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Coal India may go for broad based price hike in June quarter

According to Nomura, CIL, the country's largest coal producer, would come up with weak Q4 results and then go in for a broad based hike in notified coal prices

Coal India Ltd (CIL), the countries largest coal producer may come out with weak results due to lower year-end incentives and grade compliance-linked provisioning plus capped realisations. After the results, the coal producer would likely go in for a broad-based hike in notified coal prices in 1QFY15, says Nomura in a research note.


Nomura said it believes that during FY2015 coal production/ offtake forecasts for CIL of 488mt/496mt (up 5.5%/5.1% year-on-year) appear achievable, although offtake in April 2014 is up only 2% year-on-year.


Nomura's discussion with Coal India management focused on prospects of meeting stiff coal production/ offtake targets for FY2015, ongoing grade compliance exercise, and whether a change of guard at the Centre can materially facilitate clearances and build-out of mining/rail projects critical to CIL for augmenting output and offtake beyond 550mtpa.


“A Central Government with visibly stronger impetus on ensuring Centre-State administrative coordination to facilitate time-bound project clearances (environment/ forest clearances) and build-out of key rail projects would boost volume-led earnings growth prospects and bolster a longer-term investment case in CIL,” the research note added.


On the CIL share in the stock market, Nomura has recommended a 'Buy' rating. The target price is Rs315. On FY16F normalized earnings, the stock trades at 8.5x P/E (EPS of Rs35.1) and 4.7x EV/EBITDA (10.1x P/E and 6.0x EV/EBTIDA on reported earnings). At CMP (current market price), the stock offers a total potential 12-month return of 11.5% (including a dividend yield of 5.4%).


Exide Industries' FY14 results strong but growth visibility low

As the automobile industry enters into a slow growth phase with only 8%-9% volume growth projected for FY15-16F, further market share loss could lead to no volume growth or even a decline for Exide Industries, says Nomura

Exide Industries has seen a strong improvement in industrial business revenue q-o-q (quarter-on-quarter), led by its re-entry into the telecom segment. However, the company accepted that growth for key segments – UPS (uninterrupted power supply) and inverters (20%-25% of revenue) and four-wheeler replacement (35% of revenue) could be very slow in FY15.


According to Nomura, within the auto replacement segment, there is little visibility on the stabilisation of marketshare as Amara Raja Batteries has been consistently gaining market share for the past five-six years.


Commenting on Exide Industries prospects, Nomura points out that as we enter a slow growth

phase for the industry with only 8%-9% volume growth projected for FY15-16F, further market share loss could lead to no volume growth or even a decline.


With the stock having moved up 24% over the past three months, Nomura believes this factors in improved earnings growth and maintains a 'Neutral' rating on the Exide Industries share.


For both cautious and seasoned investors, Nomura remarks that Exide Industries is a play on strong volume growth in replacement auto battery demand in India over the long term. Cyclical slowdown in the industrial segment and loss of market share in the auto segment will remain a concern for the



On company share valuation, Nomura forecasts, “We value Exide Industries (ex-insurance business) at 15x one-year forward Earnings Per Share of Rs7.3, which is near the middle of its historical trading band of 15x; we value its insurance business investments at a book value of Rs17/share.”


Nomura's performance forecast for Exide Industries is given in the table below:


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