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NCC is a company in the construction business and has presence in almost every sphere of this area, including real estate and commercial.
The company has a solid order book position and for the nine months ending Dec 31, 2017, the order inflow grew by a huge 132 per cent, when compared to the corresponding period of last year.
In fact, as on Dec 31, 2017 the company had a order book in excess of Rs 21,614 crores largely from fresh orders in building, road, water & environment, railway and irrigation.
As the government increasingly lays an emphasis on roads and infrastructure the company's order book is likely to see a further robust increase.
NCC: Superb performance for the quarter
NCC has had a superb performance for the quarter ending Dec 31, 2017. The company reported a net profit of Rs 100 crores for the said period, as compared to Rs 58 crores in the corresponding period of last year. The EPS of the company has almost doubled to Rs 2.3 from Rs 1.2 in the quarter of the previous year.
We believe that the huge order backlog would continue to see the company build on the momentum. The company can manage to do an EPS of Rs 10 by 2018-19. The stock is trading at just 12 times this earning. Applying a p/e of 15, the stock can rise to Rs 150.
Buy this small cap share with a long term perspective in mind.
The stock of Canara Bank has plunged to a new 52-week low of Rs 235 from 52-week highs of Rs 468. Sentiments for PSU banking stocks have been poor, following the PNB fraud case. However, at these levels the stock of Canara Bank maybe a good pick if one can hold for at least 2-3 years.
For the quarter ending Dec 31, 2017, we saw that the gross non performing assets and the net non performing assets both declined.
Apart from this the takeover of companies with large debts by bigger companies is expected to bring down the NPAs of banks. A classic example if the recent bidding for Bhushan Steel.
Canara Bank: Attractive at these levels
The bank also plans to sell a stake in Canfin Homes. It will also be raising as much as Rs 10 billion through a qualified institutional placement. The government's move to recapitalize the bank should also augur well for it. During the quarter ending Dec 31, 2017, the bank has already added 60 new branches.
It has now a solid branch network in excess of 6,100 branches. Canara Bank is one of the larger size banks in the country. We believe that at some stage the worries over NPAs have to subside. The uptick in the economy would also augur well for banks like Canara Bank. One can buy the stock with a price target of Rs 300 at least in the coming days.
BSE Ltd runs one of India's oldest Exchanges, the Bombay Stock Exchange. Along with NSE and the Metropolitan Stock Exchange, they control the entire trading in stocks, derivatives, currency etc.
In the past two decades, the BSE has lost out in volumes and size in the cash and the derivatives segment to the NSE, which is a significantly larger player.
There has been no doubt pressure on earnings, but there are reasons to be more optimistic on BSE Ltd.
First, the shares of the company have now fallen below the IPO price of Rs 806. The shares at Rs 798 are also at a new 52-week low. Also, the country is just beginning to see interest in shares are stocks.
Equity as a per centage in financial savings is just about 5 per cent, as compared to Brazil's 14 per cent, China's 16 per cent, 20 per cent in Indonesia and 42 per cent in the US.
BSE Ltd: Not Steeply Valued
The stock is not very steeply valued, given the fact that revenue stream of listing fees would continue.
Volumes in stock markets are always almost assured, even in a market downside, because at that time individuals are selling stocks.
Coming to financials, the exchange reported an EPS of Rs 10.75 for the quarter ending Dec 31, 2017. In 2018-19, it is possible that the exchange does an EPS of Rs 45. Now, if you accord a simple p/e of 25 times, the stock should trade at Rs 1,125.
Remember, the MCX which is largely a commodity exchange has a p/e of 40 times. This means the BSE is available at a much lower p/e.
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Jagaran Prakashan owns the popular "Dainik Jagran" newspaper which leads the IRS ranking with 7 crore readers. In fact, according to the company, Dainik Jagran leads the IRS survey ahead of its next competitor by a margin of 1.8 crore readers.
In fact, it now leads in UP, its major market in 12 of the 15 cities as reported by the IRS survey.
The company also owns the popular Mumbai eveninger "Mid-day", "Nai Duniya" and the radio business (Radio City), which is growing at a frantic pace.
The company continues to see strong growth in the print, digital media and the radio business, even while maintaining strong margins. The EBITDA margins, including those for the quarter ending Dec 31, 2017 has remained over 30 per cent for many quarters now.
Solid radio and digital growth
The company's these two businesses are showing robust growth. Market share of radio city is 25 per cent in Bengaluru and 14 per cent in Mumbai.
While the industry volume growth is at 2 per cent, the company has seen growth of 5 per cent in the radio business. The digital media business is also showing rapid growth.
For the quarter ended Dec 2017 growth in Digital topline was 16.8%. Unique users on mobile witnessed a growth of 25 per cent. This area is likely to reap rich dividends for the company, given that there is a gradual shift towards reading on mobile and desktops as compared to the print media. This should augur well for the company in the days to come.
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Potential for future growth
The shares of Jagran Prakashan are very close to its 52-week low of Rs 159. The shares are currently trading at Rs 162, which makes it attractive.
With election in several states scheduled later this year, which are important markets for the company, there could be a boost to revenues. Also, with the central government elections slated next year, the potential for revenues to rise cannot be ruled out.
The company has a good cash generating business. The potential for business prospects improving tremendously in the next few years is likely given good growth areas like digital and radio, leaves the stock some headroom for a future upside. An EPS for 12 is likely for 2018-19, which on applying a p/e of 20 times, should take the stock towards the 240 mark.
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