Spandana Sphoorty Financial IPO – A Spunky Player

  • Date 06th Aug; IPO Opens 5-7th Aug at Rs. 853-856
  • Valuations: P/E 17.6 times TTM, P/B 2.4 times (Post IPO)
  • Mid Cap: Rs. 5,505 cr. Mkt cap
  • Industry – NBFC MFI
  • Advice: SUBSCRIBE
  • Overview: Spandana is a rural focused NBFC-MFI with a geographically diversified presence in India. It offers income generation loans under the joint liability group model, predominantly to women from low-income households in rural areas. They are the 4th largest NBFC-MFI and the 6th largest amongst NBFC-MFIs and SFBs in India, in terms of AUM. Revenues, NII and profit for FY19 were ₹1,049 cr., ₹640 cr. and ₹312 cr. resp. Capital adequacy is 39.6% which is very safe. Spandana exited from CDR in March 2017 and the operations are stable now. At a P/B of 2.4 times & PE of 17.6 times (post IPO), the valuation look attractive.
  • Risks: 1) Economically and politically sensitive sector 2) Significant exposure to unsecured loans.
  • Opinion: Investors can SUBSCRIBE to this IPO with a 2 year perspective.

Here is a note on Spandana Sphoorty Financial (Spandana) IPO.

IPO highlights

  • The IPO opens: 5-7th Aug 2019 with the Price band: Rs. 853-856 per share.
  • Shares offered to public number 1.40 cr. The FV of each is Rs. 10 and market Lot is 17.
  • The IPO in total will collect ₹1,200 cr. while selling 21.8% of equity. IPO is both an Offer for Sale by current shareholders (OFS) and a fresh issue of shares. The OFS proceeds would be ₹800 cr. at UMP and fresh issue size is ₹400 cr.
  • The Promoters are Padmaja Gangireddy, VSR Reddy Vendidandi and Kangchenjunga Ltd. that own 81.22% in Spandana which will fall to 62.58% post-IPO. The major selling shareholders are Kangchenjunga, VSR and Padmaja Gangireddy, see Exhibit 1(a). The IPO is being launched to provide partial exit to existing promoters as well as for Spandana to augment the capital base (Fresh Issue).

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Exhibit 1(a) – IPO Selling Shareholders; Exhibit 1(b) – Shareholding pattern

  • The IPO share quotas for QIB, NIB and retail are in ratio of 50:15:35.
  • The promoter Kangchenjunga Ltd is a holding co. incorporated in Mauritius. It is a private company with limited liability, which holds a Category 1 Global Business License to carry out activities as an investment holding company and to acquire, invest in and hold securities of Spandana. The Class A shareholders of promoter Kangchenjunga are seen in Exhibit 1(b).

The unofficial/ grey market premium for this IPO is Rs. 18-20/share. This is small.

Introduction

  • Spandana is a rural focused NBFC-MFI with a geographically diversified presence in India. It offers income generation loans under the joint liability group model, predominantly to women from low-income households in rural Areas. As of FY19, they were the 4th largest NBFC-MFI and the 6th largest amongst NBFC-MFIs and SFBs in India, in terms of AUM. See Exhibit 2(a).
  • Revenues, NII and profit for FY19 were ₹1,049 cr., ₹640 cr. and ₹312 cr. resp. It has 7,062 employees (June 2019). 85% of their gross loans were Abhilasha loans, and 86% of the loan book is unsecured.

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Fig 2a – Loan products (above) and Fig 2b AUM Spread

  • Spandana was incorporated as a public company in 2003 and registered as an NBFC with the RBI in 2004. Soon they registered as an NBFC-MFI in 2015. In October 2010, the MFI industry (including Spandana) was severely impacted as the govt. of AP promulgated the AP Microfinance Ordinance 2010, which enforced several restrictions on the operations of MFIs. This impacted Spandana collections, cash-flow, its ability to service debt, and so their growth and profitability.
  • Spandana’s lenders referred them to the corporate debt restructuring (CDR) mechanism of RBI to restructure borrowings and revive business. The CDR plan allowed them to get cash-flow relaxations to continue their portfolio diversification, process improvement and cost rationalization. Their operations turned profitable from FY14.
  • Spandana exited CDR in March 2017, which enabled it increase lender base, diversify its borrowings to new banks and NBFCs and also issue NCDs in the capital markets. As a result, during FY18, with increasing flow of capital, they expanded their operations and were able to utilize the existing branch network and employees (earlier underutilized due to lack of capital). Prior to their exit from CDR in 2017, they had limited access to capital, due to which they had to offer loans in lower ticket sizes than the demand from clients.
  • Distribution is strong as in 2019 they cover 16 states and 1 UT across India through 929 branches.
  • Leadership – Padmaja Gangireddy (MD), Sudhesh Chandrasekar (CFO), Abdul Khan (Strategy Officer).

News, Updates and Strategies of Bandhan

  • Prior to 2010 Andhra Pradesh MFI crisis, 51% of Spandana loan book was concentrated in AP. Post the debacle they have tightened internal controls to manage risk better by restricting (a) loan book exposure to a max of 22.5% for 1 state (b) loan book exposure to a max of 2.5% for each district (c) loan book exposure to a max of 0.3% for each branch.
  • Spandana’s business strategy is as follows:
  • To leverage their popular income generation loan products to derive organic business growth.
  • To leverage existing branch network by increasing loan portfolio and employee productivity.
  • To increase its presence in under-penetrated states and districts.
  • To further diversify their borrowing profile; and reduce their cost of borrowings.

Various shareholders invested in Spandana over the years. The average cost of acquisition per share for those shareholders is as follows:

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Exhibit 3 – Cost of shares by investors

  • In Jun 2018 20.3L shares were allotted to Padmaja Gangireddy and 72K shares to Abdul Feroz Khan by private placement at Rs. 235.4/share. In IPO this has grown by 3.6 times in just over a year.
  • Spandana has raised Rs 360.28 cr. from 18 anchor investors by allotting 42,08,886 shares at a price of Rs 856, the upper band of its IPO. Among the 18 anchor investors, Wells Fargo Emerging Markets Equity Fund, Goldman Sachs India Ltd, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company have been allotted about 4.40 lakh shares each.
  • Spandana IPO was subscribed 6% on the first day of bidding on Monday (5th Aug).

Micro Finance and Banking Industry Outlook in India

  • Financing needs in India have risen along with economic growth over the past decade. By complementing banks and other financial institutions, NBFCs help meet this need.
  • MFI is a volatile sector that can be badly affected by economic and political events. Spandana’s operations were also affected post AP ordinance in 2010. It went into CDR however later came out of it in Mar 2017. In Nov 2016, the Indian government announced the demonetization of currency notes of ₹500 and ₹1,000 denominations. Though demonetisation affected the retail sector’s credit performance in FY17, which dropped 300 bps from FY16, growth remained higher than industrial and agricultural credit growth in FY17. The retail segment was negatively impacted by the demonetization driven slump in the real estate sector. Retail credit grew 16% YoY, while industrial credit contracted YoY by 2%. Such events have affected collection efficiencies which could happen in the future as well.
  • Spandana has a 2.6% market share basis its GLP. See Exhibit 4

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Exhibit 4 – Market share and AUM growth for MFI players over the years

  • The share of adults with a bank account in India has more than doubled to approximately 80% since 2011, largely supported by the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) a scheme of the GOI, which led to account growth and traction in savings. However, while significant traction is present on the deposit side, India is still among the Top 3 nations with unbanked people in the world, reflecting the strong need for an enhancement of the financial inclusion agenda.
  • The microfinance sector in India has grown at a CAGR of 23.1% over the past 10 years to reach ₹2,633 bn. as of FY19, despite some setbacks that have impacted the industry’s growth. The industry has evolved over time, starting with the Self-Help Group (SHG) Bank Linkage program and not-for-profit organisations (NGOs) being the key participants in the sector, to the scaling of NBFCs, the conversion of Bandhan Financial Services into a universal commercial bank and the launch of the Small Finance Banks. Presently, the demand for micro credit is primarily being serviced by industry participants such as MFIs, NBFC-MFIs, SHG, Banks, SFBs, NGOs, and other informal lenders.
  • The MFI sector has potential to grow the client base as well as ticket size per borrower. The micro-credit opportunity is about ₹5-6 tn. supported, considering the addressable market of low-income households in India. The traction in disbursements is expected to sustain and the industry is projected to witness a portfolio growth in the range of 20-24% p.a. over the medium term. Within this, the pace of growth of the non-SHG portfolio is expected to be higher at 25-30% p.a. Further, the ticket sizes are likely to go up in the states where the penetration levels are high. Overall client growth may be 8-10% and loan outstanding per borrower may increase by 12-15%.
  • Current challenges in the Indian BFSI sector include the collapse of IL&FS, a liquidity shortage in the BFSI sector, an NPA crisis in PSBs, real estate loans troubles and weakness in DHFL and Yes Bank.
  • Per management, MFI customers are unaffected by these industry events and are doing better.

