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Last Diwali, the Sensex was at 7,944 and today, we are standing at the brink of 13,000. That's a 62% rise on the Index from last Diwali to this Diwali. There was jolt in between, and the markets went down to 8,800 briefly. But the markets reclaimed all the lost ground and came back to strike a new high just a few days before this Diwali.
Investor and trader, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Member of BSE, Ramesh Damani and Shankar Sharma of First Global share their perspective on what is in store for the markets in the future.
Q: Markets are at all time highs, it's New Year, where do we go from here?
Jhunjhunwala: Although we have news highs and all the festivities, I find a lot of doubt and skepticism all around. But to my mind, I think the trajectory is upward and the pace is debatable. I feel that the Indian economy is constantly surprising on the upside and I think that surprise will continue, as there is vast under exposure to equity. Of course, we could have corrections anytime. But broadly, we are in the midst of a long bull market.
Q: Although there will be a feeling that its good to see the Index at a high, generally do you think people might have missed out?
Jhunjhunwala: Many people are not confident at all. If you see the exposure of equity in Indian households, it is increasing at a slow pace and that is surely the final indicator of the fact that the belief and faith in this market is still in an infancy stage.
So I think there is still lot of more domestic money to come. So just as a rising tide raises all boats, ultimately in a rising market everybody will buy and participate. But surely, there is a lot of 'missed out' feeling.
Q: What is your sense when you look back at the last 12 months, what sense do you have of where we could go from here having reached these levels?
Sharma: If one takes a perspective of 5 years clearly, one can’t really go wrong by going long in this market. The trouble is that most householders, mutual fund managers as well as most hedge funds don’t have the same luxuries of buying and holding for 5 years. That’s what really creates the skepticism that Rakesh is talking about.
If all of them were told that "money is locked up for 5 years, do what you want to do", I think the perspective would be very different but nobody’s money is locked in for 5 years, there is daily redemption, daily NAVs, performance benchmark are very stiff. Most people waited themselves in favour of midcaps in the last 12 months. If you look at the big performance divergence between the midcaps and the largecaps and even within the largecaps, there is a further performance disparity.
So whilst the Index is showing us a very pretty picture, as market strategists, we would be ignoring very clear signals that there is something in this market, which is hurting really badly. Even in the last two days when the market did make its highs, I think 10 out of the BSE 30 stocks from the BSE Sensex were negative. That’s not a good sign and the last time that kind of thing happened was in April 2004, when there was a very poor advance-decline ratio.
So the fact is that we live in a real world; all of us have daily bills to pay, mutual funds have daily NAVs to report, they have to be aware of this kind of performance. Yes, maybe the Index will again take us to a new high next Diwali. What happens to the broad majority of the market is what is of real interest to me more than just 20 stocks in a 30 stock market.
The point is that one has to still understand that in largecaps, there are not just 10 stocks that anybody can own. But most people have to diversify out into larger baskets, therein you are not up 62%, maybe you are up only 30%, which is still very good gains. So there is no disagreement on the gains the market is delivering, there is no debate whatsoever. But the fact is, one should be aware of the fact that this time one may see certain signs, which are not signaling anything drastic. But it could be another May, which is very drastic.
Q: You were a bit shaken in the middle of the year and you had become quite a bit bearish. Are you surprised that they reclaimed their highs so soon?
Damani: The body growth of the market received in May that it can recover in 6 months without even pausing for breath suggest that the market is going higher. The other point that always strikes me, as I’ve been traveling a lot since last October, is that we are in global bull markets across the world. The Dow is at a high, the Nikkei is at some high, the Footsie (FTSE) is at a 6 year high. So there was a synchronized fall in the global markets and synchronized rise in global markets. So clearly, one should keep watching the global indices as well as the Indian indices.
The technical evidence now suggests that we are further going to make new highs because I think any market that can recover from such a sharp fall in 6 months, can make a high without almost pausing for breath suggest much high times ahead.
Q: Are you saying that this narrowness is indicating that we are somewhere close to the top or it could change because to be fair, it has not cracked at all?
