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We would like to share with you an interesting stock idea on: Gujarat Ambuja Exports (NSE: GAEL).
While the name of the company may not be very inspiring, they are actually doing very good business in the Maize Processing Segment in India.
On the face of it Maize Processing may sound boring; however, you will be surprised to know that the value added downstream products manufactured by the company find application in industries like Food, Pharma, Textiles, Paper, Leather, Adhesives, etc.
The company currently holds 20% + market share in the Maize processing segment in India and aiming for 30% in the next few years on the back of ongoing CAPEX.
For us the stock has proved to be good as we initiated the coverage on the same for our Premium Members around 79-80 odd levels (adjusted for 1:1 bonus) on 24th Jul’20 and currently the stock is trading around 110-120 odd levels.
We continue to like the company even around current levels. In fact, in our 23rd Oct’20 update, we assigned a positive rating to the stock. Our positive rating is akin to Buy rating given by others.
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Reports on GAEL
- You can read the initiation report (Free access) on Gujarat Ambuja Exports at the following LINK
- The latest 23rd Oct’20 update on the stock has been produced below:
Gujarat Ambuja Exports (NSE – GAEL) – Jul’20 Alpha stock
(23rd Oct’20 – Sep’20 earnings update)
CMP – 121.80 (BSE); 121.75 (NSE)
Rating – Positive – 4% weightage; this is not an investment advice (refer rating interpretation)
GAEL has reported decent set of results for the quarter ending Sep’20 with around 9% growth in sales on YOY basis, 58% growth in gross profits, 145% growth in EBITDA and 437% growth in PBT.
The above growth in profits is on the back of major contraction in margins in the year ago quarter on account of sharp rise in raw material prices.
While the company has 3 business divisions, Maize segment is the major contributor to the profits of the company at around 60-80%.
In FY 20, the maize segment’s performance was below average with EBIT margins of only around 8.65% against the average range of 12-14%. The primary reason for the same was more than 55% increase in prices of the Maize in 9M FY 20 against 9M FY 19. As the company couldn’t increase the prices of the end products proportionately, the margins suffered.
The maize prices have softened since then and as a result despite only 2.5% growth in sales of Maize division to Rs 482 crore, its EBIT stands increased to Rs 76 crore with EBIT margins of 15.76% against Rs 28 crore in Sep’19 quarter and EBIT margins of 5.97%.
During the quarter the agro division also posted better performance with 15% growth in sales and EBIT of Rs 33.95 crore against Rs 2.17 crore in Sep’19 quarter.
The Agro division’s performance tends to be volatile on quarter on quarter basis; however, over the last few years it has reported annual sales in the range of Rs 1400-1800 crore with EBIT margins of around 4%.
Another good feature of the performance during the quarter was significantly lower interest cost. As per the Sep’20 ending balance sheet, the company is debt free on net basis with cash in excess of borrowings.
Other Important points:
- In the Maize division 40% of the output is value-added products and the rest is commoditized products
- The company is increasing its Maize processing capacity by another 750-1000 TPD (from the existing 3,000 TPD) at Malda and expects to complete the expansion in next 15-18 months
- In Chalisgaon facility, the company has commenced the production of Value-added products. Further, as the FSSAI standards for the production of HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) are announced, the company will set up 100 TPD HFCS plant at Chalisgaon
- As per the management, post the completion of the Malda plant, the company will have ~30% market share in the Maize processing segment. Further, the management intends to keep on adding to its capacities at regular intervals
As mentioned in our initiation report, Maize processing is increasingly becoming the core and focus area and provides stable margin profile and better growth potential on the back of increasing demand for starch and its derivatives.
Further, the company will realize the full benefit of Phase-2 expansion of Maize processing unit at Chalisgaon in Q3 and Q4.
We believe, sharp rise in raw material cost, as it panned out in FY 20 is the major risk for the company; otherwise, the company has been executing well and that too without significant leverage.
Adjusting for normalized other income of around Rs 10 crore, the stock is currently trading around 14 times trailing twelve months earnings.
Considering the growth potential ahead, planned expansions, strong balance sheet and reasonable valuations, we have a positive rating on the stock.
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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, Gujarat Ambuja Export’s in wife’s account
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