Stable outlook for auto sector in 2013: India Ratings

Stable outlook for auto sector in 2013: India Ratings
Rating agency, India Ratings, has projected a stable outlook for the domestic auto sector in 2013 and said that it expects a muted growth in both passenger and commercial vehicles segments due to structural weaknesses and over-capacity among other factors.

Deep N Mukherjee, India Ratings Director Corporate, said, "Our outlook for the auto sector is stable. The growth will continue to be there but it will be muted as compared to previous years."

However, Mukherjee added, "there are also some early signs of building of some over capacity in passenger's vehicle segment as well."

According to India Ratings, the volume growth in the passenger vehicles is estimated to be around 8-9 per cent which will be largely driven by the utility vehicles, which are expected to clock a growth of 30-35 per cent in the year.

According to the agency, low demand coupled with a capacity overhang in passenger vehicles and intensifying competition is likely to reduce industry's operating margins on an average by around 0.5-1.0 per cent for the commercial vehicle segment and 1.5-2 per cent for the passenger vehicle.

Similarly, light commercial vehicles are likely to drive the overall volumes in the commercial vehicle space with the segment expected to post 13-15 per cent growth in the overall growth of 10-11 per cent for the CV segment.

The domestic volume growth in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle is likely to be negative at 6-9 per cent in the eventuality of industrial activities remaining at their current level, the agency said.

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Story first published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 14:30 [IST]
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