Sharma: The top is, clearly we are in a bull market. Five years from now, we will be in a higher top than where we are right now. The key issue here is from the perspective of most people that we do business with, and that is people who have daily P&Ls to talk about. Clearly, there has to be a strategy, which reduces their risk. And in that risk reduction, it doesn’t mean that one should let go of one's best stocks, it just simply means that one should buy some protection.
When the market was 8,800 or 9,000, I said the market would make a high this year before the year was out. So clearly, we are there but the point is the strategy in this kind of market is even more important than what it was at 9,000. The strategic focus in this market has to be that, you have to be in that very narrow list of stocks, if you have a diversified basket of securities, I am afraid you might get hurt more.
So anybody who has midcaps and largecaps, is actually not doing very well. Anybody who has just a handful of stocks in the high end of the market is doing very fine because he has participated.
There is a big undercurrent of people, who are still nursing losses of May. The only advice I can give them is that one has to stick to the stocks that are right at the top in the market. The market that had come out clearly suggest that the strategy has to be a very narrow strategy.
Q: Some midcaps have reclaimed and got back all their lost ground but some are still 15-20-25% below their peaks, do you think they will catch up?
Jhunjhunwala: We must emphasize that 90% of the wealth is in the largecaps. When the largecaps go up, 90% of the market is going up. If you have Rs 40 lakh crore of market cap, Rs 36 lakh crore is in the largecaps. So the largecap gains means those Rs 36 lakh crore is gaining.
This means people who are holding Rs 36 lakh crore worth of wealth are gaining wealth, and also what happened because the midcap and the smallcaps had very large gains from the period of November to May.So I don’t say that because midcaps are not gaining therefore markets are in a suspense. Fundamentally, at the moment, I don’t see oil prices going up. According to me, the Indian economy is surprising. It is refreshing to read in the Business Standard that the Planning Commission and the Prime Minister are thinking of 10% growth.
The Wall Street Journal states that for a change in India, one could go to Delhi to get a licence to import computers and Indian companies are bringing in a bid so that it will be cleared in 24 hours flat . To my mind, whenever technology shift takes place, it is very difficult for human mind to reconcile and find confidence. I feel a technology shift is taking place in India and most Indians can’t reconcile their minds to the fact that India can have constant economic progress coupled with vast underexposure to Indian equity. That is why from 3,000 to 12,000, I have seen very little expression of confidence that we are in a long term bull market.
Q: Do you think this whole run has been marked with a lot of skepticism?
Damani: Absolutely and I agree with him. Rakesh is one of the guys who has absolutely seen it correctly from 3000 onwards to 12,000. There are some signs of the market topping out, but the way the market has recovered, it means it is going higher. I won’t worry too much if you buy an individual stock; that is good in midcaps, as it will tend to outperform.
So 90% of the wealth is represented by the largecaps and these play a relay game, or the cat and mouse game. In 2004- 05, the midcaps were charging up, while now, the smallcaps are charging up. The mistake people always make is looking at the rearview mirror rather than the front view mirror while driving.
Also India , in the next 10-15 years may be member of the G-5 as the BRIC’s report suggests. So I think we’ve to start factoring those in there. Takeovers are taking place, mergers are happening. Corus has been acquired so, there is a new found confidence in the Indian business landscape that we never saw in the 60s, 70s, 80s.
I think as market players, we must understand that these are fundamental, one-time, once in five generations re-rating of the country that is going on and we are actually very privileged to be a part of it.
Jhunjhunwala: Take a look at the kind of consumption boom this country is going to get into. Now the middleclass’ income is more than USD 3000. As per the Economic intelligence unit, as per Accenture and as per Hindustan Lever, there were about 50 million households in India in 2005, whose income was more than USD 3000. These houses are going to be 125 million by 2010.
I do not think you are going to add 150 to your existing middle class in five years. What I have diagnosed is that people are uncomfortable or do not recognize the market for two reasons; I think they lack confidence in India ’s ability to grow constantly economically or they are unsure about the gains they have made.
Sharma: I have not seen any insecurity at all. For example, at the margins, somebody might come up and say that 30 times earnings on a stock might be expensive. I will wait till it reaches 25 times.
Look at the quantum of foreign capital, the quantum of even retail capital that has come in. While it may have not reached anywhere close to where it should reach, a reasonable amount of retail capital has come in. So I don’t think there is any skepticism. You might have not seen enough of it, but that’s fine.
