Capacite Infraprojects IPO: Play the Trump Card

  • IPO Opens 13-15th Sep at Price range: Rs. 245-250
  • Small Cap: Rs. 1,700 crore cap
  • Industry – Construction
  • P/E 24.4 and P/B 2.37 times (Post IPO)
  • Advice: Investors can BUY this IPO with a 2 year perspective

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Summary

  • Overview: It is a Mumbai based construction contracting firm started in 2012; makes Residential & Commercial buildings in 7-9 major cities. Income and profit were Rs. 1,166 cr. and Rs. 70 cr. (FY17).
  • Operations: It is into the construction of high rise buildings (> 6 floors), super high rise (> 39), villaments and gated communities. It is building the Trump tower in Mumbai. CIP owns tools, technologies and processes that help it deliver with high quality and on time. CIP stands out as an innovative, aggressive building contractor. It has an excellent client base among Property firms. Given this client base and assuming the relationships stay strong, CIP can look at revenues rising at over 30% annually for 3-4 years which will give it a good size, market share and high return ratios.
  • Risks: The major risks are loss of a top 5 client, and project disruption due to labour or other issues.
  • Opinion: The valuations at the IPO price are average, however we are positive due to strong growth potential. This IPO offering is rated BUY, and investors can invest with a 2 year perspective.

Here is a note on Capacite Infraprojects Ltd. (CIP) IPO.

IPO highlights

  • This IPO opens: 13-15th Sep 2017 with the Price band: Rs. 245-250 per share.
  • Shares offered to public are 1.60 crore at UMP, these are 23.57% of equity. The FV is Rs. 10 and market lot is 60. The IPO will collect Rs 400 cr. by fresh issue of shares. There is no OFS by holders.
  • The IPO shares are available to institutional, non-institutional and retail in ratio of 50:15:35.
  • The promoter group owns 57.2% in CIP while Paragon Partners, Infina and New Quest own 30.7%. Paragon Partners is backed by Siddharth Parekh, the son of Deepak Parekh, the chairman of HDFC. The promoter group holding will reduce to 43.7% (Post-IPO) which is low, see Fig 3.
  • CIP benefits as it is a fresh issue and the proceeds will go to it. See utilization proceeds in Exhibit 1.
  • The unofficial/ grey market premium for this IPO is Rs.110/share. This is a positive.

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Exhibit 1 – Utilization of IPO proceeds

Introduction

  • CIP is a Mumbai based construction firm focused on Residential and Commercial buildings.
  • Total income for FY17 was Rs. 1,166 cr. and net profit Rs. 70 cr.
  • It has 1,711 full time employees and 10,035 contract workmen across all projects (May ‘17).
  • They provide end-to-end construction services for residential buildings, multi-level car parks, corporate offices, commercial buildings and for educational, hospitality and healthcare.
  • CIP is into the construction of villaments, gated communities, high rise buildings (> 6 floors) and super high rise buildings (> 39 floors). They operate in the Mumbai, NCR, Bengaluru, Pune, Patna, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Vijaywada, and projects in the West, North and South Zones constituted, 58.9%, 14.2% and 26.7% of total projects, resp. See Fig 2.

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Fig 2 – CIP Project Portfolio Concentration /Fig 3 – CIP Post Shareholding Pattern

  • CIP works for reputed clients and are associated with marquee construction projects such as Trump Towers Mumbai. Clients include Kalpataru, Oberoi Constructions, Wadhwa Group, Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, Lodha Group, Rustomjee, Godrej Properties, Brigade Enterprises and Prestige.

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Fig 4 – Order book by Project Purpose, and by Project Type – Fig 5

  • CIP had an order book of Rs. 4,602 cr. (May 2017). CIP majorly operates in residential projects space. The order book breakup by project purpose and by project type is in Fig 4 and Fig 5.
  • CIP has received an ISO 9001:2008 certification for their quality management system. They have also received an ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management system and an OHSAS 18001:2007 in respect of their occupational health and safety management systems.
  • Leadership is Deepak Mitra (Ch’man & Director), Rohit Katyal (ED & CFO) and Rahul Katyal (MD).

Business Model and news for CIP

  • CIP has a hub-and-spoke model, with 3 zonal hubs located at Mumbai, NCR and Bengaluru.
  • CIP believes in owning equipment that is required throughout the lifetime of a project, that is, formwork, tower cranes, passenger and material hoists, concrete pumps and boom placers (their core assets) as this allows them to have timely access to key equipment.
  • CIP uses specialised formwork tech., including vertical composite panel system for columns, horizontal composite panel system for slabs, crane enabled composite table formwork, aluminium panel formwork and automatic climbing system formwork. The modern formwork technologies help reduce the construction cycle time of replicating floors in a highrise construction compared to conventional formwork systems, such as cup-lock formwork.
  • CIP have the capabilities to undertake building construction projects using modern tech. including temperature-controlled concrete for mass pours, self-compacting free flow concrete for heavily reinforced pours and special concrete for vertical pumping in Super High Rise / High Rise Buildings.
  • The order book was Rs. 4,602 cr. in May 2017. CIP obtained orders worth Rs. 1,500 cr. from real estate developers like Oberoi, Wadhwa, Rustomjee and Kalpataru in Mumbai, Emaar in Gurgaon and Ozone in Bengaluru after the demonetisation in Nov 2016, an achievement in a tough economy. In addition, CIP received orders worth Rs. 305 cr. as sub-contractors for erecting the Trump Towers in Mumbai’s Lower Parel and 2 orders from Radius Developer worth Rs. 300 cr. in Aug 2017.
  • CIP plans to expand its business operations to Ahmedabad in 2-3 quarters.
  • New Quest, Infina, Paragon and JT HUF invested Rs. 60 cr. in CIP in 2017. They were issued 6,49,332 compulsorily convertible preference shares of FV Rs. 20 each.
  • CIP received the ‘Achievement Award for Construction Health, Safety & Environment’ at the 9th Construction Industry Dev. Council Vishwakarma Awards 2017 for 3 of its ongoing projects. It got the ‘Emerging Construction Company of the Year’ award at the Construction Times Builders Award 2017.
  • Promoter profiles: Mr. Rahul Katyal (age 42) has 16+ years experience in business development. He has been a Director of CIP since Sept 1, 2012. He focuses on Sales and Operations. Mr Rohit Katyal (age 46) has held roles of CFO and ED at CIP since Mar 1, 2014. He has 25 years of experience. He is a BCom from Podar College. Both are brothers. Both had senior/ director level positions in Pratibha Industries Ltd. before CIP.

Industry Outlook

  • The Real estate sector plays a crucial role in the Indian economy, contributing to 5-6% of the country’s GDP. It is the second largest employment generating sector after agriculture.
  • Apart from generating direct employment it also stimulates demand in over 250 ancillary industries such as cement, steel, paint, brick, building materials, furniture, consumer durables, fittings, etc.
  • India’s construction industry is expected to log materially faster growth, fuelled by spends in road, irrigation, rail and urban infra projects over 2016-21. Spending in the period is expected to be Rs. 23-24 tn., translating into a CAGR of 10-12%, way faster than a 2-4% rate observed between 2012-15, when an economic slowdown and attendant sluggish demand had stalled India’s investment cycle.
  • Over 5 years, infrastructure projects will provide construction demand of 92% of overall construction spend, owing to the govt. focus on roads, urban infrastructure and railways.
  • Demonetization may have limited impact on construction as such transactions are cashless.
  • The growth drivers in urban housing and commercial real estate are: Higher urban population, Nuclearisation of families, rising income levels and large working age population. Source: RHP
  • In India, urban housing stock was about 8.9 cr. units and rural stock was 17.9 cr. units as of 2015. It is estimated that the growth in rural housing stock will be at 1.7%-1.9% CAGR of over 2016-19, as compared to a 2-4% CAGR for urban housing over the same period. (Source – CRISIL from RHP).
  • The major competitors of CIP are L&T Construction, Shapoorji Pallonji Construction, Simplex Infrastructures, JMC Projects, and Ahluwalia Contracts. Competition from multinational companies is primarily from Leighton India Contractors, Samsung E&C India and Eversendai Construction.

Financials of CIP

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Fig 6 – CIP Financials

  • CIP Revenues, EBITDA and PAT have grown at 75.2%, 114% and 157% resp. CAGR in FY14-17, Fig 6. CIP has a ROE of 23.15% and ROCE of 24.15% for FY17 which is excellent.
  • CIP has moderate margins which have been stable over 3 years. The D/E was 0.51 in FY17 which is moderate, but has improved from 2.02 times (FY15). The EPS has risen in the last few years, Fig 6.
  • On May 2017, CIP had an order book of Rs. 4,602 cr. This gives 3.9 years of revenue visibility at the FY17 run rate. This is a positive. In practice, CIP must accelerate growth to deliver on OB.

