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Covid19 Tests will become a part of company’s portfolio – Dr Lal Path Labs

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Wednesday, Nifty closed 0.06% higher at 11,102. Among the sectoral indices Metal (+4.0%), Auto (+1.8%) and Media (+1.1%) closed higher. Pharma (-0.5%), Fin services (-0.2%) and PSU Banks (-0.2%) closed on a negative side. Hindalco (+9.1%), Tata Steel (+6.7%) and Eicher Motor (+4.4%) closed on a positive note. UPL (-1.5%), HDF Life (-1.5%), and Wipro (-1.0%) were among the top losers.

Excerpts from an interview of Mr. Om Manchanda, MD, Dr Lal Path Labs with ET Now on 3rd August 2020:

  • The business was impacted in the months of April and May due to lockdown restrictions. It restricted the movement of samples to various cities.
  • The movement of patients was also impacted due to lockdown. There was a steep fall in walk-in customers.
  • The company also witness a sharp fall in OPD.
  • Recovery started in late part of May as lockdown restrictions started to get lifted.
  • They witnessed a sharp recovery in June but the trends are early as there may be pent up demand coming up.
  • The company witnessed some gains as competitors were not able to serve some markets.
  • On impact of covid on diagnostic space, Mr. Manchanda said the government has built capacity in the recent past and 60% of business is coming from the government side. The company will be working in a supporting role to the governments.
  • Tests for Covid-19 will become a part of company’s portfolio, but the trend line is not yet clear.
  • Q1 was a bad quarter for the company, non covid business had shown recovery in June. Company expects that the growth will come back in later part of the year by Q3FY21E.
  • Business related to covid is a new business for the company.
  • Historically the company had grown organically. The model is urban based.
  • The company picks up a geography and tries to cater all diagnostic needs in that area.
  • Mr Manchanda said the company is neither a wellness company nor a diagnostic company but a full-service model.
  • There are close to 215 labs as of now.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Dr Lal Path Labs was ₹ 1,850/- as of 5-August-2020.  It traded at 71x/50x/44X the consensus earnings per share estimate of ₹ 25.9/37/42 for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus average target price for Dr Lal Path Labs is ₹ 1,769/- which implies a PE multiple of 42x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 42/-.

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.”

 

Hospital industry will see normalisation by the end of 2QFY21: Fortis Healthcare

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Friday, Nifty ended 1.5% higher at 10,244. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Bajaj Finserv (+9.2%), Bajaj Finance (+6.6%) and Reliance Ind (+6.5%) while the losing stocks for the IndusInd bank (-2.2%), M&M (-1.3%) and Vedanta (-1.3%). Sectoral gainers for the day were Realty (+6.4%), PSU Bank (+2.2%) and Media (2.0%) while the losers were IT (-0.4%) and Metal (-0.1%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Ltd; dated 18th June 2020 from Economic Times:

  • The pandemic has affected the routine work of the hospitals and surgeries in a big way. The impact started somewhere in the month of February 20. Thus, the impact can be seen in 4QFY20 as well as 1QFY21E.
  • Volumes got reduced to the emergency work but a gradual resumption of activities on the side of chronic illnesses. Fortis believes that this is a short term blip but there is going to be a sustained and pent up demand of elective work especially for chronic ailments which are going to last for at least 6 months following the normal resumption of activities.
  • Industry sees an upward swing in COVID cases in cities other than Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Fundamentals for the healthcare industry continue to remain strong in the medium term.
  • In April-20 the occupancy levels were 25% which went up to 35% in May-20. In this month the recovery in the average occupancy levels stands at 48%. With this kind of recovery, 60% occupancy expected in July and then normalcy by the end of 2QFY21.
  • Fortis expects FY21 earnings to take a slight hit but expects 3Q and 4Q FY21 to be at normal levels in terms of both revenues and profits.
  • Initiatives in terms of cost and restructuring for Fortis are on-going. Lockdown gave them the opportunity to focus more on these elements. They are in a comfortable position in terms of cash flows even after the fall in revenues in 4QFY20.
  • Fortis is continuously evaluating its portfolio to see which units need to shape up or not performing well to rationalise the portfolio.
  • Staff cost is being relooked at, especially the senior staff members in order to be aligned with the Company’s interest. So conversations are going on. Establishment cost and advertisement cost are been rationalised. Expenses are needed to be prioritised.
  • Some of the CAPEX are been deferred in FY21, for example, land up-gradation of clinical infrastructure.
  • When asked about the price capping that is happening in this industry which will hurt the private players, he said that the margins are expected to be lower as compared to the current ones but the price capping will boost the volumes for the private players. So going forward, volumes are expected to compensate for the lower margins

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Fortis Healthcare Ltd was ₹ 122/- as of 19-June-2020. It traded at 27.5x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 4.4 for FY22E.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 165/- implies a PE multiple of 37x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 4.4/-.

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.”