Jhunjhunwala: My markets’ experience tells me that good stocks and good markets always remain expensive because market intelligence is better than the participants’ intelligence.
Sharma: I think Indians are very clear in their minds that they are going to dominate this world. I was at a function of Harvard Business School a couple of days back. 20% of Harvard faculty is of Indian origin and I think that number is going to become 70% in the next 10 years time.
Everybody recognises that India is headed one way, which is up. So there is no skepticism or being negative about this country. I think every Indian realizes that this country is in the cusp of a very major change.
Jhunjhunwala: The only advise I get from everybody to sell equity and buy real estate, buy jewellery.
Shankar: Real estate is a very good investment because it’s a safest way to make money in my opinion. You don’t have to watch interest rates, look at Greenspan or a Bernanke or YV Reddy. You just buy something in a wayout location, let the population grow there and make sure that becomes the center of the town 20 years from now.
Q: How should one approach the market right now? If they are over-invested or under-invested at 13000, on Diwali day what do you tell yourself about the next 12 months?
Damani: I think you firstly remain invested in the market and I have been saying this before you had Japan , which is one of the first countries to get out of an emerging market to an emerged market status. The Nikkei was at 1000 in 1964 and it went to 40,000 in the next 25 years. The currency also appreciated, so it was almost a 120 fold gain in Nikkei.
So we are in 3x or 4x from the bottom of the Index and it can go a lot higher, as I’ve been saying this is a once in five generation thing happening. So it could be a much larger blow out.
So there will be steep corrections like the May correction, which even shook me, who is a stock market animal. There was a 35% fall in the index and a 45-50% fall in the midcaps. These things will happen, as unfortunately, it’s a part of the financial market.
So remain invested, keep an eye on global cues because we are very well-linked to the DOW or the Nikkei or Hans Seng now. If you want to get nervous over the market, take your cues from external factors, as the Indian economy is going to keep surprising us at 8% plus economic growth. An economy that grows at 8% -10% GDP growth, is not going to have a very prolonged correction.
Q: You cannot call these corrections, but looking at the set of circumstances around in May and looking at it today, is it less likely you can never rule it out. Is it likely that we could have a magnitude of correction?
Damani: The nature of the business; the way we regulate F&O, the cash trading margin, it all boils down to the possibility of another correction in 18 months or two years down the road. You have had one in 2004, one in 2006 and we might have one again in 2008. But right now, the market doesn’t seem technically suspect at all. It’s a freely traded market and you can buy quantity, sell quantity, open positions, which are not extraordinarily large. All this seems on a good footing to me.
The advanced decline ratio as Shankar has pointed out is a suspect out there, so always keep an eye on it. But markets are just to that, it’s not devastatingly bad that I would start worrying about it.
Q: Do you disagree with that, you think we might have a technically sticky position that we have headed into?
Sharma: That is why we are in the business of recommending strategy, though not so much recommending which stock you go and buy. It is really the big macro top down, what you should be long on and what you should be buying as protections.
Clearly, the strategy has been to be long in the sectors like IT services, oil refining companies, marketing companies and a few others, while at the same time, not being over-exposed to the PSU banks, which have had a very good run in the last two-two and half months. That is because it’s our take that interest rates are headed up, as we are looking at 30% plus growth in credit and deposits are growing 17% and government borrowing and corporate borrowing are coinciding.
So you will see interest rates head up, there is no doubt about it. So keep an eye on all the interest rate sensitive sectors to probably underperform rather than outperform.
Q: But banks have done very well over the last over the last few months?
Sharma: That’s my point; they have done very well because of the yields decline. Our take is from hereon, they will actually rise. But it will not affect HDFC Bank. I am confident that private sector banks will weather any interest storm.
PSU banks are different cattle of fish, so that’s the area cognize and top. he midcaps they will always be the exceptional winner than those but I think they are going through the pains adjusting their balance sheet. They have swallowed a lot of capital, no doubt about it and I think you are seeing a wonderful performance. I think they are not done having adjusted there and will do well. There are very good companies in there, but they will take a while to get their act together. In the interim, remain invested where numbers are looking good and strong.
Q: You not only invest for the long term, but also trade from a tactical perspective. How would you look at the markets now at these levels?
