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5 focus areas to reinvigorate the company – Wipro

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, Nifty closed 2.4% lower at 11,680. Within NIFTY50, ASIANPAINT (+0.4%), JSWSTEEL (+0.2%), and COALINDIA (+0.1%) were the only gainers, while BAJFINANCE (-5.0%), TECHM (-4.4%), and ICICIBANK (-4.1%) were the top losing stocks. All the sectoral indices closed with losses led by BANK (-3.4%), PVT BANK (-3.3%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (-2.9%).

5 focus areas to reinvigorate the company – Wipro

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Thierry Delaporte, MD & CEO, Wipro, published in the Business Standard on 14th October 2020:
● Out of the impacted sectors, Wipro is now seeing a good volume of deals in the BFSI, retail, and consumer sectors. The manufacturing sector is still impacted by the pandemic. However, the need for transformation will lead to growth coming back in the next couple of quarters. The aerospace and automobile sectors are still under pressure.
● Clients have intent on reducing expenses. But in reality, spending on technology actually increases. Spending on technology is a business requirement now. Not just the CIO but also the chief marketing officer, chief of the supply chain, chief digital officer are all asking for technology. The reduction will be in terms of spending on legacy processes.
● Wipro is focusing on five main areas. They are-
1. Focus on large clients and large deals as opposed to going after new clients
2. Focus on more markets and sectors where Wipro can claim leadership
3. Refine offerings by creating more vertical differentiation
4. Invest in talent to acquire the best domain and technology expertise
5. Refine the operating model to drive simplicity and nimbleness
● In order to chase and win large deals, Wipro plans to enhance and reinforce the global client partners’ power so they can have a bigger impact on clients.
● Due to the pandemic, Wipro has now learned that employees can work from home productively. On the other hand, they also need to connect with the rest of the organization for the culture and sense of belonging. Mr. Delaporte is of the view that going forward there will be a hybrid model where employees will have more flexibility without any judgment on where they choose to work from.
Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)
● The closing price of WIPRO was ₹ 342/- as of 15-October-2020. It traded at 20.3x/ 19.0x/ 17.9x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 16.8/18.0/19.1 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
● The consensus target price of ₹ 283/- implies a PE multiple of 14.8x on FY23E EPS of ₹19.1/-.

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Investment in digital transformation paying off now – Titan

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Monday, Nifty ended 2.5% lower at 11,222 mirroring sell-off in global markets due to rising coronavirus cases across the globe. Domestic investors remained cautious due to the passage of a farm bill as well. Among the Nifty50, TCS (+0.8%), INFY (+0.5%), and KOTAKBANK (+0.3%) were the only stock gainers. INDUSINDBK (-8.6%), TATAMOTORS (-7.8%), and HINDALCO (-7.2%) were the top losers. None of the sectoral indices ended the day in the green, and REALTY (-6.0%), METAL (-5.6%), and MEDIA (-4.8%) were the top sectoral indices to end with losses.

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr. S Subramaniam, CFO, Titan Company with CNBC-TV18 on 18th September 2020:
• As of now, plain gold jewelry, wedding jewelry, and gold coins are still very much in demand. The recovery from an overall revenue perspective has been fine. The month of September will not see high sales due to the extended inauspicious period.
• In terms of revenues, the company is at about a 90% level on a year-on-year basis. Around 85-90 percent of stores are open but for shorter timings due to localized lockdowns.
• As far as diamond jewelry is concerned, the ratio will remain low this year as discretionary expenses are not taking off as expected. The company hopes to return to normalcy by 4QFY21.
• The industry is facing some serious challenges due to Covid-19, especially the smaller jewelers. Titan is witnessing higher market share, due to a strong balance sheet and strong brands.
• The high investments in digital transformation over the past years are now paying off. Videoconferencing has become a big way of attracting and connecting with customers. Some of the customers may visit the store to complete the sale but a lot of sales are happening digitally. These are the big competitive advantages of Titan.
• The studded jewelry caters to people who are unlikely to face job losses due to the pandemic. Discretionary spending doesn’t depend just on the income levels but also on the general mood and sentiment. In the current situation, most people are avoiding going out. They are waiting for better times when they can feel safe going out to buy jewelry.
• The recovery has been good, slightly better than what the company had anticipated. There are some worrying signs such as the unpredictable timing of normalcy returning, the vaccine is available for all, vaccine doses, which are slightly dampening.
• The cost-cutting measures have been implemented since December 2019, before the outbreak of the virus. The companywide initiative been doing very well. The measures start from discounts to customers, to franchisee pay-outs and every aspect is being looked at. Similarly, every element of fixed cost is also being looked at, including employee cost. The savings from the measures are coming in and assuming next year to be a normal year, will see a bump up in margins.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and investing.com websites)
• The closing price of Titan Company was ₹ 1,117/- as of 21-September-2020. It traded at 111x/ 54x/ 45x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 10.1/ 20.7/ 24.9 per share for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 1,062/- implies a PE multiple of 43x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 24.9/-.
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.”