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Fig 7 – CIP Cash Flow    

  • CIP had declared a dividend of 20% in FY16; but no dividend was declared for FY17.
  • CIP had positive cash from operations in 4 of 5 years, and has made investments steadily. CIP had positive FCFE in only 2 out the last 5 years, due to debt reduction as well as CAPEX. Fig 7.
  • Management has indicated a 60-90 days’ worth of account receivables on ongoing projects. That is about Rs 291 cr. based on FY17 revenues. Debt is low in comparison at about Rs 120 cr.

Benchmarking

We benchmark CIP against peers, both construction contractors and developers. See Exhibit 8.

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Exhibit 8 – Financial Benchmarking

  • The FY17 based PE for CIP appears moderate. However the high growth rates make the valuations look attractive for a 2 year holding period. The P/B ratio of CIP at 2.37 times is fair.
  • CIP has excellent Sales and PAT growth compared to peers over 4 years. This is a positive.
  • The D/E ratio at 0.51 is moderate. This has fallen from over 2 times in FY15. So growth has been with improving financials. This may also have come from funds raised from PE investors.
  • Margins are high among the Contractor pack. The RoE at 23.15% makes CIP a leader in this parameter. A lot of other real estate players have low or negative return ratios due to a variety of industry wide challenges.
  • The inventory turnover ratio, fixed assets turnover ratio and margins are average among peers.

Positives for CIP and the IPO

  • The rise and rise of CIP is due to the success of promoter brothers, Rohit Katyal and Rahul Katyal. With rich work experience from Pratibha Industries, they set up CIP together. They also handle different portfolios – Rahul as MD handles Sales and Operations and Rohit is CFO.
  • CIP has a good reputation of doing quality work in a timely fashion, which is delivered by using its proprietary tools and technologies which bring down the construction cycle time.
  • CIP has an exclusive focus on construction of buildings in major cities. The geographical spread of their projects has been limited to major cities in India, with a focus on Mumbai, NCR and Bengaluru.
  • CIP has a marquee client base and a large order book at 3.9 times revenues in May 2017.
  • They have secured repeat orders from some of their clients, like the Lodha Group, The Wadhwa Group, Godrej Properties, Transcon Developers, Ahuja Constructions and Puravankara Projects. In fact clients have taken them to new geographies outside Mumbai, and helped in their growth.
  • CIP has a strong track record of growth and profitability. They have reduced debt over 2 years.
  • The asking P/E at 24 times is moderate. CIP has low debt and a sustainable business model.
  • The IPO is a fresh issue of shares. Hence the promoters aren’t cashing out which is a positive.

Risks and Negatives for CIP and the IPO

  • CIP has risen to today’s strengths in less than 5 years of operations. This sounds incredible, in such a high competition business. However we have found that that the promoters had many years of work experience in a related business (Pratibha Industries) before starting CIP.
  • A revenue growth of 30-50% may be required to sustain high RoE for CIP. The high RoE of CIP is explained by high revenue growth of the firm. Margins are in average range and cannot rise sharply for a construction contractor. On time delivery is a given. To continue this high performance, CIP will need to continue growing at a fast clip, in the chosen high growth cities.
  • The brother promoter relationship must stay strong, for CIP to flourish.
  • To continue its success, CIP’s senior management team will also need to scale up.
  • Client concentration – projects awarded by their top 5 clients represented 38.7%, and top 10 clients have 59.7% of their Order Book, as of May 2017. This is a risk. However conversely we can say that if relationships stay strong, these solid customers can power future growth.
  • Promoters have diluted 43% of CIP pre IPO. This is not worrying as they retain 44% post IPO.
  • Typical Industry risks include 1) manpower shortage issues. 2) Liability claims or claims for damages or termination of contracts with clients for failure to meet project milestones or defective work issues. 3) fluctuating prices of steel, sand and ready-mix concrete. 4) Clients operate in a highly regulated environment, and existing and new laws, regulations and govt. policies can affect the sector. 5) Construction involves physical hazards and risks. 6) A competitive market, CIP must bid for and continue to win construction projects.

Overall Opinion and Recommendation

  • Construction sector is massive in India and likely to witness a revival from increased demand from real estate and infrastructure projects, govt. initiatives and funding and private sector investments.
  • In this massive sector with numerous players and high competition, CIP stands out as an innovative, aggressive building contractor which brings in technologies and processes that helps it deliver with high quality and on time delivery. It has an excellent client base among Property firms.
  • CIP has a professional management team, a reputed PE backing and clear growth strategies which are likely to take the company to new heights in the near future.
  • Given this client base and assuming relationships stay strong, CIP can look at revenues growth over 30% p.a. for 3-4 years which will give it a good size, market share and high return ratios.
  • Major risks are loss of any top 5 client, and project disruptions due to labour or other issues.
  • The valuations at the IPO price are average, however we are positive due to strong growth potential. This IPO offering is rated BUY, and investors can invest with a 2 year perspective.

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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. JM has no known financial interests in Capacite Infraprojects Ltd. 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.

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IndiGo Airways – Flying High, Wide and Handsome

  • Date: 30th May, 2017
  • CMP: Rs 1,060
  • Advice: HOLD
  • Industry – Airlines
  • Large Cap – 38,500 cr. mkt cap 

Overview:

  • Overview: IndiGo is the market leader in Indian aviation with a low cost carrier model. They have a leading domestic market share of 40.4%. The revenue and profit were Rs 19,370 crores and Rs 1,659 cr. resp. for FY17. The Income, EBITDA and profits have grown 32.7%, 25.6% and 19.4% CAGR over 8 years. Aggressive growth plans are in place for capacity addition.
  • Key risks: 1) Competition has intensified in the domestic market, weakening pricing power 2) A sharp rise in fuel prices is a risk to profitability. As a result EPS has reduced recently.
  • Opinion: The valuations are rich currently and hence investors are advised to HOLD the stock until earnings recovery process begins.

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Description and Profile

  • IndiGo is a low-cost carrier airline based in Gurgaon, India in operation since 2006,.
  • IGO’s revenue and profit were Rs 19,370 crores and Rs 1,659 cr. resp. for FY17.
  • Market share based on passenger volume was 40.4% in FY17 for the domestic market.
  • Owned by InterGlobe Enterprises, IGO operates 896 daily flights to 44 destinations including 6 abroad of Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu, Muscat, Singapore and Doha. It has its primary hub at Indira Gandhi Intl. Airport, Delhi and operates 131 aircrafts all of which are Airbus A320.
  • IGO’s domestic ASKs (Available Seat-Km.) increased from 530 crore (FY09) to 5458 crore in FY17, growing at 33.8% CAGR. It has an aggressive growth plan, with a current order book of 400 A320 neo aircrafts.
  • IGO added 5 new aircrafts in Q4 FY17. It is also venturing into regional routes, and has signed a term sheet for the purchase of 50 ATR’s (small aircraft). Deliveries will start in Q3 FY17, and by FY19, it will be a fleet of 20 ATRs.
  • IGO’s maintenance costs are the lowest among Indian carriers.
  • Leadership team is Aditya Ghosh (President), Riyaz Mohamed (Aircraft Acquisition/ Financing), Ankur Goel (Director) and Rohit Philip (CFO).
  • Shareholding in % is: Promoters 85.88, QFI’s 6.42, DII 1.65, Individuals 3.40 & others 2.65.

Business Notes, Strategies and Events

  • IGO declared a final dividend of Rs 34/share which is a payout ratio of 90% and yield 1.4%.
  • IGO plans to use ATR-72 planes to feed its mainline network in a hub and spoke model. Recently it announced a provisional order for 50 ATR-72 planes valued at $1.3 bn. IGO expects deliveries to commence from 2017-end. The new aircrafts will be used to launch flights under the government’s regional air connectivity scheme, UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik).
  • IGO reported a 24.6% fall in the Q4 FY17 net profit at Rs 440.2 cr. against Rs. 583.7 cr. posted during the same period last year. Its total income was up 18.5% at Rs. 4,848.2 cr. against Rs 4,090.6 cr. YoY. The PAT fell sharply on account of higher fuel prices.
  • IGO recently partnered with Australian flight training institute, Flight Training Adelaide (FTA), to provide training to its pilot cadets.
  • The management of IGO is looking to convert some of its Airbus A320neo planes to A321neos that will allow it to fly more passengers per flight and increase flight range.
  • Engine Problem: Pratt & Whitney 1100G engines of Airbus A320 neo faced technical issues recently. The engine is facing twin problems. One in the combustion chamber and the other is with the third bearing of the engine. IGO executives expect A320 neo engine-maker Pratt & Whitney to provide a solution to the combustion chamber problem by Q4 2018.