Jhunjhunwala: In my long experience of trading, I never had such a clean run from 10,500 to 12, 900 except for one day when the market fell 400 points and then corrected back in two days. There has not been any correction of any nature whatsoever, if you trade by price.
I only look at the commitment in the futures, I don’t look at the options and I don’t look at the Index because for every Index, there is a short sell and there is a long buy which is false sell and buy. The positions are far lower than what they were at 45,000.
Also in May, there were a lot of leveraged positions in the midcaps. I don’t agree because in my portfolio I see Container Coporation, Praj Industries all of them have made new highs. So I don’t see that the midcaps stocks have not gained. The stocks, which have performed, have gained. There are certain stocks in the portfolio, which have not performed.
Q: But you are not in hurry to take profit just yet even after that clean run that you spoke about 10500-13000?
Jhunjhunwala: We trade by price. If I were to take by the fact that the market has gone up, I should sell; then I would have sold at 11500. So the market is certainly not indicating any kind of toppish indicators both by commitment and by price moment as far as trading. I see no profits.
Q: Is there anything which it is signaling - any kind of a dark cloud gather or do you remain pretty confident?
Damani: No, it is fine. In May, there were clear cut signs - the leverage positions, the midcap rally and the gung-ho nature of the market going up in gaps everyday. Right now, the market has smoothened. There is no indication, price wise, that the market is in a zone of trouble. It is going up 200 points and going up another 200 points, falling 50 points.
Any correction, lasts a day or two days and the price recovers. I think we trade by price as most traders should trade by price there is no reason to get alarmed at this point. The market clearly tells you, when it gets into that grey zone. Now tomorrow, if there is another terrorist incident, or if there is a war situation, which I can't predict, then the market will suffer because of that. But as things stand today, the market, technically, is in good shape.
Jhunjhunwala: In America, gas prices have come down to around USD 60. I believe oil prices and gas prices are not going to rise, which is going to be a great source of strength for India and that will help inflation, that will help interest rates.
Q: You have been bullish on infrastructure and the whole construction area. Do you still remain bullish or have you changed your opinion anyway?
Jhunjhunwala: I remain bullish on selective companies. I am not so bullish on BOT and the operation. History tells us the true beneficiaries of all boom are the service providers. I think there will be companies whose turnover about three years ago, was Rs 400-500 crore, I can say that they will be a USD 2 billion company by 2010. So the sheer size is the sheer opportunity and I believe there are a lot of entry barriers in this sector in terms of experience, finance and qualification. I am bullish on it and I think the infrastructure story in India has just scraped the ground, but has done nothing really.
Q: Do you like the construction space?
Sharma: We are in a different business from what Rakesh is. So there will be a difference in what we will say today and what we will say 6 months from now. The fact is that we have love this space for a long time. We turned negative on the space in May, this year ahead of the results because we feared that input cost would dent their margins.
That’s pretty much what happened, in the entire pack, barring a company or two, which had under-performed the Indices. If any of our clients are long on those stocks, which have lacked the indices, they will see outflows. So it is our job to ensure that they are in the stocks or the sector that are outperforming. So our basic recommendation has been to switch out of the laggards, ahead of it when they started lagging and get into the leaders.
It is basically the strategy shift into the stocks, which have delivered better. The issue is that you can keep talking about the 5-10-15 years. But the fact of the matter is that ultimately we have to ensure that the person remains in business every single day of the year. That is the perspective we have.
Q: What’s the best investment decision you took from last Diwali to this Diwali?
Damani: I was very bearish in May, as you are aware. I sold 20-25% of my portfolio, and I owned almost exclusively midcaps. Even today I’m much better off having sold those companies, but poorer for not having reinvested aggressively back in the 9000 levels of the index.
I was actually shaken up, so I think the May call had worked out brilliantly; I protected my portfolio, and was saved from all of angst when the market collapsed. I’m now improving and lowering my cash positions, and improving my stocks. We do find value in midcaps. I buy midcaps almost exclusively, and I’m happy to buy them.
Q: No largecaps at all?
Damani: I generally tend not to buy them. I hope the smallcaps become largecaps, that’s the idea we have. There are stocks like BEML or McDowell, which have moved up 20 times or 40 times.
