09 Apr 2012
Sanjeev Kumar Singh
+91 22 4215 9643
Q4FY12 Result Preview
Pricing strong but margins under pressure
We expect aggregate sales volumes of our cement universe to
grow 8.5% YoY (and 15.8% QoQ) to 33.2mt driven by strong
cement demand across the country due to busy construction
activities in the quarter. Average cement realization is
expected to improve 10.8% YoY (and 1.2% QoQ) to
Rs4,027/tonne led by sharp price hikes during Q1 and Q2 of
FY12E. Though volume and realization are expected to
increase, rising costs would lead to a marginal 4bps
contraction in average EBITDA margin of our universe.
Industry despatches during the quarter is expected to
increase 8.3% YoY to 63.1mt. Though the manufacturers are
able to pass on the rising costs to consumers, we are not
expecting margin expansion in the near future due to rising
costs for players. Slowdown in housing and real estate
construction activities along with economic slowdown which
has kept capex cycle of industries under pressure remain a
concern for sustainable demand growth. We believe that
large-cap cement companies (ACC, Ambuja and Ultra Tech)
are trading at a premium to their historical valuations and
maintain Sell on these stocks. We have a Hold rating on
Grasim Industries and Shree Cement. We prefer mid-caps and
have a Buy on Orient Paper, India Cements and JK Cement due
to attractive valuations.
Strong volume growth in the seasonally best quarter:
Aggregate sales volume of our coverage universe is expected to
grow 8.5% YoY (and 15.8% QoQ) driven by strong construction
activities (Q4 is seasonally the best quarter for cement
companies). Large cement players’ volume is expected to grow
by 7-9% YoY. We expect 14.5% YoY and 12.1% YoY volume
growth for Shree Cement and Orient Paper respectively in the
Steep increase in realization expected: Average realization of
cement for our coverage universe is expected to increase 10.8%
YoY (and 1.2% QoQ) to Rs4,027/tonne primarily due to sharp
price hikes taken during Q1 and Q2 of FY12E.
Cost pressure will lead to marginal decline in operating
margins: Though the realization and volume of our universe is
expected to increase, average operating margin of our universe is
expected to decline marginally by 4bps to 22.4%. Among large
cement players, ACC is expected to report the highest margin
decline of 183bps YoY. Among mid-caps, we expect margin
improvement of 320bps each for India Cements and JK Cement.
Prefer mid-caps due to attractive valuations: Large-cap cement
companies are trading at a premium to their mean trading multiples,
which we believe is unwarranted considering the weak demand
environment, expected volatility in realization and decline in return
ratios. We maintain Sell on ACC, Ambuja and UltraTech. We have a
Hold rating on Grasim Industries and Shree Cement. We maintain
Buy on mid-caps (Orient Paper, India Cements, and JK Cement) under
our coverage due to attractive valuations.
Price Performance (%)*
1M 6M 1Yr
ACC (0.5) 17.8 17.1
Ambuja Cement 3.9 16.7 13.4
Ultra Tech Cement 2.1 37.2 37.7
Grasim Ind (4.1) 11.5 2.6
Shree Cements 3.3 70.1 53.7
India Cement 7.8 52.1 8.5
JK Cement 20.5 52.4 24.9
Orient Paper 6.9 (0.4) 6.2
NIFTY (0.9) 10.2 (11.4)
*as on 09 April 2012
Source: Bloomberg, Centrum Research
Companies Volume (MT) Realization/tonne (Rs) Net Sales (Rs Mn) EBITDA (Rs Mn) EBITDA margin (%) Adj PAT (Rs Mn)
Q4FY12E YoY (%) QoQ (%) Q4FY12E YoY (%) QoQ (%) Q4FY12E YoY (%) QoQ (%) Q4FY12E YoY (%) QoQ (%) Q4FY12E Q4FY11 Q3FY12 Q4FY12E YoY (%) QoQ (%)
ACC* 6.72 9.1 12.9 4,264 9.5 2.0 28,655 19.5 15.2 6,101 10.1 63.1 21.3 23.1 15.0 3,749 6.9 54.6
Ambuja* 6.10 8.1 15.3 4,403 12.5 - 26,845 21.6 15.3 7,254 18.6 59.7 27.0 27.7 22.8 4,548 11.6 53.8
