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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:

On Tuesday, Nifty ended 1.9%, higher than the previous close at 11,095. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Reliance (+7.4%), Zee (+6.4%), and HDFC Bank (+3.8%) while the losing stocks were Tech M (-2.8%), BPCL (-2.5%), and IndusInd Bank (-2.0%). The sectoral gainers for the day were Media (+3.8%), Financial Service (+2.3%) and Pvt Bank (+2.0%) while the losers were IT (-0.9%) and PSU Bank (-0.02%).

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/-.

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 momentum could stay for 6-9 months – Britannia

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, Nifty ended 1.3% higher at 11,170. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Power Grid (+6.4%), IOC (+5.7%), and BPCL (+5.4%) while the losing stocks were Bajaj Finance (-4.0%), Bajaj Finserv (-3.5%), and Britannia (-2.4%). Sectoral gainers for the day were PSU Bank (+2.1%), Bank (+2.1%) and Financial Services (+2.0%) while the losers were Pharma (-1.5%) and FMCG (-0.8%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Varun Berry, MD, Britannia Industries Ltd; dated 21st July 2020 from Economic Times:

  • Britannia started completely on the back foot. They were not sure where they were going because factories were closed, and distribution systems were in a disarray.
  • It was everyone with their shoulder to the wheel, executing at a rate which was outstanding.
  • The demand for food that human beings eat is about the same. It is just that there was no out of home or on-the-go consumption happening during this time. It was all home consumption and that gave them an advantage, he added.
  • There was some amount of larder stocking but that was at the beginning of this pandemic. Thereafter, it has been regular consumption for most consumers.
  • The demand momentum is going to continue, albeit at a slightly slower pace as they go through the year.
  • In the last seven years, Britannia has done a lot of work in rural areas and that is keeping them in very good stead as far as the numbers are concerned. The rural trends are a lot more aggressive than urban trends. Even the pandemic has not hit the rural consumers as much as what they are seeing in the urban centres. From 21,000 rural distributors in February, they have been able to take this up to 22,000 distributors in June.
  • He doesn’t think that 21% margin is sustainable but they are going to make sure that they try and see whatever they can get out of it, there will be almost 50% of this will go right back because advertising and sales promotion will get back to normal as soon as they have a full product out in the market. Similarly, there are certain other costs which will get back but Britannia is looking at every possibility of getting as much out of this period so that it can get as many savings out of this.
  • Britannia is not seeing inflationary trends as far as the raw materials are concerned. On all of the raw materials, it has been a very reasonable level of inflation at about 3% and Britannia sees that to continue through the year.
  • The distance travelled by Britannia’s biscuits has come down from 370 km to 320 km during the last quarter so shortening supply chains, getting products domestically all of that is becoming important.
  • There was a huge surge in modern trade in the past three-four years, modern trade was growing at almost 2-2.5 times the growth of the traditional trade business but during this pandemic, people are depending more on their neighbourhood stores and hence traditional trade has started to see a huge rebound. Britannia has to make sure that it takes that into its plans as well.
  • Their bread business has outgrown its overall bakery business, not just in terms of top-line but also in the bottom-line sense. Similarly, their cheese business has grown almost two times the overall growth. He is of a strong opinion that these are not sustainable growth numbers because they are one-off, but it is just giving them a very clear outlook about the opportunities and areas they can concentrate on.
  • There is down-trading happening as people are not going out and eating in restaurants. Biscuits are the cheapest form of the snack and it comes from a highly trusted company and a highly trusted brand. Within the category, for Britannia, there has been no downgrading. He has heard from a competitor that there is serious down-trading in their portfolio but from Britannia’s product portfolio, it has been the premium products which are holding sway.
  • The R&D centre is working overtime on the kind of products that the consumers are looking for. The first objective for Britannia was to match the core but beyond that, they have gotten into categories and a lot of work is happening in those categories. Market research, insights work, could not happen during the four-month period of lockdown and that has delayed the rollout of some of their products. But they are going to be back with a bang as far as category growths and new innovation of products are concerned. Britannia is also working on some immunity products and is doing research to make sure that it brings in absolutely the right products which give the consumers the genuine results they are looking for.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Britannia Industries was ₹ 3,883/- as of 21-July-2020. It traded at 50x/47x/41x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 78/82/95 for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 4,064/- implies a PE multiple of 43x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 95/-.

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.”

We have a very healthy cash surplus of over Rs 3,800 crores: Dabur

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, Nifty ended 1.6% higher at 9,979. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Bajaj Finserv (+9.5%), Zee Entertainment (+9.1%) and Bajaj Finance (+8.2%) while the losing stocks for the day Coal India (-3.3%), Maruti (-1.9%) and BPCL (-1.4%). The gaining sectors for the day were Realty (+4.9%), Media (+3.3%) and Pvt Bank (+3.2%). FMCG (-0.7%) was the only losing sector for the day.

