Hindalco Industries Ltd (Q4 FY14)

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

Standalone revenue of Rs84.4bn was higher by 20.6% yoy and 16% qoq. It was also higher than our estimate led by higher than expected sales volume.

CMP Rs149, Target Rs144, Downside 3.1% 
  • Hindalco’s standalone operational numbers were quite stronger than estimate on the back of higher copper volumes and strong aluminium spot premiums

  • Copper production volume growth continued to remain strong at 13.5% yoy to 96,000 tons

  • Total aluminium production too remained strong at 175,000 tons led by a rampup in production at Mahan

  • Operating profit of Rs8.4bn was quite higher than our estimate due to improved performance in the aluminium division

  • Current rally ignoring execution risks; Downgrade to Market Performer with a price target of Rs144

Result table
(Rs mn) Q4 FY14 Q4 FY13 % yoy Q3 FY14 % qoq
Net sales 84,351 69,938 20.6 72,731 16.0
Material costs (55,980) (47,143) 18.7 (48,522) 15.4
Power and fuel costs (9,206) (7,544) 22.0 (9,486) (3.0)
Personnel costs (3,505) (2,895) 21.1 (3,324) 5.4
Other overheads (7,219) (5,924) 21.9 (5,104) 41.5
Operating profit 8,441 6,432 31.2 6,295 34.1
OPM (%) 10.0 9.2 81 bps 8.7 135 bps
Depreciation (2,441) (1,726) 41.4 (1,998) 22.2
Interest (2,146) (1,577) 36.1 (1,652) 29.9
Other income 2,125 2,312 (8.1) 2,042 4.1
PBT 5,979 5,442 9.9 4,687 27.6
Tax 462 (621) (174.4) (1,347) (134.3)
Effective tax rate (%) (7.7) 11.4 28.7
Adjusted PAT 6,441 4,820 33.6 3,340 92.9
Adj. PAT margin (%) 7.6 6.9 74 bps 4.6 304 bps
Extra ordinary items (3,960) - - - -
Reported PAT 2,482 4,820 (48.5) 3,340 (25.7)
Ann. EPS (Rs) 26.9 20.1   33.6 14.0   92.8
Source: Company, India Infoline Research

Higher volumes boost topline by 20.6% yoy

Standalone revenue of Rs84.4bn was higher by 20.6% yoy and 16% qoq.  It was also higher than our estimate led by higher than expected sales volume. The company managed to ramp up its aluminium production during the quarter. Aluminium production increased 23.2% yoy and 10.8% qoq to 175,000 tons (excluding the production at Mahan). Copper production too was higher by 13.5% yoy and 7.9% qoq at 96,000 tons. The management attributed the strong copper production growth to better feed rate and operating efficiencies. For the aluminium division, the growth in revenue was also boosted by an increase in product premiums. Product premiums were higher on a qoq basis. Alumina production too was strong at 8.4% qoq on the back of higher production at Utkal. The Mahan smelter managed to increase its production from 18,100 tons in Q3 FY14 to 29,000 tons and that at Utkal increased from 87,000 tons to 147,000 tons.


Quarterly production
As a % of net sales Q4 FY14* Q4 FY13 % yoy Q3 FY14* % qoq
Alumina 465,000 330,000 40.9 429,000 8.4
Aluminium 175,000 142,000 23.2 158,000 10.8
Copper Cathodes 96,000 84,600 13.5 89,000 7.9
Source: Company, India Infoline Research * includes trail production

Higher product premiums coupled with lower power costs led to a 31.2% yoy jump in operating profit

Hindalco’s operational performance was quite higher than our estimate. Operating profit for the quarter stood at Rs8.8bn, higher by 31.2% yoy and 34.1% qoq. The outperformance in operating profit was largely led by the strong performance of the aluminium division. Aluminium business EBIT doubled on a qoq basis and was higher by 23.3% yoy to Rs3.5bn on the back of strong sales volume, higher product premiums and lower power costs. Power costs as a % of sales declined by 213bps qoq to 10.9% in Q4 FY14. Copper business continued to register strong performance due to a ramp up in volumes and higher Tc/Tc margins. Though copper business EBIT margins were lower on a qoq basis, it was higher than our expectations. After registering its lowest EBIT margins in Q3 FY14, aluminium business managed to register an EBIT margin of 11.6% in Q4 FY14.