Financials of Spandana

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Fig 5 – Spandana Financials

Note: 1) Data for FY15-FY16 are per Indian GAAP, FY17-FY19 is basis IND AS with FY18-FY19 are consolidated 2) NIM or Net Interest Margin = Net Interest Income / Annual Average Gross AUM (%)* 3) NIM-R is net interest margin computed as Average Interest Charged less Average Cost of Borrowing. 4) Diluted EPS has been calculated after considering fresh shares to issued post IPO.

  • Spandana’s revenues, NII and PAT over the years are in Fig 5. Revenues, NII & PAT have grown at 33.9%, 34.5% and 31.2% resp. from FY15-FY19. These are good growth numbers.
  • Spandana had a RoE of 16.51% and RoA of 8.2% in FY19. This is moderate and sustainable as the business operations have stabilized now. NIM and NIM-R have stabilized for Spandana over the last 3 years. NIM at 16.39% for FY19 is the highest in the industry.
  • The PAT for FY17 surged 82.3% as it took a deferred tax credit of ₹421 cr. PBT for FY17 was ₹35 cr.
  • Spandana has the best asset quality in the industry. The NNPA as of FY19 stood at 0.02%. The NPA’s have largely come from unsecured personal loans, agri loans as well as MSME loans.
  • NBFCs are required to maintain a CRAR consisting of Tier I and Tier II capital which should not be less than 15% of its aggregate risk weighted assets on-balance sheet and of risk adjusted value of off-balance sheet items. The Tier-I capital was required to not be less than 8.5% by FY16 and 10% by FY17. Spandana has an aggregate CRAR of 48.96% and Tier 1 capital to the extent of 48.52%. This is much higher than what RBI has prescribed which is a positive.

Benchmarking

We benchmark Spandana against peers, See Fig 6.

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Fig 6 – Benchmarking

  • PE of Spandana is the lowest in the peer group. This makes the offering attractive on relative basis.
  • In terms of PB, the valuations are average. This is on an adjusted basis post dilution.
  • The 3 year sales and PAT growth is robust. However Bandhan continues to be the sector leader. The Cost/Income ratio too is low. The PAT margin (PAT/Income) as well as the NIM is highest amongst the peer group. This is a positive. The RoE is average among peer group.
  • GNPA is very high while NNPA is fine. The reason for this is loans outstanding from the AP crisis of 2010. However these are provided for by Spandana.
  • Overall we see Spandana as a MFI rapidly emerging from CDR and stabilizing operations well.

Positives for Spandana and the IPO

  • Spandana has suffered heavily and learnt its lessons in the 2010 AP MFI debacle. It emerged from CDR in 2017 after repairing its books. It now has geographically diversified operations which help in risk containment and business resilience. It also will target 25% CAR to ensure safety of operations.
  • They have a good branch network, with a current AUM of Rs 5 cr. /branch. Per management the focus now will on assets growth to Rs 10 cr. / branch.
  • Spandana’s growth has been achieved despite difficult conditions in MFI industry. After the AP crisis in 2010, there was demonetisation in 2016 and many farm loan waivers. But Spandana did well.
  • The asset quality of Spandana is robust with NNPA at 0.02% for FY19. Financially the firm is well managed with moderate return ratios, superior margins and has high growth rates. The IPO valuations at PE of 17.6 times and PB 2.4 times are also attractive.
  • Spandana has an experienced management team. Ms. Padmaja Gangireddy has 24 years of experience in Indian MFI.

Risks and Negatives for Spandana and the IPO

  • Spandana’s MFI loan portfolio is unsecured, and in the event of non-payment by a borrower, they may be unable to collect the unpaid balance.
  • The operations are still concentrated in the states of Karnataka, MP, Orissa, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Any adverse developments in these states could affect business.
  • The promoters and certain directors have entered into ventures that may lead to potential conflicts of interest with their business. For instance, their Individual Promoter, Padmaja Gangireddy, owns 68.3% shareholding in Abhiram Marketing, a group company engaged in consumer goods, whose retail products are sold at their branches (and from whom they receive a sales commission). There is no assurance that the interests of Abhiram Marketing will align with Spandana’s business interests.
  • Any downgrade of Spandana’s credit ratings may increase their borrowing costs and constrain their access to capital and debt markets and, as a result, may adversely affect their results of operations.
  • MFI industry has enjoyed high growth and margins for the last few years. However the market may be getting crowded with several Private Banks acquiring or setting up MFI subsidiaries, Bandhan Bank getting a universal license and many MFIs getting SFB license.

Overall Opinion and Recommendation

  • The microfinance sector promises to extend credit to the underbanked and informal sector people for financial services penetration into rural India. The potential is immense and is barely tapped.
  • Spandana has a decent size, strong financial performance, recent recovery, good asset quality and an experienced management.
  • It is now the 4th largest NBFC-MFI with AUM, and post CDR has grown rapidly. It has a different DNA and may remain sharply focused on a national presence in only MFI loans for the next few years.
  • The management appears conservative and should able to target growth with lower risk taking.
  • At a P/B of 2.4 times & PE of 17.6 times (post IPO), the valuation look attractive.
  • Opinion: Investors can SUBSCRIBE to this IPO with a 2 year perspective.

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Disclaimer

This document has been prepared by JainMatrix Investments Bangalore (JM), and is meant for use by the recipient only as information and is not for circulation. This document is not to be reported or copied or made available to others without prior permission of JM. It should not be considered or taken as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell any security. The information contained in this report has been obtained from sources that are considered to be reliable. However, JM has not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the same. JM has no stake ownership or known financial interests in Spandana or any group company. Punit Jain intends to apply for this IPO in the Retail category. Neither JM nor any of its affiliates, its directors or its employees accepts any responsibility of whatsoever nature for the information, statements and opinion given, made available or expressed herein or for any omission therein. Recipients of this report should be aware that past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance and value of investments can go down as well. The suitability or otherwise of any investments will depend upon the recipient’s particular circumstances and, in case of doubt, advice should be sought from an Investment Advisor. Punit Jain is a registered Research Analyst under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. JM has been publishing equity research reports since Nov 2012. Any questions should be directed to the director of JainMatrix Investments at punit.jain@jainmatrix.com.

IndiGo – Spreading Wings but Oil Squeeze

  • Date: 09th May 2019
  • Industry – Airlines 
  • CMP: Rs 1,575 
  • Large Cap of Rs 58,000 cr. mkt cap 

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  • Overview: IndiGo is the market leader in Indian aviation with a low cost carrier model. It has a dominating domestic market share of 46.9%. The revenue and profit were Rs 23,967 crores and Rs 2,242 cr. resp. for FY18. The Income, EBITDA and profits have grown 31.6%, 26.6% and 21.3% CAGR over 8 years. The aggressive growth plans are in place for capacity addition. The Airline industry in India is going to see massive growth. With a big population, low penetration and weak railway sector, it should continue to grow at 15% over next few years. IGO has a strong brand and a leading domestic market share, consistent delivery and high growth. It has executed well on its LCC strategy. IGO has expanded the market with its growth. It will continue to dominate Indian skies due to network effect and good capacity additions. The IGO share is high due to market share gains, the Jet failure and Boeing grounding, inspite of high ATF prices. However there are several risks.
  • Key risks: 1) crude price rise affects ATF prices leading to sharp profit falls 2) large sector capacity adds puts pressure on prices 3) The risk of an engine failure is still there

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This document has been prepared by JainMatrix Investments Bangalore (JM), and is meant for use by the recipient only as information and is not for circulation. This document is not to be reported or copied or made available to others without prior permission of JM. It should not be considered or taken as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell any security. The information contained in this report has been obtained from sources that are considered to be reliable. However, JM has not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the same. Punit Jain discloses that he has been an investor in IGO since Nov 2015. He has also flown Indigo Airlines several times as a normal paying customer. Other than this JM has no known financial interests in IGO or Interglobe Aviation or any related firm. Neither JM nor any of its affiliates, its directors or its employees accepts any responsibility of whatsoever nature for the information, statements and opinion given, made available or expressed herein or for any omission therein. Recipients of this report should be aware that past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance and value of investments can go down as well. The suitability or otherwise of any investments will depend upon the recipient’s particular circumstances and, in case of doubt, advice should be sought from an independent expert/advisor. Punit Jain is a registered Research Analyst under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. JM has been publishing equity research reports since Nov 2012. Any questions should be directed to the director of JainMatrix Investments at punit.jain@jainmatrix.com.