Indian Aviation Industry Review

  • The Indian aviation industry is the 9th largest market globally. Total passenger traffic stood at 22.36 cr. in 2016 and there were 85 international airlines connecting to over 40 countries.
  • In terms of number of seats per capita, India is quite low – India has 0.08 domestic seats per capita, while Philippines (0.29), China (0.31), Indonesia (0.41) and Thailand (0.48) are much higher. (FY15)
  • Domestic air passenger volumes are likely to grow 25% for FY18.
  • The Airline industry is a very tough globally, characterized by high airplane costs (the Airbus and Boeing duopoly), high fuel costs, parking, airport and MRO charges. Costs are largely fixed. On the other hand, demand is cyclical and varies by season & economic cycle.
  • Anecdotal evidence shows that the sector is a destroyer of value. Many countries support their national carriers, even though there are losses, as it may be a matter of national prestige.
  • Industry market shares in Mar 2017 are presented in Fig 2. (Source DGCA).

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Fig 1 Industry Market Shares /Fig 2 – IGO Operational revenues

  • The Indian aviation industry has been aided by a slow moving Indian Railways, that is losing market share, had weak capacity growth, poor passenger service levels and slow trains.
  • Indian aviation is expected to become the 3rd largest market by 2020. Indian carriers plan to increase their fleet to 800 aircrafts by 2020. (Source: GoI/ DIPP).
  • A number of foreign investors are present in India including Airbus, Boeing, AirAsia, Singapore Airlines, Rolls Royce, Frankfurt Airport Services, Honeywell Aerospace, Malaysia Airports Holdings, GE Aviation, Airports Company South Africa and Alcoa Aerospace.
  • Indian aviation is experiencing dramatic growth with the emergence of LCC, as well as new carriers, and a growing middle class ready to travel by air for business and leisure.
  • Growth in airlines is causing demand growth for MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facilities. Indian authorities plan to double the number of airports to 250 by 2030.
  • The failure of Kingfisher Air indicates the market is not ready to pay prices of 2-3X of LCC tickets.

Stock Evaluation, Performance and Returns

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Fig 3 – Price History

  • See price history detailed in Fig 3. The IPO was in Nov 2016, at an issue price of Rs. 765, and the share price has appreciated 38% generating good returns.
  • We can see that the share price had an all-time high of Rs 1,396 in Jan 2016 and a low of Rs. 702 in Feb 2016. Today the share price is 31.7% below the peak and 51% above the low.

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Fig 4 – Indigo financial performance

  • The annual and quarterly financials of IGO in Fig 4 reveal a steady increase in revenues. Margins and PAT have fallen in FY17 on account of high crude prices.
  • The Income, EBITDA and profits have grown 32.7%, 25.6% and 19.4% CAGR over 8 years.
  • The total debt by end FY17 was Rs. 2,596 cr. The entire debt for IGO is aircraft related. IGO does not have any working capital debt. The D/E of the firm is high at 3.16 times. This is a negative.
  • The margins are moderate with Operating and Profit margins at 15.1% and 8.6% for FY17.

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Fig 5 – Cash Flow Position 

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Fig 6 – Price and PE graph / Fig 7 – Price and EPS graph

  • The business has generated free cash flows throughout in the last 6 years. This is a positive.
  • The share has traded at an average PE of 18.12 times since listing. Today it is at 24.70 times, so valuations are above historical average. See Fig 6. However trading history is short.
  • The EPS TTM has fallen in the recent quarters, see Fig 7. This is on account of fall in demand post demonetization, higher fuel costs & engine rentals and greater competition.

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Fig 8 – Financial Metrics

  • In the airlines sector, fuel costs are a significant proportion of overall revenues. In this context, we can see IGO’s ratio has been volatile and is high currently. See Fig 8. The aircraft fuel expenses and engine rentals have risen sharply in 2 years. The load factor has been flat over the last 8 quarters.
  • From the chart below we can see that the yield has fallen significantly over the last 8 quarters. In the recent quarter, the yield was impacted on account of fall in consumer spending post demonetization. However the management in confident of fast recovery in yields. See Fig 8.
  • With load factor 86.1% recently and rising, IGO is performing impressively.

Benchmarking

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Exhibit 9 – Benchmarking

We benchmark IGO against listed peers and an Infra asset firm. Based on Exhibit 9, we conclude:

  • Sales and PAT Growth has been impressive at IGO over the last 3 years.
  • Debt is high and that is expected in this industry. With cash flow improving in recent quarters, we can expect that they would be able to control debt while investing in capacities.
  • Margins are moderate, however leading amongst the listed Indian peers. Dividend yield is high. This is positive. The valuations appear expensive, both in terms of P/E and P/B ratio.

Positives of the firm

  • IGO dominates with a large market share in one of the largest & fastest growing aviation markets.
  • It’s a successful implementation of the LCC business model with single aircraft type, high aircraft utilization, high operational reliability, no-frills product, and low distribution & maintenance costs.
  • IGO is a strong brand developed with good advertising & marketing strategies.
  • It has maintained consistent profitability and strong cash flow generation in the last 6 years.
  • By placing a large Airbus aircraft order, IGO has gained a structural cost advantage with favorable terms on aircraft, engines and components, and got a young, modern and fuel-efficient fleet.
  • On delivery, the aircrafts are sold and leased back. This arrangement is efficient as it converts fixed costs into variable. The asset light approach keeps capital expenses under control.
  • Experienced management with US background, has executed well so far in the Indian context.
  • IGO has been fast to plan for UDAN, which is a new opportunity in regional connectivity.

Risks and Negatives

  • The quality issues with newer airplane deliveries can threaten operations and services. The management feedback is that in 1-2 quarters the issues will be handled by the vendors.
  • Depreciation of the INR against USD may have an adverse effect on IGO’s operations and costs. This has worked in favor of IGO with rupee strength in last 1 year.
  • Crude oil prices are a high cost component, that is outside management control. Prices have risen sharply in the last 1 year and they can further rise again. IGO does not hedge for fuel cost volatility, hence if fuel costs rise further, it could further impact financial performance.
  • Competition may intensify with the entry of Air Asia and Vistara, which have strong backgrounds, and capacity expansions of Spice Jet and Jet Air.
  • Any production delays with ordered aircraft would affect IGO’s expansion plans.
  • IGO’s international routes expose them to higher operational risks. However it is believed that these routes have higher profit potential compared to domestic routes.
  • IGO’s financials may fluctuate due to seasonality as well as economic cycles.
  • There may be a skills shortage in areas such as airline pilots, maintenance engineers, etc. In the past airlines needed to hire expatriate staff at high costs to overcome this.
  • Airlines are a cause of pollution due to usage of fossil fuels. There may be increasing pressure on airlines to reduce this in terms of capacity limitations or carbon credit requirements.
  • IGO, like other airlines, faces operational risks such as accidents and terrorism.
  • There are high regulatory challenges for IGO including DGCA and AAI compliances, policies and execution and ATF taxes. However the business climate in India is improving.

Opinion, Outlook and Recommendation

  • There’s no doubt that the Airline industry in India is at a early phase of growth. With high population and weak railways execution, growth will track economic growth and affluence in India.
  • IGO has a strong brand with a commanding domestic market share, consistent delivery and high growth. It has a good track record of profitability and free cash flows. It has executed well on its LCC strategy. IGO has expanded the market with its growth.
  • We feel that IGO will continue to dominate Indian skies due to network effect and good capacity additions. Any fall in crude prices can provide high upside risks to IGO profitability.
  • While IGO has been in profits consistently, the margins depend inversely on crude prices.
  • The valuations are rich currently and hence investors are advised to HOLD the stock until earnings recovery process begins.

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S Chand IPO: An Educational Content Powerhouse

  • IPO Open 26-28th Apr at Rs. 660-670
  • Mid Cap: Rs. 2,328 crore Mkt cap
  • Industry – Education Publishing
  • P/E 36.8 times TTM
  • Advice: Investors can BUY with a 3 year perspective

Summary

  • Overview: SCL is a 70 year old firm that delivers books, content and services in education to the K-12, higher education and early learning segments with strong presence in CBSE/ICSE schools. SCL revenues, EBITDA and PAT have grown at 32.6%, 47.5% and 33.9% CAGR from FY12 to FY16. SCL had a strong distribution and sales network across India. SCL has good relationships with authors who create and refine content. Textbook quality is excellent. The recent M&A strategy has given them a strong position across subjects, central and state boards and multiple languages. SCL is a thought and execution leader in this space with good content through authors and reach through distribution networks. It is capturing innovation by buying good education firms to enhance offerings. The IPO will help reduce debt even as operational revenues grow at 32.6% CAGR.
  • Key risks: 1) At a PE of 36.8 TTM, the valuations are expensive. 2) SCL has a seasonal business 3) NCERT provides subsidized textbooks and may prevent usage of SCL textbooks.
  • Opinion:   This IPO offering is rated BUY, and investors can invest with a 2 year perspective.

