Hedge Equities has recommended 1o top-quality stocks quoting at reasonable valuations that you can buy in 2012.
Syndicate Bank Limited: Syndicate Bank Limited has quite a strong branch network of 2494 branches but what needs to be emphasized is that a majority of these branches are in the Semi-urban and rural territories of the country-territories where new generation banks lack a presence and where competition is less prevalent. Syndicate Bank Limited is well positioned to develop a loyal customer base. At the end of FY11, Syndicate Bank Limited‘s branch network included 80 rural branches and 2494 semi-urban branches. The Syndicate Bank Limited stock is quite remunerative from a dividend perspective with a dividend yield of around 3.5%. We have employed a weighted average valuation approach of determining our share target price of Rs.128. We have assigned 40% weights to our DCF and PBV targets with a 20% weight for the PE target. Our buying level of
Yes Bank: Yes Bank has an exceptional breed of human capital, which enables its unique knowledge based lending approach to flourish. Yes Bank also has useful and well-diversified fee based services. Yes Bank has a very impressive set of historical financials both from an income statement perspective as well as balance sheet perspective. Yes Bank‘s Return ratios have been consistently good for over 3 years. Also the asset quality is the best in the listed Indian banking landscape with Net NPAs of 0.01%. This is mainly due to prudent credit disbursements, regular follow-ups and a meticulous risk management approach. We have employed a weighted average valuation approach of determining our share price of Rs. 337. We have assigned 40% weights to our DCF and P/BV targets with a 20% weight for the PE target. Our buying level of < Rs.244 is computed using a 40% margin of safety on the DCF fair value.
Axis Bank: Axis Bank has a rather balanced business model with corporate banking accounting for 53%, while SME and retail banking account for 27% and 20% respectively. A healthy retail banking component also enables it to have a strong CASA ratio of 40% + levels. This has consequently enabled Axis Bank to maintain attractive NIMs of 3.5%. Axis Bank has a very healthy fee based income with key strengths in 3rd party distribution services, loan syndication and debt private placement We have employed a weighted average valuation approach of determining our share target price of Rs.1276. We have assigned 40% weights to our DCF and PBV targets with a 20% weight for the PE target. Our buying level of
Maruti Suzuki India Limited: Maruti Suzuki is perhaps one of the best proxies on the long-term outlook of the Indian automobile industry that is expected to double in size over the next 4-5 years. Maruti Suzuki is the market leader in the manufacture of passenger vehicles, it has an unrivalled sales and service network across the country, has the support of its Japanese parent for R&D and is largely considered to be the preferred choice for car buyers as exemplified by the fact that it has won the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey for 11 successive years. Maruti Suzuki is looking to address capacity additions by increasing its capacity by 2.5 lakh units in H2FY12 and a further 2.5 lakh units in FY13. Capex to the tune of Rs.4000 crore has been budgeted. What’s most impressive about Maruti Suzuki is its strong balance sheet with huge cash resources, income generating investments and miniscule debt component. At the end of FY11, Maruti Suzuki had a cash balance of more than Rs.2500 crore. Valuations of the stock as well are quite conducive with the stock currently trading at 15-20% discount to its 5 year historical trailing PE of 17.5 and a discount to the industry trailing PE of 14. Forward valuations in the current year look good as well from an EPS perspective due to a low base. We continue to remain optimistic on Maruti Suzuki, as we believe H2FY12 will be a better year for them. Market share will continue to be an issue and but Maruti Suzuki enjoys strong brand equity as exemplified by the 100,000 bookings it has received for its new Swift. Besides interest rates could come off post 2011 and this will boost sales again. We continue to recommend a BUY on Maruti Suzuki with a lower price target of Rs.1282.