Q: Are you still holding BEML, or have you sold that out?
Damani: I’ve sold most of BEML; I still hold a good percentage of McDowell. Those are the stocks that we tend to like. We are very patient; we don’t have to report NAVs everyday.
We buy midcaps, as I’m finding values there because they are beaten down and we are happy buying those.
Q: Any decisions that you regret bitterly that have been taken in the last 12 months?
Damani: I wish I had bought aggressively at 9000 levels. I got a 35% fall and individual stocks were down 50-60%. I was actually too shaken to move back into the market because the kind of body blow history, which suggested that the market would not recover for atleast a year or two years.
The fact that the market recovered in 6 months clearly surprised me, and I should have bought more aggressively when the public was selling. I should have been buying. That was definitely a mistake.
Q: What was your best decision in the last oneyear?
Jhunjhunwala: I have developed some kind of investment strategy and despite the fall I was not shaken as far as my investments are concerned. I was absolutely confident. I couldn’t say that market would see a new high so fast.
Even I couldn’t foresee that, but I never was shaken from my basic investment strategy. I kept committing money at all levels of the market.
Q: Didn’t you sell at all in May and June?
Jhunjhunwala: I wouldn’t say that I didn’t sell; of course I sold off my trading positions. But if I sold, I reinvested; so money is basically in the market.
Q: What did you make most money out off? Do any midcaps or Nifty futures trade from 10,500 onwards?
Jhunjhunwala: The biggest money I made is in the futures ofcourse. I don’t consider gain unless I sell, and I haven’t sold most of my investments, but made good money in the futures.
Q: What was the best midcap you bought in the last 12 months. Which really paid off for you?
Jhunjhunwala: I may not have bought in the last 12 months. Some of the stocks which have given good returns are Praj Industries, Nagarjuna, Titan Industries, Crisil, and Container Corpration.
Container Corpration’s profit this year remains to be greater than the market cap at which I bought the stock. Crisil’s performance has been excellent. So some stocks have under performed, Geometrics has under performed.
Q: What was your biggest regret?
Jhunjhunwala: In August 2002, I was leveraged. Markets were down and I sold some stocks. I sold some stocks worth Rs 30-35 crore whose value at the peak was Rs 300 crore but there is nothing to regret.
So things have really turned out as I envisaged them. Over the last 3-4 years, I have learnt how markets move- how you miss opportunities, where is the lesser chance of gain but the surer chance where companies are evolving.
The more I see, the more I am convinced that we are going to go in for double digit economic growth.
Q: What was the best call you took in the last 12 months, one which stands out? Which one worked out- something unusual not- Infosys or Bajaj Auto?
Shankar: I have been very bearish on commodities and crude for the last 12 months. Crude actually entered a bear market last September-October. And the whole atmosphere was to gang up against crude seeing levels of around 50 or in the range of 50.
But if you look at the statistics, everyone said that the world is running out of oil, and world consumption is growing, etc. India’s consumption has been falling in the last two years, Chinese consumption has been falling, US is flat. Europe is going nowhere. So where is the big demand coming in from?
There are several oil discoveries that have happened in the last few years. Yet everybody is building a case for USD 100 plus crude prices.
We have been analyzing the oil marketing companies for a good 12 years now, right from the time their first quarter listed in 1994-95. They had reached crazy levels and people were wondering what would make these companies turn.
I think that the catalyst was crude cracking, and that’s the time we made the call that we did. So it was from a completely different angle; not so much of micro fundamentals of these companies, but from a completely external factor which was crude oil prices.
So that to my mind was something which one ignored India; we ignored HPCL, BPCL, oil bonds etc.
I think everything worked out okay, and I am still very convinced that these companies are in a very long-term bull market.
Q: HP, BP etc?
Shankar: Yes, we think they have just started off. It’s not as if they have gone up 7-8 times. So our take is that it’s just getting started in these companies, and on the other side you are just getting started in the bear market, in commodities and in particularly, in crude oil.
Q: Does that include steel as well? Do you thing that is in a bear market?
Shankar: Just a few weeks back we turned bullish on SAIL and TISCO. TISCO has lagged for reasons other than steel prices which is the Corus bid. But SAIL has done okay. We think that, for a reasonable length of time, one is going to see some outperformer from these companies.
