Update on the Indian Equity Market:
For the second consecutive day, the Nifty closed lower at 9,206 on Tuesday amid reports of stress among lenders when millions of borrowers are facing pandemic induced income loss. As a result, there were no sectoral gainers. PSU Bank (-3.3%), Realty (-2.9%), and Bank (-2.4%) were the top losing sectors. Among the stocks, the biggest gainers were Infratel (+3.6%), M&M (3.2%), and Powergrid (+2.9%). SBIN (-4.2%), Bajaj Finance (-3.8%), and Britannia (-3.6%) led the losers.
Entry into service industry for sanitization for the long haul: Amit Syngle, Asian Paints
Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Amit Syngle, MD & CEO, Asian Paints which aired on CNBC TV18 on 4th May 2020:
- For the last 3-4 weeks, Asian Paints were under a complete lockdown. The lockdown 3.0 has offered some relaxation.
- Some of the plants and warehouses have opened as shops for non-essential goods have been allowed to open. Most of their plants have opened but work at slightly reduced capacity.
- Asian Paints has given buyers 45 days of credit and asked vendors for an extension as well. Talking about the liquidity position, he said stringent cost-cutting measures are being undertaken to preserve cash. There is comfortable liquidity going ahead and they do not foresee any problems in the coming period.
- Asian Paints had announced their foray into the hand and surface sanitizer with the Viroprotek range of products. Talking about the development of this range, he said they have worked on the range in the last 10-15 days at the behest of the government and the Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Chemicals.
- As a responsible and caring brand, they wanted to help the government and community and the shortage in the market was the motivation for entering this segment. They already have the Royal Health Shield, a range of antibacterial paint that ensures hygiene and bacteria control. So entry into the sanitizer range aligned with their objective.
- They have been in the Health and Hygiene space for some time and have products in that range. In the near future, Viroprotek will be a part of the overall range.
- To ensure reach to the right outlets and ensure adequate supply, their distribution segments will be activated.
- Though initially entire production will be directed to the Government and NGO initiatives, sanitizers & surface cleaners will be part of Asian Paint’s portfolio in the future. They are looking to enter the service industry for sanitization in a very big way.
- On the business plans going forward, he said they are watching and devising scenarios as to what will happen in these exceptional circumstances. There is no clarity in terms of how the situation envelops, and what is going to happen. Thus, depending on how the situation clears up and the market opens, plans will be made accordingly. It is difficult to give concrete plans as the entire environment is uncertain.
- Talking about the top line, no action will be seen in 1QFY21. As per indications coming in, it will be a wipe off quarter. It is difficult to say how revenues will come in for the entire year.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
- The closing price of Asian Paints Ltd was ₹ 1,618/- as of 05-May-2020. It traded at 49.5x/ 41.6x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 32.7/ 38.9 for FY21E/ FY22E respectively.
- The consensus average target price of ₹ 1,822/- implies a PE multiple of 46.8x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 38.9/-
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