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Expects double-digit growth in India foods biz – Tata Consumer

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, NIFTY closed 0.2% up at 16,295. Top gainers in NIFTY50 were BHARTIARTL (+3.9%), EICHERMOT (+3.5%), and ITC (+3.1%). The top losers were SBIN (-3.3%), INDUSINDBK (-2.3%), and ICICIBANK (-1.8%). The top gaining sectors were METAL (+1.3%), IT (+0.8%), and FMCG (+0.6%) while the top sectoral losers were PSU BANK (-2.2%), MEDIA (-1.6%), and REALTY (-1.1%).

 

Expects double-digit growth in India foods biz – Tata Consumer

Edited Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sunil D’Souza, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tata Consumer Products with CNBCTV18 on 4th Aug, 2021:

  • Tata Consumer delivered a decent 1QFY22 results led by strong domestic business performance. The gross margins were primarily affected due to high tea prices.
  • Even though the tea prices are high, management is comfortable going forward as the spike in tea prices is once in 5-10 years phenomena.
  • In 2QFY21 the prices were at peak and thereafter the prices have started to normalize. This gets reflected in margins of India Tea Business as it has improved from 19% in 2QFY21 to 26% in 1QFY22 and will continue the uptrend for couple of quarters.
  • The combination of price hike taken and tea prices going down will keep the company in good shape. The basic building blocks put in place and execution parameters lead the company to greater confidence.
  • Working capital is down by 2 days, free cash flow is 101% of EBITDA (excluding one offs), company has 8,20,000 direct outlets and plans to take the number to 1 mn by Sep-21.
  • The advertisement and promotion expenses are up 41% YoY as company plans to focus and strengthen the India brand building.
  • Expects strong double-digit growth for India food business on the back of Salt and “Sampann” portfolio.
  • The market share of Salt is 33-34% as compared to other players still at low single digit. The premium portfolio grew by 34% YoY and the mass category is expected to grow in South market where it is underpenetrated.
  • On margin front, India beverages business is under pressure because of high tea prices. With tea prices normalizing and price increases taken, company expects the margins to improve significantly sequentially.
  • Company is confident of coming out much stronger on the back of stronger share, stronger premium portfolio and better systems on execution in the market.
  • Tata Consumer was formed to fulfill the aspirations of Tata group in the FMCG space. Last 12-15 months have been focused on putting the systems together, building execution systems and getting distribution panel in order.
  • Company plans to expand the portfolio both organically and inorganically. Tata Consumer had acquired NourishCo which has performed well even during lockdowns. Integration of Soulfull has been completed in 1QFY22. The Company is in a strong position with net cash of Rs 21bn available for integration/acquisitions.
  • The contribution of E-commerce to total sales have increased from 2% to 7% currently in 15-18 months’ time. Company expects it to touch double digit soon.
  • Tata Consumer added 45-50 Starbuck stores in FY21 and has an ambitious target for FY22E as well.

 

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • Store expansion, acquisitions & premiumization strategy in salt & tea in India market is expected to drive sales & margins.
  • We believe the company is taking a step in the right direction by increasing the distribution reach, especially to rural areas. Increased distribution coupled with product launches will act as key growth drivers.

 

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener websites)

 

  • The closing price of Tata Consumer was ₹ 768/- as of 5-Aug-21. It traded at 61x/ 50x/ 42x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 12.3/15.1/18.1 for FY22E/ FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 743/- implies a PE multiple of 41x on FY24E EPS of ₹ 18.1/-.

 

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Semiconductor shortage to resolve in 3-4 months: Eicher Motors

Update on Indian Equity Market:

An alarming increase in the number of Covid-19 cases resulted in a bloodbath in India’s Equity Markets, with Nifty slipping 258 points to 14,359. Adani Ports (-4.8%), Power Grid (-4.1%), ONGC (-4.0%) were the top losers on the index while Dr Reddy’s (+1.4%), Britannia (+0.9%), and Cipla (+0.9%) were the top gainers for the day. Among the sectoral indices, PSU Bank (-4.3%), Realty (-4.1%), and AUTO (-2.8%) led the losers while Pharma (+0.2%) was the only index to end in the green.

