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Apollo Tyres Equity Research

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Date of Research – 12 January 2016

Price – Rs. 149.05

About the Company

Apollo Tyres Limited (“Apollo Tyres” or the “Company“) has been in the business of manufacture and sale of tyres since its formation in the year 1972. The Company under its key brands —Apollo, Dunlop (brand rights for 32 African countries) and Vredestein, manufactures automobile tyres, tubes and flaps for a variety of automobiles including passenger cars, utility vehicles, trucks, buses, bicycles and for industrial and agricultural use. Apollo Tyres has another 3 brands: Kaizen, Maloya, Regal which are more product category specific. Regal and Kaizen focus on the truck-bus tyre segment while Maloya continues to operate within the passenger vehicle tyre category.

The Company operates a total of 9 manufacturing units spread across India, Netherlands, Zimbabwe and South Africa and exports its products to over 118 countries.

The Indian tyre industry is currently estimated to be more than Rs. 30,000 crore and is expected to grow between 10-12% per annum over the next few years. The top 5 players i.e. MRF, JK tyres, CEAT tyres, Balkrishna industries and Apollo tyres control about 75-80% of the total share of the domestic tyre market with MRF being the leader in the organised sector with a 27 % market share.

On December 2013, the Company has closed its African deal with Sumitomo Rubber Industries, with an aim to consolidate two global brands – Apollo and Vredestein.

Key Financial Figures

Consolidated (Rs. Cr)
Particulars FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016  FY 2017
Total Income from Operations 12,794.63 13,411.98 12,785.25 11,793.02  14,169.96 
Expenses 11,337.97 11,536.47 10,854.65 9,824.79  12,323.54  
Earnings Before Other Income, Interest, Tax and Depreciation (Operating Profit) 1,456.66 1,875.51 1,930.60 1,968.24  1,846.42  
Depreciation 396.56 410.85 388.29 423.89  461.81
Finance Costs 312.77 283.79 182.79 91.56  102.88  
Other income 94.45 97.85 53.80 70.04  154.13
Exceptional items (16.86) 46.79 82.49 (47.77)  0.31  
PBT 858.64 1,231.93 1,330.83 1,570.60  1,435.55  
Tax 244.84 226.87 353.22 477.59  336.55  
PAT (before Minority Interest and share of Associates) 613.80 1,005.06 977.61 1,093.02  1,099.00  
Profit/ (loss) attributable to Minority Interest (0.76) –  – 
Share of profit / (loss) of Associates 1.96 –  – 
Consolidated Profit / (Loss) for the year 612.60 1,005.06 977.61 1,093.02  1,099.00  

Profitability Analysis

Consolidated (%)
Particulars FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016  FY 2017
Operating Profit Margin Ratio 11.38 13.98 15.10 16.69  13.03 
Net Profit Margin Ratio 4.80 7.49 7.65 9.27  7.76 

Operating profit margin is a measurement of the proportion of a company’s revenue that is left over after paying for production costs such as raw materials, salaries and administrative costs. Net profit margin is arrived at by deducting non operating expenses such as depreciation, finance costs and taxes out of operating profit and shows what is left for the shareholders as a percentage of net sales. Together these ratios help in understanding the cost and profit structure of the firm and analysing business inefficiencies.

Key Balance Sheet Figures

Sources of Funds / Liabilities (Rs. Cr)
Particulars FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Share Capital 50.41 50.41 50.41 50.91 50.90
Money received against warrants 10.78 10.78
Reserves & Surplus 2,782.36 3,339.68 4,513.44 4,991.39 6,131.31
Net worth (shareholders funds) 2,832.77 3,400.86 4,574.62 5,042.30 6,182.21
Minority Interest 0.76
Long Term Borrowings 1,615.78 1,653.15 713.73 333.94 609.57
Current liabilities 3,400.84 2,842.11 3,077.85 2,584.71 3,514.78
Other long term liabilities and provisions 544.37 136.65 143.54 133.25 201.85
Deferred Tax Liabilities 493.79 535.84 520.90 596.18
Total Liabilities 8,394.52 8,526.56 9,045.58 8,615.08 11,104.58

 

