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Demand remains strong, expect 4QFY21 to be better than 3QFY21 – Berger Paints

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Wednesday, Nifty50 ended in the green at 15,246 (+2.2%), lifted by heavyweight Reliance Industries which gained after winning INR 571 bn worth of airwaves in the recently concluded spectrum auction.  The stock gainers in Nifty50 were TATASTEEL (+5.3%), BAJAJFINSV (+5.0%), and RELIANCE (+4.8%) while the auto companies HEROMOTOCO (-1.5%), MARUTI (-1.2%), and BAJAJ-AUTO (-1.2%) topped the losers. Among the sectoral indices, METAL (+3.3%), PSU BANK (+3.2%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES 25/50 (+2.9%) led the gainers. AUTO (-0.7%) was the only index to close in the red.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Abhijit Roy, MD &CEO, Berger Paints (BERGEPAINT) with CNBC TV18 on 2nd March 2021:

  • In 3QFY21, BERGEPAINT reported a 32% rise in volumes. The demand scenario is quite similar to 3QFY21 and with a low base of 4QFY20, the company expects to report strong growth in 4QFY21.
  • The management expects good growth from the waterproofing business and construction chemicals.
  • A part of the volume growth was partly on account of pent-up demand.
  • There is a shift towards premium and luxury categories which were suffering in the initial Covid-19 days. Overall, the demand scenario is strong, though 30%+ growth may not be sustainable.
  • There has been an increase in input costs, especially for solvent-based products and the industrial segment is affected. To compensate for the higher input costs, they have received price hikes from some customers. Discussions with some clients regarding price hikes is still pending.
  • The impact of cost hikes has been lesser on the decorative paints. The management expects an impact on gross margins but EBITDA margins are expected to be retained on account of cost-saving measures undertaken. The management believes a price hike may have to be taken for decorative paints as well if the material cost uptrend continues.
  • The company is currently operating at ~95% of its capacity due to the uptick in volumes. Hence, they are undertaking both brownfield and greenfield expansion projects. A new plant at Lucknow is being commissioned for ~Rs 7,000 mn. The new plant is expected to be operational by Jan 22.
  • The decorative paints segment is growing at a faster rate compared to Automobiles. The Auto segment is a mixed bag, with Commercial vehicles, and Tractors doing well and passenger vehicles and 2-wheeler lacking compared to expectations.
  • The protective coatings category is growing in double digits, albeit at a slower pace compared to decorative and automotive.
  • The premium category has picked up significantly after Oct-20.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • The paint companies reported strong growth in the decorative paints segment due to pent-up demand, delayed festive season, strong momentum in tier 3-4 markets, and share gains from small, unorganized players.
  • The weak macro environment impacted the industrial coatings while auto coatings did well. The auto coatings recovery was in line with the recovery in the Passenger and Commercial vehicles.
  • We believe as the metros and cities return to normalcy, the premiumisation trend will be stronger.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of BERGEPAINT was ₹ 729/- as of 03-March-2021. It traded at 101x/ 77x/ 65x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 7.2/ 9.5 /11.3 per share for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 620 implies a PE multiple of 55x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 11.3/-.

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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.