RVNL IPO – Railways’ Growth Engine

  • Industry – Railway Transportation PSU in PMC space
  • Mid Cap of Rs. 4,000 crore
  • IPO Opens 29th Mar – 03rd Apr 2019; Price range Rs. 17-19/share
  • Valuations: P/E 6.9 times TTM; with a discount for Retail investors
  • Advice: SUBSCRIBE for listing gains

Summary

  • Transportation Infrastructure is a crying need in India. With Airlines, Roads and Ports sectors making good progress, the final frontier is the Indian Railways. The sleeping giant of IR appears to be getting up in the last few years.
  • IPO Overview: RVNL is a Delhi based PSU into PMC of Railway projects like track laying, electrification, bridges etc. Its FY18 revenue, EBITDA and PAT were Rs. 7,822 cr., Rs. 614 cr. and Rs. 570 cr. resp. Revenue has grown at an impressive 33.7% and PAT at 19.2% over the last 3 years. Valuations are attractively low with a FY18 PE of 6.9x for the IPO. It has an asset light model. A good kicker should come from Q4FY19 results and listing gains in a positive market. Governance appears good and transparent within the PSU limitations.
  • Key Risks: 1) Change in Central Govt. 2) De-emphasis on infra and railways by govt. 3) Issue of a contingent liability 4) Weak infra funding environment.
  • Opinion: Investors can SUBSCRIBE to this IPO with a listing gains and a 2 year perspective.

Here is a note on RVNL IPO.

IPO highlights

  • The IPO opens: 29th Mar-03rd Apr 2019 with the Price band: Rs. 17-19 per share. A discount of ₹0.50 per share on the offer price has been offered to retail and employee bidders.
  • Shares offered to public number 25.34 crore of FV Rs. 10 and each market lot is 780 shares.
  • The IPO will raise Rs. 482 cr. for 12% equity by current promoter i.e. Govt. of India with no dilution. The IPO share quotas for QIB, NIB and retail are in ratio of 50:15:35.
  • The unofficial/ grey market premium for this IPO is Rs. 1-1.5/share. This is a positive.

Introduction

  • RVNL – Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd – is a Delhi based PSU into PMC of Railway projects like track laying, electrification, bridges etc.
  • Its FY18 revenue, EBITDA and PAT were Rs. 7,822 cr., Rs. 614 cr. and Rs. 570 cr. resp. Revenue has grown at an impressive 33.7% and PAT at 19.2% over the last 3 years.
  • RVNL is a Miniratna (Category – I) firm incorporated by the Ministry of Railways (MoR) in 2003, as a project executing agency for MoR to undertake rail project development, mobilization of financial resources and implementation of rail projects for golden quadrilateral, port connectivity and project execution. RVNL mobilizes finances and forms project specific SPVs with private participation.
  • The railway projects include new lines, doubling, gauge conversion, railway electrification, metro projects, workshops, major bridges, cable stayed bridges, institution buildings etc.
  • Since 2003, RVNL has got 179 projects of which 174 are sanctioned for execution. Out of these, 72 have been fully completed for ₹20,567 cr. outlay and the balance are ongoing. They have an order book of ₹77,504 cr. as on Dec 2018 for 102 ongoing projects.
  • During FY18, they completed 885 RKm (Route kilometre) of project length which included 315 RKm of track doubling and 425 RKm of rail electrification.
  • RVNL earnings are from a management fee on the annual expenditure incurred for the execution of projects, of 9.25% for metro projects, 8.5% for other plan heads and 10% for national projects.
  • Their activities under the various plan heads can be classified as under:
    1. New lines: is augmenting the rail network by laying new lines to achieving seamless multi-modal transportation network across the country and connecting remote areas.
    2. Doubling: Doubling involves the provision of additional lines by way of doubling the existing routes to enable the Indian Railways to ease out traffic constraints of single line or construction of 3rd/4th line to increase the capacity. RVNL is a significant contributor to the doubling projects and has been contributing to a third of the total doubling being completed / commissioned on Indian Railways for the last three years. (Source: CARE)
    3. Gauge conversion: includes conversion of meter gauge lines to broad gauge railway lines.
    4. Railway electrification: This includes electrification of current un-electrified rail network and electrification on the new rail network, generally from diesel run trains.
    5. Metro projects: This includes setting up of metro lines and suburban network in larger cities.
    6. Workshops: This includes mfg. facilities, and workshops for repairing and mfg. rolling stock.
    7. Others: This includes but is not limited to construction of traffic facilities, railway safety works (building of sub-ways in lieu of crossings), other electrification works, training works, surveys, construction of bridges including rail over bridges, etc.
  • As a PMC (Project Management Consultant) firm, its services comprise of: (i) project development and execution of works related to creation of rail infrastructure; (ii) creating project-specific SPVs for encouraging private participation in the funding of railway projects; (iii) undertaking execution of railway projects under specific financial arrangement for the MoR and other Govt. departments; (iv) and other ancillary services like bankability studies for projects and preparation of detailed project reports.
  • It has an asset light model where the contractor identified for project execution brings in all the people resources and machinery required.
  • RVNL has a lean organization with only 541 employees of which 150 are regular and 391 are on deputation and may return to their home employer over time.
  • Leadership in RVNL is Pradeep Gaur (53) is CMD, Ajay Kumar (56) is Director (Personnel), Vijay Anand (59) is Director (Projects) and Arun Kumar (59) is Director (Operations). They are all professionals with experience in Indian Railways and Metro corporations.

Financials and Segments

  • We can see a solid growth of financials. FY19 so far does not look good, but we typically see H2 and Q4 as better than H1. See 4 year financials of RVNL in Fig 1.
  • The emphasis in RVNL is on new lines, lines doubling and Metro projects. See business segments as reflected by the Order Book as on 31st Dec 2018 in Fig 2.

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Fig 1- RVNL FY18 Financials
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Fig 2 – RVNL Order Book Segments

Industry thoughts:

  • Over the last few decades, the Indian Railways (IR) has not developed as fast as Roads, Ports and Airline sectors. It has struggled with its public service role as the dominant transporter of passengers. Most of the passenger services are priced at a discount and profits are from the goods services.
  • However capacity constraints like tracks have forced IR to de-emphasize goods services.
  • Productivity improvements have suffered in IR due to large and ageing workforce, legacy organization issues, weak governance in the past and slow decision making. Corruption has been an issue in IR in recruitment, private contracts and public services.
  • Computerization has helped improve the Reservation system in IR. However there is still a long way to go in passenger capacity utilization, flexible pricing and ease of access.
  • In recent times we have seen a dramatic improvement on many of these parameters in IR.
  • In 2016, IR announced a capex plan of Rs 8,60,000 cr. over 5 years i.e. 2016-20. The capex plan is 90% more than the capital outlay in the previous 15 years.
  • IR may be a critical element of India’s future growth story if it improves productivity, technology upgrades, goods transportation focus, financial sensitivity and improves services.
  • RVNL is a key growth arm of IR and may have a good role to play in the transformation of IR in terms of capacity increase, new tech initiatives, metro projects, high speed train lines, etc.
  • RVNL is also one of the second generation PSU firms that are lean in terms of employees, have a sharp business focus and outsource routine tasks to firms and have high productivity.
  • MoR has under it group firms Indian Railways, Concor, RITES Ltd., IRCON, IRFC and RVNL.
    • IR is the monopoly operator of rail based passenger and goods transportation services.
    • Concor is a listed container focused transport firm running multi modal services.
    • IRCON is a multi national consultancy firm active in transportation and infra, listed recently.
    • RITES is a turnkey construction firm active in Rail and non-rail infra areas, listed recently.
    • Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) is the dedicated financing arm of the Indian Railways for mobilizing funds from domestic as well as overseas Capital Markets.
    • In this comparison it is clear that RVNL has a focus on India based Railways related work as a PMC consultant. There is little overlap with group firms.

