Gujarat State Petronet Ltd (Q4 FY14)

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

Revenues at Rs2.3bn were lower than estimates owing to lower than expected realizations while volumes were better than estimates

CMP Rs80, Target Rs95, Upside 18.8%
  • Revenues at Rs2.3bn were lower than estimates owing to lower than expected realizations while volumes were better than estimates
  • Volumes were at 20.8mmscmd for Q4 FY14 as compared to our estimates of 20.2mmscmd
  • OPM at 86.8% was tad lower than our estimates of 87%, margins were down 427bps yoy due to operating deleverage
  • Decrease in debt levels led to decline in interest expenses on a sequential basis
  • We upgrade our rating to BUY from Market Performer as we expect the gas availability to increase in the country, GSPL will be a major beneficiary; we raise our target price to Rs95
Result table
(Rs m) Q4 FY14 Q4 FY13 % yoy Q3 FY14 % qoq
Qty processed (mmscmd) 20.8 22.2 (6.3) 20.7 0.4
Qty processed (mmscm) 1,869 1,994 (6.3) 1,861 0.4
Tariff (Rs/scm) 1.19 1.76 (32.3) 1.28 (7.1)
Net sales 2,314 3,598 (35.7) 2,439 (5.1)
Staff costs (59) (55) 6.9 (109) (45.8)
Operations and maintenance (160) (177) (9.8) (203) (21.3)
Other expenses (87) (89) (2.9) (69) 25.2
Operating profit 2,008 3,276 (38.7) 2,057 (2.4)
OPM (%) 86.8 91.1 (427) bps 84.4 243 bps
Depreciation (449) (480) (6.4) (462) (2.8)
Interest (319) (315) 1.2 (353) (9.5)
Other income 145 149 (2.6) 139 4.5
PBT 1,385 2,630 (47.3) 1,382 0.3
Tax (471) (1,015) (53.6) (520) (9.5)
Effective tax rate (%) 34.0 38.6 37.7
Adjusted PAT 914 1,615 (43.4) 861 6.2
Adj. PAT margin (%) 39.5 44.9 (537) bps 35.3 419 bps
Ann. EPS (Rs) 6.5 11.5 (43.4) 6.1 6.2
Source: Company, India Infoline Research

Revenues lower than expectations owing to weak tariffs
During Q4 FY14, GSPL reported revenues of Rs2.3bn a fall of 35.7% yoy and 5.1% qoq. Sales were lower than our estimate of Rs2.5bn. Volumes were at 20.8mmscmd compared to our estimates of 20.2mmscmd. Volumes fell 6.3% yoy but improved 0.4% qoq. Sequential recovery in volumes was owing to increase in production at KG-D6 field of Reliance Industries. Tariffs were at Rs1.2/scm a fall of 32.3% yoy and 7.1% qoq. We had built in a tariff of Rs1.29/scm for the quarter. The company has delayed implementation of tariff hikes as some approvals are pending at the zonal level.
Cost analysis
As a % of net sales Q4 FY14 Q4 FY13 bps yoy Q3 FY14 bps qoq
Staff costs 2.6 1.5 102 4.5 (191)
Operations and maintenance 6.9 4.9 198 8.3 (142)
Administrative expenses 3.8 2.5 127 2.8 91
Total costs 86.8 91.1 (427) 84.4 243
Source: Company, India Infoline Research

Operating margins tad below estimates
For Q4 FY14, GSPL reported OPM of 86.8% compared to our estimates of 87%. OPM was down 427bps yoy but improved 243bps qoq. The key reason for the fall was impact of operating deleverage as volumes were lower by 6.3% yoy. All expenses were higher on a yoy basis. Sequentially though the performance was better with 243bps improvement in OPM. While staff costs declined 45.8% qoq, operations & maintenance expenses were lower by 21.3% qoq.

Lower than expected interest and depreciation supports performance at PAT level
Operating profit at Rs2bn was lower than our estimates by 7.6%. However, PAT at Rs914mn was lower than our estimates by only 1.9%. The improved performance at the PAT level was on the back of 11.4% lower than projected interest costs and 7.4% lower than estimated depreciation. This was primarily due to lower than estimated capitalization. 370bps sequential fall in tax rate added to the performance. PAT was lower by 43.4% yoy but saw an increase of 6.2% qoq.

Upgrade to BUY
We upgrade our rating from Market Performer to BUY and revise our target price to Rs95. We are turning positive on the stock as we believe the worst in terms of volume performance is behind us. KG-D6 production has seen some improvement in Q4 FY14 and is expected to gradually increase over the next couple of years. Furthermore, GSPC has tied up spot volumes at Petronet LNG’s Dahej Terminal which will lead to incremental LNG availability in Gujarat. Over the next couple of years volumes should commence from the three cross country pipelines as well.

Financial summary
Y/e 31 Mar (Rs m) FY13 FY14 FY15E FY16E
Revenues 11,732 10,507 11,366 12,787
yoy growth (%) 4.4 (10.4) 8.2 12.5
Operating profit 10,720 9,288 10,468 11,777
OPM (%) 91.4 88.4 92.1 92.1
Pre-exceptional PAT 5,381 4,191 5,130 5,889
Reported PAT 5,381 4,191 5,130 5,889
yoy growth (%) 3.1 (22.1) 22.4 14.8
EPS (Rs) 9.6 7.4 9.1 10.5
P/E (x) 8.4 10.7 8.8 7.6
Price/Book (x) 1.5 1.4 1.2 1.1
EV/EBITDA (x) 4.7 5.5 4.9 4.2
Debt/Equity (x) 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.2
RoE 19.9 13.4 14.6 14.7

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