CMP Rs180, Target Rs170, Downside 5.3%
Higher realization drives ~18% yoy revenue growth
Ambuja Cements (ACL) reported ~18% yoy rise in revenue to Rs25.8bn, beating our estimate. Realisation grew 6.4% qoq and 11.7% yoy (above our expectation) as 1) prices remained firm due to delay in monsoon and 2) strong demand in north-eastern states (40% of ACL revenue). Net realisation for the quarter stood at Rs4,598, 3% above our estimates of Rs4,464. Volume growth of 5.5% was in-line with estimate.
Margin at 28.5% meets estimate
OPM expanded by 120bps yoy to 28.5%, in line with our estimate of 28.3%. Higher than expected power and freight cost was cushioned by lower adjusted raw material expenses at Rs208/ton (vs estimated Rs280/ton). Lower than expected other overheads (Rs748/ton against expectation Rs810/ton) also helped boost margins.
ACL procures a high proportion of its coal from international markets and we believe the company has not realized full benefits from a sharp fall (15% qoq) in international coal prices, as it may have used higher cost inventory.
PAT misses forecast; retain Market Performer
Reported PAT at Rs4.7bn missed our estimate on higher interest and depreciation costs (due to change in policy pertaining to fixed assets of captive power plant).
In light of higher average realizations and firm margins (due to fall in international coal prices), we have upgraded our earning estimates by 9% for CY12 and 13% for CY13. However, the stock has rallied by 10% from April trough thus limiting the scope for any further upside, in our view. Further, we expect cement demand to take a hit in case of any drought-like situation, although we have not penciled in such a scenario in our estimates. Retain our Market Performer rating with a 9-months price target of 170.