Benchmarking

We benchmark RVNL against other comparable Indian Railway firms, and also KEC which is a private sector infra EPC firm. See Exhibit 3.

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Exhibit 3 – Benchmarking

  • The PE post IPO is low. This provides a safety net for IPO investors.
  • Return ratios are good among the PSU pack.
  • Debt is high but this is expected from an infra projects firm. Also it is a pass through debt, with IR making the payments as per schedule.
  • 3 year growth of revenues and PAT is excellent.

Positives for RVNL and the IPO

  • We have seen a flurry of new initiatives in IR and a slew of new projects and technology initiatives. The GoI is serious about change. So RVNL may see acceleration in business.
  • Many private sector suppliers to IR have reported good growth in orders booked and revenues, across parts supply, and projects related to track laying and electrification. Many of these initiatives may be run by RVNL. Also it is notable that GoI is procuring from reputed private sector firms and taking their help to ramp up its operations.
  • RVNL is a lean and productive firm, and with this listing, may be allowed to chart an Indian Railways independent part to growth and impact. Infra development is a high potential sector.
  • It has attractive valuations with low PE and PB, moderate return ratios and a high 3 year revenue and PAT growth. The over 4%+ dividend yield is good.
  • An order book of Rs. 77,500 cr. gives business visibility of 10 years.
  • BV of Rs. 4,062 cr., and BVPS of Rs. 19.4/share is close to IPO price.

Risks and Negatives for RVNL and the IPO

  • Typically infra projects have issues like land acquisition and govt. clearances which delay execution. This is true for railway projects too with suburban and metro projects.
  • Funding of infra projects is underdeveloped in India. Long term funds from insurance and pension firms do not flow smoothly to infra, so projects become riskier with shorter term and more expensive funding. It is also exposed to financial variations like the current NBFC liquidity issue.
  • On many parameters IR is weak when compared internationally, such as speed of trains, passenger services in trains and at stations, etc. Conversely many improvements are possible.
  • The MoR and IR have been slow to grow in the Metro segment in India. As a specialized suburban train, the Metro is seen as an essential urban solution in Tier 1, 2 and 3 towns.
  • As a MoR firm, with IR as the key group firm, RVNL may be constrained by their slow approvals and permissions. There are worries around political compulsions in MoR.
  • Also RVNL has got projects by default from IR in the past due to relationship and structure. However in future and after RVNL listing, the flow of new projects is not assured.
  • There is a contingent liability of Rs. 3774 cr. This is due to a demand from a contractor. However RVNL feels that the demand is not as per agreement, also if the charge is enforced, it will add to the project cost and be reimbursed by respective clients.
  • H1 FY19 performance indicates no growth over FY18, however financials for PSU could be skewed towards H2 and Q4 which is usually the best quarter for infra/ GoI firms.
  • Of the 10 IPOs made by PSUs in the last 2 years, only 2 have generated positive returns. Balance 8 are down 30% on average. IRCON is down 16% since listing.
  • Political risk: With elections due in 1-2 months, we note that RVNL has accelerated performance in the current term of GoI. A change in leadership or party in power at MoR may affect future growth.

Overall Opinion and Recommendation

  • Infrastructure is a crying need in India. With Airlines, Roads and Ports sectors making good progress, the final frontier is the Indian Railways. The sleeping giant of IR appears to be getting up in the last few years.
  • RVNL represents the new initiatives, new technologies and expansion projects for IR. The current path is of acceleration, ambitious growth and standardization across India. The challenge is to get IR to grow in double digits, improve productivity, cover the country better and lower costs.
  • Valuations are attractively low with a FY18 PE of 6.9x for the IPO. A good kicker should come from Q4FY19 results and listing gains in a positive market.
  • Governance appears good and transparent within the PSU limitations.
  • Key risks are 1) Change in Central Govt. 2) De-emphasis on infra and railways by govt. 3) Issue of contingent liability 4) Weak infra funding environment.
  • Opinion: Investors can SUBSCRIBE to this IPO with a listing gains and 2 year perspective.

Disclaimer

This document has been prepared by JainMatrix Investments Bangalore (JM), and is meant for use by the recipient only as information and is not for circulation. This document is not to be reported or copied or made available to others without prior permission of JM. It should not be considered or taken as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell any security. The information contained in this report has been obtained from sources that are considered to be reliable. However, JM has not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the same. JM has no stake, ownership or known financial interests in RVNL or any group company. Neither JM nor any of its affiliates, its directors or its employees accepts any responsibility of whatsoever nature for the information, statements and opinion given, made available or expressed herein or for any omission therein. Recipients of this report should be aware that past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance and value of investments can go down as well. The suitability or otherwise of any investments will depend upon the recipient’s particular circumstances and, in case of doubt, advice should be sought from an Investment Advisor. Punit Jain is a registered Research Analyst under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. JM has been publishing equity research reports since Nov 2012. Any questions should be directed to the director of JainMatrix Investments at punit.jain@jainmatrix.com.

HDFC AMC IPO – A Quality Asset

  • Date 24th July; IPO Opens 25-27th July at Rs. 1095-1100
  • Valuations: P/E 32.3 times TTM, P/B 10.7 times (Post IPO)
  • Mid Cap: Rs. 23,300 cr. Mkt cap
  • Industry – Asset Management
  • SUBSCRIBE for the IPO

Summary

  • Overview: HDFC AMC is the #2 player among AMCs by AUM and #1 by profits. HDFC operates as a JV between HDFC and Standard Life Investments. HDFC is one of India’s leading finance companies. Revenues and profit for FY18 were Rs. 1,867 cr. and Rs. 722 cr. HDFC revenues, EBITDA and PAT grew at 19.9%, 19.2% and 19.1% CAGR in 5 years. The Indian mutual fund industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20% between FY18 and FY22, due to buoyant capital markets, and a shift from physical to financial assets. Valuations in terms of P/E are 32.3 times, P/B at 10.7 times and market cap/AUM at 8% are high. However we have seen that in emerging sectors/ industries the excelling high quality players can command very high valuations. So a good track record, robust financial performance, sectoral tailwinds, reputed management team and good promoter identity makes this IPO attractive.
  • Risks: 1) High Valuations 2) Regulatory risks 3) Competition can impact margins 4) Macro concerns
  • Opinion: Investors can SUBSCRIBE to this IPO with a 3 year perspective.

Here is a note on HDFC Asset Management Company (HDFC) IPO.

IPO highlights

  • The IPO opens: 25-27th July 2018 with the Price band: Rs. 1095-1100 per share.
  • Shares offered to public number 2.54 crore. The FV of each is Rs. 5 and market Lot is 13.
  • The IPO is of Rs. 2,800 cr. for 12% equity by current promoters HDFC Ltd. and Standard Life Investments UK, with no dilution. HDFC Ltd. and Standard Life are selling 4.05% and 7.96% of shares.
  • The Promoter group (HDFC and Standard Life) own 95% in HDFC which will fall to 83% post-IPO, ie. 53% and 30% in resp. HDFC is a well-known Indian NBFC and is the holding company into financing the purchase or construction of houses, commercial real estate, etc. in India.
  • The IPO share quotas for QIB, NIB and retail are in ratio of 50:15:35.
  • The unofficial/ grey market premium for this IPO is Rs. 370-380/share. This is a positive.

Introduction to HDFC AMC

  • HDFC AMC is a leading Indian asset management firm into Mutual Funds and PMS Advisory. It is a JV between HDFC Ltd and Standard Life Investments. HDFC Ltd. is a leading Indian housing finance firm.
  • Revenues and profit were Rs. 1,867 cr. and Rs. 722 cr. for FY18. It has 1,010 employees out of which 58% are in sales and 29% are in client services. It had an AUM of Rs. 2,92,000 cr. in FY18. It is the most profitable AMC in India. It is the largest AMC in India in terms of equity-oriented assets and has consistently been among the top 2 AMCs in India in terms of total average AUM since Aug 2008.
  • The equity-oriented and non-equity-oriented assets are Rs. 1,50,000 cr. and Rs. 1,42,273 cr. resp. of total AUM. HDFC AUM has grown at 25.5% CAGR over FY13-18. Their proportion of equity-oriented AUM to total AUM is 51.3%, higher than the industry average of 43.2%. As equity schemes have a higher fee structure compared to non-equity schemes, the product mix helps achieve higher profits.
  • The market share of AUM is 13.7% and of active equity AUM is16.8% among AMCs see Fig 1c.
  • HDFC offers a large suite of savings and investment products across asset classes, which provide income and wealth creation opportunities to customers. In FY18, they offered 133 schemes classified as 27 equity-oriented schemes, 98 debt schemes (including 72 fixed maturity plans FMP), three liquid schemes, and 5 other schemes (including ETF schemes and funds of fund schemes).
  • This diversified product mix provides them with the flexibility to operate successfully across various market cycles, cater to a wide range of customers from individuals to institutions, address market fluctuations, reduce concentration risk in a particular asset class and work with diverse sets of distribution partners which helps them expand their reach.

jainmatrix investments, hdfc amc ipojainmatrix investments, hdfc amc ipoFig 1(a) – HDFC AUM split -June 2018 (b) HDFC Segment revenues c) Market share /Note – QAAUM is Quarterly Average AUM /Click to enlarge image view. 

