Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is India's largest engineering & construction (E&C) company with an interest in EPC projects, Hi-tech manufacturing and services. It primarily operates in Infrastructure, Heavy Engineering, Defence engineering, Power, Hydrocarbon, and Services business segments. In revenue, the infrastructure segment contributes ~45% to consolidated followed by services (~30%). Anand Rathi has recommended buy for the stocks for a target price of Rs 1,972. The brokerage expects the price of the stocks from the levels of Rs 1553, closed on 16 May 2022 to gain around 27%.
According to the brokerage, L&T's Q4 reflects its robust order inflows (excl. services: 58% y/y) and strong infrastructure division's revenue growth (~13% y/y), though inflation curbed overall margins (the EBITDA margin contracted 95bps y/y). Order finalization domestically has been delayed with the tender to-award ratio down to 51% in FY22 (70% in FY21). Despite this, domestic orders were up 28.6% y/y, on the low base, while international order inflow growth was a strong 77% y/y. The company has laid down a strategic plan for FY21-26, where initiatives, investments and focus would help to 11-13% CAGRs in domestic revenue and order inflows. FY23 order prospects are a strong Rs 8.53trn.
Anand Rathi has said, "We expect a sustained double-digit growth momentum, focus on cash-flow generation and execution, and reduced exposure to non-core assets. In the near term, however, the inflationary situation would squeeze margins."
The brokerage has also stated the E&C business was boosted by infra, power, and hydrocarbons. Infrastructure (up 14% y/y), power (up 22.5% y/y) and better execution drove E&C revenue up ~9% y/y. Heavy Engineering/Defence engineering/hydrocarbons declined 11%/21%/3% y/y on supply-chain disruptions and lower billing.
FY23 guidance, Lakshya 2026
L&T has conservatively guided that the group revenue and order inflows to grow 12-15% in FY23, and its core business margin to come at 9.5%. It has laid out a strategic plan for FY21-26 (Lakshya 2026), where the initiatives, investments and focus would help 11-13% CAGRs in domestic revenue and order inflows. "We reiterate our positive stance on the execution pace of its robust order backlog (~Rs3.6trn, 2.3x FY22 sales), sturdy balance sheet and plan to reduce exposure to non-core assets," The brokerage has said.
Buy for a target price of Rs 1,972
The brokerage has said, "To account for inflationary pressure and awarding delays, we have adjusted our estimates. Hence, we expect 13%/25% revenue/PAT CAGRs over FY22-24. Valuing the company on a sum-of-parts basis and at a 20x multiple for its core business, we arrive at a TP of Rs1,972 (earlier Rs2,242). We retain a Buy." According to the brokerage, the key risks for the stocks would be Sluggish capex, volatile crude-oil prices
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