Here is a note on S Chand and Company Ltd. (SCL) IPO.

IPO highlights

  • The IPO opens: 26-28th Apr 2017 with the Price band: Rs. 660-670 per share.
  • Shares offered to public number 1.08 cr. The FV of each is Rs. 5 and market Lot is 22.
  • The IPO in total will collect Rs 729 cr. while selling 31.34% of equity. Of this, SCL will raise Rs. 325 cr. by issuing fresh shares and the selling shareholders will receive Rs. 404 cr. at the UMP. The promoter group owns 58.33% in SCL which will fall to 46.7% post-IPO.
  • SCL would benefit from the fresh issue of shares and the proceeds of Rs. 325 cr. would be used for:

Exhibit 1 – Utilization of proceeds from fresh issue of shares

  • The IPO share quotas for QIB, NIB and retail are in ratio of 50:15:35. This is good for Retail.
  • IFC holds 9.4% stake in SCL (Pre-IPO) and Everstone Capital Partners holds 32.3% (Pre-IPO). IFC will remain invested, while Everstone is selling half of its current stake in SCL.
  • The unofficial/ grey market premium for this IPO is in the range of Rs. 160. This is a positive.
  • The first day of IPO saw that it is already 52% subscribed, so it looks like it will sail through very successfully.

Introduction

  • SCL is a 70 year old firm that delivers books, content and services in education to the K-12, higher education and early learning segments and has a strong presence in CBSE/ICSE affiliated schools.
  • Revenues for FY16 were Rs. 541 cr. and profit Rs. 47 cr.
  • It has 2,135 full time employees (Dec ‘16.), whereas Chhaya has 309 employees (Dec ‘16.).
  • In Dec2016, SCL bought a 74% stake in Kolkata-based publisher Chhaya Prakashani Pvt. Ltd for Rs. 170 cr. SCL will acquire remaining 26% by Nov2018. In the past S Chand acquired Delhi-based publishers New Saraswati House in 2014 and Vikas Publishing House in 2012.
  • SCL has 55 consumer brands across knowledge products and services including S. Chand, Vikas, Madhubun, Saraswati, Destination Success and Ignitor. It recently acquired 74% of Chhaya Prakashani Pvt. Ltd. and now also offers 4 Chhaya brands including Chhaya and IPP.
  • SCL has a contractual relationship with 1,958 authors (including co-authors) for over 5 years. Additionally, Chhaya has contractual relationships with at 24 authors.
  • SCL had a sales and distribution network of 42 warehouses in 19 states, 4,932 distributors and dealers, and a sales team of 838 working from 52 branches and marketing offices. Chhaya Acquisition has expanded presence in East India to add 771 distributors and dealers.
  • SCL has developed a robust supply chain. In FY16, 85% of printing requirements were met by facilities in Sahibabad and Rudrapur. The paper purchases are integrated, which lowers costs.
  • About 72.5% of SCL’s sales are derived from the K-12 segment (KG to 1st to 12th grade). And 75% of sales of SCL are generated in the 4th quarter every year, at the start of the new academic year. Fig 2.

Fig 2 – a) SCL revenue over the years and  b) FY16 segments

  • Leadership is Desh Raj Dogra (Chairman), Himanshu Gupta (MD), and Saurabh Mittal (CFO).
  • In FY11, SCL’s key subjects were English grammar, Math and Science. It has since made many acquisitions. In 2013, SCL acquired Madhubun and Vikas – to improve its Hindi language titles. In FY15, it acquired Saraswati brand to strength its French, languages, arts and crafts titles.
  • SCL has 12 subsidiaries including Chhaya Prakashini. But 7 of these 12 have incurred losses in FY16.

News, Updates and Strategies of SCL

  • In FY16, SCL sold 3.55 crore copies of 11,144 titles. Additionally, Chhaya sold 98.8 lakh copies of 433 titles. SCL’s top 10 best-selling titles accounted for sales of 29.6 lakh copies in FY16, and 15 of their authors had each sold over 10 lakh copies of their titles during the last 5 years.
  • On the website, schandpublishing.com the firm offers ecommerce services.
  • SCL is looking to acquire firms in the higher education business, particularly in the test prep market. It plans to do so to increase its market share in the State Board segment in attractive markets.
  • SCL invested in online test prep startup Testbook in Mar2016. It is an online test prep platform for competitive exams such as GATE, CAT, SBI PO and IBPS PO, besides others. The platform allows students to simulate an environment similar to the actual examination.
  • SCL invested Delhi-based Smartivity Labs Pvt Ltd, an online venture that deploys augmented reality and robotics for kids learning projects in Oct 2015.

Education Sector Outlook

  • A recent survey by market research agency Nielsen revealed that India’s book publishing market is the sixth-largest in the world at Rs 26,100 crore, and is likely to touch Rs 73,900 crore by 2020.
  • The formal education segment comprises both K-12 schools (including secondary and senior secondary schools) and higher education institutions (colleges, higher education institutes). Whether government or privately owned, this segment is governed by the ‘not for profit’ diktat, meaning that such educational institutions in India cannot be operating on a ‘for profit’ basis.
  • The informal segment comprises test preparation, tutoring, early education and vocational/skill-based training segments. The informal segment does not have restrictions on operating on a ‘for profit’ basis and does not have restrictions on profit distribution.
  • The formal, informal and ancillary segments are collectively estimated at US $90 billion as of 2015 and expected to reach US $188 billion by 2020. India has a large population in the education age bracket of students aged 5-24, which stood at 52 crores in 2016. This may grow to approximately 53.4 crores by 2020. In addition to the growing population, a reduction in drop-out rates is expected to contribute to increase in market size.
  • The K-12 education system in India is one of the largest in the world, with a market size of US $49.5 billion, comprising 11 lakh govt. schools and 4 lakh private schools. Schools have grown from 13.6 lakh (FY11) to 15.2 lakh in (FY15). During 2011-2014, the share of private unaided schools recorded the highest growth rate among other types of schools from 14.2% to 19%.
  • Most schools in India are affiliated to 1 of 3 main governing bodies for K-12 schools: (a) state level SSC education board; the Central Boards of (b) CBSE; and (c) ICSE.
  • CBSE schools have grown at the fastest CAGR of 8.9% during 2011-2015.
  • The growth drivers of the K-12 education segment are: 1) Rising disposable incomes 2) Consumer preference for private unaided schools 3) Government initiatives on promoting primary education
  • SCL is a market leader with a share of 13% in education content. The closest peers are Oxford Publication and Orient Black Swan have a share of 6% each. (source – newspaper reports).

Financials of SCL

  • SCL’s revenues, EBITDA and PAT grew at 32.6%, 47.5% and 33.9% CAGR in 5 years, see Fig 3.
  • FY17 revenues is a projection of 9M FY17 financials, assuming 75% comes in Q4; and adding financials of Chhaya Prakashini. Thus revenue and PAT growth are good.
  • The EPS has risen sharply in 5 years. This is excellent. But there was a fall in FY15. Here SCL witnessed a disruption due to Chennai floods; it also acquired 51% in New Saraswati House.

Fig 3 – SCL Financials/ Fig 4 – SCL Cash Flow

  • SCL has negative cash from operations and FCF in 3 of last 5 years, Fig 4. This is a negative. However this is explained by the vigorous M&A activity as SCL has grown inorganically.
  • SCL has not declared dividend in the last 2 years, however it hadan interim dividend for FY17.
  • SCL has an ROE of 7.8% in FY16 which is low.
  • Operating margins have been flat while profit margins have fallen a little. However with acquisition of Chhaya Prakashini, the margins should improve, it had a net profit margin of 12.4% (Dec 2016).
  • SCL has a cash balance of Rs. 24.4 cr. today which translates into Rs. 7.03 as cash/share which is low.

Benchmarking

We benchmark SCL against peers from education /publishing sector. However the main comparison is with Navneet due to Repro (losses), MPS (technology), CLE (classroom) and others (newspaper publishing). Note that Navneet too has a significant stationary business. See Fig 5.

Exhibit 5 – Financial Benchmarking

  • PE for SCL appears expensive at an FY17P* of 36.8 as compared to Navneet at 25.2 times with better financials. The valuation of SCL is moderate in terms of P/B ratio.
  • SCL has witnessed high sales growth in the last few years. The EBITDA margins are good, while profit margins have dragged.
  • The 3 year PAT growth is moderate at 13.4%. The D/E ratio at 0.82 is moderate, however the highest in the industry. The return ratios are poor. This is a negative.
  • The SCL numbers are consistent with a firm on a growth and acquisition spree that is well on the way to becoming a textbooks and education content leader. In 2-3 years the benefits of this will accrue to shareholders.

