CMP: RS 154.55

HDFC Securities has initiated coverage on the stock with a ‘buy’rating saying the fast growing AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) technology in India will further boost the company’s order book and topline. “The company’s market share of around 90-95% in smart card and RFID (radiofrequency identification) segments offers all AIDC solutions under one roof. The company’s early entry into smart card manufacturing, will help retain its dominance in the area,” said HDFC in a note to its clients.

It expects the revenues and profits of the company to grow at CAGR of 72% and 78% over FY08 to FY10E (estimated). “The stock is trading at 6.5 times and 3.8 times its FY09 (estimated) and FY10 (estimated) FDEPS (fully diluted earnings per share),” said the note.

CMP: RS 484.90

MACQUARIE Research has initiated coverage on OnMobile Global with an ‘outperform’ rating saying the stock has a 42% upside from current levels. “We are excited about the opportunities in the Indian mobile value-added service (VAS) sector as well as in emerging markets. OnMobile is India’s No 1 mobile VAS provider, with around 30% share of India’s VAS market (ex-SMS),” said Macquarie in a note to its clients. The brokerage expects a 2 year FY3/08–10E EPS CAGR of 42.5% for the company, led by topline CAGR of 58%, marginally offset by one-time dip in margin in FY3/09E.

According to Macquarie, recent M&A transactions have opened the door for OnMobile to tap the potential offered by the international VAS market. “OnMobile’s international revenues are likely to grow at a faster pace (FY3/08–13E CAGR of 63%) than growth of its domestic revenue (35.5%),” said the note. The brokerage feels that change in business model and large premiums for future acquisitions could result in value destruction for On-Mobile.

CMP: RS 2088.80

CLSA Research has maintained a ‘buy’ rating on the stock saying HDFC has not seen deterioration in asset quality due to rise in rates and its plans to list a couple of subsidiaries in CY09 may act as a catalyst. “HDFC expects its growth to sustain at +20% for next three years, as housing affordability remains high and it continues to gain market share from banks. Spreads might contract in short term due to liquidity crunch, however estimated to remain around 2.2%,” said CLSA in a note to its clients.

According to CLSA, most of HDFC subsidiaries continue to scale up with better profitability amongst their competitors. “HDFC standard life (HDFC’s life insurance subsidiary) has a persistency rate of +85% which is the highest amongst all players; HDFC Mutual funds have much higher net margins than any other asset manager in India (2nd largest player) and HDFC bank is the most profitable banking franchise in India,” the note said. “Adjusting for the value of subsidiaries, HDFC is trading at 4.2x FY09CL (calendar year), with an estimated ROE of 25% in FY09CL,” the note added.