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ICICI Securities in its recently published a report on Mahindra CIE Automotive Ltd. has assigned buy call for a target price of Rs 345 apiece. According to the target price, the stock is likely to surge up to 28%. Mahindra CIE Automotive is a small cap Auto Ancillary sector company having a a market cap of Rs 10,312.45 crore.

 

It is a multi-technology automotive components supplier. The company is a subsidiary of the CIE Automotive group of Spain; an industrial group specialised in supplying components and sub-assemblies for the automotive market, which has a presence across the globe and is listed on the stock exchange in Madrid.

 Stock Outlook & Returns

Stock Outlook & Returns

The current market price of Mahindra CIE Automotive is Rs 270.75 apiece on NSE at the time of writing.  The 52 week low level of the stock is Rs 163.95 apiece and the 52 week high level is Rs 312 apiece, respectively.
 
Over the week, the shares have fallen 2.51%. Whereas, in the past 1 month, it fell around 3.95%. It has given 17.54% in the past 1 year, 59.81% in the past 3 years and 20.87% in the past 5 years, respectively.

Key takeaways
 

Key takeaways

The brokerage recently interacted with Mahindra CIE management (MACA), following are the key takeaways of the interaction:

1) company is targeting to take India revenue mix to ~60% vs 50% currently, driven by fast-growing profitable opportunities visible.

2) M&M India revenue mix is now at 35%, with newly-launched SUVs pushing up per unit value-addition.
3) strong demand from PV makers (e.g. Tata Motors, M&M, Hyundai and Kia) has led to MACA adding capacity across stamping, magnetics and warm forging operations.

4) ~20%/~25% of India/EU businesses are under EV disruption risk and management is well prepared to scale up the EV parts business to combat the risks.

5) PV demand in the EU is yet to see major impact amid the current macro-issues though CV demand would get impacted.

6) in EU forging operations, power cost constitutes 4% of revenue (thus, surging power cost accounted for 700-800bps of overall cost inflation, though it got partly mitigated with the passing-on of ~50-60% of the rise in electricity cost).

7) management is confident of sustaining India EBITDA margin at ~15% and take it up to ~17-18%.

Strong India operations outweighing weak EU

Strong India operations outweighing weak EU

In the EU, Metalcastello is fully booked and management expects it to deliver ~EUR80mn revenue in FY23 while the two CIE plants are expected to clock EUR250mn in CY22. However, CV forgings business continues to be under pressure and drag overall Europe margins down, with elevated gas/power costs causing the drag. No growth capex / M&A is planned for the EU barring some capacity addition in Metalcastello ahead.

In India, PVs+CVs currently account for ~50% of revenue vs ~30% from 2Ws+tractors. Management expects FY23-FY24 India revenue growth in mid-tohigh teens driven by strong demand from the existing ICE PV portfolio, addition of new customers / new component orders, and the run-up to EV transition across PVs/2Ws. 

Company has no plans to add more CIE assets as of now though it is open to M&A opportunities to bolster the EV and plastic part portfolios along with addition of new APAC customers. Hyundai and Tata Motors have diversified their offtake from MACA by adding new castings/stampings. 

Capex is planned at 5-6% of sales as cashflows continue to be robust despite margin challenges in the EU. Management expects Rajkot facility expansion to help increase revenue from gears/shafts from existing customers (e.g. Maruti Suzuki). In forgings, MACA is expanding the Chakan facility to include warm forgings. It is also expanding the Hosur BillForge capacity, where it can make forgings for nonBillForge customers too. MACA is targeting EVs through AEL, as the components would require large castings.

Brokerage suggests buy for Rs 345 target price.

Brokerage suggests buy for Rs 345 target price.

Commenting on the stock, ICICI Securities said, "We expect MACA to deliver a mean FCF of ~Rs5bn p.a. in CY22ECY23E, with RoE doubling to ~15% by CY23E (from ~8% in CY21). This would deliver ~7% FCF yield on a lean balance sheet. Maintain BUY with a DCF-based target price of Rs345/share, implying ~14x CY23E EPS."

Disclaimer

Disclaimer

The stock has been picked from the brokerage report of ICICI Securities. Greynium Information Technologies, the Author, and the respective Brokerage House are not liable for any losses caused as a result of decisions based on the article. Goodreturns.in advises users to check with certified experts before making any investment decision.

Story first published: Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 15:30 [IST]
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