But crude is basically going to weigh down the basket of commodity prices. Nickel and zinc are just going through the roof. But crude is giving an overall aura of bearishness in the commodity market. We think one will see lower levels of crude in the future, definitely.
Q: Are there any pockets that worry you? Just before the bust happened in May a lot of people pointed out that real estate, at those valuations, were unreal. Is there anything about the market valuations that really concern you?
Ramesh: Nothing comes to mind as such. I’ve been on vacation for 3 weeks to be fair with you so I’ve been out of synch with the market. But to come back to the point that you mentioned, clearly the biggest regret for any player in the market is that they didn’t reap big enough.
This is a once-in-a-five-generation bull market, and if you remain invested in equity, the horizon is yours. I think I didn’t reap big enough.
Q: Do you think you are under invested?
Ramesh: Even today as I speak, I’m 15% in cash. I like to find undiscovered stocks; most of the stocks have been discovered. I’m also patient, I wait for my opportunity. But over the last 3 years, the opportunity the Indian stock market has offered is great. We have gone from a 2000-3000 index to 12000.
Given the level of experience I have in the market, I think I didn’t dream big enough. That has been a problem, because the opportunities were unbelievable in the market. We have a basket of midcap stocks up 20 times even today.
Where are we going to get this kind of opportunity again in our lifetime?
It’s a once in a lifetime bull run that we are witnessing. I feel very proud and privileged to be a part of it.
Q: Where do you park your 15% cash now for the next 12 months?
Damani: We keep looking for opportunities, and we find them occasionally in the midcaps. Some stocks which I reckon for many years like Nuclear Software, that I still own my office trades in, is still at 10-11 times this years earnings.
The company should grow at 30% plus. So we are very comfortable with the management; it has a very clean balance sheet.
We keep looking for the infrastructure sector rather than look at the construction companies. We look at the finance companies; I think there are some opportunities there without mentioning any names.
We find opportunities, but these businesses will mature over the period of the next 2-3 years so they are not placed, as Rakesh said, on the next quarter or the next 2-3 years. If the economy sustains the 10% growth rate, I think they all will be 4-5x from these prices.
Q: What would you back from this Diwali to the next Diwali- favourite horses?
Shankar: Clearly the IT pack without any doubt- largecaps and midcaps as well. Due to relative focus on the largecaps, we kind of missed out on the midcaps stories. Polaris has had very good numbers, at some point somebody will wake up and take notice and probably buy it out, or they will just keep growing as they are. So we like that space.
We like the refineries that we spoke about. What we don’t like are the companies which are very interest rate sensitive- the PSU banks definitely top that list. One has to really trade those; you can’t really buy and own those companies, it’s really an inverse call to the bond yield situation.
Other than that, retail as a space has grown very well. But we are kind of skeptical as to whether the numbers will add up eventually. It’s a tough business, let’s make no mistake, to make 4% you have to do a lot of hard work.
There is a revolution in India- from retail to mobiles. But the mobile business is one which has a 39-40% EBITDA margin and the logistics of setting up mobile operations is relatively very simple, while in the retail side it’s very difficult. The whole supply chain has to be created- IT services, IT processes. It’s a different game with 4% margin.
In the mobile business one could make a few mistakes; 39% EBITDA margins would bail you out, but it’s not quite the same with retail.
But one space I would definitely like to watch out for would be the low cost carriers on the airlines side. Maybe all of us are very skeptical and maybe they could become the mobile equivalent in the future. Right now there is nothing to suggest that they will, but that’s the space I would really watch out for.
Q: What’s your favourite space now?
Jhunjhunwala: I feel there are a lot of opportunities in the market. One has to look at the business model, and after seeing income figures I personally feel that the retail or FMCG or any sector concerned with Indian consumption, is going to go through the roof.
Why is Bharti’s price where it is today, why is Reliance Communication’s price where it is today? - Because the demand for mobiles turned out to be far greater than anybody imagined.
So with this demand for all these consumption items, and with this kind of income levels, the demand will be far greater than what I am hearing people talk of. Also, these companies have highly fixed costs and high contribution margins, so the profits could go through the roof.