 

Excerpts of Interview with Mr. Vinod Dasari, Whole-time Director, Eicher Motors and CEO, Royal Enfield with CNBC-TV18 dated 16th  April 2021:

 

  • Demand has picked up strongly owing to backlogs from last year. The industry is facing some problems due to fresh restrictions owing to the rising COVID-19 cases. 
  • Learning from the past lockdowns, the industry is better equipped to deal with the short-term uncertainties and continue to keep up with the demand in the short term.
  • Royal Enfield expects supply-chain constraints in the first couple of months of FY22 and expects the recovery to be along the lines of FY21.
  • Metals inflation is putting pressure on margins, and the import restrictions on steel have resulted in an increase of 20% in prices which is unfathomable.
  • Optimistic about the semi-conductor and Anti-lock braking system (ABS) shortages, in the short run, there’s a notable pressure however recovery is expected within the next 2-3 months as all the stakeholders are coordinating to mitigate the issue.

 

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • Demand is poised to recover in the FY22, however, Q1FY22 may see muted growth due to lockdowns and supply-side issues.
  •  As witnessed in Q4FY21, the demand is robust irrespective of the ongoing pandemic, the outlook for the auto industry is favourable for FY22 subject to supply-chain improvements.

 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website):

 

  • The closing price of EICHER MOTORS was ₹ 2,377/- as of 19-April-2021.  It traded at 27x/ 21x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 87/ ₹ 115 for FY22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 3,105/- which trades at 27x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 115/-

 

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.”

 

Expect to take another price hike from April – Bluestar

 Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Wednesday, Nifty closed in the green at 15,175. Among the sectoral indices, Metal (+1.9%), IT (+1.7%), and Pharma (+1.8%) closed higher. PSU Bank (-0.2%) was the only sector that closed in the red. Eicher Motors (+3.1%), JSW Steel (+3.0%), and Hindalco (+2.3%) closed on a positive note. SBI Life (-3.5%), ONGC (-1.8%), and HDFC Life (-1.5%) were among the top losers.

Excerpts from an interview of Mr. B Thiagarajan, MD, Bluestar with CNBC-TV18 dated 09th March 2021:

  • The demand for cooling products has picked up since the festival season. 20% sales growth is expected in Q4FY21E.
  • The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has indicated for hotter than usual summer season in 2021.
  • Thiagarajan expects 25% sales growth in the summer season for Bluestar.
  • The demand recovery is primarily due to people spending more time at home.
  • The disposable income is expected to be higher in the hands of people as there is saving due to no summer vacations and less travel.
  • The company has taken a price increase by 3-5% since Jan-21 on its products. The second price hike has not yet been taken by the company.
  • The second price hike might come from April 1. The rise in raw materials, transportation charges, and ABS plastic costs are not coming down.
  • The dealers are stocking up ahead of the season.
  • Room AC market share for the Bluestar was ~12.8% last year and currently it is 13%. The company targets to maintain a 15% market share by FY23E.
  • Food delivery and the pharma sector are driving the growth of commercial refrigeration.
  • In the Electromechanical projects segment, growth is coming from the manufacturing sector.
  • Thiagarajan says Room air conditioners are poised for growth in coming years led by positive announcements under the PLI scheme.

 

Asset Multiplier comments:

  • The coming summer season will be crucial for Air cooling products as last summer season was a washout led by lockdowns.
  • Industry players are bullish on the upcoming summer season as early sales indicate an uptrend.
  • On the commodity cost front, inflationary pressure is witnessed by the industry. Most AC players have resorted to taking price hikes.
  • Increased demand due to rise in temperature bodes well for the industry but an increase in commodity cost might hurt operating margins in the coming next 2 quarters.

 

Consensus Estimate: (Source: Market screener website)

  • The closing price of Bluestar was ₹ 932 as of 10-March-2021.  It traded at 94x/47x/36x the consensus Earnings per share estimate of ₹ 9.87/19.9/26.1 for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus average target price is ₹ 761/- which implies a PE multiple of 29x on FY23E EPS of 26.1/-.

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.”

