The stock of Jindal Steel & Power has been given an 'Add' rating by brokerage company ICICI Securities. The stock is trading at a market price of Rs. 392.95 as of 10:08 a.m. IST on January 5, while it opens at Rs. 387.85 as of 9.15 a.m. today resulting in a surge of 1.22%. The stock's target price has been set at Rs. 433 by brokerage ICICI Securities, which has improved its recommendation from hold to add.
The brokerage’s take on Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL)
In its latest research analysis, the brokerage has reported that JSPL has reduced CO2 emissions from 2.76 te/TCS a few years back to 2.5 te/TCS in FY21 and aims to reduce the same to 2 by CY30. The roadmap to achieve the same includes i) reduced flaring of gasses as more gases get consumed in the steel plant. This measure, management guides can reduce equivalent to 1000tpd reduction in coal consumption. JSPL's current daily consumption of coal is ~ 10000tpd; ii) JSPL is planning to increase DRI in the iron mix. Currently, 70-80% is HM and 20% is DRI. The company is trying to increase DRI to 50%; iii) Also there are efforts to introduce Syn gas into BF. With the introduction of Syngas, the company expects to reduce 50kg of coke consumption (15% less CO2 generation) iv) Introduction of pellet plant within the steel complex allows for better utilisation of BF and coke oven gases and further reduce LDL consumption and v) commissioning of the slurry pipeline from Barbil to Angul would allow for better Scope three emissions control through reduced requirement of transportation."
According to the ICICI Securities "With the introduction of a slurry pipeline, JSPL can save ~ Rs1000/te of steel on transportation cost. Further, with the commissioning of the hot strip mill (HSM), management expects to improve the mix and derive an additional EBITDA of Rs5000/te on 3mtpa of HSM (to be commissioned by Feb 23) -Rs15bn over ~ 13-14mtpa of steel volumes. JSPL is also setting up an additional 12mtpa of pellet plant at Angul, which on commissioning of the next 6mtpa steel expansion will still allow JSPL ~ 5-6mtpa of incremental pellet exports. This will allow sustaining existing (derived) margins of Rs1000/te from the external sale of pellets. With 50% coking coal integration on ramp up of Australia and Mozambique mines, there will be some through cycle cost/margin benefits that JSPL expects to accrue. Hence, as Angul capacity expands to 12mtpa, through cycle steel margins for JSPL are expected to increase by Rs2-3,000/te."
ICICI Securities has also said that "Management highlighted that all growth projects will be in India, will be in steel and with an eye on sustainability. Net debt to EBITDA will be lower than 1.5x at all points of the steel cycle and project IRR is expected to be 15% + as the journey towards 30mtpa (in Angul alone) takes shape. Instead of tendering out EPCM contracts for expansion; the company buys only critical parts and engineering. Civil works, steel fabrication, machining are being done in-house, allowing for a significant lower capital intensity for the 6mtpa expansion (Rs30,000/te)."
Add Jindal Steel & Power Suggests ICICI Securities
The brokerage has claimed that "We visited Jindal Steel and Power's (JSPL) Angul plant. The plant has evolved and improved a lot since our first visit in CY09. Availability of linkage coal allows a steady quality of Syngas generation and allows smooth operation of the DRI - current cost of Syn gas generation is US$5-6/mmbtu. The current configuration of BF (4.2mtpa) and DRI (1.8mtpa) is mirrored to expand further by 6mtpa, taking Angul's capacity to 12mtpa. Downstream will have hot strip mill (HSM) and Thin Slab casting."
"There are eventual plans (and adequate land availability) to take the capacity up to 30mtpa. 2300 acres of land on which 6mtpa are located has the infrastructure to expand capacity to 18mtpa. Adequate rail connectivity didn't look like putting any stress on evacuation. While management is looking to build up capacity through internal accruals and limiting net debt to 1.5x of EBITDA at all times, the execution is seldom as linear as the plan sounds. We upgrade JSPL to ADD from HOLD," further added the brokerage.
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