Positives for SCL and the IPO

  • The IPO is beneficial to SCL. The fresh issue proceeds will retire some of the debt and improve financials.
  • SCL has strong brand equity with high consumer recall. The IPO and post listing visibility will enhance the brand of SCL as a consumer product.
  • SCL has in the last 4 years followed a coherent M&A strategy – first to expand subjects under coverage, then including state boards, regional languages and education innovation tech firms.
  • SCL is a comprehensive consumer education content player across the education lifecycle.
  • A strong presence in the CBSE/ICSE schools and increasing presence in state board schools.
  • SCL has strong integrated in-house printing and logistic capabilities. In FY16 over 85% of their printing requirements were met by their facilities located in Sahibabad and Rudrapur.
  • SCL has a pan-India sales and distribution network driving deep market reach.

Risks and Negatives for SCL and the IPO

  • SCL has a highly seasonal business of their main K-12 business segment with 75% of their sales generated in Q4 every year. This also means seasonality in working capital.
  • The valuations look expensive in terms of P/E ratio. Debt is high, with ok margins and low RoE.
  • SCL operates in a highly-competitive and fragmented industry. Many of the content providers have strong brand recognition in local markets and long term relationships with schools, school authorities and educational authorities. They also face competition from the govt. National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), which publish books for the K-12 market at subsidized costs.
  • For the past 2 years, CBSE board has issued an advisory circular advising CBSE affiliated schools to use only NCERT books for all classes. CBSE issued the circulars in response to reports and complaints from parents that schools were asking them to buy books published by private companies. The CBSE books are much cheaper (subsidy) but there is a big difference in quality and content of these.
  • A large portion of SCL revenues are derived from titles of their top authors. In FY16, their top 20 authors contributed to 48.9% of revenues. The loss of such authors could adversely affect business.
  • SCL has an obligation to acquire the remaining 26% of share capital of Chhaya Prakashani by Nov 2018 which may need to be financed with additional debt.
  • SCL may be impacted by the introduction of the GST. However it is likely that after making the operational alignment changes, it may be beneficial for business and ease distribution and pricing.
  • The presence of 55 consumer brands sounds daunting. It may be a legacy of M&A. It may be necessary for SCL to simplify branding by merging many and focusing on 5-10 key brands.
  • M&A are often risky and SCL needs to ensure success of all acquisitions, and suitable synergy gains.

Overall Opinion and Recommendation

  • India has a very young population that is underpenetrated in terms of education. A lot of govt. focus is already on improving availability and outcomes in K-12 education.
  • Education content continues to be an important aspect of K12 education with textbooks, guides and question papers being key elements.
  • SCL is a thought and execution leader in this space with good content through authors and reach through distribution networks. It is also aggressively growing across subjects and languages, from central to state boards, and from paper to online distribution. It is capturing innovation by buying good education firms to enhance offerings.
  • At a PE of 36.8 TTM, the valuations are expensive. However we feel that debt can be reduced post IPO even as operational revenues gallop forward at 32.6% CAGR.
  • Opinion: This IPO offering is rated BUY, and investors can invest with a 2 year perspective.

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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 intends to apply for this IPO in the Retail category.  Other than this, JM has no known financial interests in SCL 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.

Vikas Ecotech – Get ‘Vikas’ for your Investments

  • Date: 24th Apr 2017
  • CMP: Rs. 21.25
  • Small Cap – Mkt Cap is 610 crores 
  • Industry: Specialty Chemicals
  • Target price is Rs. 52.7 by May 2019, a growth of 143% over 25 months 
  • A High Risk but High Gain opportunity for aggressive investors

Summary

  • Overview: Vikas Ecotech is engaged in mfg. and trading of specialty chemicals. It has factories in Shahjahanpur (Raj.) and J&K. The FY’16 revenues and profits were Rs 312 cr. and 26 cr. and these have grown 21% & 29% CAGR over 6 years. Products are niche, high value and eco-friendly, many are import substitutes. Exports are growing and are 49% of revenues. Current operations are lean.
  • Why buy now: VET is commissioning new plants in Noida SEZ, Kandla SEZ and Dahej (Guj) as well as extensions at Shahjahanpur. It expects a revenue growth of 35% CAGR in the next few years as outlook is strong.
  • Key risks: 1) Competition from large Indian players or Chinese firms can affect business. 2) The raw materials for VET are crude derivatives and any rise in crude oil prices will increase input costs. 3) VET has been free cash flow negative for 5 of the last 6 years. This has raised debt.
  • The Target Price is Rs. 52.7 by May 2019, a growth of 143% over 25 months. This is a High Risk but High Gain opportunity for aggressive investors.

Here is a note on Vikas Ecotech Ltd. (VET).

VIKAS ECOTECH – DESCRIPTION AND PROFILE 

  • VET does mfg. and trading of specialty polymer compounds & additives like Polymer compounds, Organotin stabilizers, Plasticizers and Flame retardants.
  • The FY’16 revenues were Rs 312 cr., profits Rs 26 cr. and market cap is Rs 610 cr.
  • Located in Delhi, VET has factories located in Shahjahanpur (Raj.) and Samba (J&K).
  • VET started as a trader/ agency for chemical products, then expanded into mfg.
  • VET has 250+ work force and products are exported to 20 countries, like B’desh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China, UAE, Turkey, Spain, S’pore, Germany, Ukraine and USA.
  • VET makes chemical products used in Agricultural Pipes, Auto Parts, Wires & Cables, Artificial Leather, Footwear, Organic Chemicals, Polymers, Pharma and Packaging, and distributes specialty chemicals and polymers of MNCs. 3 categories:
    • Specialty Additives – toxin free high perf. additives for mfg. applications.
    • Plastic Compounds – polymer compounds like Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR), Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) and Specialty compounds of PVC, PET and EVA.
    • Recycling – It recycles material to create virgin-grade PVC compounds.
  • Clients – RR Kabel, Relaxo F’wear, Liberty, Escorts, KEI, Havells, Apollo Pipe & SRF.
  • In FY15, VET sold stake (and exited) from a subsidiary, Moonlite Technochem. It also acquired the balance 25% stake of Sigma Plastic Industries thereby having 100% stake. By Q4FY15, VET became a standalone firm without any Subsidiary. In 2015 the firm rebranded itself from Vikas Globalone to Vikas Ecotech Ltd.
  • Leadership team is Vikas Garg (MD), Vivek Garg (Dir.), Ashutosh Verma (CEO), and Pankaj Gupta (CFO). Vikas Garg has been with VET (group) for 18 years and provides hands on leadership.
  • Shareholding % is: Promoter and Group-41.6%, Institutions-29.25%, individual-8.9%, others-20.25%.

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Fig 1 – Segment and Geographic Revenue

Recent Events, Business Plans and Strategies

  • VET commenced construction of a mfg. plant and R&D center at Dahej, Gujarat. It will provide import substitution for additives and stabilizers. The plant will add capacity and produce 6,000 MT of organotin stabilizers (methyl tin mercaptide or MTM) and 5,000 MT of specialty polymer compounds annually. The plant cost is Rs. 30 cr. Production was to start by Apr2017, but a delay in environmental clearances may delay it by 6 months.
  • VET is also setting up plants at Noida SEZ and Kandla SEZ Guj. as well as extensions at Shahjahanpur (Raj.) to handle higher volumes and get exports benefits at SEZs.

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Fig 2 – VET Capacity Growth  

  • Prince Pipes and Fittings Pvt Ltd’s CMD, Jayant Chheda, and his associates have acquired, in their individual capacity, 2.63 crore shares of VET or over 8%. PPF is a strategic customer of VET. The funds received of Rs 34 cr. are to be utilised for expansion of R&D facilities, new plants and marketing for domestic and exports.
  • VET formed a strategic tie up with PPF, India’s 3rd largest PVC pipes mfg. firm for supply of specialty chemicals to replace current with eco-friendly variants.
  • VET produces Organotin Stabilizers which are required to produce Lead free non-toxic, safe and eco-friendly PVC pipes. It’s a valuable tech. available with only few producers worldwide.
  • VET aims to produce bio plastic by using waste cooking oil through a technology called Wastol-P, and grow as one of India’s leading eco-friendly firms. It has entered into a contract with Haldiram, the large snack mfg. for supply of waste cooking oil.
  • Exports may grow around 30-40% for FY17. VET expects revenues to grow 35% CAGR for a few years, as per management.
  • VET’s mfg. plant in Raj. was affected by a fire in Apr2017. But damage was limited to only one building that housed the polypropylene section and a material warehouse; 4 other units in the same factory are safe and fully operational. The unit contributes 3% to sales. It may take 4 months to restore full production. According to estimates, damages could be Rs. 15-20 cr. but the factory is fully insured.
  • During the current year VET’s market share in India for Organotin Stabilizers was 10%. Their vision is to attain 25% share of the expanded market in the near future.
  • VET allotted 2.56 cr. equity shares of Re 1/- each at a premium of Rs. 16/- in Mar2017 to non-promoters on preferential basis. Promoter holding fell 4% in the Company.
  • Crisil rated VET a BBB for long Term Borrowings; A3+ for Short Term in Feb2017.
  • In Feb2016 Merrill Lynch Capital Markets bought 19 lakh shares of VET.
  • Employee strength has grown rapidly from 63 (FY15) to 81 (FY16) and 250+ today.