Application of Funds / Assets (Rs. Cr)
Particulars FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Fixed Assets 3,918.02 4,489.15 4,502.23 4,486.69 5,304.11
Noncurrent Investments 15.82 54.58 63.72 47.03 0.93
Current assets 3,667.38 3,657.30 4,193.22 3,708.41 4,543.05
Long term advances and other noncurrent assets 65.95 180.91 137.16 226.76 744.76
Deferred Tax Assets 1.01 11.70 29.70 40.59
Goodwill on consolidation (net) 133.77 143.61 137.56 116.51 471.14
Total assets 8,394.52 8,526.56 9,045.58 8,615.08 11,104.58

Efficiency Analysis

  (%)
Particulars FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
ROCE 26.07 28.82 35.46 35.91 28.98
ROE / RONW 15.51 18.01 21.97 19.39 17.68

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) measures a company’s profitability from its overall operations by calculating the return generated on the total capital invested in the business (i.e. equity + debt). Return on Equity (ROE) or Return on Net Worth (RONW) measures the amount of profit which the company generates on money invested by the equity shareholders. In short, ROE draws attention to the return generated by the shareholders on their investment in the business. Together these ratios can be used in comparing the profitability of the company with other companies in the same industry.

Valuation Analysis

Consolidated
Particulars FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Total Income from Operations (Rs. Cr.) 12,794.63 13,411.98 12,785.25 11,793.02  14,169.96 
Growth (%) 5.28 % 4.83 % (4.67 %) (7.76 %)  20.16 % 
PAT (Rs. Cr.) 613.80 1,005.06 977.61 1,093.02  1,099.00  
Growth (%) 39.03 % 64.06 % (2.73 %) 11.81 %  0.55 % 
Earnings Per Share – Basic (Rs. ) 12.15 19.94 19.25 21.47  21.59 
Earning Per Share – Diluted (Rs. ) 12.15 19.91 19.23 21.47  21.59 
Price to Earnings 6.86 8.91 8.82 8.15  10.53 

Dividend History

The Company has maintained an average dividend yield of 0.66 % over the last 5 financial years.

Liquidity and Credit Analysis

Current Ratio

Higher current ratio implies healthier short term liquidity comfort level. A current ratio below 1 indicates that the company may not be able to meet its obligations in the short run. However, it is not always a matter of worry if this ratio temporarily falls below 1 as many times companies squeeze out short term cash sources to achieve a capital intensive plan with a longer term outlook. Apollo’s average current ratio over the last 5 financial years has been 1.23 times which indicates that the Company is comfortably placed to pay for its short term obligations.

Long Term Debt to Equity Ratio

Companies operating with high long term debt to equity on their balance sheets are vulnerable to economic cycles. In times of slowdown in economy, companies with high levels of debt find it increasingly difficult to service the interest on their borrowings as profit margins decline. We believe that long term debt to equity ratio higher than 0.6 – 0.8 could affect the business of a company and its results of operations.

Apollo’s average long term debt to equity ratio over the last 5 financial years has been 0.36 times which indicates that the Company operates with low level of debt.

Interest Coverage ratio

Interest coverage ratio indicates the comfort with which the company may be able to service the interest expense (i.e. finance charges) on its outstanding debt. Higher interest coverage ratio indicates that the company can easily meet the interest expense pertaining to its debt obligations. In our view, interest coverage ratio of below 1.5 should raise doubts about the company’s ability to meet the expenses on its borrowings. Interest coverage ratio below 1 indicates that the company is just not generating enough to service its debt obligations.

Apollo’s average interest coverage ratio over the last 5 financial years has been 6.23 times which indicates that the Company can meet its debt obligations without any difficulty.

Ownership pattern

In its latest stock exchange filing dated 31 March 2017, Apollo reported a promoter holding of 44.15 %. Large promoter holding indicates conviction and sincerity of the promoters. We believe that a greater than 35 % promoter holding offers safety to the retail investors.

At the same time, institutional holding in the Company stood at 42.63 % (FII+DII). Large institutional holding indicates the confidence of seasoned investors. At the same time, it can also lead to high volatility in the stock price as institutions buy and sell larger stakes than retail participants.

About the Author

Rajat Sharma pictureRajat Sharma is a well known stock market analyst and commentator. He has covered Indian markets for over a decade and is regarded for consistently identifying early stage investment opportunities. Attorney by qualification, Rajat has done extensive work for improving corporate governance and disclosure standards.

 

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