Exide Industries: Exide has pretty much all the characteristics that are becoming of an industry leader right from dominant market share both in the OEM market as well as replacement market, 7 manufacturing plants diversified across the country, a pan-India distribution network of 4000 dealer outlets, 202 area offices and 40 branches spread over 9 regions, pricing power, resplendent brand equity and preferred supplier status. One of the most attractive features of Exide is that in possesses 2 in-house lead smelters that enable Exide to source a considerable (42% in FY10, 55% In FY11e and 70% in FY12e) portion of its total lead requirements at a 10-15% discount to international prices on the LME. EBITDA margins shot up from 16% to the 23% trajectory largely due to the influence of these smelters. In the current fiscal, Exide has struggled with capacity constraints forcing it to concede market share in the replacement market but that is set to change with the company investing Rs.600 crore for the FY11-FY12 for capacity additions. Installed capacity is forecasted to grow by 24% CAGR over the next 2 years compared to the historical figure of 9-10%. We have employed an FY13 PE multiple of 15 times and the price target works out to Rs.128. This target is based on the premise that avg. price realizations will grow by 6% yoy (Prior to Exide‘s price cut problems my median price realization growth was 7% yoy). If one were to revert price realizations to the 7% and make adjustments to the sales volume figure one gets an enhanced target of Rs.131. With regard to DCF based on current parameters the fair value of the stock stands at Rs.101. However if price realizations were to go up from 6% to 7% and sales volume were adjusted. Then the fair value rises to Rs. 123. Moderate to aggressive risk investors who are willing to look beyond core auto stocks can consider investing in the Exide stock buying the stock at Rs.<101 levels. BHEL: BHEL is a company which is not only involved in manufacturing of traditional power generation and transmission equipment, but also undertake turnkey contracts in setting up eco-friendly Solar power cells. BHEL is also engaged in other sectors like power transmission, oil and gas, transportation etc which would enable BHEL to set off the risk in one segments by another. BHEL is poised to mark the capacity at 20000 mw by FY12 as a part of its continuous capacity addition program. The higher capacity will help execute the strong order book which is currently stands at INR 1,61,000 crores i.e. 3.30x FY12E revenue. Besides, BHEL is a profit making company for the last 30 years and is consistently paying the dividends to its shareholders. So far, out of the profits generated, BHEL has been maintaining a payout of about 20-30%. BHEL has been managed to post a bottom line growth at a CAGR of 26% during FY07-FY11. Going forward, we expect BHEL to post an average growth of 15%. BHEL is also planning to float a NBFC in order to make use of the huge cash surplus of Rs 9,000 crore which can be used to finance power projects. Revenues from the financing projects would enable the company to add its earnings which otherwise would have been kept idle. Apart from the status of a cash rich company, BHEL‘s capital mix is of only 1% debt. It would also be a better choice to invest in a company where the debt content is very low during a time when higher interest rate pressures exist everywhere. Such companies would be free of interest burden, which can act as a negative element in times of slow growth Our DCF model with 15.3% discount rate values BHEL at Rs.400 per share giving an decent upside from the current level.. We initiate coverage with a BUY recommendation for a target price of Rs.400. Those with a moderate to aggressive risk appetite can consider investing in BHEL at current level.
Larsen & Toubro: Larsen & Toubro is a company, which has a strong brand name and track record mainly on the engineering and construction. Larsen & Toubro has diversified its business across several industries. Larsen & Toubro claims a successful growth story in its journey so far. L&T’s activities are specialized in the areas of mainly Hydrocarbon, Power, Infrastructure, Defense, Electrical, Information Technology & Engineering Services, Turbines, Forging, Boilers, Railway, Construction, Medical, Coal, Fertilizer, Steel, Cement, Paper, Ship Building, Aerospace and Finance. L&T seems to be at a good level to buy for a long time investment. The company has good prospects to grow as always it has. The current dip in the stock is attributed to the macro headwinds like higher interest rates, inflation, policy inactions on several issues like mining, environmental issues, liquidity etc. These issues can’t persist forever. Once these issues start to alleviate, L&T will show case a good picture, backed by its strong capabilities. As of now, the L&T seems to be valued reasonably with our DCF model suggesting a value of Rs. 1308 against the CMP of Rs. 1136, which says the stock is attractive in a long term point of view.
Gujarat State Petronet: As the world’s second largest growing economy in the world, India’s need for energy is huge. Overall macroeconomic conditions in the economy will set the demand for energy and the growth of energy demand. India has been enjoying higher growth rates since the early 1990s because of economic reforms. This growth will contribute to greater demand for energy. The robust growth outlook for the Indian economy and the resultant increase in the end – user consumption of the natural gas is expected to drive the natural gas market in the future. In this scenario, gas transmission business plays a momentous role linking the supply sources and the consumers both industrials and retail. Talking about the Gujarat State Petronet (GSPL), it is the second largest gas transporter in the country, concentrating in Gujarat: India’s most industrialized state. The current grid operations of GSPL account for 1,666 km in the state and another 1100km pipeline is underway. What makes GSPL a good bet is that it had made a bid for four interstate projects (Total length: 5724 Km) with which its network will get quadrupled and the financial are expected to have substantial growth. Meanwhile, GSPL’s growth plans would be impacted if the company faces regulatory delays in authorization for installing new pipelines. Any delay in execution and construction of new pipelines would also impact the profitability of GSPL. Investors with a long-term perspective can consider accumulating the stock of Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL), which operates an extensive gas transmission network in Gujarat and has ambitious expansion, plans, both within and outside the State. Expected increase in transmission volumes, widening of geographic footprint, limited downside on transmission tariff from current levels, and a recent steep fall in the stock price support our recommendation. We maintain a target of Rs.128.