Ultra Tech 11.57 6.8 14.4 4,037 10.4 2.5 52,851 17.7 15.6 11,822 15.8 22.5 22.4 22.7 21.1 7,085 15.8 38.4
Grasim Ind $ - - - - - - 71,076 11.2 13.5 14,991 (2.5) 14.5 21.1 24.1 20.9 7,389 - 31.0
Shree Cement 3.30 14.5 15.8 3,873 17.4 2.0 14,095 31.7 12.0 4,125 39.4 24.1 29.3 27.7 26.4 1,108 25.2 87.2
India Cements 2.77 8.7 26.8 4,245 11.4 0.0 11,939 19.6 26.8 2,523 41.2 29.7 21.1 17.9 20.7 816 49.1 45.0
JK Cement^ 1.60 4.9 25.6 3,774 7.9 0.5 7,570 13.6 23.1 1,550 34.7 30.1 20.5 17.3 19.4 672 25.5 54.4
Orient Paper 1.11 12.1 13.4 3,596 6.5 2.0 7,992 14.8 38.8 1,293 (0.9) 44.9 16.2 18.7 15.5 745 (5.6) 72.4
Note: *Y/E Dec (Data for Q1CY12) – standalone financials, $ consolidated financials
Grey cement sale volume
Source: Companies, Centrum Research Estimates
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We expect 19.5% YoY increase in net sales to Rs28.7bn led by 9.1% YoY growth in sales volumes
to 6.72mt and 9.5% YoY rise in cement realization to Rs4,264/tonne. On a sequential basis, net
sales is expected to increase 15.2% QoQ which would be driven by 12.9% QoQ increase in sales
volume and 2% QoQ increase in grey cement realization.
EBITDA is expected to improve 10.1% YoY (and 63.1% QoQ) to Rs6.1bn, impacted by the
increase in sales volume and realization.
EBITDA margin is expected to decline 1.8pp YoY to 21.3% primarily due to increase in fuel and
freight costs. On a sequential basis, EBITDA margin is expected to improve 6.3pp QoQ led by
lower other expenses and volume increase. EBITDA/tonne is expected to be Rs908 against
Rs900 in Q1CY11 and Rs629 in Q4CY11.
Adjusted PAT is expected to increase 6.9% YoY (and 54.6% QoQ) to Rs3.7bn. Adjusted PAT
margin is expected to be 13.1% against 14.6% in Q1CY11 and 9.7% in Q4CY11.
We expect Q1CY12 net sales to increase 21.6% YoY (and 15.3% QoQ) to Rs26.8bn. Sales volume
is expected to increase 8.1% YoY (and 15.3% QoQ) to 6.1mt. Realization/tonne is expected to
increase 12.5% YoY to Rs4,403/tonne.
EBITDA is expected to increase 18.6% YoY (and 59.7% QoQ) to Rs7.3bn led by an increase in
sales volume and realization.
EBITDA margin is expected to decline 70bps YoY to 27% primarily due to increase in fuel and
freight costs. On a sequential basis, EBITDA margin is expected to improve 4.2pp QoQ primarily
due to improvement in sales volume. EBITDA/tonne is expected to be Rs1,190 against Rs1,084
in Q1CY11 and Rs927 in Q4CY11.
Adjusted PAT is expected to increase 11.6% YoY (and 53.8% QoQ) to Rs4.5bn. Adjusted PAT
margin is expected be 16.9% against 18.5% in Q1CY11 and 12.7% in Q4CY11.
We expect net sales to increase 17.7% YoY (and 15.6% QoQ) to Rs52.9bn. Sales volume
(domestic grey cement and clinker) is expected to increase 6.9% YoY (and 14.5% QoQ) to
11.57mt. Domestic realization is expected to increase 10.4% YoY (and 2.5% QoQ) to
EBITDA is expected to increase 15.8% YoY (and 22.5% QoQ) to Rs11.8bn mainly because of
higher realization and cement sales.
EBITDA margin is expected to be 22.4% vs 22.7% in Q4FY11 and 21.1% in Q3FY12. Blended
EBITDA/tonne is expected to be Rs1,021 against Rs975 in Q4FY11 and Rs924 in Q3FY12.
Adjusted PAT is expected to register 15.8% YoY (and 38.4% QoQ) increase to Rs7.1bn. Adjusted
PAT margin is expected to be 13.4% against 13.6% in Q4FY11 and 11.2% in Q3FY12.
Consolidated revenue is expected to increase 11.2% YoY (and 13.5% QoQ) to Rs71.1bn. EBITDA
is expected to decline 2.5% QoQ to Rs15bn mainly because of decline in VSF margins.
Consolidated EBITDA margin is expected to be 21.1% against 24.1% in Q4FY11 and 20.9% in Q3FY12.
Adjusted PAT is expected to remain flat at Rs7.4bn in the quarter. Adjusted PAT margin is
expected to be 10.4% vs. 11.6% in Q4FY11 and 9% in Q3FY12.
