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Nestle surpassed our expectations of ~Rs23bn by recording 9.3% yoy revenue growth at Rs24.2bn during Q2 CY14
Domestic sales grew by 9.7% yoy to Rs22.4bn led by price hikes in milk products and infant nutrition portfolio. Exports increased by 4.1% yoy to Rs1.8bn led by strong ~36% yoy growth in third-party exports
OPM contracted by 175bps to 21.4% due to 240bps increase in raw material cost on account of sharp rise in milk and milk powder prices
Net profit increased by 6.1% yoy at Rs2.9bn above our expectations of Rs2.7bn partly aided by higher other income and lower interest outgo
We expect Nestle to witness 11%/13% CAGR in revenues/net profit respectively over CY13-15.
Nestle is currently trading at premium valuations of 36.4x CY15E EPS of Rs148.6. Recommend Reduce with a 9-month price target of Rs4,902
|(Rs m)||Q2 CY14||Q2 CY13||% yoy||Q1 CY14||% qoq|
|Domestic FMCG sales||22,381||20,395||9.7||21,673||3.3|
|Other operating income||131||95||37.5||81||62.2|
|OPM (%)||21.4||23.1||(175) bps||21.3||2 bps|
|Effective tax rate (%)||30.6||31.1||-||31.9||-|
|Provision for contingencies||(94)||(109)||(14.0)||(339)||(72.3)|
|Adj. PAT margin (%)||12.6||12.9||(31) bps||11.2||138 bps|
|Extra ordinary items||(164)||(139)||17.6||-||-|
|Ann. EPS (Rs)||126.2||118.4||6.6||107.5||17.4|
Revenue growth beats expectations
Nestle beat our expectations of ~Rs23bn by recording 9.3% yoy growth in revenues at Rs24.2bn during Q2 CY14. Domestic sales recorded healthy 9.7% yoy growth at Rs22.4bn led by price hikes in milk products and infant nutrition portfolio. Underlying volume growth for the quarter is expected to have improved to low single digit on a low base. Exports (contributing ~7% to total revenues) increased by 4.1% yoy to Rs1.8bn led by strong 35.8% yoy growth in third-party exports even as exports to affiliates (mainly Russia) declined by 7.1% yoy.
New launches during the quarter
Nestle has recently launched low fat Nestle Sweet Lassi, Nestle Butter milk with ayurvedic herbs and spices and Maggi Oats noodles (priced at 2.5x the base variant).
Sharp rise in input cost pull down operating margins by 175bps
Operating margins for the quarter contracted by ~175bps to 21.4% due to sharp 240bps increase in raw material cost on account of sharp rise in milk and milk powder prices. Lower overhead and staff cost cushioned margins.
|As a % of net sales||Q2 CY14||Q2 CY13||bps yoy||Q1 CY14||bps qoq|
Net profit above expectations aided by lower interest outgo and higher other income
Net profit increased by 6.6% yoy to Rs3bn above our expectations of Rs2.7bn partly aided by higher other income and lower interest outgo. Other income for the quarter increased by 50.1% yoy to Rs231mn from Rs154mn in Q2 CY13 due to higher average liquidities coupled with higher yields.
ECB fully paid back to parent
Nestle had raised a US$192mn ECB from Nestle SA five years back to fund its large capital expansion plans of Rs30bn . With this expansion now complete, Nestle has completely repaid the loan (US$157mn in the June quarter and US$35mn in July). Due to which interest cost for the quarter reduced to Rs38mn against Rs85mn in Q2 CY13.
Trading at premium valuations, recommend Reduce
We believe Nestle is one of the best plays on the healthy growth potential in the Indian food-processing sector. However, a general economic slowdown, input cost inflation, SKU rationalization and intense competition in the market are likely to weigh on Nestle’s performance. We expect Nestle to witness 11%/13% CAGR in revenues/net profit respectively over CY13-15. At the current market price of Rs5,407, the stock is trading at premium valuations of 36.4x CY15E EPS of Rs148.6. We recommend Reduce rating on the stock with a revised 9-month price target of Rs4,902.
|Y/e 31 Dec (Rs m)||CY12||CY13||CY14E||CY15E|
|yoy growth (%)||10.8||9.1||9.2||12.6|
|yoy growth (%)||11.1||4.6||8.0||18.7|