Actively looking for acquisitions – Happiest Minds

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Monday, Nifty closed in the green at 15,315. Among the sectoral indices, Bank (+3.3%), Private Bank (+3.3%), and Financial Services (+2.9%) closed higher. Metal (-0.5%), IT (-0.4%) and Pharma (-0.3%) closed in the red. Axis Bank (+6.2%), ICICI Bank (+4.2%), and SBI (+4.0%) closed on a positive note. SBI Life (-2.3%), HDFC Life (-2.1%), and DR Reddy (-1.8%) were among the top losers.

Excerpts from an interview of Mr. Joseph Anantharaju, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Product Engineering Services, and Venkatraman Narayanan, MD and CFO, Happiest Minds with CNBC-TV18 dated 12th February 2021:

  • The company guided for a 20% revenue growth rate. The demand has panned out well.
  • The company won 6 new deal wins in 3QFY21.
  • Speaking about verticals, Mr. Joseph said edutech was doing well. The company received new requests and projects.
  • The industrial, B2B, and logistical space seem to be having new initiatives, which are leading to higher demand.
  • On operating margins, he said for the last 3 quarters the company is delivering margins in the range of 21-23%.
  • The company has guided for a profit margin of 22%-24% in FY22E.
  • On revenue growth, the company will maintain long term growth at 20%.
  • The company witnessed some efficiencies in the past 3 quarters, the plan is to retain some of those going forward.
  • The company recently completed an acquisition of PGS for 8.25 mn$. The company is actively looking for acquisitions.
  • On dividend, the company has not yet declared but the board will look after it.

 

Asset Multiplier comments:

  • The improvement in new deals signed and increased focus on IT budgets by clients has been mentioned by most of the IT Companies during the December quarter earnings call.
  • In 3QFY21, most of the IT companies have significantly expanded their operating margins, which was a result of continuing control on costs and improved sales.
  • It would be interesting to watch the performance of IT companies in the next couple of quarters, as companies have guided for lower margins but if cost control continues (led by on-off shore mix, WFH) then the margins might sustain these high levels.

 

Consensus Estimate: (Source: TIKR website)

  • The closing price of Happiest Minds was ₹ 401 as of 15-February-2021.  It traded at 36x/35.8x the consensus Earnings per share estimate of ₹ 11/11.2 for FY21E/FY22E/ respectively.
  • The consensus average target price is ₹ 385/- which implies a PE multiple of 34x on FY22E EPS of 11.2/-.

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.”

Expect reasonable revenue growth for the industry in FY21– M&M

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Wednesday, Nifty ended flat at 14,565 while PSU banks outperformed. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were M&M (+5.7%), SBI (+4.6%), and Adani Ports (+4.4%) while the losing stocks for the day were Bajaj Finance (-2.9%), Shree Cement (-2.8%), and HDFC (-2.8%). Top gaining sectors were PSU bank (+3.3%), Auto (+0.9%), and Bank (+0.7%) while Pharma (-0.9%), Financial Service (-0.6%), and Realty (-0.3%) were the losing sectors.

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Pawan Goenka, MD & CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M); dated 12th January 2021 from Economic times:

The demand is now no longer a pent-up demand, it is a structural demand that is coming back.

With the new product launches, all companies have plans for 2021. Many of the companies had held back on product launches and that is certainly going to spur demand now. On top of that, if the government comes in with some kind of stimulus to grow the auto demand, then the demand will really take off and will lead to a great year.
The Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) industry which was lagging for the last several months has started showing signs of revival. There was good growth in November and December. Once HCV is also on the growth path, the auto industry overall should look pretty good in FY22E.

Mr Goenka said GST rate cuts may not be possible because of the need for tax revenues in these difficult times, but GST rates should be simplified. There are eight or nine different GST rates. He hopes that the government will just keep two rates – 28% and 43% and not have all of these different rates. Right now, a rate reduction is not expected. When the economy is fully back on track, the government could reconsider rate reduction.
The massive cost cuts in 1Q & 2Q for the Company is not cost cutting but removing the fat. That is where a lot of the cost reduction has happened in terms of travel. Use of digital media for meetings has resulted in a significant reduction in cost in 1Q & 2Q FY21 and this will never come back. Maybe travel will go up somewhat but probably 75-80% will continue. The reductions have happened in events, inventory costs and communication costs. These will not come back to earlier levels, according to Mr Goenka. He said that more than half of the reduction is for good and continue to aid in the Company’s bottom line.

