Tata Motors – A Jaguar like leap

Date: June 1, 2012         CMP: 225         Mkt Cap: 74,000 crore       P/E: 5.3 times


Tata Motors (TM) is a major player in the Indian automobile sector, with a presence across Commercial vehicles and passenger cars. International acquisitions have also helped substantially in growth.

  • TM declared excellent FY12 results: revenues 1,65,000 cr (35% up), and profits 13,574 cr (47 % up).
  • The current market cap of Rs 74,000 crore ranks it #15 in India.
  • Just 33% of revenues are from standalone TM, while the JLR subsidiary contributes a large proportion of revenues and profits, as high as 70% and 90% recently.
  • Key divisions & subsidiaries include TM Commercial Vehicles, TM Passenger cars, Jaguar /Land Rover (JLR), Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Finance and Tata Technologies.

Lets do a quick analysis of this stock to see where its heading.

Pricing Snapshot

Tata Motors - Price trends - JainMatrix Investments

Fig 1 – Tata Motors – Price trends – JainMatrix Investments

A 5-year view of the share price of TM shows us:

  • Share price has risen by 15% CAGR over the last 5 years.
  • The share has been very volatile, – from a recent low of 139 in Aug 2011, the share rose to 320 in April ’12 and is down to 225 currently.

Financial Snapshot

  • Revenues, EBITDA and PAT have gained by 47%, 64% and 57% CAGR over 5 years.
  • P/E has moved in a range of 5.3-19 times in this period, and is currently at 5.3.
  • Operating margins are excellent at 20%. Profit margins are flat at 8.2%.
  • Dividend has been steady at 200% or Rs 4, indicating a dividend yield of 1.8%.
  • PEG is at 0.1 – indicates very undervalued stock.
Tata Motors - Financial Analysis - JainMatrix Investments

Fig 2 – Tata Motors – Financial Analysis – JainMatrix Investments, click to enlarge

Business Concerns

  • The business concerns around TM include – underperformance of Indian operations, falling margins of JLR subsidiary and poor economic outlook in Europe and some slowdown in even China.
  • However, these are balanced by excellent growth in JLR, capacity additions to cater to waiting lists and strong domestic TM Commercial Vehicle operations.
  • Even with a fall in Operating and Profit margins, the revenue growth has been excellent. This has meant higher EPS, and Earnings growth has pushed P/E down to attractive levels for investors.


  • The fundamentals indicate that TM is a buy at these levels.
  • Price volatility will continue, as TM has generated very high interest among traders. But current weakness should stabilize soon, and Investors can look at entering at these levels.

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