Manali Petrochemicals Equity Research

Date of Research – 19 January 2016

Price – Rs. 24.80

About the Company

Founded in 1986, Manali Petrochemicals Limited (“Manali Petrochemicals”) is one of the leaders in the production and marketing of Propylene Oxide (“PO”). Propylene oxide is a chemical intermediate used to produce commercial and industrial products and as a building block for the manufacture of a versatile range of derivative chemical products such as Propylene Glycols (PG) and Polyols in India.

PO and its derivatives are used in the manufacture of Polyurethane Foams (PF) which in turn is used in making automobile seats, furniture, garments and mattresses. Accordingly MPL’s products meet the demand of the country’s pharmaceuticals, polyurethane, resin, fragrances, food, refrigeration and oil drilling industries, among others.

Manali Petrochemicals operates two production facilities at Manali near Chennai to manufacture PO, PG and Polyols.

Key Financial Figures

Standalone(Rs. Cr)
ParticularsFY 2013FY 2014FY 2015FY 2016FY 2017
Total Income from Operations522.15554.44733.13579.04 643.35 
Expenses485.39507.52662.94512.12 591.14  
Earnings Before Other Income, Interest, Tax and Depreciation (Operating Profit)36.7646.9270.1966.92 52.21
Depreciation6.366.565.555.88 7.84  
Finance Costs2.141.902.482.52 1.86  
Other income7.086.307.3710.74 18.57  
PBT35.3444.7669.5369.26 61.09  
Tax8.0215.7125.5421.05 20.66  
PAT (before Minority Interest and share of Associates)27.3229.0543.9948.21 40.43  

Profitability Analysis

ParticularsFY 2013FY 2014FY 2015FY 2016FY 2017
Operating Profit Margin Ratio7.048.469.5711.56 8.12 
Net Profit Margin Ratio5. 6.28 

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)
ParticularsFY 2012FY 2013FY 2014FY 2015FY 2016
Share Capital86.0386.0386.0386.0386.03 
Reserves & Surplus88.34106.43125.42158.80196.41 
Net worth (shareholders funds)174.37192.47211.45244.84282.44 
Long term borrowings– 
Current liabilities80.0668.7082.16157.10212.15 
Other long term liabilities and provisions2.632.872.882.832.82 
Deferred Tax Liabilities13.4415.0215.403.141.99 
Total Liabilities270.51279.05311.90407.92499.40 


Application of Funds / Assets(Rs. Cr)
ParticularsFY 2012FY 2013FY 2014FY 2015FY 2016
Fixed Assets98.99106.29106.22110.99120.89 
Noncurrent Investments0.00454. 
Current assets161.07153.26186.77275.32355.10 
Long term advances and other noncurrent assets10.4415.3814.7817.4219.17 
Total assets270.51279.05311.90407.92499.40 

Efficiency Analysis

ParticularsFY 2012FY 2013FY 2014FY 2015FY 2016
ROE / RONW25.0514.1913.7417.9717.07 

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

ParticularsFY 2013FY 2014FY 2015FY 2016FY 2017
Total Income from Operations (Rs. Cr.)522.15554.44733.13579.04 643.35 
Growth (%)(9.03 %)6.18 %32.23 %(21.02 %) 11.11 % 
PAT (Rs. Cr.)27.3229.0543.9948.21 40.43  
Growth (%)(37.46 %)6.34 %51.43 %9.60 % (16.15 %) 
Earnings Per Share – Basic (Rs. )1.591.692.562.80 2.35 
Earning Per Share – Diluted (Rs. )1.591.692.562.80 2.35 
Price to Earnings5.017.2312.368.96 15.51 

Dividend History

The Company has maintained an average dividend yield of 4.13 % 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. Manali Petrochemical’s average current ratio over the last 5 financial years has been 2.02 times which indicates that the Company has been maintaining sufficient cash to meet 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.

Manali Petrochemical’s average long term debt to equity ratio over the last 5 financial years has been 0.00 times which indicates that the Company is operating with a extremely low level of debt and is well placed to meet its obligations.

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.

Manali Petrochemical’s average interest coverage ratio over the last 5 financial years has been 41.78 times which indicates that the Company has been generating enough for the shareholders after servicing its debt obligations.

Ownership pattern

In its latest stock exchange filing dated 31 March 2017, Manali Petrochemicals reported a promoter holding of 44.82 %. 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 2.09 % (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.