Industry Outlook

  • The Indian Specialty Chemical Industry is experiencing a good growth and is fast emerging as global specialty chemicals mfg. hub. Total production was 2.1 crore tons in FY’16. Industry delivered 13% growth over the 5 years led by domestic consumption; more recently it was 30% growth over FY13-15 to $2.67 bn.
  • India is 3rd after China & Japan in Asia and 6th globally in volumes.
  • The Industry is expected to grow at CAGR of 15% for next 5 years.
  • Indian specialty chemicals firms will gain over China due to strict implementation of environmental norms & safety standards there, which may lead to closure of many firms. Exports have already slowed. This may help boost exports from India.
  • Make in India initiative will facilitate growth and flow of FDI to this sector.
  • Indian specialty chemical firms will have 6-7% share globally by 2023, double the current level.
  • The India demand for Organotin Stabilizers at 6,000 MT p.a. (growth 20%) and PVC heat stabilizer (60,000 MT p.a.); and global PVC heat stabilizer market demand are growing fast, and VET expansion plans are in line with domestic and int’l. demand. This year VET’s market share in India for Organotin Stabilizers was 10%. The vision is to attain 25% share of the expanded market in the near future.

Stock Evaluation, Performance and Returns

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Fig 3 – Price History

  • See VET’s 5 year price history in Fig 3. Investors for 5 years gained by 51.4% CAGR.
  • The share price shot up sharply in 2015. The recent one year low is Rs. 10.85 in Jun 2016, and the high was Rs 23.3 in Mar2017. The share price is 9% below this high.
  • Dividends have been consistent for 4 years at 5% giving 0.24% yield. This is low.
  • The Revenues, EBITDA and Profits have grown 21%, 35% and 29% CAGR over 6 yrs.
  • In Q3 FY17 VET had revenue of Rs. 84.8 cr. and growth of 0.3% YoY due to demonetization and fall in trading. But the mfg. revenue grew 17%. See Fig 4.
  • DE ratio is 1.41 which is high. VET will fund expansions through internal accruals.
  • Note: VET data in Fig 4 is consolidated until Mar 2015 and standalone thereafter.

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Fig 4 – Quarterly Financials/ Fig 5 – Cash Flow  

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  • VET has weak cash flow position. It has been FCF positive only in 1 of last 6 years. This is a negative. See Fig 5. However the reason is investments in R&D and mfg. capacities. The firm raised funds through preferential stock issue and promoter holding dilution. As a result the debt position is still moderate.
  • In Fig 6a, the 6 year PE chart for VET has a historic average PE of 15. Current P/E is 15.74 times (TTM earnings), while the P/B is 8.25 times. In Fig 6b we see that EPS TTM had an upward trend in last 2 years in a channel. But in Q3FY17 there was a drop due to challenges like demonetization.

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Fig 6 – a) Price and PE Chart Above and b) Price and EPS Chart 

  • The DE ratio reduced in Mar’16, Fig 7. Interest coverage ratio improved. The inventory turnover ratio rose, operating & profit margins are higher, ROCE doubled to 32%. Similarly RoNW. These are positive.
  • Beta of the stock is 0.93 (Reuters) which is indicates low volatility.

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Fig 7 – Financial Metrics

Benchmarking and Financial Estimates

Exhibit 8 – Financial Benchmarking

In a benchmarking exercise we compare VET with listed peers in similar businesses.

  • In terms of valuations, VET has a low PE ratio in spite of a recent rise in the share price. However P/B is high at 8.25 times. VET has the lowest dividend yield, however this is OK for a high growth company. D/E ratio is high among peers, however it is at manageable levels.
  • VET’s 3 year CAGR PAT has grown at 86.8%. This is good, but on a small base. VET has return ratios over 35%, that are likely to sustain. This is excellent.
  • The numbers show that the firm that is moving to a high growth / high profit phase.

Exhibit 9 – Projections  

The financial projections have been made based on following assumptions.

  1. Production starts at Dahej plant in mid FY18 and ramps up to full capacity in 2 years. Noida and Bhuj plants too start contributing to revenues in FY18.
  2. Exports and domestic demand continue to grow at a combined 30-35%.
  3. R&D continues to develop new products; demand for lead free chemicals grows; eco-friendly mfg. processes for PVC compounds from recycled materials gain in visibility and demand.
  4. Analyst judgement.

Strengths of Vikas Ecotech

  • Good R&D that works with prospects and customers to develop new products & solutions. The recent revenue upswing was the result of years of R&D work.
  • Capacity additions will start from Dahej, Noida and Bhuj plants in FY18.
  • A domestic focus on substitution for expensive imported niche chemicals.
  • Exports focus will continue and build on the current 49% share of revenues.
  • There exists a good synergy between trading chemicals business and mfg.
  • Remarkable cost consciousness including salaries for promoters and employees.
  • Current customer base is derisked across a large number of firms and industries, providing stability.

Weaknesses and Risks

  • The raw materials used by VET are crude oil derivatives. Any rise in crude oil prices will increase the input cost and margins. However crude is in a 45-55 $ range.
  • VET has weak cash flow position. It has been FCF negative. The D/E ratio at 1.4 times is moderate, but any further capital raise can push D/E to excessive levels.
  • Promoter shareholding is low at 42%. However the promoter has sacrificed holdings to raise funds for expansion. He may be in a position to raise this in a few years. He still has sufficient holdings today that provide him a good incentive to grow and develop the firm VET.
  • In terms of valuation, the P/B ratio looks expensive.
  • VET’s mfg. plant in Raj. suffered in a fire in April 2017. The damage could be Rs. 15-20 cr. But these assets were insured. One plant in J&K is in a sensitive area, there have been terrorist attacks recently.
  • Chinese chemical producers can be competitive on price and volume. The other massive player in the sector is Reliance Industries. VET has potential as a niche chemicals player as long as other larger players do not enter these segments. However these segment volumes may not be attractive for RIL.
  • VET can in future be a takeover target by large players. But it will benefit investors.
  • VET sales are B2B, used as raw material, so it’s difficult for analysts to verify & validate output.

Opinion, Outlook and Recommendation

  • The chemicals sector is a massive market, and specialty chemicals can be a valuable and large niche within this. India offers many competitive advantages to this sector.
  • VET has taken this strategy and has ample room to grow in this niche.
  • VET is rated highly on lean business operations, aggressive growth – both mfg. capacities and workforce, good R&D team, eco-friendly products and growth in domestic & export markets.
  • Valuations are reasonable as VET is a largely undiscovered firm. With a turnover of Rs 312 cr., VET has ample room to grow in domestic and exports markets.
  • Key risks are: 1) As VET is a small firm, competition from larger players or Chinese firms can affect business. 2) The raw materials are crude derivatives and any rise in crude oil prices will increase input costs. 3) VET has been free cash flow negative for 5 of the last 6 years. This has raised debt.
  • The target price is Rs. 52.7 by May 2019, a growth of 143% over 25 months.

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See other useful reports:

  1. CPSE ETF FFO 2 – An Energizing Offer – BUY
  2. Investment Notes – Euphoria
  3. Avenue Supermarts IPO: The Mart of Choice 
  4. Bharat Electronics OFS
  5. Whats different about the Investment Service from JainMatrix? – A video
  6. Why are Indian stock markets attractive for Investments? – A video
  7. BSE IPO: Put this Exchange on Hold – Report plus Video
  8. CPSE ETF FFO – An Energizing Offer – Report plus Video
  9. Balmer Lawrie – An Update
  10. Why Stocks, and Investment Outlook – Dec 2016 – A Video
  11. Investment Outlook – Short Term Pain, Medium Term Gain
  12. The Natural Quotient: A Sustainability Metric for Business
  13. PNB Housing Finance IPO: A Transformed Lender
  14. RBL Bank IPO 
  15. New Banks: Big Changes in Small Change 
  16. Equitas IPO – Leader in SF Banks
  17. Do you want to be a value investor?
  18. Mahanagar Gas IPO 
  19. A Repurpose for our PSUs
  20. Announcement – SEBI approval as a Research Analyst

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The target price basis is 1) Financial projections – Exhibit 9, 2) A target P/E of 20 times, higher than current 15.74 times 3) Analyst judgement.