  • HDFC also provides portfolio management and segregated account services, including discretionary, non-discretionary and advisory services, to high networth individuals (HNIs), family offices, domestic corporates, trusts, provident funds and domestic and global institutions. As of FY18, they managed AUM of Rs. 6,474 cr. as part of their PMS and segregated accounts services’ business.
  • HDFC had a total of Live Accounts of 81 lakh as of FY18, and their Monthly Average AUM from individuals was 62.2% of their total MAAUM, compared to the industry average of 51.4%.
  • A key element of their strategy is to promote a customer-centric culture that spans across all aspects of their business. As of FY18, they served customers in over 200 cities through their pan-India network of 209 branches (and a Dubai office) and service centers of their registrar and transfer agent, which is supported by a network of 65,000 empaneled distribution partners across India, consisting of independent financial advisors, national distributors and banks.
  • Leadership is Deepak Parekh (Chairman), Keki Mistry (Non-Exec Director), Milind Barve (MD), Prashant Jain (CIO) and Piyush Surana (CFO).

Promoter – HDFC Ltd and Group – Snapshot and Financials

  • The HDFC group is a known financial conglomerate in India, with presence in housing finance, banking, life and non-life insurance, asset management, real estate funds and education finance. Listed companies of the group include HDFC Ltd., HDFC Bank, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. and GRUH Finance. HDFC Ltd is the holding company and is also engaged in financing the purchase or construction of residential houses and commercial real estate.
  • Income and PAT has grown at 14.1% and 19.5% CAGR resp. over 5 years.

jainmatrix investments, hdfc amc ipoFig 2 – HDFC Financials

  • HDFC Ltd. share price gained 19.5% CAGR over the last 5 years and CMP is Rs 1,970.
  • HDFC Ltd. has visible signs of pick-up in demand for mortgage loan led by improving affordability, attractive incentive from PMAY scheme and introduction of RERA which augurs well for sustained growth in loan book for HDFC over the next 3-5 years. Further, the performance of its various financial business subsidiaries/associates has improved substantially over the last few quarters.
  • The key risks are 1) Aggressive competition among the HFCs 2) Unstable interest rate environment.
  • HDFC has a market cap of Rs 3,33,106 cr. to be ranked #6 in India.
  • HDFC is a prestigious group with good ethics. It has rewarded shareholders and performed well over decades. The listed subsidiaries of HDFC Ltd. have generally retained these qualities.

News, Updates and Strategies of HDFC AMC

  • The average cost of acquisition of equity shares for HDFC ltd. has been Rs 19.53 over 2000-18 and for Standard Life Investments it is Rs 15.01 over same period.
  • HDFC’s business strategy is as follows: 1) Maintain strong investment performance 2) Expand their reach and distribution channels 3) Enhancement of product portfolio. 4) Invest in digital platforms to establish leadership in the growing digital space.
  • HDFC has grown by acquisition, taking over Morgan Stanley AMC (2014) and Zurich India MF (2003).
  • HDFC AMC sold its shares worth almost Rs 150 cr. to distributors in April 2018 before the upcoming IPO. These shares were offered to 190 distributors and advisers at Rs. 1,050/share. But SEBI in July 2018 directed HDFC to scrap this placement and to return the money it had collected with a 12% interest. These shares were then acquired by PE firm KKR paving the clearances for the IPO. Prior to the share allotment, HDFC had sought approval for a special quota for distributors in its IPO, but SEBI rejected the proposal then because it was against a separate quota for distributors.

MF Industry Outlook in India

  • The economy has seen financial events such as demonetization, RERA implementation, GST and a crackdown on black money and shell companies. All these have rekindled interest in financial assets as compared to real estate and gold which were the most popular earlier.
  • Penetration of equities remains low, with only 2% of population having a demat or equity /MF ownership. Gold & real estate hold a large proportion of savings but have generated weak returns.
  • The regulations and disclosures around MFs have ensured good traceability and audit trails. SEBI has promoted MFs as good entry level equity and debt products, and MF asset growth has been good.
  • The MF industry’s AUM grew at a CAGR of 24.9% from Rs. 7 lakh cr. in FY13 to Rs. 21.4 lakh cr. as of Mar 2018, supported by strong investor inflows of Rs. 9 lakh cr. FY17 & FY18 have been remarkable for the industry, attracting around 68% of the Rs. 9 lakh cr. net inflow, with equities leading the charge. Equity-oriented funds (including balanced and excluding ETFs) attracted 60% of the total net inflows in FY17 & FY18. Supported by these strong inflows, growing participation from individual investors and rising equities, the assets surged 42.3% in FY17 and 21.7% in FY18. During FY18, the fresh investments in MFs grew by 22.2% to Rs. 3.9 lakh cr. in the FY 2018.
  • The growth in the AUM has been supported by a favorable macro environment, the rising of capital markets, foreign fund inflows as well as growing investor awareness.
  • Today there are 41 AMCs operating comprising 7 promoted by PSB’s, 2 by financial institutions, 25 by private sector and 7 by foreign players (including JV’s). The Indian MF industry is concentrated with the 10 large AMCs having 80% of the industry AUM. ICICI Prudential AMC, HDFC, Reliance, Birla Sun Life and SBI Funds are the 5 largest with 57% of AUM.
  • The MF industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20% between FY18-22, with the AUM expected to grow to Rs. 45 lakh cr. by Mar 2022. Growth rates are expected to be higher in FY19 due to buoyant capital markets and increase in retail participation, after which it may taper down. Stock broking firms too perform very well when markets are in a bullish phase.
  • Global asset management firms have struggled in India as independent MF firms. Many sold out and exited. They have had a better success rate on partnering with Indian firms as the MF JV promoter.
  • India’s MF penetration (AUM to GDP) at 12.8% is much lower than the world average of 62% and also lower than developed economies like US (101%), France (76%), Canada (65%) and UK (57%) and even emerging economies like Brazil (59%) and South Africa (49%). This is expected to grow fast.

Financials of HDFC

  • HDFC revenues, EBITDA and PAT grew at 19.9%, 19.2% and 19.1% CAGR in 5 years, see Fig 3.
  • Margins for 5 years are flat but high double digits due to good exposure to equity assets. Given the high revenue growth, flat margin is a good achievement. Absolute profits have grown fast.
  • HDFC had a RoE of 33.4% in FY18 and RoCE of 49.1%. The return ratios are high and excellent.
  • HDFC paid dividends of Rs. 405 cr. in FY18 (including DDT). The dividend payout ratio is high at 56%.
  • HDFC has been Free Cash Flow positive in the last 5 years. This is good CF management, see Fig 4.
  • 76% of the pre IPO equity shares have been pledged by a non-promoter shareholder. None of the shares held by the promoter or promoter group have been pledged.
  • The issue has been priced at Rs. 1,100 share which translates to a P/E of 32.3 times. The market cap/AUM is 8%. This is aggressive and makes the issue expensive.

jainmatrix investments, hdfc amc ipoFig 3 – Financials, Fig 4 – HDFC Cash Flow jainmatrix investments, hdfc amc ipo

Benchmarking

We benchmark HDFC against other Indian and global AMCs. See Exhibit 5. Only Reliance Nippon is a pure AMC, other Indian firms have NBFC and broking businesses. US firms are for comparison.