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Lalit Malik, CFO, Dabur India Ltd; dated 29th May 2020 from Retail Economic Times:

 

  • Volume growth has seen a decline of 14.6% in 4QFY20 for Dabur which was the lowest growth in 11 quarters. The growth was on track till February and the Company was ahead of other FMCG companies. However, in March, due to the sudden lockdown, there was a supply chain blockage and Dabur was not able to invoice which was due even in case of seasonal goods like juices, glucose etc. This caused a decline of 14.6% in the India FMCG business.
  • For the juice and glucose categories, it was the peak season for the Company, given the summer setting in. If things were normal, Dabur’s growth would have been on track.
  • The healthcare segment of Dabur saw a slow opening in the middle of April. With the launch of the sanitizer during this period, Dabur has gained momentum and things may have been much better.
  • At present, though all manufacturing units are open, Dabur is working at 60-70% capacity. As far as the supply side is concerned with regard to the C&F as well as to the distributors, barring a few areas which are in the red zone and where there are restrictions with regard to supply, other categories including rural have returned to normal.
  • Mr Malik added, E-commerce has been growing at the rate of more than 100%. There are different channels which are giving promising returns in the new normal. However, there are still some pockets which are in the red zone where there are some restrictions and Dabur is waiting for that to get normal so that they will be back to 100%.
  • Dabur has a very healthy cash surplus which is more than Rs 3,800 crores. They don’t see any stress to their balance sheet or liquidity. The Company is being careful with regards to their working capital management as well as its operating cash flow.
  • With 60-70% running capacity, the Company sees no major deviation with regard to their inventory pile-up or shortage because they are monitoring the demand and supply side very carefully. For example, their healthcare category is moving at a faster pace. In the case of Chyawanprash, the growth rate is almost 400%. Thus, Dabur has accelerated production and therefore they are able to meet the increase in demand. There are different pockets where the demand is increasing and therefore they have increased their production and supply.
  • At present, the discretionary item demand is slow and this is where the Company is going slowly with regard to production so that they are able to manage the inventory and there is no loss of sale in case demand comes back.
  • Dabur has extended its village coverage by 52,000 though the target was to reach 65,000 villages because of the lockdown, they were not able to expand.
  • In the current scenario, there are two very important things according to Mr Malik:
  1. It is very important to have healthcare products that they manufacture to be made available to people at large because that is a need in the country right now. Therefore, their focus is to have all their products like Chyawanprash, Tulsi drop, Haldi drop, Giloy etc., made available to the people as these are all immunity boosters.
  2. On the hygiene and sanitiser front, their focus is to reach out. When volumes are affected, there would certainly be pressure on the margins. For that, they have undertaken a cost savings initiative under project Samridhi, where they are focussing on zero-base budgeting and questioning every line item of expenditure and addressing what is essential for them in the new normal scenario.

 

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Dabur India Ltd was ₹ 461/- as of 02-June-2020. It traded at 51.5x/ 44.8x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 8.9/10.3 for FY21E/ FY22E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 463/- implies a PE multiple of 45.0x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 10.3/-.

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.”

Maruti Suzuki to resume production with 50% workforce at Manesar plant: RC Bhargava

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, Nifty ended 0.5% lower at 9,196. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Vedanta (+12.4%), NTPC (+5.9%) and ITC (+4.5%) while the losing stocks for the day Reliance (-5.7%), GAIL (-3.7%) and Asian Paints (-3.0%). The gaining sectors for the day were Media (+1.7%), Metal (+1.2%) and Realty (+0.8%). The worst performing sectors were Pvt Bank (-0.7%), Pharma (-0.6%) and Bank (-0.5%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr RC Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India; dated 12th May 2020 from CNBCTV18:

