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Atul Equity Research

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Date of Research – 12 January 2016

Price – Rs. 1575.35

About the Company

Establishes in 1947, Atul Limited (“Atul” or the “Company”) is an integrated chemical company serving about 4,000 customers belonging to 27 industries across the world including Aerospace, Agriculture, Automobile, Construction, Defence, Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, Textile and Tyre. The Businesses of Atul are classified into 2 reporting segments, namely Life Science Chemicals Segment and Performance & Other Chemicals Segment.

Life Science Chemicals Segment: Includes Crop Protection Business (Fungicides, Herbicides,Insecticides) and Pharmaceuticals Business (APIs, API Intermediates, Others).

Performance & Other Chemicals Segment: Includes Aromatics Business (p-Cresol and its downstream products, used by customers belonging to Flavour & Fragrance and Personal Care industries), Bulk Chemicals Business (Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorine, Sulphuric Acid, Sulphur Trioxide, Chlorosulphuric Acid, Resorcinol, Others), Colors Business (Textile dyes, Textile chemicals, Pigments, Paper dyes, Inks) and Polymer Business (Epoxy Resins and Hardners, Reactive diluents, Sulphones)

Atul has wholly-owned subsidiary companies in Brazil (Sao Paulo), China (Shanghai), the UK (Wilmslow) and the USA (Charlotte, North Carolina) The Company manufactures about 850 products and formulations and owns 65 brands in Crop Protection and Polymers.

Key Financial Figures

Consolidated (Rs. Cr)
Particulars FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016  FY 2017
Total Income from Operations 2,042.88 2,457.75 2,656.39 2,601.44  2,996.05
Expenses 1,793.77 2,094.02 2,255.10 2,137.89   2,486.60  
Earnings Before Other Income, Interest, Tax and Depreciation (Operating Profit) 249.11 363.73 401.29 463.55   509.45
Depreciation 51.37 58.26 60.27 65.79   95.44  
Finance Costs 34.88 33.44 25.69 27.57   25.17
Other income 14.79 36.27 10.25 30.71   52.55
Exceptional items (8.72) – 
PBT 186.37 308.30 325.58 400.90   441.39
Tax 58.30 88.09 99.37 131.62   122.71
Extraordinary items –  – 
PAT (before Minority Interest and share of Associates) 128.07 220.21 226.21 269.28   318.68
Profit/ (loss) attributable to Minority Interest 0.07 (0.26) (0.17) 0.06   – 
Share of profit / (loss) of Associates 8.23 1.28 (14.27) (0.17)  (4.67)
Consolidated Profit / (Loss) for the year 119.77 219.19 240.65 269.32   323.35

Profitability Analysis

Consolidated (%)
Particulars FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016  FY 2017
Operating Profit Margin Ratio 12.19 14.80 15.11 17.82   17.00
Net Profit Margin Ratio 6.27 8.96 8.52 10.35   10.64

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 29.68 29.68 29.68 29.68 29.68
Reserves & Surplus 624.38 724.56 918.94 1,009.31 1,245.04
Net worth (shareholders funds) 654.06 754.24 948.62 1,038.99 1,274.72
Minority Interest 4.44 5.84 5.92 5.68 5.62
Long term borrowings 151.17 164.36 119.49 58.57 24.45
Current liabilities 622.70 606.93 698.20 638.27 727.79
Other long term liabilities and provisions 3.54 5.13 6.33 35.47 40.55
Deferred Tax Liabilities 22.77 27.28 37.09 46.09 68.67
Total Liabilities 1,458.68 1,563.78 1,815.65 1,823.07 2,141.80

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
Fixed Assets 509.82 572.06 629.35 625.71 930.45
Noncurrent Investments 74.94 66.71 62.82 63.39 61.58
Current assets 810.38 854.90 1,032.61 1,040.92 1,056.62
Long term advances and other noncurrent assets 63.54 70.11 90.87 93.05 93.15
Total assets 1,458.68 1,563.78 1,815.65 1,823.07 2,141.80

Efficiency Analysis

  (%)
Particulars FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
ROCE 26.87 26.95 33.87 36.37 35.53
ROE / RONW 13.93 15.88 23.11 23.16 21.12

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.) 2,042.88 2,457.75 2,656.39 2,601.44  2,996.05
Growth (%) 12.98 % 20.31 % 8.08 % (2.07 %)  15.17 %
PAT (Rs. Cr.) 128.07 220.21 226.21 269.32   318.68
Growth (%) 34.75 % 71.95 % 2.72 % 19.04 %  18.33 %
Earnings Per Share – Basic (Rs. ) 40.38 73.90 81.13 90.80  109.01
Earning Per Share – Diluted (Rs. ) 40.38 73.90 81.13 90.80  109.01
Price to Earnings 7.50 11.38 14.30 11.67  23.04

Dividend History

The Company has maintained an average dividend yield of 1.87 % 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. Atul’s average current ratio over the last 5 financial years has been 1.42 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 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.

Atul’s average long term debt to equity ratio over the last 5 financial years has been 0.16 times which indicates that the Company operates with very low level of debt and is placed well to withstand economic slowdowns.

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.

Since Atul operates with very low levels of debt, its average interest coverage ratio over the last 5 financial years has been 9.27 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, Atul reported a promoter holding of 44.47 %. 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 20.43 % (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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