  • The asking PE and P/B is high. HDFC has moderate 3 year sales and PAT growth. The NBFC business segments of Indian firms has allowed faster growth.
  • The Debt is low, but again for non AMC business, the debt is necessary so it not comparable.
  • The margins are at the higher end amongst most peers from the industry. This is a positive.
  • The return ratios historically also have been very high and robust among comparable peers.
  • Note – The USA companies data is for CY2017, Exchange rate is Rs/$ of Rs 68.

jainmatrix investments, hdfc amc ipo Exhibit 5 – Benchmarking

Positives for HDFC and the IPO

  • HDFC has a market leadership in the Indian MF industry of #2 on AUM and #1 on equity AUM. Their market share of total AUM was 13.7% and of actively managed equity-oriented AUM was 16.8%.
  • HDFC has a trusted brand and strong parentage of HDFC group. The holding company and the 3 other listed group firms have done well on the stock markets. HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co was the most recent to list in Nov 2017. It has also done well post listing, up 65% on IPO price.
  • HDFC MFs have performed well with a solid approach, philosophy and risk management.
  • HDFC has a superior and diversified product mix distributed through a multi-channel distribution network. Their product mix enables them to operate through various market cycles, cater to specific customer requirements and reduce concentration risk. Strong distribution relationships also ensure the commitment of the channels for new launches and investor support and confidence.
  • HDFC has consistently had assets and profit growth.
  • HDFC has an experienced and stable management & investment teams.

Risks and Negatives for HDFC and the IPO

  • The valuations are high in terms of P/E, P/B and market cap/AUM.
  • HDFC had overextended its distributor benefits pre-IPO, and was ordered by SEBI to avoid a conflict of interest and revoke the distributor allotment of shares. HDFC realizes the importance of distributors, but needs to take care to not cross the legal or market accepted limits.
  • The global macros are looking cloudy. Trade war tensions between USA – China can escalate. A diplomatic conflict with Iran is playing out. Oil prices are trending higher. Brexit threatens the UK economy. Europe and the Euro are looking weak with poor economic outcomes for the region. In this situation a sharp deterioration on any of these parameters can affect Indian investment climate.
  • AMCs are closely regulated by SEBI and is subject to changes or tightening of norms. For example in July 2014, the holding period for long-term capital gains tax on debt MFs was increased from 12 to 36 months. It is possible that regulatory changes can affect their business in future.
  • SEBI in Oct 2017 issued a circular to categorize and rationalize the MF schemes. MFs are classified into 5 groups, i.e., equity, debt, hybrid, solution oriented and other schemes. These 5 groups have 36 categories of schemes, and only 1 scheme per category is permitted by a MF. This has resulted in many MF schemes being merged, renamed and repurposed in the industry. HDFC has complied with the SEBI changes, but the rationalization may have a adverse impact on their brands and business.
  • Competition from existing and new MFs could reduce their market share or put pressure the fees.
  • The tax on Long term Capital Gains from equity was introduced in budget 2018 in Feb at 10%, from zero earlier. This caused a correction in markets, particularly the mid and small cap stocks.
  • Competition to the MF industry is from alternatives like the PMS industry, AIF/ Hedge Funds, Private equity markets and direct equity advisory services. Many of these are the next steps for MF investors after they have started their investment journey with MFs.
  • HDFC has defocused from PMS and other segments and appears to focus on Mutual Funds.

Overall Opinion and Recommendation

  • In India there is a massive trend of financialization of assets, a move away from physical / guaranteed assets like real estate, gold and FDs, towards equity and debt.
  • The MF industry is witnessing a massive growth with total AUM’s growing rapidly in the last 10 years. The number of new investors and their portfolios has grown significantly from retail investors. In fact the domestic driven MF industry has emerged as a foil to the FII investors in India.
  • The #2 player by AUM, HDFC AMC is well managed financially, has a great brand, high margins and return ratios, low CAPEX and cost structure.
  • Valuations look high in terms of PE 32.3 times, P/B 10.7 times and market cap/AUM at 8%. However we have seen that in emerging sectors/ industries the excelling high quality players can command very high valuations (think Avenue Supermarts in Retail and group firm GRUH Finance in rural home loans). HDFC certainly faces high competition, but can pull ahead and become #1 by AUM in the next few years. So a good track record, robust financial performance, sectoral tailwinds, reputed management team and strong promoter identity makes this IPO attractive.
  • Opinion: Investors can SUBSCRIBE to this IPO.

Disclaimer

This document has been prepared by JainMatrix Investments Bangalore (JM), and is meant for use by the recipient only as information and is not for circulation. This document is not to be reported or copied or made available to others without prior permission of JM. It should not be considered or taken as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell any security. The information contained in this report has been obtained from sources that are considered to be reliable. However, JM has not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the same. JM has no stake ownership or known financial interests in HDFC AMC. He has a stake in HDFC Bank. Punit Jain may apply for this IPO in the Retail category. Neither JM nor any of its affiliates, its directors or its employees accepts any responsibility of whatsoever nature for the information, statements and opinion given, made available or expressed herein or for any omission therein. Recipients of this report should be aware that past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance and value of investments can go down as well. The suitability or otherwise of any investments will depend upon the recipient’s particular circumstances and, in case of doubt, advice should be sought from an Investment Advisor. Punit Jain is a registered Research Analyst under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. JM has been publishing equity research reports since Nov 2012. Any questions should be directed to the director of JainMatrix Investments at punit.jain@jainmatrix.com.

Varroc Engineering IPO – An Auto-matic BUY

  • 25th June 2018
  • Mid Cap of Rs. 13,000 cr.
  • Industry – Auto Ancillary; IPO Opens 26-28th June at Rs. 965-967
  • Valuations: P/E 28.9 times TTM
  • Advice: SUBSCRIBE

JainMatrix Investments, Varroc IPOSummary of Report

  • Overview: Varroc Engineering is a global tier-1 auto component firm. They design, make and supply exterior lighting systems, plastic and polymer, electricals-electronics and precision metallic components to passenger car, CV, 2W, 3W and off highway vehicle OEMs directly worldwide.
  • India and global revenues are split 35:65 so they have good international presence.
  • Varroc’s FY18 revenue, EBITDA and PAT were Rs. 10,417 cr., Rs. 985 cr. and Rs. 451 cr. resp., and they grew at 13.1%, 12.9% and 18.2% CAGR in 4 years.
  • At a FY18 PE of 28.9x, valuations appear fair. It has a healthy balance sheet with conservative financials. It has good Indian and global presence.
  • Key Risks: 1) High Competition 2) Currency Risks 3) Downturn in macro-economic environment.
  • Opinion: Investors can SUBSCRIBE to this IPO with a 2 year perspective.

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Here is a note on Varroc Engineering (Varroc) IPO. You may also Download the PDF file – JainMatrix Investments_Varroc Engineering IPO_June2018

IPO highlights

  • The IPO opens: 26-28th June 2018 with the Price band: Rs. 965-967 per share.
  • Shares offered to public number 2.01 cr. The FV of each is Re. 1 and market lot is 15 numbers.
  • The IPO will raise Rs. 1,955 cr. while selling 15% of equity. The offer will be completed via an Offer for Sale (OFS) by existing shareholders of Rs. 1,955 cr. and there is no fresh issue of shares.
  • The promoter (Tarang Jain) owns 86.3% of Varroc which will fall to 85% post-IPO. The other investors 1) Omega TC Holdings (a PE firm) and 2) Tata Capital Fin. Serv. are fully exiting their 13.7%.
  • The selling shareholders are both Tata group firms that invested in Varroc in Mar 2014. The cost of acquisition was Rs. 162.4/share, so they are getting ~5x returns in 3+ years.
  • The IPO share quotas for QIB, Non Institutional Buyer (NIB) and Retail are in ratio of 50:15:35.
  • The unofficial/ grey market premium for this IPO is Rs. 55-60/share. This is a positive.

