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Transport and Plant Engineering to drive growth going ahead – L&T Technology Services


Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, the Nifty 50 closed 247 points higher (+1.5%) at 17,200. The move was led by ADANIPORTS (+6.1%), BAJAJ-AUTO (+6%), and HEROMOTOCO (+4.9%). However, ONGC (-2%), APOLLOHOSP (-1%) and AXISBANK (-0.7%) were the top losers.

Within the sectoral indices, REALTY (+3.6%), AUTO (+2.8%) and PSU BANK (+2.3%) were the top gainers and no index closed in the red.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Amit Chadha, MD & CEO, L&T Technology Services (LTTS) on CNBC-TV18 taken on 24th April 2022:

  • The company had to face a minor slowdown in its telecom and Hi-tech business due to dropping a low-margin project from one of its top 30 clients. These two segments contribute around 20% to the revenue.
  • It had the highest quarterly deal wins and the deal pipeline is at a record level. The company got its 2nd USD 100mn deal in the last two years. The effect of these will reflect in the coming quarters.
  • FY23 growth will be driven by transportation and plant engineering segments. It bagged a large deal in the electric vehicle space.
  • To achieve and support this growth, the company is planning to employ 2,500 freshers in FY23. It employed 3,000 freshers last year. It is not seeing any respite in attrition levels for at least two quarters.
  • Despite the hiring, proposed wage increments, and travel costs coming back, the company has given guidance of an 18% EBIT margin for FY23. It has set its target to achieve a USD 1.5 bn revenue by FY25.
  • It has launched a new vertical within its Hi-tech segment for metaverse that will predominantly focus on experience through devices, platforms, and software. This vertical is expected to be much more profitable than the rest of the Hi-tech business.
  • Along with that, the company is making investments in 5G labs in Munich and transportation labs in the United States. The company has filed 98 new patents this year as compared to 28 filed last year.
  • The company is also looking to acquire a USD 50-100mn revenue company, as it has been acquiring companies every 18-24 months. A company within medtech space in the US and an automotive company in Europe are on the radar.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • High attrition has become an industry-wide phenomenon and hasn’t left any IT company unaffected. We think on the similar lines of most managements that attrition is unlikely to come down for at least a few quarters.
  • Attrition along with increased travel and wage hike is likely to be the headwinds in the near term. The company plans to offset these headwinds with growth, better quality revenues, and operational efficiency gains.
  • Given LTTS’s experience in the Engineering-R&D domain and the 6 new deal wins in 4QFY22, including one 100 million+ transaction, we believe the firm is on track to achieve its revenue target of USD 1.5 bn by FY25 and retain its EBIT margin projection of 18% or above.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: Marketscreener and TIKR websites)

  • The closing price of LTTS was ₹ 4,049/- as of 26-Apr-2022. It traded at 37x/ 31x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 108/129 for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 4,621/- implies a P/E Multiple of 36x on the FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 129/-

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.”


Technological disruption accelerated in the past quarters – LTTS

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

Indian indices ended in the red for the 3rd consecutive day after profit booking by investors. The Nifty 50 ended at 15,722 (-0.2%), dragged by the MEDIA (-0.8%), BANK (-0.7%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (-0.6%). IT (+0.6%) was the only sector which ended with gains. Among the Nifty 50 stocks, COALINDIA (+1.3%), RELIANCE (+1.2%), and DIVISLAB (+1.1%) ended with gains while SHREECEM (-1.9%), BAJAJFINSV (-1.8%), and POWERGRID (-1.5%) ended with losses.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Amit Chadha, CEO & MD, L&T Technology Services (LTTS) published in the Financial Express on 30th June 2021:

  • LTTS’s domestic market comprises plant engineering and product design related business, both for Indian conglomerates and MNCs. On the product design side, LTTS works with various global engineering centres or captive centres in the transportation, industrial products, medical and telecom segments. In the plant engineering segment, they help FMCG and chemical companies with the engineering support domain.
  • Over the past one year, LTTS has pushed the boundaries of virtual development by securing remote access to its labs and developing a Home Lab environment for select clients where engineers have high computer equipment replicated at their homes.
  • Engineering and the R&D (ER&D) services involve a suite of services- from ideation, conceptualisation, design, product development, testing and after-market launch, to support and enhance existing products.
  • In the current scenario, a lot of the work has evolved from physical to the secured virtual space- through simulation, high-end systems, and servers. This work can be done anywhere and can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Unlike other industries, the ER&D segment necessitates a part of the work to be executed and experienced upon in labs and requires the physical presence of the workforce in design centres.
  • A major trend LTTS is observing is the pace at which change is taking place. The acceleration of technological change and disruption that has been affecting processes, products, robotic automation in business functioning in the past few quarters has been different from that in the last 10 years.
  • The second megatrend observed is that companies are partnering with start-ups who have point solutions and are creating a technology ecosystem along with them. Enterprises are relying on bringing all the specialised capabilities and integrating them from start to finish. With the travel disruptions under the new normal, customers are comfortable with this nature of work being done out of offshore delivery centres.
  • The biggest change in technology trends is seen in the areas of electric autonomous connected vehicles, 5G technology, digital healthcare and digital manufacturing.
  • As an ER&D destination, India has gained prominence as a strategic R&D hub focused on innovation and disruptive technology. Clients seeking technology partners or India captive centres are no longer offshoring just for cost benefits, but to achieve flexibility and availability of talent, time to market, and localised products for developing and developed markets. This is where LTTS’ engineering domain expertise will help it stay ahead of its competition.
  • In the plant engineering segment, there has been a push from the Government with its ‘Invest in India’ initiative and promotion on setting up manufacturing facilities in India.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • LTTS is a key beneficiary of the increasing tech adoption in ER&D. With 50% of its revenues coming from digital, LTTS will likely witness revenue growth from a growth in ER&D spends by Companies.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of LTTS was ₹ 2,886/- as of 30-June-2021. It traded at 34x/ 29x/ 26x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 85.1/ 101/ 110 for FY22E/FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 2,573/- implies a PE multiple of 23x on FY24E EPS of ₹ 110/-.

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.”