Another area that I think is very interesting is media. Media spends in India are far lower, as percentage of GDP, as compared to other nations. All the circumstances required for raising those spends, like consumerism, retailing, real estate, are not present. So we will have some good performers among midcap space.
Q: Where do you see the market 12 months from now on Diwali?
Damani: I think the markets fine. There will be serious corrections along the way, there always have been in emerging markets, particularly India. India is a very volatile market so corrections will be due.
But I think the story has sunk in that India’s GDP is going to grow at 8-9%; the macro factors look okay to me. The problems might be external not internal, so I’m hoping for another robust Diwali.
Q: Do you think we will see 15000, more or less, on the index?
Damani: We should get there. It’s about 20% from this level. We should get there.
Q: What do you think?
Jhunjhunwala: I think it will be higher. I think peoples’ analysis for ’08 earnings is about 780-800, so 15,000 is eminently doable. Ofcourse, any unknown factors of the markets can lead markets anywhere, but I think we are going to have a good gain, a gain which will surely justify continuation of equity investments or retention.
Q: But would you make more money in a midcap basket or in the largecaps this year?
Jhunjhunwala: It is fact that 95% of fund managers don’t out perform the Sensex. It is very alluring, I think the midcap is like your mistress and the Sensex is like the wife. It is alluring, but the performance is not there, the performance is only in the Sensex.
So history tells us to stick to the Sensex, it is always better. I have experienced this myself while making investments. Instead of making investments in the largecaps when I was very bullish on certain sectors, I made them in the midcaps and smallcaps. But over a period of time, the largecaps have totally out performed the midcaps and the smallcaps.
So unless you are a very good stock picker, I will stick with the Sensex.
Q: Could you wear the individual investor hat, not the brokerage hat. What’s your prognosis and what would fetch you better gains between mid and largecaps and the Index in 12 months time?
Shankar: There is clarity only about one thing, that India is going to be as dominant an economy in the next 50 years as the US was in the last 50 years. I am sure that within 100 years of independence, India will reach the status of a true super power, where the US was the only country having such a status. I think that will be a terrific achievement.
I sure that India will not just dominate the manufacturing and the services end, it will dominate opinion, it will dominate thoughts, unlike the Chinese who dominate stuffed toys and nothing beyond that.
The Sensex will play up once in a while, as it did in May, but by and large one has to make a very bullish case for the country; the Sensex is just one part of it.
Investors can consider pruning their exposure in the GTC Industries stock, which trades at about 18 times its expected FY-07 earnings. GTC's launch of low-tobacco content cigarettes appears to be driving the stock upwards.
Investors can take advantage of the recent spurt, as valuations appear stretched for a company that is in a mature business. Negligible volume growth in the domestic market, competition from established peers and contingent liabilities are among the key concerns.
GTC Industries is among the smaller players in the cigarette industry with a 3 per cent market share. The prospects for revenue growth appear dim as the company relies to a large extent on cigarettes, which contribute 98 per cent of its revenue.
Though the domestic industry has been recording significant growth in value terms, volume growth has been negligible. This value growth has come on the back of a hike in excise duty, which has been to a large extent passed on to consumers.
Consistent hikes in excise duty, severe restrictions on the industry, and health concerns have restricted growth of the cigarettes industry. The domestic industry also faces threat from imports and smuggled cigarettes. Though imports constitute only a negligible portion of the domestic pie, the rising share of imports can pose a threat to smaller players such as GTC Industries.
In September, GTC Industries launched `Loe Tabac' in the kings segment to increase its market share in the domestic market. The company plans to focus on this niche segment of low-tobacco cigarettes. Though the launch of this niche product is likely to generate interest among consumers in the near term, sustaining volumes over the long term could prove difficult.
With restrictions on advertising, brand awareness for new products is unlikely to reach the masses and low volumes could significantly hinder brand recall. Poor brand recall, in turn, may impact the viability of maintaining a niche product line. GTC Industries plans to come out with another product on similar lines for the overseas market.
With restrictions on advertising, GTC has resorted to a more expensive mode of sales promotion. Launches and expansion of distribution channels in rural markets are likely to increase selling and distribution costs further. With a weaker distribution chain compared to ITC, sustaining launches could be difficult.