Cost Analysis
As a % of net sales Q4 FY14 Q4 FY13 bps yoy Q3 FY14 bps qoq
Material costs 66.7 67.8 (106) 63.6 316
Power and fuel costs 13.0 11.0 206 14.0 (95)
Personnel Costs 4.6 4.5 8 5.7 (115)
Other overheads 7.0 8.3 (127) 8.2 (115)
Total costs 91.3 91.5 (18) 91.4 (9)
Source: Company, India Infoline Research

Current rally ignoring execution risks; Downgrade to Market Performer

Hindalco has outperformed its peers over the last one quarter on expectations of a faster clearance for its coal mines and a ramp in aluminium production. The company managed to receive the forest stage-2 clearance from its Mahan Coal block in Q4 FY14 and is awaiting the signing of the mining lease. We believe that commissioning of the coal mine would take a minimum of 2 years and hence near term impact would be quite minimal. Metal production rampup is expected to remain lower due to unavailability of captive coal. Project returns from Mahan and Aditya smelters will be muted due to the high cost of production and subdued aluminum prices. Expansion in margins at Novelis is expected to be constrained by the high metal premiums and rising competition in Asia from China. Valuations at 6.1X FY16E EV/EBITDA are high and are building in a faster rampup in aluminium production in FY16. But, it is ignoring risk involved in ramping up the smelters and the commencement of coal mine. Downgrade to Market Performer rating with a price target of Rs144.


Segmental results
Y/e 31 Mar (Rs m) Q4 FY14  Q4 FY13 yoy chng Q4 FY14  Q4 FY13
Sales (Rs m) in % Sales Contribution (%)
Aluminium Business 30,246 23,961 26.2 35.9 34.3
Copper Business 54,217 46,067 17.7 64.3 65.9
Less: Intersegment Rev (113) (90) 25.8 (0.1) (0.1)
Total 84,351 69,938 20.6 100.0 100.0
EBIT (Rs m) in % EBIT contribution (%)
Aluminium Business 3,496 2,835 23.3 173.1 52.1
Copper Business 3,184 2,586 23.2 157.7 47.5
Others (4,661) 21 - (230.8) 0.4
Total 2,019 5,442 (62.9)    
EBIT margins (%) in bps
Aluminium Business 11.6 11.8 (28)
Copper Business 5.9 5.6 26
Total 2.4 7.8 (539)    
ROCE (%) in bps
Aluminium Business 3.9 11.8 (797)
Copper Business 22.9 5.6 1,727
Total 1.2 7.8 (654)    
Source: Company, India Infoline Research

Financial Summary
Y/e 31 Mar (Rs m) FY13 FY14E FY15E FY16E
Revenues 801,928 876,955 1,006,130 1,098,542
yoy growth (%) (0.8) 9.4 14.7 9.2
Operating profit 78,368 82,863 114,496 131,099
OPM (%) 9.8 9.4 11.4 11.9
Pre-exceptional PAT 30,269 25,710 43,997 50,838
Reported PAT 30,269 21,750 43,997 50,838
yoy growth (%) (10.9) (28.1) 102.3 15.5
EPS (Rs) 15.8 12.5 21.3 24.6
P/E (x) 9.4 12.0 7.0 6.1
Price/Book (x) 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6
EV/EBITDA (x) 10.3 10.8 7.4 6.1
Debt/Equity (x) 1.6 1.6 1.4 1.2
RoE (%) 9.0 6.8 10.3 10.8
RoCE (%) 6.8 5.6 7.9 8.8
Source: Company, India Infoline Research

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