Focus on vertical strengthening of product portfolio, market momentum expected in Q4: Sunil Bothra, Minda Industries

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, Nifty closed 0.7% lower at 12,126. Among the stocks, ONGC(+2.5%), Vedanta (+1.9%) and JSW Steel (+1.0%) were the gainers. Yes Bank (-4.4%), Bharti Airtel (-2.0%), and Reliance (-1.9%) ended in the red. Nifty Media (+0.1%) and Nifty Metal (+0.6%) were the only sectors which ended in the positive. Nifty PSU Bank (-1.5%), Nifty Pharma (-0.9%) and Nifty Bank (-0.9%) were the worst-performing sectors.

Focus on vertical strengthening of product portfolio, market momentum expected in Q4: Sunil Bothra, Minda Industries

Excerpts from an interview with Mr Sunil Bothra, Executive Director and Group Chief Financial Officer, Minda Industries:

  • The existing sensor business is more than 5 years old and as part of their strategy, they are in a long-term partnership with Sensata Technologies.
  • Sensata, which was previously Texas Instruments have many businesses which are into defence and other technologies.
  • Minda Industries has entered into an agreement with Sensata to acquire the wheel speed sensor business. The agreement will help to acquire the customer base in India and South Korea and will also make global opportunities available.
  • Although the acquisition cost only ₹ 45 crore, it is expected to generate an additional revenue of ₹100-120 crore in the next four years. With this acquisition, the fresh investment in the sensor business will reach ₹ 145 crore and it is expected to generate revenue of ₹ 500-600 crore in the next 4-5 years.
  • The company has been focussing on vertically strengthening the product portfolio, which they have done by undertaking small acquisitions. Now that they have more than 30 businesses or products, the focus is on strengthening their technological capability and offering to the OEs.
  • The recently concluded acquisition of Delvis will help strengthen their technology position in 4-wheeler lamps, thereby strengthening the sensor business.
  • Talking about the demand, he said the company has seen some green shoots in October, which led to a little increase in volume in a few original equipment manufacturers in November.
  • Since December is generally a lean period, Q3 is not very bullish as compared to Q2.
  • Some market momentum is expected in Q4. But they will have to wait and see how the market pans out post the BS-VI launch from April 1, since there will be price impact of 10-12%.
  • If they are able to increase their kit value per car or 2-wheeler or OE in Q4, they are hopeful of continuing the overperformance in the near future.      

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Minda Industries was ₹ 348 /- as of 26-December-19. It traded at 32.8 x/ 23.4x / 18.5x the consensus EPS estimate for FY20E/ FY21E/ FY22E of ₹ 10.6/14.9 /18.8 respectively.
  • Consensus target price of ₹ 383/- implies a PE multiple of 20.4x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 18.8/-.

“The worst is behind us” says Ashok Leyland Chairman.

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, NIFTY closed 0.2% lower. Bajaj Finance (+3.3%), Bharti Infratel (+3.3%) and Yes Bank (+3.2%) were the top NIFTY50 gainers. Zee (-3.7%), Indusind Bank (-2.3%) and Ultratech Cement (-2.2%) were the top NIFTY50 losers. Among the sectors, NIFTY FMCG (+0.3%) was the only sectoral index that closed positive. NIFTY MEDIA (-1.4%), NIFTY PHARMA (-1.1%), NIFTY METAL (-0.9%) were the worst-performing sectors.

 “The worst is behind us” says Ashok Leyland Chairman.

Excerpts from an interview with Mr. Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman, Ashok Leyland broadcasted on CNBC on 5th November 2019.