Introduction

  • Varroc is a global T1 (tier-1 companies directly supply to OEMs) automotive component group. It’s FY18 revenue, EBITDA and PAT were Rs. 10,417 cr., Rs. 985 cr. and Rs. 451 cr. resp.
  • They design, mfg. and supply exterior lighting systems, plastic-polymer, electricals-electronics, and precision metal components for PVs, CVs, 2W, 3W and off highway vehicle OEMs worldwide.
  • They are the 2nd largest Indian autocomp. group and a leading T1 mfg. and supplier to Indian 2-3W. It is also the 6th largest global auto lighting firm with 4% market share and $1 billion in sales and one of the top 3 independent exterior lighting players (by market share in 2016). Source: News reports.
  • Varroc started with the polymer business in 1990, and grew organically by adding business lines, like electrical and metallic and diversified products. Inorganic expansions – in 2012 Varroc acquired Visteon’s global lighting business, now known as Varroc Lighting Systems (VLS). In 2013, they acquired Visteon’s holding in a 50/50 JV with Beste Motor Co. Ltd. for auto lighting in China, Varroc TYC (China JV). They acquired 70% in auto accessories firm Team Concepts in 2018.
  • Varroc has 2 primary business lines, namely (i) VLS with the design, mfg. and supply of exterior lighting systems to passenger car OEMs worldwide. VLS has a portfolio of lighting products including Halogen, Xenon/high-intensity discharge, LED, OLED, Flex LED and LED pixel headlamp, catering to 5 segments in external automotive lighting. (ii) India Business with the design, mfg. and supply of auto components in India, to 2W and 3W OEMs, including exports. This offers products across 2 product lines, polymers/plastics, electrical/ electronics and metallic components. See Fig 1.

Fig 1- Varroc’s FY18 Segment Revenue/ Fig 2 – Varroc Geographic Revenue

  • Varroc has a global footprint of 36 mfg. facilities spread in 7 countries, with 6 facilities for the VLS, 25 for their India Business and 5 for others. In FY18, their largest customer contributed 18.6% of their revenue and their top 5 customers contributed 59.9% of revenue.
  • VLS has relationships with auto OEMs across the premium, mid-range and mass market pricing spectrum, like Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Groupe PSA, FCA, a European car and an American electric car maker. The global lighting business has 185 patents.
  • Within India the 25 mfg. and 5 R&D centers form a footprint in the auto hubs, close to customers. Varroc has supplied to Bajaj Auto for 28 years across product lines, it is the largest customer contributing 18.6% and the top 6 are 50%. Other 2W customers are Honda, Royal Enfield, Yamaha, Suzuki and Hero. Export are to global 2W makers namely KTM and Volvo.
  • Leadership is Tarang Jain (MD age 56), Naresh Chandra (Chairman, 83), Ashwani Maheshwari (CEO India), T.R. Srinivasan (CFO) and Arjun Jain (head, electricals, 28). Tarang, Naresh and Arjun are related as Promoter, father and son. Stephane Vedie is the CEO of Varroc lighting, based out of USA.

Endurance Technologies – Snapshot and Varroc connection

  • Endurance Technologies is an India-based company, which makes aluminum casting (including alloy wheels), suspension, transmission and braking products. Endurance is connected with Varroc as Anurang Jain (MD Endurance) is the twin brother of Tarang Jain (Founder promoter of Varroc).
  • Income and PAT has grown at 11.6% and 17.5% CAGR resp. over 5 years. Endurance Tech had  its IPO in Oct 2016 at Rs. 472, the share has gained 176% since to Rs. 1,304.

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  • Endurance Tech is perceived as a stable, fast growing and a high quality firm.
  • The Varroc promoters are related to the promoters of Bajaj Auto & Endurance. However even though Endurance Tech is owned by a brother, the two firms have separate businesses and different product offerings for the same customers, so they don’t compete directly. The two brothers had an amicable business split in 2002.

News, Business Notes and Strategies of Varroc

Varroc’s business strategies are:

  1. To focus on growth markets for VLS with new plants in Brazil and Morocco, to supply the South American, southern European and North African markets.
  2. To focus on increasing customer revenue for the India business.
  3. To invest in R&D, design, engineering and software capabilities and capitalize on future trends.
  4. Pursue strategic JV’s and inorganic growth opportunities.
  • In Feb 2018, Varroc entered into a JV in India with Dell’Orto S.p.A., a customer, for the development of electronic fuel injection control systems for 2W’s and 3W’s.
  • Varroc is setting up a mfg. facility in Brazil, one in Morocco and 2 in India.
  • Varroc in June 2018 opened an office in Tokyo to expand its global footprints. With this, they can now target Japanese OEMs for project management and engineering, lighting and electronics.
  • As per Tarang Jain, in the lighting business they want to be in the top 3 globally, while for the 2W business, they want to grow in India and also tap South-East Asia as they are the biggest markets. The revenue target is Rs. 20,000 cr. by FY21, double from FY18, through organic & inorganic growth.
  • Organic investments are going be about Rs 850 crore annually. Varroc has four successful acquisitions in the past, of the lighting business of US-based Visteon Corp, Tri OM for 2W lighting, IMES Poland & Italy for forging business and a small Indian firm which indicates their M&A success.
  • Varroc’s chief of Sales & Marketing Vikas Marwah quit in Apr 2018 after just 5 months. It appointed T R Srinivasan in Oct2017 as CFO taking over from B Padmanabhan, who retired after a 10-year stint.
  • Varroc is eyeing surface LEDs to drive future growth. Surface-LED technology uses thin layers of micro-optic filters and conventional LED light sources to achieve the homogeneous appearance generally associated with OLEDs. The metallic division is also targeting to grow 30% CAGR.

Automotive Exterior Lighting Industry Outlook

  • The global auto exterior lighting market had revenues of USD 17.8 bn. in 2016. Revenue grew 4.5% (FY11-16) CAGR and is expected to grow at 4.3% (FY16-21).
  • Globally, the market growth drivers are (a) increased LED penetration (b) technology innovation (c) design differentiation and (d) higher lighting content per vehicle.
  • The global auto exterior lighting industry comprises more than 20 players around the world. The main 8 players are Koito Mfg. Co., Magneti Marelli, Valeo, Stanley Electric Co., Hella KGAA Hueck & Co, Varroc Lighting Systems, SL Corporation and ZKW, which generated US$16.3 bn. in revenue, representing 91% of the total global auto exterior lighting revenue.
  • Varroc’s market share in the exterior lighting segment in India at present is reported to be 8%.

Financials of Varroc

  • Varroc’s revenues, EBITDA and PAT grew at 13.1%, 12.9% and 18.2% CAGR in 4 years, see Fig 4.
  • The 3 year PAT growth is modest. Varroc as a part of its strategy focuses on cost optimization.
  • Margins are in a range of 7.5-9.5% for EBITDA and 3-4.5% for PAT over the last 4 years. The margins are low, but at par with other OEM suppliers in the industry.

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Fig 4 – Financials

  • Note: The FY15 figures are Indian GAAP, and FY16-18 are IND-AS numbers.
  • Varroc has a RoE of 15.9% for FY18 while the 3 year average RoE stood at 16.1% (FY16-18). The RoCE stands at 16.2% for FY18. These return ratios are moderate.
  • Varroc has been Operational Cash flow (CFO) positive in last few financial years. This is a positive. They have typically been investing available CFO for CAPEX i.e. funding expansion plans from internal accruals. It has generated FCFE in the last 3 years. See Fig 5.
  • The current D/E ratio is 0.42 which is moderate. There is ample room for the management to grow faster by raising debt. However Varroc has guided that they would not want a D/E of over 1.
  • The dividend payout ratio is low because of CAPEX needs, the FY18 ratio was 1.37%.

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Fig 5 – Varroc’s Cash Flow  

Benchmarking

We benchmark Varroc against other comparable Indian auto ancillary companies. See Exhibit 6.

  • The PE post IPO is fair. PE ratio of Varroc is in the mid-range amongst its peers.
  • The 3 year sales and PAT growth are next to only Motherson indicating stability.
  • Margins in FY18 have improved and are also in the mid-range. The RoE for FY18 stood at 15.9% and RoCE at 16.3%. The return ratios are fair, not very low. The dividend yield at 0.05% is low.
  • In many ways, Varroc appears to be executing a strategy similar to Motherson, but are at about 1/5 the size in terms of revenue, PAT and target market cap.

JainMatrix Investments, Varroc IPO

Exhibit 6 – Benchmarking

Positives for Varroc and the IPO

  • IPO pricing and valuations are fair and at lower end of the peers.
  • Varroc has shown good financial performance and operating efficiency recently.
  • The MD appears to be hiring professionals at the next level / reporting to him, which should strengthen the firm and enable it to grow to the next level.
  • Varroc has a consistent track record of organic and inorganic growth. It has strong customer relationships with high quality OEMs in India, NorthAm and Europe.
  • Varroc has a proven business model and strategy, as seen with the success of Motherson Sumi. There is ample room to grow for Varroc in the sector globally.
  • Strong competitive position in attractive growing markets for VLS.
  • Low cost, strategically located mfg. and design footprint. Varroc has located its facilities primarily in low-cost countries but near major auto markets. They are making investments to expand into Brazil and Morocco, which would keep costs low yet deliver easily to their customers.
  • Robust in-house technology, innovation and R&D capabilities. The VLS business has 964 engineers located in 9 R&D centers, which are located in the Czech Republic, India, China, Mexico, Germany, the USA and Poland. Their R&D teams are focused on quick adoption of technology, enabling them to grow their product portfolio in line with customer expectations and industry developments.
  • Focus on expansion in auto electronics, an important trend in the industry.
  • The Varroc teams including the MD have good experience in the auto component sector.

