Reliance Industries, Zomato stocks poised to benefit from rapid modernisation, says BofA; strong upside seen

RIL and Zomato are seen as stocks that will benefit from the growing use of the internet and more disposable income for urban India.

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With the rapidly changing world where India’s population is set to overtake that of China and supply chains are reshaping, analysts at Bank of America Securities (BofA) are now highlighting stocks that they believe will bode well for the years to come with their offerings and fundamentals inclined towards this change. Analysts have picked 50 stocks from across the globe, of which Reliance Industries (RIL) and Zomato have been picked from India. RIL and Zomato are seen as stocks that will benefit from the growing use of the internet and more disposable income for urban India.

Reliance Industries
Price Objective: Rs 2,917
Upside: 11%

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries is the largest conglomerate, which has evolved from a traditional oil & gas/petrochemicals business to India’s everything company. RIL now offers Reliance Jio — a major telecom company, Reliance Retail a retail giant offering services both online and offline and JioMart. “RIL also has a suite of consumer-facing apps and investments in multiple startups/digital spaces across segments,” BofA said.

Analysts said that RIL, as a telco and online apps provider, is the biggest retailer, and one of the largest content providers, with unparalleled access to India’s consumer patterns. “This makes RIL uniquely positioned to leverage & monetize this to earn ad revenues/ push its products & services in a customized manner. We believe the digital opportunity has potential to drive incremental revenues from New-commerce, Ad revenues and App eco-system,” they added. BofA noted that with Jio, RIL has access to nearly 70% of India’s installed smartphone base.

Zomato
Price Objective: Rs 82
Upside: 20.5%

The food-delivery giant has been a massive disappointment, falling massively from the IPO price. The stock currently trades at Rs 68 per share, down from the IPO price of Rs 76 apiece and a 52-week high of Rs 169 per share. However, BofA remains confident. Analysts believe Zomato will benefit from two key trends, the first being growth in urbanisation leading to higher consumer disposable income, and reduced dependence on home-cooked food & kitchen set-up. Secondly, increasing digitization with 950 million people expected to have internet access by FY26 from 650 million currently per RedSee. 

“We find the food delivery business of Zomato directly exposed to demographics,” said BofA. “We consider Hyperpure, which is Zomato’s B2B, offering to be an indirect beneficiary as restaurants in India move towards digitization,” they added. Analysts believe Zomato trades at a premium to global peers, owing to a sustained higher growth rate due to the current low online food penetration 

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