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 and JM have no current shareholding, and 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

CPSE ETF FFO 2 – An Energizing Offer – BUY

  • FFO Applications: 15-17th Mar; Listing by 7th Apr 
  • ETF has 10 PSUs; Oil and Gas heavy
  • Raising amount: Rs. 2,500 cr. 
  • Managed by Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management
  • Central PSEs, Exchange Traded Fund, Further Fund Offer 2
  • Buy with a 1 year perspective

Overview: The Scheme is a further follow on issue (FFO 2) after the January 2017 offer which was successful. CPSE ETF facilitates GoI’s initiative to disinvest stake in CPSEs through the ETF route. Past performance of CPSE ETF 2014 has been good with 19.2% CAGR over 3 years. A discount of 3.5% on the “FFO Reference Market Price” of the Nifty CPSE Index shall be offered in this Scheme. There are high sectoral risks in Oil and Gas sector with a commodities play. Also typically the asset rich PSUs are slow moving firms with a poor, lethargic culture. However overall the offer is attractive and rated a BUY with a 1 year perspective.

Advice: This is a medium risk, medium return offering suitable for conservative investors. Buy with a 1 year perspective.

Here is a note on the CPSE ETF FFO 2 offer 2017.

Offer Differences

  • This is a smaller offer, of Rs 2,500 crores compared to Rs 6,000 crores FFO earlier in Jan 2017
  • Very similar product, with CPSE ETF as benchmark
  • The retail discount on offer is 3.5% this time compared to 5% in the first FFO in Jan 2017
  • There is a small change in the allocation to the 10 companies of the Index, with PSU firms having more central govt. holdings getting a few % higher allocations.

Description

  • The Scheme is an open-ended index scheme, listed on the Exchanges in the form of an ETF. The investment objective is to provide returns like the Nifty CPSE Index.
  • In this offer 70% is reserved for Retail and QIB, while max 30% is for Anchor investors.
  • The CPSE ETF 2017 has been created to help in GoI disinvestment of PSUs. The Further Fund Offer (FFO) launched in Jan 2017 received good response; collections were Rs.13,742 cr., out of which Rs.7,742 cr. was refunded to investors due to limited issue size of Rs.6,000 cr.
  • The ten PSUs’ included in the ETF are known high dividend, low capital gains, asset rich firms.
  • FFO Price: The FFO Units being offered will have a face value of Rs. 10/- each and a premium equivalent to the difference between FFO Allotment Price and the FV . The FFO Allotment Price would be equal to 1/100th of Nifty CPSE Index less discount.
  • Discount: A discount of 3.5 % on the FFO Reference Market Price of the underlying shares of Nifty CPSE Index shall be offered to FFO of the Scheme by GOI. A discount of 5% was offered to retail investors in the first FFO in Jan 2017 which has been reduced to 3.5% this time.
  • The scheme is being managed by Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd.

Investment Details of the Scheme

  • Amount to be raised: Rs. 2,500 cr. The Scheme will invest at least 95% of assets in stocks of the Nifty CPSE Index. It may invest in Money Market Instruments upto a max of 5% of assets which could include T-Bills, commercial paper of public private sector corporate entities, etc.
  • The AMC will use a passive or indexing approach to try and achieve Scheme’s investment objective. Unlike other Funds, the Scheme does not try to beat the markets they track and do not seek temporary defensive positions when markets decline or appear overvalued.
  • Sectoral asset Allocation and historic returns:

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Table 1 – Sector allocation           Table 2 – CPSE ETF 2014 returns including Dividend

Source: Reliance Mutual Fund FFO 2 document

Analysis of the ten PSUs as part of this ETF:

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Table 3 – CPSE ETF FFO PSUs analysis

  • Note 1: The Engineers India report by JainMatrix Investments is available on LINK
  • Note 2: The Bharat Electronics report by JainMatrix is available at LINK
  • Note 3: When we say price is high, it is relative to 5 year historical prices. We have not done valuation exercises on these firms.
  • Portfolio Turnover: It is expected that there would be a number of Subscriptions and Redemptions on a daily basis. Portfolio Turnover Ratio of the Scheme is 1.02 as on Feb 28, 2017.
  • Dividend: The income received by way of Dividend shall be used for recurring expenses and redemption requirements or shall be accumulated and invested as per the investment objective of the Scheme. The Trustees may declare Dividend to the Unit holders under the Scheme subject to the availability of surplus, and at the discretion of the Trustees. If the Fund declares Dividend, the NAV of the Scheme will stand reduced by that amount.
  • Listing: The units of the Scheme will be listed on NSE and BSE by maximum April 7, 2017.
  • RGESS Eligibility: Investments made by a Retail Individual Investor in the RGESS Scheme will qualify for a 50% deduction of the actual amount invested from the taxable income of the financial year.

The ETF structure is explained below.

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Table 4 – Nature of ETFs             Source: Reliance Mutual Fund FFO 2 document

Past Performance since launch in March 2014

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Table 5 – Performance of CPSE ETF since 2014 (as on 13th Mar 2017)

The CPSE ETF 2014 was listed in April 2014, and has been able to give original NFO retail investors an absolute 69.4% returns over 36 months. This includes a 1 year bonus for Retail, which is not available in CPSE ETF 2017. The CAGR returns are 19.2%, higher than those in Table 2 published in FFO. See reports:

  • JM Investments Mar 2014 report – CPSE ETF 2014 – New Fund Offer report
  • JM Investments Sept 2015 performance review – Review Sept 2015 of CPSE ETF 2014
  • We had published a report on the FFO (Further Fund Offer) of CPSE ETF on 14th Jan, 2017. And recommended a BUY with a 1 year perspective. You can have a look at the report on the following LINK and the video on this LINK.
  • Subscription response: The Reliance Mutual Fund managed CPSE ETF opened for applications from 17-20th It was subscribed by 2.30 times, with bids worth Rs13,802 cr. coming in against the issue size of Rs 6,000 cr. The FFO received 250,000 applications, with good demand across investor segments.
  • FFO Price: The FFO Allotment Price is approximately equal to 1/100th of Nifty CPSE Index minus discount. The allotment price was Rs 25.21 and this tranche was listed on 31st
  • Performance: The EOD closing price on the exchange was Rs. 27.71 today, i.e. 13thMar, 2017. This translates into a gain of 9.9% in 1.5 months.

PROS

  • This ETF has a lower management charge as this automatic. The expense ratio is 0.065% annualized.
  • The fund will offer 3.5% discount to the FFO 2 subscribers.
  • The 5 year share returns are 7.47% CAGR, see Table 3. This is fair but below Sensex of 10.63%.
  • The dividend yield for these stocks is 5.18% today which is good, Table 3.
  • The average beta of these stocks is 1.15 indicating higher volatility than indices.
  • Many of these firms own wonderful assets, the family silver of the GoI. Some of these firms also enjoy monopoly status in their sectors. See our opinions in Table 3.
  • GoI is asking for higher dividends from PSUs and allowing operational freedom to exploit assets and be more productive. This will benefits investors also. See report, A Repurpose for our PSUs
  • The crude oil price fall from USD 100+ levels to sub 50 per barrel is complete. While it is volatile, crude in next 1 year should be in USD 40-60 range. If it does, the Oil & Gas sector can perform well.
  • This fund is Oil and Gas heavy with 57% weightage. However it does have a mix of upstream, mid and downstream O&G firms, which together can de-risk the portfolio against commodity volatility.

CONS

  • This third fund raising is an opportunistic attempt by GoI to raise funds in FY17 based on the good market conditions and the success of the Jan 2017 offer. However every successive offer dilutes incremental gains and novelty of the offer. This dilution is being run in parallel with stock level dilution efforts like the Offer for Sale (OFS) with Bharat Electronics and Engineers India.
  • There is no strategic clarity on GoI shareholding in these firms – will they be fully divested, or a strategic sale, or as JVs, or retained with GoI majority holding in the long run.
  • While the expense ratio of the ETF is low, the high dividend paid by the PSUs is not being passed on to the unit holders, but used for recurring expenses, as per FFO document. The CPSE ETF 2014 too has not paid dividend for 3 years. The 5.18% dividend yield involves substantial monies. It’s not clear if dividends have contributed to the NAV of the CPSE ETF 2014.
  • This fund is O&G heavy with 57% weightage. If one extends the description to Energy/Coal/ Power/ Oil & Gas and related financing, it increases to 90%. These sectors are essential to the economy, but are typically operationally constrained and not shareholder friendly. They are dependent upon global prices, and so even well managed firms can swing to losses with a fall in commodity prices.
  • In Oil & Gas sector, the upstream Oil Exploration firms have been hit by falling crude oil prices. The CPSE ETF is upstream Oil & Gas heavy with ONGC having 25% weightage.
  • Even though Gail India has a monopoly, it has been hit in pipeline construction by interstate politics, farmer /social pressures and weak infra execution environment.
  • PFC and REC are executors of GoI programs in power sector. Their returns are sometimes guaranteed by GoI but when the entire sector gets stressed, they can suffer poor performance.
  • These stocks performance depends on revenue growth, which has been inconsistent in recent years.
  • Many of these firms depend on GoI policies and monopoly situations to grow. Some are externally constrained by weak infrastructure that hampers distribution (Railways for coal, pipelines for gas).
  • This CPSE ETF 2017 offering is managed by Reliance Mutual Fund.