  • Demand slowdown has been caused by multiple issues including issues faced by financing companies and the availability of liquidity in the market.
  • Last financial quarter is traditionally a strong quarter for Commercial Vehicle (CV) OEMs. 4QFY20 will be a strong quarter followed by a slow 1QFY21 due to the technology transition from BS-IV to BS-VI.
  • Management is looking forward to FY21. Historically, the year of transition is a strong year.
  • The transition from BS-IV directly to BS-VI in a 3 year period is one of the shortest transition times globally. Other countries have taken 7-10 years in which period the cost absorption has been done in a phased manner. There will be a significant cost-push on account of the transition.
  • Even post the cost-push due to BS-VI, management says Ashok Leyland will be cost-competitive as ever. The customers will see real value in products launched.
  • Looking forward, there are some good signs such as many initiatives that the government is taking and the revival of financing. Most of the OEMs have now corrected the state of their inventories that had built up. The next few months look to be quite positive.
  • The market is not going to recover overnight, but the worst is behind for Ashok Leyland.
  •  It’s been a year since the previous CEO, Mr. Vinod Dasari quit.  Search for the CEO is on. FY20 is a year of important changes with respect to BS-VI, their new modular platform and the introduction of a whole line up of LCV products. The Board had taken a decision that they did not want a major disruption in the Management at this important juncture.  But a new CEO is required and the Board will be announcing a successor in the next few months.

In 2-3 years, Bharat Forge will not look like a forging company.

Update on  Indian Equity Market:

On Wednesday, NIFTY was up 0.4% to close at 11,472 level. The top performers that aided the positive movement in the index were BPCL (+4.3%), Bajaj Finance (+3.8%) and Zee (+3.7%). Hero (-2.8%), Vedanta (-2.5%) and Hindalco (-2.4%) were the worst-performing NIFTY stocks. Among the sectoral indices, NIFTY IT (+1.0%), NIFTY MEDIA (+0.8%) and NIFTY REALTY (+0.8%) were the top gainers. NIFTY PSU BANK (-0.8%), NIFTY METAL (-0.5%) and NIFTY AUTO (-0.2%) were the top losers.

In 2-3 years, Bharat Forge will not look like a forging company.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr Baba Kalyani, Chairman and MD, Bharat Forge. The interview was published in Mint dated 15th October 2019.

  • There is some order coming back into the auto industry with retail demand beginning to increase and production being curtailed to get the inventory down. It will take a little while before the order is restored completely and growth will come after that. It will take a couple of months for the inventory to get to a proper level.
  • The largest slowdown is in domestic medium and heavy market with month on month declines of 40-50%. The industry has never seen this kind of slowdown.
  •  Among the international markets, North America and Europe are going at reasonable levels. There is some pick up happening in Brazil. The problem is in the Indian vehicle market which needs to get sorted out.
  • Bharat Forge is doing reasonably well in the railways’ segment. It is a niche market that is not high in volume. Bharat Forge has 4 customers which are the major OEMs. Along with crankshafts, the company is starting to move towards turbochargers, connecting rods. They are trying to enlarge the business by enlarging the product mix. 
  • In the aerospace segment, Bharat forge has consciously decided to move to high-value niche products. The company manufactures critical components such as turbine blades, shafts, and landing gears. They are not into the high volume structure side of the business as it has too many participants and the margins are not great.
  • It takes a long time to become a supplier in the critical components such as the turbine blades or rotating shafts. These are very critical and safety components that cannot be failing. Bharat Forge has been successful in becoming a supplier of these components and the management hopes to start seeing better volumes.
  • The current downturn, although painful, is helping the company to reshape and restructure itself from a product, process, and technology point of view. 
  • In the next 2-3 years, Bharat Forge will not be seen as a forging company. It will become a technology company.  The company is doing a lot of things in the electric vehicle space and other technology spaces. They have developed a promising new technology space using their nanotechnology expertise of converting waste to wealth. 

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)

  • The stock price was ₹ 428/- as of close of 16-10-19 and traded at 20x/ 18x/ 16x the consensus EPS for FY20E / 21E / 22E EPS of ₹ 21.4 /23.5 /26.5 respectively.
  • Consensus target price of ₹ 444/- implies a PE multiple of 17x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 26.5/-.