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Acquisitions to lower EBIT by 45-50bps in 1st year – PERSISTENT

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

After a volatile session on Tuesday, NIFTY settled at 17316 (+1.2%) near the day’s high of 17,334. IT (+2.0%), OIL & GAS (+1.9%), and AUTO (+1.2%) were the top sectoral gainers. REALTY (-1.0%), CONSUMER DURABLES (-0.7%), and PHARMA (-0.3%) led the sectoral losers. Among the NIFTY50 components, TECHM (+4.2%), BPCL (+3.0%), and TATAMOTORS (+3.0%) led the gainers. HINDUNILVR (-2.9%), NESTLEIND (-2.7%), and BRITANNIA (-2.2%) led the losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sandeep Kalra, CEO and ED, Persistent Systems (PERSISTENT) with The Economic Times on 21st March 2022:

  • PERSISTENT recently acquired MediaAgility, which is recognised as a Google premier partner which is the highest level of partnership in the Google ecosystem. MediaAgility comes with seven different Google cloud specialisations, ranging from migration cloud, NetApp development, modernisation, security, etc. In terms of the industry verticals, MediaAgility has a presence in BFSI, healthcare, life sciences, media entertainment, and gaming.
  • Explaining the rationale behind the recently concluded acquisitions, the CEO suggested the enterprises had already started their digital transformation journey before the pandemic. These transformation journeys sped dramatically during COVID, and hyperscalers have taken notice. They’ve been releasing more services, including vertical-specific offers, at an increased rate nearly every month.
  • The hyperscalers – IBM, Google, AWS – are expected to play an incrementally bigger role in the enterprise journey. PERSISTENT is already present in these segments, with revenues over USD 100mn. The recent acquisition of Data Glove added to PERSISTENT’s capabilities on the Microsoft Azure cloud technology.
  • With the MediaAgility acquisition, the Company intends to increase its presence on the Google Cloud Platform. Each of the platforms has their own niches and own customer base and PERSISTENT is trying to be the Uber of the cloud services for its customers.
  • Whenever an acquisition is done, there is a cost of doing it, and the Company expects a 45-50bps hit on the EBIT in the first year. The Company is confident of the acquisition being margin accretive once the integration process is complete.
  • PERSISTENT has established its footprint in BFSI, and healthcare life sciences and has 35plus enterprise customers across the US, India, and the UK. MediaAgility has a delivery centre in Mexico which complements PERSISTENT’s footprint in Guadalajara, Mexico. The acquisition will add over 500 cloud engineers with significant Google-certified capabilities.
  • The Company is following a strategy of bolt-on or tuck-in acquisitions and these would be in areas where it wants to expand its capabilities or expand its geographical footprint.
  • The overall demand environment is continuing to be healthy and over the last 12 months, PERSISTENT has announced deal wins in terms of an ACV of USD 882 mn and in excess of USD 1.1 bn in TCV terms. This Is a fairly healthy run rate in terms of the order book. The overall demand environment is good and PERSISTENT is building a capability that will last irrespective of the demand environment.
  • The revenue growth is expected to be healthy due to strong order bookings. The EBITDA margin is expected to be in the 16-17% range. The Company is looking to grow its capabilities and acquire market share.
  • In terms of long-term aspirations, the Company intends to improve its margin by about 2-3 percent over the next two to three years.
  • Attrition is one of the headwinds to the Indian IT sector. The Russia-Ukraine crisis is expected to increase the pressure on Indian talent.
  • In terms of tailwinds, IT services have a better pricing power compared to commoditised services. PERSISTENT being a specialised technology services company has a little better pricing power.
  • The Company has done multiple acquisitions in the last 12 months, with a capital commitment of over USD 220mn over the next few years. For now, it will take a little pause and focus on integrating the acquired companies. Should there be an opportunity in Eastern Europe, the Company would pursue it over the next 9 – 12 months.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • PERSISTENT has completed 4 acquisitions in FY22 to strengthen domain capabilities in IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud. These acquisitions have helped increase the Company’s presence in verticals like High Tech, BFSI, and Healthcare and bolster near-shore and on-shore presence in North America.
  • IBM has been PERSISTENT’s partner for over 25 years, contributing over 25% to the total revenues in FY21. Alongside addition in domain capabilities, these acquisitions have helped reduce the concentration risk.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of PERSISTENT was ₹ 4,532/- as of 22-March-2022. It traded at 41x/ 34x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 110/ 132/- per share for FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 4,682/- implies a P/E Multiple of 35x on FY24E EPS estimate of ₹ 132/-

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Difficult to predict festive season sales – Bajaj Auto

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Friday, Nifty ended 0.3% higher at 11,930 led by the auto stocks. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Maruti (+4.3%), M&M (+3.3%), and Tata Steel (+3.3%) while the losing stocks for the day were Ultra Cement (-2.4%), HCL Tech (-1.6%), and HUL (-1.6%). Top gaining sectors were Auto (+2.9%), Media (+0.7%), and IT (+0.5%) while top losing sectors are Realty (-1.1%), Pharma (-0.4%) and Pvt Bank (-0.04%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Rakesh Sharma, ED, Bajaj Auto Ltd; dated 22nd October 2020 from CNBC TV18:

The geographical mix & the business unit mix have a very big impact on the blended margins of Bajaj Auto. Last year the Company faced many headwinds in maintaining the margins. The Company is optimistic about maintaining the margins reported in 2QFY21 despite raw material cost increases seen.
There has been a marginal improvement in walk-ins, enquiries & sales over the beginning of the festive period last year.

Bajaj Auto is optimistic about maintaining margin despite raw material cost increase and they have streamlined low margin products.

The Company recorded the highest ever sales of Pulsar in 2QFY21. This impacted margins in a positive way during the quarter.

The Company had the highest ever exports in September-20 and October performance will beat September performance according to Mr Sharma. If the Company does not have any supply chain issues and transport interruption, then in November they will beat October exports.

The Company saw a smart recovery in domestic performance. They aim to improve the domestic market share from 18.2% in H1 to 20% in H2. There is a huge scope for expansion in market share but the Company does not want to compromise the margins and profitability for gaining the market shares.

It is very difficult to make predictions about the festive season sales as of now. The industry is seeing a slight improvement in enquiry and sales in this festive season. Post festive where all pent up demand is exhausted, it is interesting to see how the industry and demand responds. This will be the most important thing to be considered.
125cc segment is more profitable than 100cc and thus Bajaj Auto has expanded this market segment.

The ultra-premium segment (KTM/ Dominar) has clocked 10,000-12,000 units run rate per month currently.

The underperforming models/ low margin products of the Company have been stream-lined and prices have been increased during 2QFY21.

Bajaj Auto has passed on cost increases from September-20 onwards in the majority of the International markets. It had been a very difficult exercise for the Company as the Chinese & Japanese brands which has seen a huge revival, the company had to face intense competition.
The Company hopes the three-wheelers will start performing well with support from the Government initiatives.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
The closing price of Bajaj Auto Ltd was ₹ 3,090/- as of 23-October-2020. It traded at 20.7x/ 17.2x/15.0x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 149/180/206 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.

The consensus target price of ₹ 3,088/- implies a PE multiple of 15.0x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 206/-.

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.”