Overall Opinion

  • The current govt. is focusing on good execution and better administration with a series of reforms. The environment is more result oriented with less political interference in PSUs.
  • The outlook for Oil & gas sector is stable this year. Domestic demand is high.
  • Past performance of CPSE ETF 2014 has been good with 19.2% CAGR over 3 years.
  • There are high sectoral risks with an Oil & Gas heavy commodities play. Also typically the asset rich PSUs are slow moving firms with a poor, lethargic culture.
  • However overall the offer is attractive and rated a BUY with a 1 year perspective.
  • This is a medium risk, medium return offering suitable for conservative investors.

JAINMATRIX KNOWLEDGE BASE

See other useful reports:

  1. Investment Notes – Euphoria
  2. Avenue Supermarts IPO: The Mart of Choice 
  3. Bharat Electronics OFS
  4. Whats different about the Investment Service from JainMatrix? – A video
  5. Why are Indian stock markets attractive for Investments? – A video
  6. BSE IPO: Put this Exchange on Hold – Report plus Video
  7. CPSE ETF FFO – An Energizing Offer – Report plus Video
  8. Balmer Lawrie – An Update
  9. Why Stocks, and Investment Outlook – Dec 2016 – A Video
  10. Investment Outlook – Short Term Pain, Medium Term Gain
  11. The Natural Quotient: A Sustainability Metric for Business
  12. PNB Housing Finance IPO: A Transformed Lender
  13. GNA Axels IPO
  14. RBL Bank IPO 
  15. New Banks: Big Changes in Small Change 
  16. Equitas IPO – Leader in SF Banks
  17. Do you want to be a value investor?
  18. Mahanagar Gas IPO 
  19. A Repurpose for our PSUs
  20. How to Approach the Stock Market – A Lesson from Warren Buffet
  21. Announcement – SEBI approval as a Research Analyst

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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. Punit Jain holds CPSE ETF units since NFO in 2014. Other than this JM has no known financial interests in CPSE ETF / Reliance Mutual Fund 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 and compliant with SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. Any questions should be directed to the director of JainMatrix Investments at punit.jain@jainmatrix.com .

Investment Notes – Euphoria

Three positive events have occurred. Demonetization is over; the Feb 2017 budget was good, and the 5 state elections threw up BJP as a likely winner in 4. At this point, we are overwhelmingly positive on the investment outlook.

Investment Notes

It was 18th Feb 2015. The Sensex had just closed at 29,320. It had been 9 months since the Modi led BJP won the parliamentary majority – they got 272 seats – to form a government. In the last one year, the Sensex had jumped from 20,536 to these levels, a gain of 43%.

An investor asked me a simple question: So what has changed on the ground and among the companies that has resulted in a 43% jump in Sensex? I just nodded, unable to express the reasons. I’d like to try to answer this today. The simple answer – NOTHING !! Most of the companies were 5-10% up on financials/ EPS in the last one year. Nothing special to report here.

So what gives? What explains the big jump? The answer is optimism and sentiment. Just like most things in life, people act on the basis of heart (emotions) and head (rationality). The Modi govt. won a resounding victory, after a bitter, negatively fought election. A lot of people now looked to the future with renewed hope and optimism, and felt we have a govt. that is cleaner, more decisive and which is thinking long term.

The positivity changed the outlook of investors. Retail bought Mutual Funds. Investors took fresh 2-3 year, long term positions. FIIs entered and took new 10+ year investments on the basis of longer term trends like consumption and housing shortages. Sensing all this, traders bet positively.

“In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.” ― Benjamin Graham

So while nothing changed on the ground, the 2 year forward outlook changed sharply. The stock market always tries to look a few years ahead. At a stock level, most large caps have 1-2 year financials baked into the prices. Mid-caps are divided into the well-known and the lesser known. The well-known firms too have 1-2 year financials baked into the prices. Since growth rates are higher here, valuations parameters like P/E and P/B can look expensive. The lesser known mid-caps and small caps can flounder at low valuations until they get discovered. Many opportunities are available here for investors to find high quality firms that can be great investments.

So what happened after Feb 2015? The 43% jump due to euphoria and positivity gave way to rationality. Whats really happening on the ground? Is business looking up? What big bang reforms are the govt. conducting?  The answers were not immediately obvious. The parliament became a logjam – the lower house had things easier but the upper house blocked new initiatives.  Massive industry specific issues such as coal and power can’t be wished away with a govt. owned magic wand. It takes time and resolve and good administration.

Post Demonetization Post Budget 

By Feb 2016, the Sensex had fallen to 23,154, a fall of 21%. Post budget, once again there was optimism. The govt. has given a positive budget. No major worries. Toward Nov 2016, we had demonetization. There was confusion, discomfort and a cash shortage. Recovery from this started by end Dec. The cash shortage now looked likely to be resolved in a few months with few residual issues. Recovery was sharp, aided by another good budget in Feb 2017.

The Budget 2017 was overall positive. Small sops for the people included lower tax at entry levels. There were benefits for real estate transactions and Industry status for affordable housing. There were no major negatives, and fears dissipated. GST is likely in 2017-18.

The direction from the govt. is very clear. Black money is to be legalized and cleansed, and black money sources are to be capped. Cash and real estate cannot be a store of ill-gotten wealth. Taxation and compliance has to go up. Big ticket reforms are to be made, opening up new sectors. Foreign and local investors must be encouraged. Abject poverty has to be eliminated. The average man is honest, hard-working and follows the rules. Lets make life easier for him. Plus big changes have to be made to make the country a better place. All subsidies must be targeted using Aadhar to avoid waste. We hope that tax rates – both direct and indirect, are peaking now, and as compliance improves, rates should ease.

The FIVE State Elections

The 5 state elections of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa have just concluded. Its been a strong victory in the biggest state, UP, and Uttrarakhand, for BJP. Manipur and Goa may also go BJP way per latest reports. So even the tricky UP population is convinced. In a delayed fashion, BJP will also get more seats in the Rajya Sabha. While it is unclear when BJP will get majority, but certainly over time the statewise support for BJP will increase.

These three big positives combined makes things look good for a 3-6 month period.

We signal a new euphoria for the Indian market

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We welcome – the Bull

India and USA markets:

Just like in India, there appears to be an election led upswing in the USA. The Trump administration too is looking to take bold steps. The focus is on domestic improvements. Jobs, some elements of domestic protectionism, better healthcare, etc. Optimism has shot up in USA. Rather than fearing the world, USA may move to strengthening its own country.

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A quick look at Sensex and Dow Jones over the last 2 years indicates a good correlation. See figure – thanks Google Finance. Barring some big local events like demonetization, the two markets are moving in sync. This is another factor that makes me positive about Indian market outlook – its difficult for Indian indices to outperform year after year unless at least some of the global markets are also moving in a similar way.

The potential Risks or negatives that I see now are – 1) Fed rate hike expected this week – will it affect Indian Indices? 2) INR strengthening against USD – is this even possible? 3) Higher inflation – we have early signs of increase 4) Bad monsoon in 2017.

There are always risks and negatives. But at this point, we are overwhelmingly positive on the investment outlook.

JAINMATRIX KNOWLEDGE BASE

See other useful reports:

  1. Avenue Supermarts IPO: The Mart of Choice 
  2. Bharat Electronics OFS
  3. Whats different about the Investment Service from JainMatrix? – A video
  4. Why are Indian stock markets attractive for Investments? – A video
  5. BSE IPO: Put this Exchange on Hold – Report plus Video
  6. CPSE ETF FFO – An Energizing Offer – Report plus Video
  7. Balmer Lawrie – An Update
  8. Why Stocks, and Investment Outlook – Dec 2016 – A Video
  9. Investment Outlook – Short Term Pain, Medium Term Gain
  10. The Natural Quotient: A Sustainability Metric for Business
  11. PNB Housing Finance IPO: A Transformed Lender
  12. GNA Axels IPO
  13. RBL Bank IPO 
  14. New Banks: Big Changes in Small Change 
  15. Equitas IPO – Leader in SF Banks
  16. Do you want to be a value investor?
  17. Mahanagar Gas IPO 
  18. A Repurpose for our PSUs
  19. How to Approach the Stock Market – A Lesson from Warren Buffet
  20. Announcement – SEBI approval as a Research Analyst

DO YOU FIND THIS SITE USEFUL?

  • Visit the Investment Service page to find how you can get more. Or Click LINK
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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 known financial interests in any company mentioned here. 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 equity 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.