Tag - Demand pick-up

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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Expect demand to pick up strongly by festive season: Vinod Dasari

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, Nifty closed 3% lower at 8,981 after crude futures prices fell into the negative territory for the first time. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Dr Reddy (+4.4%), Infratel (+2.9%) and Bharti Airtel (+2.2%) while the losing stocks for the day were IndusInd Bank (-12.3%), Bajaj Finance (-9.1%) and ICICI Bank (-8.7%). Pharma (+2.5%) was the only gainer among the sectoral indices for the day. The worst performing sectors were Pvt Bank (-5.9%), Bank (-5.4%) and Auto (-5.3%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Vinod Dasari, CEO of Royal Enfield.; dated 16th April 2020. The interview was published in The Economic Times.

  • Starting OEM factories are much easier. But there will be some deal of confusion as to which industries can start. Now there are companies in which they might have two or three plants but sometimes the plants are interrelated. So if one area cannot start but the other area is allowed to start, it could be a concern. For example, Tamil Nadu opens up but Maharashtra does not open up, the company will face supply issue which is from Pune.
  • There would be a little bit of a stuttered start but think within 10-15-day time, this will come to normal once the lockdowns are lifted.
  • According to him, the demand side will actually come back stronger for two reasons – Pent up demand and a likelihood that people will not want to travel in public transport increasing demand for cars and motorcycles.
  • April is a washout for the auto industry, May could see a good recovery month but at a slow pace. This quarter will have some impact because of the lockdown but after that, the recovery will be sharper than what people are saying.
  • For dealers, all the money that the company had with them as advance, has been returned by the company. The company has given all the warranty claims, keeping very little stocks with the dealers. Dealers carry less than 10 days’ worth of stock.
  • The company is not doing any retrenchment and pay cuts whether it is the temporary or permanent workforce. Thus, company is paying 100%.
  • The company has more than doubled its network in the last year to reach outside urban areas. This has given them good results. Thus, a combination of both the accessibility of the product and network as well as the aspirational aspect of Royal Enfield bikes will bode well for them.
  • Even in a downturn last year in their category, the company actually gained market share. For overall motorcycle, they still retained their market share despite a 15-20% downturn in the overall motorcycle market.

 

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Eicher Motors Ltd was ₹ 13,502/- as of 21-April-2020. It traded at 18.1x/ 18.4x/ 14.8x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 745/ 735/ 914 for FY20E/ FY21E/ FY22E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 18,679/- implies a PE multiple of 20.4x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 914/-.

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Bajaj Auto – Is the demand recovery around the corner?

Update on the Indian Equity market:

On Thursday, NIFTY closed 0.4% lower. Among sectoral indices NIFTY Metal (-3.0%), NIFTY Financial services (-1.2%), NIFTY BANK (-1.1%) closed lower while NIFTY Media (+2.5%), NIFTY PSU Banks (+0.2%) NIFTY Auto (+0.2%) ended on a positive note. The biggest gainers were Yes Bank (+33.6%), Bharat Petroleum (+7.5%), Zeel (+6.5%) whereas Vedanta (-4.7%), Hindalco (-4.0%), Coal India (-3.5%) ended with high losses.

Bajaj Auto – Is the demand recovery around the corner?

Excerpts from an interview with Rakesh Sharma – Executive Director, Bajaj Auto

  • Mr Sharma says that in the current situation retail numbers are the most important ones to look at. It was very difficult to manage the supply chain and putting it in line with demand fluctuations in the past few months.   
  • He says retail demand is showing signs of a pickup.
  • Speaking about the September month specifically, he says, retails in the second half of September have started to look up.
  • Though the company volumes are marginally lower as compared to last year, it is a good improvement in the prevailing scenario.
  • Speaking about exports he says that the global picture is pretty much stable. Africa is doing very well. The company gets 40%-45% of its business from Africa. Latin America continues to show muted growth caused mainly by the slowdown in Argentina and Mexico.
  • The Philippines is a market which the company is looking for.
  • Mr Sharma says, after a bit of a decline in 1Q FY20 the current quarter is looking much better.
  • He says the uptrend is visible in 125cc segment, mainly because of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) which increased the prices of 150cc plus segments.
  • Before the launch of Pulsar125, Bajaj Auto had a 1% market share. After its launch, it is in the range of 10%-12%.
  • Speaking about further discounts he says, they are not going to add much because the company had already announced festive schemes.

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Bajaj Auto was ₹ 2910 /- as of 03-October-19. It traded at 16.3x /15.0x the consensus EPS for FY20E/ FY21E of ₹ 178/193 respectively.
  • Consensus target price of ₹ 2832/- implies a PE multiple of 14.6x on FY21 EPS of ₹193/-