Bajaj Auto: Q4 was in keeping with expectation

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Published: May 25, 2019 3:32:18 AM

It said 3W demand is likely to remain tepid in the near term due to a slowdown in India and Egypt.

Hence, we maintain Reduce on TVS (TVSL IN) where our FY20-21 earnings estimates are 10-20% below consensus.

Bajaj auto’s Q4FY19 Ebitda at Rs 11.6 bn was in line with estimates (Nomura: `11.6 bn, Consensus: Rs 11.8 bn). While revenues were 2% higher than our estimate, Ebitda margin at 15.7% was a bit below our estimate of 16%. Management refrained from giving any volume guidance for FY20 given tough market conditions in India. It said 3W demand is likely to remain tepid in the near term due to a slowdown in India and Egypt. 2W exports are doing well in Africa but stagnant in LatAm and declining in the Middle East.

We factor in volume growth of 4%/-3% in domestic 2Ws and 6%/2% in overall volumes for Bajaj Auto over FY20-21F. We expect continuation of aggressive market share gain strategy in FY20F. New models like Platina 110cc, Pulsar Neon (150 & 180) and Avenger 160 offer higher value to the customer, and we expect a similar strategy for upcoming products in the 125cc segment. Thus, margins are likely to remain under pressure. There should be some benefit though from lower commodity prices and lower volumes of CT100, which had negative margins. We factor in 16.3%/16% margins over FY20/21F compared to 16.5% for the company in FY19 (down 60/30bps).
We expect partial absorption of costs, similar to ABS in Pulsar Neon variants, which would put pressure on competitor margins as well. We see a risk the industry is unable to pass on all regulatory costs over FY20-21, so margins may drop further. Hence, we maintain Reduce on TVS (TVSL IN) where our FY20-21 earnings estimates are 10-20% below consensus.

Valuation: Our TP is based on 15x FY21F EPS
Overall, our EPS is down 4% in FY20F but up 2% in FY21F on higher other income. We still use SoTP to value BJAUT at Rs 2,901 (was Rs 2,823), based on 15x FY21F target P/E for the stand-alone business and investments at Rs 172. M&M (MM IN) is our only Buy-rated stock among OEMs.

 

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