'Buy' Maruti Suzuki shares, target price Rs 2,700: Deutsche Bank

Mumbai | Updated: Jun 19 2014, 15:56pm hrs
We maintain our 'buy' rating on Maruti Suzuki India with a 12-month target price of R2,700 per share, which implies relative valuation of 16.5x FY16e EPS (RFR 7%, ERP 7.1%, WACC 13% and TGR 2%). MSIL is well-placed to benefit from an upturn in domestic 4W demand, particularly in entry-level compact cars which account for 24% and 35% of industry and MSILs volumes, respectively.

Our 'buy' rating reflects a) marketshare gains (130 bps by FY17e) due to its dominance of entry-level cars and b) ebitda margin expansion of 180 bps to 13.5% by FY17e on a reduction in discounts, currently at 8-10% for entry-level cars. We raise our FY15e/16e EPS by 5-7% to R136/165. Despite 15% year-to-date outperformance versus Sensex, it trades at P/E of 14.5x FY16e in line with the long-term average.

A blue-sky scenario suggests a potential stock price level of R3,750 over the next two years. We estimate industry growth (FY14-17e) at 14.5% per annum. Our current forecasts imply a deceleration in the long-term growth rate (5-yr CAGR) to 7.5% by FY17e versus 10% in FY14. If we assume growth to revert closer to the trend rate of 12% by FY17e, it would imply volume growth of 22% p.a. over the next three years. If MSIL were to maintain its current marketshare (42%), its FY17e volumes would stand at 2 million compared to our forecast of 1.75 million, resulting in a blue-sky FY17e EPS of R234.