Update on Indian Equity Market:
The markets closed the weekly expiry day on a positive note as Nifty ended the day 0.5% higher at 15,179. Within the index, HINDALCO (5.4%), RELIANCE (4.2%), and ADANIPORTS (2.6%) were the highest gainers while EICHERMOT (-3.0%), TITAN (-2.5%), and LT (-1.4%) were the laggards. Among the sectoral indices, FMCG (0.8%), METAL (0.8%), and IT (0.6%) led the gainers while PSU BANK (-1.3%), AUTO (-0.5%), and REALITY (-0.3%) were the losing sectors.
Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales- Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (Maruti) with CNBC TV18 dated 11th February 2021:
- Mr. Srivastava mentioned that the Vaahan data comes with a lag. In October-November, it was said that the dealers are carrying very high inventories based on the Vaahan data which on the ground was incorrect.
- The states like Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which contribute about 12% to the sales are not part of Vaahan numbers. About 14% of the RTOs (Regional Transport Office) are not part of the data issued by Vaahan.
- The company is currently not facing any difficulty caused by a global shortage of semiconductor chips. Production was normal in January and continues to be so in February.
- The auto sales recovery has continued. The company is now only 15% below last year’s volume levels. The same number was -78% and -34% during 1QFY21 and 1HFY21 respectively.
- The company has kept very low inventory levels at dealerships. He said that the company needs to undertake extra production to fill the inventory levels.
- Price rise in precious metals leading to input cost inflation for the auto sector. He mentioned that one has to take a hit on the bottom-line to protect the top-line.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener)
•The closing price of Maruti was ₹ 7,665/- as of 11-February-2021. It traded at 49x/ 31x/ 24x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 156/ 245/ 313 for FY21E/FY22E/23E respectively.
• The consensus price target of ₹ 7,620/- implied a PE multiple 24x of FY23E EPS estimate of ₹313/-.
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