Despite difficult economic times, Asian Paints managed to record a 12.58% jump in net sales. However, its operating and net profit were hurt by the depreciating rupee
Asian Paints, for the quarter ended 30 June 2013, saw its net profit increase by 3.4% year-on-year (y-o-y), from Rs274.6 crore to Rs283.9 crore. The profit was affected by the rupee depreciation. Net sales increased 12.58% y-o-y and stood at Rs2,300.80 crore for the quarter ended 30 June 2013 when compared to Rs2,043.97 crore for the corresponding quarter last year. We had recommended the stock in our Long Term portfolio at Rs4,573. Currently the stock is quoting at Rs5,076 on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
According to Moneylife analysis, the company has performed well on the revenues side. Its net sales growth rate matched its three-quarter y-o-y average growth of 13%. While its operating profit increased by just 4% to Rs419.20 crore, the second successive quarter of single-digit y-o-y growth. Net profit, while disappointing, was better than the previous quarter which saw profit shrink by 2.06% y-o-y (over March 2012).The company currently commands a whopping premium in the market. Its market capitalisation is nearly 30 times its operating profit while return on equity (RoE) is an impressive 35%.
“The decorative paints business in India did well considering the challenging and uncertain macro environment. Paints volume grew in double digits. Raw material prices were by and large stable with a softening bias, but were affected by the depreciation of rupee,” said KBS Anand, managing director and CEO. “Industrial paints segment continues to be affected by the economic slowdown. Automotive coatings growth was subdued due to lower demand in the auto sector. International business registered good growth. Middle East and Asia have done well even though some countries continued to be affected by political events and macro-economic uncertainty,” he added.
The company paid a final dividend of Rs36.50 per equity share for the financial year 2012-2013.
Prime Securities is a stockbroking company in which ‘promoters’ have no shares! It is running a PMS where investors stand to lose money because SEBI’s mulish attempt to keep PMS performance hidden. How much worse can it get?
Prime Securities, a Mumbai-based brokerage, promoted by former Citibank investment banker N Jayakumar, and listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE), does not have a single ‘promoter’ holding and is owned ‘public’ i.e. non-institutions hold a whopping 98% of the company. Prime Securities has been in the news recently in connection with market manipulation of shares of Gitanjali Gems. It continues to run its portfolio management services (PMS) whose performance remains hidden from the public, thanks to SEBI’s (Securities and Exchange Board of India) lax enforcement. According to our information, Prime’s portfolios were used for price rigging operations in Gitanjali and other shady small-cap stocks in connivance with the promoters. But while SEBI and the stock exchanges have banned promoters of Prime, Gitanjali Gems and 24 others from the market temporarily, Prime’s PMS remains outside regulatory scrutiny as yet.
PMS is one of the shadiest areas of the capital markets. Mis-selling is rife, performance is patchy and disclosure is non-existent. SEBI had issued a circular to all PMS companies to put up a disclosure document online so that clients can do their homework and make an informed decision BEFORE investing. The SEBI circular IMD/DF/16/2010, dated 2 November 2010, clearly says, “To ensure compliance with Regulation 14(2)(b)(iv) of SEBI (Portfolio Managers) Regulations, 1993, portfolio managers shall disclose the performance of portfolios grouped by investment category for the past three years as per the enclosed prescribed tabular format. Portfolio managers shall also ensure that the disclosure document is given to all clients along with the account opening form at least two days in advance of signing the agreement. In order to ensure that the clients have access to updated information about the portfolio manager, portfolio managers shall place the latest disclosure document on their website, wherever possible.”
However, Prime Securities has not put up its disclosure document on its website which is violation of Regulation 14(2)(b)(iv) of SEBI (Portfolio Managers) Regulations, 1993. This means prospective clients have little idea how it has fared. However, the disclosure document will be given only AFTER you become a client.
In other words, you will need to enroll as a client with a company that has no ‘promoters’, only then you will know whether you made the right decision or not.
Earlier, Prime Securities was hawking a PMS with an indicative return of 12%. We had written an exclusive story here.
This isn’t the first time we’ve written about PMS companies not giving data. We had covered it earlier here. SEBI is has been completely unconcerned about regulating and forcing minimum disclosure of PMS operations. In fact, after getting complaints of widespread losses and massive mis-selling, Moneylife has been consistently attempting to urge the regulator to oversee the PMS but our success has been slow and extremely hard-fought.
Will SEBI at least stir itself now to act in connection with the price rigging operations of Gitanjali Gems and take a peek at what Prime’s PMS has been up to?