Shree Cement remains attractive, target Rs.3,900
Shree Cement’s June quarter PAT of R3.51 billion was ahead of both our and Street expectations. We highlight three important takeaways from the results — the annualised free cash flow (FCF) yields at 9% were well ahead of expectations; the steep 49% y-o-y dip in depreciation to R818 million suggests that the company may have run out of avenues to depreciate its assets aggressively; and the strong 11% q-o-q rise in average realisations to R3,805 per tonne suggests its brand differential is improving.
The company has changed its year-end to June (from March) and, so, the FY12 period was of 15 months. To incorporate this, we have revised our FY12 numbers based on the actual results and raised our FY13e and FY14e estimates by 5% and 4%, respectively. The adjustment to FY12 numbers on an actual basis is high at 180%, given that the fiscal year was extended by three months and the depreciation charge in June quarter fell 49%.
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