Macquarie upgrades Lupin Ltd to 'outperform'

May 08 2014, 15:00 IST
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Drug major Lupin posted 35.5 pct rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 553 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31. Drug major Lupin posted 35.5 pct rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 553 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31.
SummaryMacquarie raises its target price for Lupin to Rs 1,100 after drug maker's Jan-March earnings beat consensus estimates.

Macquarie has upgraded Lupin Lab to "outperform" from "neutral" and raises its target price to Rs 1,100 from Rs 985 after the drug maker's January-March earnings beat consensus estimates.

Macquarie says accelerating U.S. generic sales are providing comfort about margins.

"Given its execution track record, strong balance sheet, earnings momentum and defensive characteristics, LPC (Lupin) should sustain premium valuation of around 20 times FY15 earnings," Macquarie wrote.

Lupin shares were down 1.62 per cent at Rs 974 at 3 pm.

Drug major Lupin on Wednesday posted 35.5 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 553 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2013-14, on the back of robust sales in various markets including the US, Europe and South Africa.

The company had posted net profit of Rs 408.08 crore in the January-March quarter of the 2012-13 fiscal.

Net sales of the company rose to Rs 3,051.55 crore in Q4, 2013-14, from Rs 2,537.35 crore in the year-ago period. For the entire 2013-14, it posted consolidated net profit of Rs 1,836.37 crore, up 39.7 per cent, as compared to Rs 1,314.16 crore in the 2012-13 fiscal.

Lupin's consolidated net sales last fiscal rose to Rs 11,086.64 crore, from Rs 9,461.63 crore in 2012-13.

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