In the auto industry, this year there has not been any significant price cut or increased incentives given to propel demand.

Compliance with BS-VI emission norms has led to prices going up, therefore per unit revenue has gone up which will lead to a top-line increase for the Company. Given that volumes are also going up and the Company does not expect 2021 to be any worse than 2020 there will be a revenue growth for most companies. There are some companies that will do better, some will not and competition will continue. But overall for the industry, he sees reasonable revenue growth in 2021E.

Many companies have not passed on the full BS-VI cost increase yet and as the companies become more comfortable with the continued volume or continued demand, the gap in the BS-VI cost increase will get passed on during this year.

The big thing looming ahead of the industry is the commodity price increase, which will also lead to a price increase. That is not desirable if the auto industry were to pass on all the cost increases, then there could be a significant increase in prices. So commodity price increases are a matter of concern right now for the auto industry.

Most companies are coming back to their core where they have a right to win and have strength in India and globally and this is automatically leading to capital allocation which is going more towards the core.
The Company is going to be working on multiple platforms for personal mobility.

The overall positive sentiment in the rural area, in the agriculture area, somewhat tempered because of the farm agitation right now but that will be soon resolved. Mr Goenka remains very bullish on the Agri sector and on the overall rural demand coming from the income of the Agri sector for durables that are sold in rural areas.
M&M is one of those who had very robust demand this year. As a result, a marginal increase in prices is possible and usually in January every year, prices have increased. So M&M has announced a 2% price increase. It should not be a dampener on demand.

A partial increase is very much doable for most companies. Companies will have to do it because nobody can absorb the kind of commodity price increases that we are seeing and one will have to simply get used to it. Not only auto but the effect of commodity price rise will also be felt by users of almost all sort of durable goods.

The auto industry overall has gone through some very difficult times because of the investments in BS-VI which led to increasing in costs, most of which could not be passed on. The cost reduction that happened during Covid outbreak has come to the rescue and therefore most companies have managed to maintain their profit margin.

On an average, before Covid, in the passenger vehicle segment, a 30-35 days’ inventory was considered to be good. Now, most companies are saying 30-35 days is too high and they need to learn to work with 20-25 days of inventories.

If all companies bring down the inventory level to 20-25 days and also do very good inventory control in their plants and to the suppliers, the auto industry could take out as much as Rs 50,000 crore from the working capital. This is a learning from Covid that will help the industry reduce working capital and improve the balance sheet of almost all the companies.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
The closing price of M&M was Rs 838/- as of 13-January-2021. It traded at 31x/ 22x/ 20x the consensus EPS estimate of Rs 27.3/37.4/42.0 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.

The consensus target price of Rs 762/- implies a PE multiple of 18x on FY23E EPS of Rs 42.0/-.

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.”

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/-.

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.”

Demand for casual wear is consistent – Bata India

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Thursday Nifty closed 0.35% lower at 11,896. Among the sectoral indices NIFTY Media (+0.7%), Metal (+0.7%), and Realty (+0.4%) closed higher. Pharma (-0.9%), IT (-0.7%), and Private Bank (-0.7%) closed lower. Hero Motocorp (-3.03%), Indusind Bank (-2.99%), and ICICI Bank (-1.62%) closed on a negative note. NTPC (+4.1%), Tata Motor (+3.1%), and Bharti Airtel (+2.9%) were among the top gainers.

Excerpts from an interview of Mr. Sandeep Kataria, CEO, Bata with CNBC-TV18 dated 20th October 2020:

● Speaking about demand, Mr. Kataria said things are much better as compared to the past 3-4 months.

● There is a pick up of demand MoM. The company expects to reach normal levels with the festive season coming in.
● Speaking about stores, he said almost all the stores are opened except a few isolated ones.

● People are getting back to the office. Delhi and Gurugram are the cities where traffic is visible.
● Demand for casual wear is consistent and washable slippers.

● Q1 was weak for the company as well as the industry. He expects that the company will reach pre-covid levels towards the end of the festive season.

● Speaking about stores, the company had negotiations with landlords which was helpful. The push of the franchise store in towns below 5 lakh population is showing a good trend and there are a lot of enquires.

● The biggest cost is rentals for the company and the company is taking measures to reduce it.

