.
  • Consensus target price of Rs 1,516/- implies a PE of 49x on FY21E EPS of Rs 30.9.