  • The carmaker will resume partial operations at their Manesar plant in Haryana with a 50% workforce. Manpower permission is around 75% with one shift only.
  • The Company is allowed to start operations with one shift now and it will focus on a limited number of models.
  • The Company will be able to assess the demand-side situation only after a few weeks. He added that it is difficult to predict the demand side as it is too early. The dealerships have started functioning, but not all of them are functioning. The level of inquiries is also respectable but at this moment there is some supply-side constraint.
  • The overall volumes are bound to be impacted because of the ongoing restrictions and reduced manpower capacity. Normally the workings hours for the Company are 8 hours in one shift but with the various restrictions, the working hours are expected to come down to 6.5 hours in a shift. This reduces the capacity according to him. At the same time, the Company will be operating in only one shift with all other restrictions impacting the production quantity.
  • For a clear demand side pictures, dealers should at least work for 2-3 weeks.
  • Some of the suppliers for Maruti are in the containment zones. Therefore, the suppliers cannot produce in those areas. Maruti had to look for some alternative supplier for some components. Some models of the Company cannot be produced because those components cannot be found. Thus, the Company has to adjust the production volumes and models in accordance with the supply chain.
  • There is no certainty as to which supplier will remain a supplier and that he will not come under a containment zone in the next 10 days according to Mr Bhargava.
  • The Company may also face issues because the temporary workers at their Manesar plant have gone back to their villages.
  • Maruti has given cash advance against supplies to many of its vendors.
  • Overall, the auto industry could end up with 20-25% less sales compared to last year.
  • The cars are taxed very heavily in India, making the affordability of cars an issue. He expressed hope that the government will keep taxes on cars at a reasonable level.

 Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd was ₹ 4,955/- as of 12-May-2020. It traded at 24.9x/ 19.0x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 199/260 for FY21E/ FY22E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 6,308/- implies a PE multiple of 24.3x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 260/-.

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.”

Godrej Consumer confident of ramping up production when required says CEO Gambhir

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Friday, NIFTY closed 2.6% lower at 10980 because of the coronavirus scare and the Yes Bank crisis. RBI’s action of seizing control of Yes Bank and the possible consequences on the financial system weakened the market sentiments. The top losers for the day were Yes Bank (-54.9%), Tata Motors (-9.5%) and Zee (-7.3%). The few gaining stocks included Bajaj Auto (1.5%), GAIL (0.8%) and Maruti (0.4%).  All the sectors were in the red. The top losing sectors were Nifty PSU bank (-5.3%), Nifty Media (-4.8%) and Nifty Metal (-4.4%).

Excerpts from an interview of Mr. Vivek Gambhir, Managing Director and CEO, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd published in Live Mint dated 06th March 2020:

  • The surge in demand for hand sanitizers and soaps in the wake of fears of the COVID-19 epidemic will not have any significant impact on earnings for GCPL since it constitutes a small business segment.
  • The rabi harvest has been good and the demand from the rural market is expected to start picking up in the next one or two quarters.
  • The market is seeing a temporary demand in hand soaps, hand sanitizers, small soaps, and handwashes as well. GCPL has enough production capacity and will be ramping up the same to fulfill the demand.
  • According to Mr. Gambhir, the Company will definitely see some temporary spikes in demand mainly in April- May timeframe.
  • GCPL is rolling out some new digital campaigns to educate consumers about the coronavirus and what they can do to protect themselves.
  • The hand sanitizers and Rs 10 soaps are around 30% of the entire soap segment for the company. The company will see an uptick in demand but will not be material enough at this stage.
  • In regard to ramping up the production capacity, Mr. Gambhir said that they have enough production capacity to meet the increased demand and don’t see any challenges in meeting those demands. GCPL is also seeing some request for export orders from other parts of the world but these are relatively small numbers and won’t be material.
  • For the soap business in India, GCPL has seen strong volume growth in Q3 and has continued to gain market share in both their brands Godrej No 1 and Cinthol. There has been some value degrowth in this particular segment but the imbalance between volumes and value is expected to be corrected over the next couple of quarters. GCPL has taken a 5% hike in soap prices given some of the increases in palm oil derivatives. The Company will evaluate if there is a need for further increase in prices. With some price increases, the Company will be able to drive a better balance between volume growth and value growth. At the same time GCPL is intensifying some of its cost reduction programs and is hoping to maintain the margins. However, if it is required to take a dip in the margins for a quarter or two to drive the volumes, they are prepared for it.  Next year, the Company is expecting a better performance from both India and international business and on the margin front, they hope to sustain the levels if not improving.
  • FMCG sector has been experiencing challenges over the last few quarters with regards to a weakening consumer sentiment, sagging rural demand and liquidity pressures in the channel still continue.
  • GCPL expectation is that over the next one-two quarters, the industry will start seeing a recovery in demand particularly led by the rural sector which has been a big cause of concern.
  • The rural sector has been growing at 0.5x the growth rate which was 1.2x or 1.3x a few quarters ago. The deterioration in growth has been significantly fair. Recently there has been some gradual recovery because the rabi crops have been good. The rural inflation also augurs well for rural consumers. It is putting more money in the hands of farmers.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Godrej Consumer Product Ltd was ₹ 640/- as of 06-March-2020.  It traded at 41x/ 35x/ 32x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 15.6/18.1/20.0 for FY20E/FY21E/FY22E respectively.
  • The consensus target price is ₹ 754/- which implies a PE multiple of 38x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 20.0/-.