● The administration and travel costs are also looked closely.

● The company has a strong balance sheet and remain cash positive, there is no worry on that front.

● On post- covid scenario, he said the company is already working on E-commerce and the focus will continue.

● He said tier 2,3 towns are showing a quick bounce back as compared to urban.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and Investing.com websites)
● The closing price of Bata was ₹ 1,362 as of 22-October-2020. It traded at 182x/ 46x/ 38x the consensus Earnings per share estimate of ₹ 7.5/29.8/35.9 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
● The consensus average target price for Bata is ₹ 1293/- which implies a PE multiple of 36x on FY23E EPS of ₹35.9/-.

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.”

Auto component makers see MoM improvement in demand

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Friday, Nifty ended 0.7% higher at 11,762. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were JSW Steel (+6.7%), Tata Steel (+5.4%), and BPCL (+4.4%) while the losing stocks for the day UPL (-7.7%), HCL Tech (-3.5%), and M&M (-1.8%). Top gaining sectors were Metal (+4.0%), Realty (+2.6%) and Pvt Bank (+2.1%) while losing sectors were IT (-0.1%) and Media (-0.4%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Sunil Bohra, ED & Group CFO, Minda Industries, and Mr Jayant Davar, Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Sandhar Technologies; dated 15th October 2020 from Economic Times:

According to Mr Bohra, the auto component industry has been witnessing a month-on-month improvement in demand, and going forward, the sustenance of the demand hinges on how the scenario plays out during and after the festive season.

Mr Bohra added that October 2020 auto volumes are expected to be better than September 2020. OEMs are positive on medium-term demand forecasts. Personal mobility is driving the auto demand in the last few months.
Mr Bohra said that it is difficult to predict how demand would play out over the next two to three quarters.

Mr Davar, on the other hand, gave an optimistic commentary, stating that he is confident of a sustained recovery in demand. According to him, the demand will stay for a longer time. There is a sense of apprehension but all the indicators point towards a sustained recovery.

According to Mr Davar, October 2020 could potentially be a historic month of the industry. Although at the same time, he did admit that it will take some time for Covid-led damage during 1Q to be wiped out. FY22E will see an improvement in margins for the industry considering the market sustains and the demand sees a rise.

Mr Bohra commented that the cash position of the auto ancillary players is stable. There is no cash crunch witnessed. Minda Industries is in a very comfortable position in terms of the balance sheet.

Mr Bohra and Mr Davar offered slightly differing stances on how the demand trajectory could shape up in the future, both seemed to share a similar view on the localisation of components. The companies have been focusing on and investing in localisation of products for 3 decades. Companies are working on reducing the dependence on China for different parts/ materials. The Companies are trying to diversify their supply chain geographically and be prepared for the worst going ahead.

When asked about the government’s push on AtmaNirbhar Bharat and sourcing locally, the management of Minda, as well as Sandhar, welcomed the step, lauding the coming together of OEMs, suppliers and policymakers for the first time.
Mr Bohra also reiterated that the component maker has been consistently working towards increasing localisation and they are on a constant lookout for alternate (local) sourcing strategies, with strong support from the OEM clients as an added boost.

Mr Davar also brought to light the limitations of the industry in terms of the economies of scale and the fact that substitution of import would require the entire system to pay more.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
The closing price of Minda Industries Ltd was ₹ 327/- as of 16-October-2020. It traded at 97.6x/ 29.7x/20.2x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 3.4/11.0/16.2 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively. The consensus target price of ₹ 361/- implies a PE multiple of 22.3x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 16.2/-.

The closing price of Sandhar Technologies Ltd was ₹ 240/- as of 16-October-2020. It traded at 47.1x/22.4x/16.1x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 5.1/10.7/14.9 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively. The consensus target price of ₹ 279.5/- implies a PE multiple of 18.7x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 14.9/-.

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.”

