In the midst of the stock market's current volatility, India's well-known brokerage business Edelweiss Broking Limited has put a buy call on Indo Count Industries Limited's shares with a target price of Rs. 425. The brokerage estimates a 66 percent growth from the present market price of Rs. 257, and has thus given the stock a buy recommendation.
The brokerage’s take on Indo Count Industries Ltd (ICIL)
Edelweiss in its research report has said that "ICIL recently announced an increase in capacity by 20% to 108mn meters, which is expected to be commissioned by Q4FY21. However, given the surging textile export demand (including home textiles) aided by strong US retail demand and the adoption of China plus one strategy, we believe it is a matter of time that ICIL goes for another round of capacity expansion in the near future. As per our estimates, ICIL would deliver 95mn meters in terms of volume by FY23 (at 88% capacity utilisation) and reach optimum capacity levels by FY24E. With the increase in capacity to 153mn meters (after the addition of 45mn meters of GHF's capacity), ICIL would be able to cater to the growing export demand over the medium term."
According to the brokerage "Although GHCL's home textile revenue has been on a declining trend over FY17-21 (down from INR821cr in FY17 to INR435cr in FY21), the business witnessed a sharp rebound in H1FY22 (INR386cr revenue) owing to robust bedding export demand. Likewise, EBITDA margins have also been negligible in this division. However, in H1FY22, it recorded a strong EBITDA margin of 15.5%. We believe the improvement in GHCL's home textile business should continue under ICIL too, as GHF's product profile is complementary to ICIL's, with 65% of revenues coming from the US. Also, there is enough scope to improve capacity utilisation at GHF's plant, which is operating at 50% currently. On an annualised basis, the valuation stands at ~0.8x FY22E P/S and ~8x FY22E P/E, which we believe is fairly reasonable."
Buy Indo Count Industries Ltd With A Target Price of Rs. 425
The brokerage has noted in its research report that "GFL has a diverse client base compared to ICIL; plus, it caters to the UK and Canada, countries where ICIL does not have a presence. Therefore, the acquisition would help ICIL penetrate these markets with the addition of new big-box retailers. Although ICIL would need to incur a debt of ~INR250cr for the acquisition, its FY23E D/E remains comfortable at 0.5x. The company has cash & cash equivalents of INR300cr in its books which would partially help in funding the acquisition."
According to Edelweiss "It would also help ICIL establish itself as the largest provider in the bedding segment and tap the opportunities in this space. We have increased FY23E revenue, EBITDA and PAT estimate by 23%, 16% and 10%, respectively. We maintain our positive outlook on the company with an increased target price of INR425/share (previous TP: INR411), valuing the company at 17x FY23E earnings estimates."
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