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This Power Stock Has A 30% Upside Potential From Current Levels


Broking firm, Motilal Oswal Institutional Equities has set an upside target of Rs 137 on the stock of NTPC, implying a 31 per cent increase over the current market price of Rs 104.

The CERC (power regulator) has recently issued a notification for emission control systems. This pertains to the installation of equipment needed to meet revised emission standards. This notification is largely in the context of the installation of Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) systems needed by thermal plants to reduce their SOx emissions.

"Thermal plants had placed orders for the installation of these FGD systems, which would result in capital expenditure on the same. The current timeline for FGD implementation is Dec'22.

This Power Stock Has A 30% Upside Potential From Current Levels

As per the notification, while the regulated model is in place, CERC has allowed RoE (for the additional capitalization) at an SBI-linked one-year MCLR + 350bps as of 1st Apr of the year of CoD. Furthermore, a ceiling of 14% has been specified.

Given the low interest rate scenario, RoE could be much lower than the 15.5% that NTPC earns on the capitalization of its projects," Motilal Oswal Institutional Equities has said in a report.

NTPC: Expect 1-2% EPS impact for FY22/FY23E

According to the broking firm, NTPC expects FGD systems to be commissioned within the timelines given by the CEA. In this regard, the co. has awarded 59GW of capacity at project cost of Rs 281 billion. Furthermore, 5GW of capacity is under tendering and is expected to be awarded soon. Thus, the total cost of FGD implementation is estimated at Rs 310 billion. Moreover, the co. has also awarded contracts for 18GW of low NOx combustion systems, but capex remains low (INR1.7b).

"We had built-in FGD-related capitalization over FY21-24 at 15.5% RoE for NTPC. Accordingly, given the current interest scenario, our regulated return expectations have been lowered. We assume 11% RoE on FGD capitalization (450bps decline). As of 1st Apr'20, SBI's one-year MCLR stood at 7.75%, implying RoE of 11.25%. The same would result in 1-2% EPS decline in FY22/FY23E for NTPC; we revise our target price to Rs 137 per share from Rs 139 per share earlier," Motilal Institutional Equities has said in its report.

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