Home-delivery of alcohol will take time to build scale – United Breweries

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Wednesday, Nifty ended 0.2%, higher than the previous close at 11,408. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Zee (+14.1%), GAIL (+5.0%), and Tech M (+2.2%) while the losing stocks were Bajaj Auto (-1.2%), ONGC (-1.2%), and Nestle (-1.0%). The sectoral gainers for the day were Media (+5.4%), PSU Bank (+2.4%) and Realty (+1.3%) while the losers were FMCG (-0.4%), Pharma (-0.4%), and IT (-0.3%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Rishi Pardal, MD & CEO, and Mr Debabrata Mukherjee, CMO, United Breweries Ltd; dated 17th August 2020 from Mint:

• The quarter that went by (April-June) was very unusual, impacted by the pandemic and lockdowns. For more than 50% of the quarter, the Company was physically shut. At the beginning of the pandemic, large increases in taxation also impacted demand.
• In quarter two, the story is mirroring the progression of the pandemic. As governments are easing restrictions they are starting to see a similar thing come into the business. But it’s a long road ahead. There are a lot of starts and stops. A sudden spike in local cases can shut the market for a few days, so it’s too early to talk of recovery right now, as per Mr Pardal.
• The Company’s focus is on managing costs. All discretionary expenses that can be avoided such marketing spends, which may be specifically driven towards either particular innovations or events that are not happening, are avoided. At the same time, they are a consumer products company, so they need to make sure that they cannot be silent or absent in the mind of the consumer.
• Beer is seeing a latent demand for United Breweries. If there is a physical fulfilment opportunity where a consumer can access the outlets, or the Company can encourage online order and home delivery, or look at reviving consumption in bars – the latent demand is there. The problem is more of a supply-side issue.
• Alcohol is a highly restricted category, with a lot of stringent rules. So the fact that a few state governments are now beginning to sort of consider the online sales and home delivery is really positive development for the Company.
• United Breweries is partnering with the online aggregators, with delivery services and people engaged in the space. But this will take time. This is a nascent opportunity. Over a period of time, more states will follow suit and the channel will build scale.
• 60% of channels have opened up.
• The Company is working with IPL teams to figure out how best they can leverage the change in venue opportunity. It will be using a sporting event of this nature to connect with their consumer. So the money outlay is based on that brand strategy requirement.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
• The closing price of United Breweries India was ₹ 1,016/- as of 19-August-2020. It traded at 423x/42x/37x the consensus EPS estimates of ₹ 2/24/28 for FY21E/FY22E/23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 1,056/- implies a PE multiple of 38x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 27.7/-.
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.”

Auto demand picking up as the festive season nears – Maruti Suzuki

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

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Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr RC Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki; dated 04th August 2020 from CNBC TV18:

  • Auto sales in the month of July have seen a substantial improvement as compared to June and the demand is seen picking up ahead of the festive
  • Demand is beginning to pick up as the festival season is coming up. Maruti is gradually ramping up production but there are still problems as the factories are working at anywhere near 100% capacities. Safety regulations limit the capacity utilization. So with all of that, Maruti is trying to meet the demand and get up to last year without any forecast or guarantees of what is going to happen.
  • He highlighted that the number of enquiries was large and bookings were going along quite normally, compared to last year.
  • There is the pent-up demand from last year as there is some requirement of people to have mobility as the economy is opening up. However, he expects the situation for six months down to remain uncertain because of negative factors such as lower income levels of people caused by the shutdown in business activities.
  • Hospitality and travel businesses have closed down which were users of vehicles.
  • In terms of the cost of a vehicle in relation to per capita income, he believes that has gone up probably a little faster because of new regulations on safety and emissions.
  • The steel prices have never been on a straight line. There has been a period when steel prices have gone up sharply than they have flattened out and come down and then the cycle reverses. In the last two years, there were periods when steel prices were declining and they are benefited from that. Thus, he is not so worried about the increase in steel prices.
  • Talking on the personal mobility issue he said that the percentage of buying cars which are the smaller entry-level hatchbacks has gone up. The increase in the percentage of people wanting to buy small hatchbacks is an indicator that there is a requirement of people to have a small car for doing all kinds of things, going to school, going shopping and other forms of transport. So he thinks that there is some section of the consumers that needs to have personal transport instead of using shared transport or some other form of transport.

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

  • The closing price of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd was ₹ 6,361/- as of 04-August-2020. It traded at 45x/27x the consensus EPS estimates of ₹ 141/239 for FY21E/FY22E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 5,698/- implies a PE multiple of 24x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 239/-.

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