Risks and Negatives for Varroc and the IPO

  • General economic conditions like the global trade war and protectionism.
  • Auto ancillary sector is considered a working capital and an asset heavy business. New orders involve big additions to working capital, so Varroc will need to manage growth and financial health.
  • Competition is high and Varroc may face pressure on price or margins in future.
  • Varroc is subject to environmental and safety regulations that it has to adhere to.
  • Their success depends on the success and survival of the auto models launched by OEMs. Thus several key success factors for Tier-1 suppliers are out of their control.
  • Varroc’s business is dependent on certain principal customers, especially Bajaj Auto in India. Sales to their top 3 customers for VLS were 50.7% of revenue for FY18, indicating client concentration. However this is a typical auto B2B situation.
  • Labour unrest is always a challenge in a firm with many employees. We came across news of strikes or unrest in Varroc factories in Aurangabad in 2009 and 2017. However these were quickly resolved.

Overall Opinion and Recommendation

  • The Indian auto ancillary mfg. is a high potential space with fair domestic size and growth; there are also significant global opportunities. India has many competitive & comparative advantages, so many global auto firms have set up here; there is also a vibrant two wheeler OEM sector here.
  • In this sector, Varroc has grown to a good size, has improving margins and marquee customers. It has a healthy balance sheet with conservative financials. It has both Indian and global presence.
  • Management quality is excellent with a global vision, eye for controlled growth and financial prudence and in sync with key global auto trends. Governance appears good and transparent.
  • At a FY18 PE of 28.9x, valuations appear fair, but are not cheap. We do not see a near term gain.
  • Key risks are 1) High Competition 2) Currency Risks 3) Downturn in macro-economic environment.
  • Opinion: Investors can SUBSCRIBE to this IPO with a 2 year perspective.

DISCLAIMER AND DISCLOSURE

This document has been prepared by JainMatrix Investments Bangalore (JM), and is meant for use by the recipient only as information and is not for circulation. This document is not to be reported or copied or made available to others without prior permission of JM. It should not be considered or taken as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell any security. The information contained in this report has been obtained from sources that are considered to be reliable. However, JM has not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the same. JM has no stake, ownership or any other known financial interests in Varroc or any group company. Neither JM nor any of its affiliates, its directors or its employees accepts any responsibility of whatsoever nature for the information, statements and opinion given, made available or expressed herein or for any omission therein. Recipients of this report should be aware that past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance and value of investments can go down as well. The suitability or otherwise of any investments will depend upon the recipient’s particular circumstances and, in case of doubt, advice should be sought from an Investment Advisor. Punit Jain is a registered Research Analyst under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. JM has been publishing equity research reports since Nov 2012. Any questions should be directed to the director of JainMatrix Investments at punit.jain@jainmatrix.com.

Launch of the JainMatrix Satellite Model Portfolio – A ValuePack

Dear Readers,

We are glad to announce we cross 5 years since we started our Investment Service.
On this occasion, we are proud to launch a new service – The Satellite Model Portfolio.


JainMatrix Investments has had super success with the LC and MSC Model Portfolios over the last 5 years. Our experience of researching over 100 firms in the last 3 years has thrown up a number of exciting stock finds.
Given the recent environment changes, we re-evaluated these firms (outside of LC and MSC) and picked the best opportunity 7 firms in terms of projected stock performance to create the Satellite Model Portfolio.

This has the following characteristics:

  1. It has 7 High Quality Investment Ideas with a 2 to 2.5 year Investment Horizon.
  2. This is an independent, Multi-Cap Portfolio with firms from different sectors.
  3. This Opportunistic portfolio is chosen on the basis of deep fundamental research and High Conviction by the JainMatrix Research Analyst.

As Subscribers, you will receive the list of 7 stocks with 2.5 years Target prices and introduction notes outlining them and providing the key reasons why we like them. We will also monitor and maintain this Portfolio and guide you on your Investment in it.

In addition Subscribers will receive

  • Exclusive access to high quality investment reports, including
    1. Market Trends and event notes
    2. IPO/ FPO/ OFS/ NFO reports based on opportunities.
    3. Periodic updates on the Satellite Model Portfolio with any change in stocks if required.
  • The subscription will be initiated with a welcome call for introductions and Service detailing.
  • Email and WhatsApp based queries can be addressed to JainMatrix Investments on the recommended stocks, portfolios and Investment Decisions
  • The Satellite Model Portfolio Service is a ValuePack subscription for 1 year
  • Pricing can be checked on Pricing and Payment Options page.
  • Its an independent ValuePack offering for new investors. For bigger investors it can be the satellite portfolio with innovative new ideas.

Take advantage of the Fall of the markets of Feb-Mar 2018 and invest in this high potential Satellite Model Portfolio. 

JainMatrix Investments is a boutique Investment Advisory firm for Indian stock markets. Our original equity research identifies investment target firms with high conviction, and the easy to read reports make investing simple. The research process is thorough, and the opinions independent, honest and direct. And sharply focused on investment returns and wealth building for the long term. Our subscribers trust us to provide stock entry and exit calls, tracking, guidance and personal support.
We have provided excellent advisory services for over 5 years; Our Investment Service (Core Portfolio) has fetched outstanding results over this period. (See Track Record).

Here’s to your Happy and profitable investing.

Regards,
Punit Jain 
JainMatrix InvestmentsBangalore

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This service and related documents have been prepared by JainMatrix Investments Bangalore (JM), and is meant for use by the recipient only as information and is not for circulation. These documents are not to be reported or copied or made available to others without prior permission of JM. It should not be considered or taken as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell any security. Neither JM nor any of its affiliates, its directors or its employees accepts any responsibility of whatsoever nature for the information, statements and opinion given, made available or expressed herein or for any omission therein. Recipients of this report should be aware that past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance and value of investments can go down as well. The suitability or otherwise of any investments will depend upon the recipient’s particular circumstances and, in case of doubt, advice should be sought from an Investment Advisor. Punit Jain is a registered Research Analyst (SEBI Registration No. INH200002747) under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. JM has been publishing equity research reports since Nov 2012. Any questions should be directed to the director of JainMatrix Investments at punit.jain@jainmatrix.com.

 

Vikas Ecotech – Get ‘Vikas’ for your Investments

  • Date: 22nd Jan 2018
  • CMP: Rs. 40.7

Today we have published an update report on Vikas Ecotech.

  1. To remind you, on 24th Apr 2017, at a CMP: Rs. 21.25, we had published this report on this website.
  2. We had set a Target price of Rs. 52.7 by May 2019, a growth of 143% from then CMP, over 25 months.
  3. The entire report is available on VIKAS ECOTECH – Get ‘VIKAS’ for your Investments
  4. We are happy to note that our Apr 2017 report has given 92% gains in 9 months. 
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This document has been prepared by JainMatrix Investments Bangalore (JM), and is meant for use by the recipient only as information and is not for circulation. This document is not to be reported or copied or made available to others without prior permission of JM. It should not be considered or taken as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell any security. The information contained in this report has been obtained from sources that are considered to be reliable. However, JM has not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the same. Punit Jain discloses that he has been a shareholder at VET since May 2017. Other than this, Punit Jain and JM have no known financial interests in Vikas Ecotech & Co or any related firm. Neither JM nor any of its affiliates, its directors or its employees accepts any responsibility of whatsoever nature for the information, statements and opinion given, made available or expressed herein or for any omission therein. Recipients of this report should be aware that past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance and value of investments can go down as well. Equity investments are subject to market risks. The suitability or otherwise of any investments will depend upon the recipient’s particular circumstances and, we recommend that investors looking to invest in equity should take advice from a Registered Investment Adviser. Punit Jain is certified and registered under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. Any questions should be directed to the director of JainMatrix Investments at punit.jain@jainmatrix.com