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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bull's Eye Stock Recommendations

Making money in stock market is not easy. Equity investment should always be done cautiously. Though Financial markets (especially stocks trading) looks lucrative, if one fails to understand the finance, better you leave it to stock market experts (Mutual Funds, portfolio management etc.) Invest Wisely,Trade Cautiously !! Happy investing !!

VOLTAS

RESEARCH : CITIGROUP
RATING: SELL
CMP: RS 132
CITIGROUP rates Voltas as ‘sell/medium risk’ with a target price of Rs 121. Voltas, a Tata group company, is the market leader in India’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) segment, having 28% market share in electromechanical projects. But domestic demand is decelerating across all its divisions. Citigroup sees increased risk to the company’s earnings if the market environment worsens. It expects overall margins to be in the range of 7.5-8.3% over the next three years. Voltas’ target price is set at 15x September ’09E forward EPS and is supported by forecasts of 27% earnings CAGR for FY07-10E and 29-33% return on equity (RoE). At 15x September ’09E, Voltas will trade at a discount to power equipment stocks like Bhel and engineering & construction companies such as L&T. The 15x September 09E multiple is lower than the average one-year forward P/E of 22x over the past three years — reflecting reduced growth outlook. Key downside risks include: international projects risks, termination of principalagent relationships, increasing competition in domestic and international markets, manpower shortages and material prices. Key upside risks include: stronger-than-expected performance driven by the international business, and turnaround of the domestic operating environment.

CORPORATION BANK

RESEARCH: INDIABULLS SECURITIES
RATING: BUY
CMP: RS 272
INDIABULLS Securities reaffirms its ‘buy’ rating on Corporation Bank with a target price of Rs 335, which is 21% more than its current market price. The bank’s operating profit grew by a healthy 16.5% y-o-y in Q109. But net profit grew by merely 4.1%, primarily due to mark-to-market (MTM) losses during the quarter. While growth in net interest income (NII) was hit due to compression in net interest margin (NIM), other income, which grew at 14%, supported growth in operating profit. An increase in business productivity reduced operating expenses, further improving profitability. But pressure on NIM may ease in the next few quarters as the bank hiked its benchmark prime lending rate (BPLR) by 50 bps in August. Moreover, the CASA ratio has been improving consistently on the back of an aggressive increase in the number of branches. This should help maintain, if not increase, the bank’s NIM. There has been a sequential reduction in the bank’s net and gross NPAs. The bank is likely to maintain its asset quality, given that it is not aggressively focused on the priority sector.

STERLITE INDUSTRIES

RESEARCH: MERRILL LYNCH
RATING: NEUTRAL
CMP: RS 620
MERRILL Lynch remains ‘neutral’ on Sterlite Industries due to weak zinc outlook. The long-pending decision on the Lanjigarh bauxite mines in Orissa finally came through in Sterlite’s favour. This development is more positive for the parent company, Vedanta Resources, than for Sterlite. But it will have a positive impact on Sterlite too. The approval for the mine indicates the promoter group’s ability to execute growth projects in the country, where mining approvals are typically difficult to secure. Vedanta is setting up a 1.1-million tonne (mt) alumina refinery and 500-kt ally smelter in Orissa. Lanjigarh bauxite mines have estimated reserves of 77 mt and are located 5 km from the refinery. Sterlite will mine the bauxite and sell to Vedanta on a transfer pricing basis. The mine development is expected to take around nine months and will make Vedanta a fully integrated low-cost producer of ally. The benefit from this project is relatively small for Sterlite, since it has only a 29.5% stake in this project, and it will account for a mere 5% of Sterlite’s consolidated profit in FY10. Sterlite is trading at 11.1x FY09E. On MTM spot zinc price of $1,733/tonne, it is trading at 13x FY09E. Merrill Lynch believes the sharp year-to-date stock correction already factors in the zinc price crash. Given that zinc prices are now lower than the marginal cost of production, Merrill Lynch believes the probability of supply closures is rising. In addition, speculation on minority stake buyouts in the company’s zinc and aluminum subsidiaries is building up.

INDIA CEMENTS

RESEARCH: JM FINANCIAL
RATING: HOLD
CMP: RS 152
JM FINANCIAL recommends ‘hold’ rating on India Cements (ICL) and values the company at a target enterprise value/tonne of $100 to arrive at its June ’09 target price of Rs 168. JM Financial expects 20.3% and 13.2% yo-y growth in revenue for ICL in FY09E and FY10E, respectively. EBITDA is estimated at Rs 1,060 crore and Rs 1,070 crore in FY09E and FY10E, respectively, resulting in EBITDA margins of 29.0% and 25.7% in that order. ICL undertook corporate debt restructuring (CDR) in FY03, when the cement industry was passing through difficult times and ICL had debt:equity of 4.4x. As the cement sector’s prospects improved, ICL repaid most of its debt and its debt:equity stood at 0.5x in FY08. Subsequent to the CDR, the company has done equity issues that have led to a large capital base, thereby lowering sustainable return on capital employed (RoCE) at the corporate level to 11.8%. ICL is the key player in the South, where it enjoys higher realisations and consumption growth of 11.74%, compared to the all-India growth rate of 10% in FY08. ICL currently trades at 5.7x EV/EBITDA, P/E of 8.1x and EV/tonne of $98 for FY10.

IRB INFRASTRUCTURE

RESEARCH: LEHMAN BROTHERS
RATING: OVERWEIGHT
CMP: RS 160
LEHMAN Brothers initiates coverage on IRB Infrastructure Developers with an ‘overweight’ rating and a March ’09 price target of Rs 195. IRB is one of the largest road developers in India, and has 14 BOT road projects. The company’s key strength is its in-house construction capability that enables it to capture the entire economic value of road projects, and helps it to address execution risks. Historical projects have yielded substantially high-equity internal rate of return (IRR). IRB has strong cash flows and low leverage compared to other international road developers. Its operating cash flow is strong and will improve further after commissioning of the Bharuch-Surat and Surat-Dahisar stretches. Lehman estimates cash flows before capex at Rs 1,200 crore over FY09-11. The increase in cash flow is driven primarily by a rise in toll revenue. The net debt-to-equity ratio for IRB is only 0.9, and leverage is likely to remain comfortable at 1.3 in FY10. Lehman values IRB at: (1) Road concessions at Rs 129 per share; (2) Rs 36 per share as growth factor to account for potential new projects; (3) Construction business at Rs 26 per share based on a multiple of 10x FY10 earnings estimate of Rs 87 crore; and (4) Real estate at Rs 3 per share. The stock is currently trading at a multiple of 9.4x FY10 earnings estimate of Rs 520.5 crore and 2.1x FY10 book value of Rs 2,372 crore, and at a substantial discount to its global peers. The stock is currently trading at 1.08x concession portfolio NAV of Rs 4,293.8 crore, implying that not much value has been attributed to construction, real estate and future growth opportunities in road concessions.
Source/Credit: Economic Times

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