We expect the company to report standalone revenue of Rs13.1bn (down 7.7% YoY), EBITDA of
Rs2.9bn (down 37.4% YoY) and PAT of Rs2.8bn (down 28.8% YoY). VSF sales volume is expected
to decline 5.4% YoY to 81,000 tonnes. VSF realization is expected to decline 13.8% YoY to
Rs125/kg in the quarter.
We expect net sales to improve 31.7% YoY (and 12% QoQ) to Rs14.1bn. EBITDA is expected to
increase 39.4% YoY and 24.1% QoQ to Rs4.1bn.
Sales volume (Cement and Clinker) is expected to increase 14.5% YoY (and 15.8% QoQ) to
3.3mt. Cement realization is expected to increase 17.4% YoY (and 2% QoQ) to Rs3,873/tonne.
Power sales volume is expected to be 303mn units against 257.4mn units in Q4FY11 and 256mn
units (own generation only) in Q3FY12. Power realization is expected to be Rs4.35/kwh against
4.65/kwh in Q4FY11 and Rs4.47/kwh in Q3FY12.
EBITDA margin is expected to improve 1.6pp YoY (and 2.9pp QoQ) to 29.3% driven by
improvement in cement realization and sales volume.
Adjusted PAT is expected to increase 25.2% YoY (and 87.2% QoQ) to Rs1.1bn. Adjusted PAT
margin is expected to be 7.9% against 6.1% in Q4FY11 and 4.7% in Q3FY12.
We expect 19.6% YoY (and 26.8% QoQ) increase in net sales to Rs11.9bn driven by 11.4% YoY
improvement in cement realization and 8.7% YoY increase in cement sales volume.
Cement sales volume is expected to increase 8.7% YoY (and 26.8% QoQ) to 2.77mt. Cement
realization is expected to increase 11.4% YoY (flat on sequential basis) to Rs4,245/tonne.
EBITDA is expected to increase 41.2% YoY (and 29.7% QoQ) to Rs2.5bn driven by strong volume
and realization increase. EBITDA margin is expected to improve 3.2pp YoY (47bps QoQ) to
21.1%. EBITDA/tonne is expected to be Rs897 vs Rs696 in Q4FY11 and Rs864 in Q3FY12.
Adjusted profit is expected to increase 49.1% YoY (and 45% QoQ) to Rs816mn. Adjusted PAT
margin is expected to be 6.8% against 5.5% in Q4FY11 and 6% in Q3FY12.
We estimate the IPL franchisee revenues at Rs150mn, wind mill revenues at Rs60mn and freight
earnings at Rs110mn during the quarter.
We expect net sales to increase 13.6% YoY (and 23.1% QoQ) to Rs7.6bn. Grey cement sales
volume is expected to increase 4.9% YoY (and 25.6% QoQ) to 1.6mt. Grey cement realization is
expected to increase 7.9% YoY (and 0.5% QoQ) to Rs3,757/tonne.
EBITDA is expected to increase 34.7% YoY (and 30.1% QoQ) to Rs1.6bn led by improvement in
realization and sales volume. EBITDA margin is expected to improve 3.2pp YoY (and 1.1pp QoQ)
Consolidated EBITDA/tonne is expected to be Rs914 in the quarter against Rs695 in Q4FY11 and
Rs875 in Q3FY12.
Adjusted profit is expected to increase 25.5% YoY (and 54.4% QoQ) to Rs672mn. Adjusted PAT
margin is expected to be 8.9% against 8% in Q4FY11 and 7.1% in Q3FY12.
Orient Paper & Industries
We expect net sales to increase 14.8% YoY (and 38.8% QoQ) to Rs8bn. Grey cement sales
volume is expected to increase 12.1% YoY (and 13.4% QoQ) to 1.1mt. Grey cement realization is
expected to increase 6.5% YoY (and 2% QoQ) to Rs3,596/tonne.
We have assumed the paper division’s revenue at Rs1.1bn (up 12.6% YoY) and electrical
division’s revenue at Rs2.9bn (up 10.6% YoY).
EBITDA is expected to decline 0.9% YoY to Rs1.3bn primarily due to expected decline in
electrical segment’s margins. EBITDA margin is expected to be 16.2% against 18.7% in Q4FY11
and 15.5% in Q3FY12.
Adjusted profit is expected to decline 5.6% YoY to Rs731mn (up 72.4% QoQ). Adjusted PAT
margin is expected to be 9.1% against 11.1% in Q4FY11 and 7.4% in Q3FY12.
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