Agri-Inputs Q3FY19 Result Preview: Export market to offset subdued domestic scenario

Agriculture and allied activity companies are likely to post subdued domestic earnings on account of lower rabi acreages and erratic rainfall.

Jan 16, 2019 09:01 IST India Infoline News Service

Domestic agrochemical players are likely to report subdued earnings for the quarter on account of decline in rabi acreage (down ~5% yoy) and below average rainfall (~44% below). Further, below average kharif season has also led to decline in the farm income across various states. Agro-players with global presence and export revenues in areas like Latin America (LatAm) are expected to witness higher volumes backed by filling up channel inventory.

However, we expect marginal moderation of input cost pressures with decline in crude oil prices (~20% mom) and INR appreciation vs. USD to be significant tailwinds for agro-input players. Although, with benign realisation level in domestic markets due to lower acreage and farm income, we expect margins to shrink during the quarter.

We expect the integrated global players having presence across the value chain like UPL to report stable performance on account of the supply tightness witnessed in the broader chemical industry.

Fertiliser volumes have also likely fallen by ~8% yoy in Q3FY19, with urea volumes down 6%, DAP down 15%, and NPK down 4% yoy.
Thus, fertilizer companies like Coromandel International and GSFC are likely to report subdued performance under this segment.

PI Industries (Rs cr) Q3FY19E YoY QoQ
Revenue 635 18% (12%)
EBITDA 131 25% (2%)
EBITDA margin (%) (change in bps) 20.7% 120.0 205.7
PAT 91 13% (3%)

PI Industries is expected to witness revenue growth of 18% yoy on account of traction under CSM export revenues and outperformance under domestic market vs. the industry. We expect EBITDA margin to expand by ~120bps yoy with improvement in sales mix and price hikes across products. We estimate PAT to increase by 13% yoy, lower than EBITDA growth, on account of increase in effective tax rate as compared to corresponding period of previous year.

Godrej Agrovet (Rs cr) Q3FY19E YoY QoQ
Revenue 1,367 12% (14%)
EBITDA 117 20% (17%)
EBITDA margin (%) (change in bps) 8.5% 60.0 (31.9)
PAT 59 20% (37%)

Godrej Agrovet is expected to witness 12% yoy growth in revenue led by traction under palm oil business due to postponement of the season and strength under foreign agro-chemical business. We expect expansion in EBITDA margin on account of improvement in sales mix and cost-optimization initiative. We estimate PAT to rise by 20% yoy led by higher EBITDA and stable other income.

Bayer CropScience (Rs cr) Q3FY19E YoY QoQ
Revenue 528 10% (52%)
EBITDA 24 5% (89%)
EBITDA margin (%) (change in bps) 4.5% (20.0) (1,532.39)
PAT 8 (25%) (94%)

Bayer Cropscience is likely to witness a challenging quarter with decline in rabi accreages. We factor revenue growth of 10% yoy on account of increase in sales of new product launches. EBITDA margin is expected to remain subdued on account of weak demand and pricing pressure. PAT is expected to decline by 25% yoy on account of increase in the effective tax rate and lower operating profits.

UPL (Rs cr) Q3FY19E YoY QoQ
Revenue 4,739 13% 11%
EBITDA 970 17% 16%
EBITDA margin (%)
(change in bps)
20.5% 69.2 75.0
PAT 536 (8%) 64%

UPL's revenue growth is estimated at 13% yoy backed by strong volumes in Latin American market. However, Brazilian Real depreciation vs. INR to partially drag down LatAm growth. Rupee depreciation vs. EUR and USD should lead to further benefit in the top-line. EBITDA margin is expected to increase yoy by ~69bps on account of improvement in geographic mix. We expect PAT to witness moderation due to normalization of tax rate, higher interest cost (previous period had f/x gain of Rs62cr). It may witness foreign exchange loss on foreign currency borrowings due to rupee depreciation.

Coromandel Int (Rs cr) Q3FY19E YoY QoQ
Revenue 3,173 16% (37%)
EBITDA 253 (23%) (62%)
EBITDA margin (%)
(change in bps)
8.0% (400.0) (533.3)
PAT 112 (38%) (70%)

Coromandel International is expected to post 16% yoy revenue growth yoy in Q3FY19 on account of price increases especially under nutrient and other allied segments. Lower accreages under the rabi season is likely to lead to decline in the fertilizer sales volume during the quarter. We expect cost presures to ease off during the quarter. However, lower operating leverage due to subdued season and high channel inventory (excluding likely impact arising from forex gains) is likely to lead to decline in EBITDA margin by ~400bps yoy. The PAT is expected go down by 38% on account of the above factors.

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