Coal India to possibly lower production target for FY20

The decision comes after the government revises its view on growth of coal demand growth

Apr 06, 2018 09:04 IST India Infoline News Service

The Government is considering to lower Coal India’s (CIL) current production target for FY20. The Government had earlier set a production target of 1bn tonnes for Coal India in FY20. KPMG has been asked to assess whether a production of 1bn tonnes of coal would be required to meet domestic demand.

Coal India had set a production target of 600mt for FY18, of which it achieved 95% (567mt). Coal offtake for CIL also achieved only 97% of its FY18 target. This miss in offtake and production was largely due to unavailability of coal rakes. With the issue of poor coal rake availability persisting , it is unlikely that the issue would be resolved in the near term. Thus, offtake from CIL is unlikely to reduce the coal shortage in the near term.

CIL holds a dominant market share in coal mining and produces 84% of the nation’s coal output. Coal production for the month of February 2018 stood at 54.5mn tonnes, which takes the total coal production for 11MFY18 to 495mn tonnes. The production target for FY19 stands at 630mn tonnes. The Working Group on Coal and Lignite has stated that they plan to expand production of CIL to 908mn tonnes by FY20. The government made a ruling in February 2018 to allow private miners to engage in commercial coal mining. This move removes the monopoly enjoyed by CIL and is a long term negative for the company.

We expect the company to report revenue CAGR of 13.3% over FY18-20E aided by a 7.8% CAGR volume in coal production over FY18-20E. EBITDA margins are likely to expand by 557bps over FY18-20E due to the higher levels of production. The stock is currently trading at 6.8x FY20E EV/EBITDA.

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