Some time back we added Control Print (BSE Code – 522295) to our Model Portfolio. We added it around 207 odd levels in Jul’19 (CMP – 303) and had a positive view on the company in our last update on 28th Oct’19.
In fact, some of our members have been holding the stock since 55 odd levels as we originally recommended the stock in 2014 and have been holding since then.
Control Print is the only Indian manufacturer of Continuous Inkjet Printers (CIJ) and consumables under license of KBAMetronic AG, Germany at its facility in Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh and Guwahati, Assam.
Prior to Control Print’s tie-up with KBA-Metronic AG, it was one of the largest distributors of Videojet CIJ printers in India and Nepal.
Besides CIJ Printers, the company also manufactures Large Character Printers, Electrograph Digital Printers, Thermal Transfer Over printers (TTO), Hot Ink Coders and their consumables in collaboration with respective technology leaders. The laser range of printers at Control Print is supported by MACSA Lasers. MACSA has over 90 years of experience and are market leaders for Laser Solutions internationally.
Control Print has now over 2 decades of experience in the Coding and Marking Industry and has partnered with leading global players technologically. The company provides the entire range of coding and marking solutions for the various manufacturing industries which include Automotive, Agro-Chemicals, Metals, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage, Wire, Cable, & Pipe, Construction Materials, and Commercial Printing.
Transition from distribution to manufacturing – Since inception in 1991, Control Print’s been solely focused on coding and marking solutions, however till 2006-07 it was largely a distributor of companies like Video-Jet, Markem Corporation USA, Marconi Data Systems USA, etc.
In 2004 Control Print developed it’s own Contact Coder – CONPRINT CC and in 2007-08 began local manufacturing.
In 2008, Control Print further entered into an agreement with KBA Metronic, Germany for transfer of Continuous Ink Jet Printer Technology and the company started the commercial production of alphaJET under license in Dec’08. Since then Control Print has entered into technological tie-ups with other companies as well and further extended the agreement with KBA Metronic by 10 years in 2011.
Overall, we like the company as it is one of the four major players in the coding and marking industry in India. One major positive in favour of the company is that it manufactures almost entire range of printers and consumables in India itself while all the other players rely on imports to a large extent.
The coding and marking industry has been growing at around 10-15% on year on year basis and Control Print intends to grow at a higher pace on the back of its lower costs.
For FY 20, we expect the company to record double digit revenue growth and improved profitability on the back of higher operating margins.
The company is debt free and holds surplus cash to the tune of Rs 30 crore. The business is slightly high on working capital requirement; however, it has started reporting improvements on working capital front as well.
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Disclosure: I have personal investment in Control Print.
Positive – Expected return of ~15% + on annualized basis in medium to long term for investment recommendations and in short term for Special situations
Neutral – Expected Absolute return in the range of +/- 15%
Negative – Expected Absolute return of over -15%
Coverage closure – No further update on the stock
% weightage – allocation in the subject stock with respect to equity investments
Short term – Less than 1 year
Medium term – Greater than 1 year and less than 3 years
Long term – Greater than 3 years
Research Analyst Details
Name: Ekansh Mittal Email Id: [email protected] Ph: +91 727 5050062
Analyst ownership of the stock: In Control print
Details of Associates: Not Applicable
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Whether the research analyst or research entity or his associate or his relative has any financial interest in the subject company/companies and the nature of such financial interest – Yes, investment in Control Print
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