The potential for earnings growth appears limited, as the scope for volume growth and expansion in operating margins in the cigarettes business is minimal. As GTC Industries operates in a mature business where the competition is high, the scope for better realisations is limited. Besides, with regulation in tobacco cultivation, raw material costs are unlikely to dip. GTC Industries has a set of contingent liabilities, which have been disputed by the company and not provided for.
Direct tax-related items account for a chunk of these liabilities, which are almost five times its annual revenues. The company also faces litigations in the US, which are likely to impede exports.
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Cluster: Ugly Duckling
Price target: Rs1,000
Current market price: Rs914
Impressive performance continues
- Sun Pharmaceuticals’ consolidated net sales grew by 29.1% year on year (yoy) to Rs536.2 crore in Q2FY2007. The strong growth was driven by an increase of 46.9% in its exports and a 14.6% growth in the domestic business.
- A sharp spike in the research and development (R&D) expenses, along with higher staff costs led to a decline in the company’s operating profit margin (OPM), which contracted by 50 basis points to 31.9% in Q2FY2007, causing the operating profit (OP) to increase by 27.1% to Rs170.8 crore. Barring the higher R&D costs, the company’s margins actually showed an expansion of 160 basis points.
- Sun Pharma’s net profit for Q2FY2007 stood at Rs186.4 crore, up 26.1% yoy. The growth in the profit was aided by a 1.5-fold increase in the company’s other income to Rs40.2 crore and a deferred tax write-back of Rs5.4 crore.
- Between Sun Pharma and Caraco, the group has 56 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) pending approvals and 28 products already in the market. This is one of the strongest product pipelines in the industry.
- At the current market price of Rs914, Sun Pharmaceutical is valued at 26.7x FY2007 and 22.6x FY2008 fully diluted earnings. The company’s future growth prospects, positive contributions from past acquisitions and value-unlocking post R&D demerger reinforce our positive stance on the company. We maintain our Buy recommendation on the stock with a price target of Rs1,000.
Price target: Rs300
Current market price: Rs262
Better health than expected
- Cipla reported better-than-expected results for Q2FY2007 with its earnings showing a 47% jump (as against an expected growth of 40%) to Rs180.28 crore.
- The revenues were up by an impressive 33 % year on year (yoy) and by 4% quarter on quarter (qoq) to Rs896.11 crore, largely fuelled by a whopping 120% growth in the exports of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to Rs159.70 crore and above the industry performance of a 22% increase in the domestic formulations.
- The operating profit margin (OPM) witnessed a contraction of 100 basis points to 25.4% in the quarter, as the raw material costs increased by 250 basis points due to the company’s changed product mix. However, the operating profit increased by 28.4% to Rs227.60 crore.
- With the reduction in the incidence of tax to 18.3% from 21.1%, possibly due to the commissioning of the new export-oriented unit (EOU) at Patalganga, the net profit increased by 47% at Rs180.28 crore.
- At the current market price of Rs262, the stock trades at 21.5x its FY2008 earnings, but expecting earning surprises in the subsequent quarters (as the company is working on about 150 product projects), we maintain our Buy recommendation on the stock with a price target of Rs300.
Cluster: Ugly Duckling
Price target: Rs315
Current market price: Rs222
Results better than expected
- India Cements (ICL) achieved a net profit of Rs117 crore for Q2FY2007, ahead of our expectations.
- The net revenues grew by a healthy 31.91% to Rs517 crore helped by a 16% growth in the volumes and a 21% growth in the realisations.
- Due to strict cost control measures, the operating cost growth remained subdued at 6.3% year on year (yoy). This, coupled with the company’s leverage to the cement prices, resulted in the operating profit jumping by a whopping 154% to Rs173 crore as against Rs67 crore in the same quarter last year.
- The operating margins expanded by a staggering 1,605 basis points to 33.41% whereas the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)/tonne more than doubled to Rs791 as against Rs361 in the same quarter last year.
- The interest cost decreased by 8.7% to Rs36 crore on account of the repayment of debt, whereas the depreciation remained stagnant at Rs19 crore.
- The tax provision was negligible at Rs40 lakh on account of the write-off of the accumulated losses. Thus the net profit grew by a staggering 1,900% year on year to Rs117 crore.