Reblog: Godrej Agrovet IPO review


Godrej Agrovet Ltd. (GAL) is a well diversified, research and development focused agri-business company with operations across five business verticals i.e. animal feed, crop protection, oil palm, dairy, and poultry and processed foods. GAL is the leading compound animal feed company in India, on the basis of installed capacity for the financial year 2016. In Bangladesh, its joint venture, ACI Godrej was the fourth largest feed producer, in terms of sales volume, during the financial year 2016. It is also the largest crude palm oil producer in India, in terms of market share, as of March 31, 2017.

In animal feed business, GAL’s portfolio of products comprises cattle feed, poultry feed (broiler and layer), aqua feed (fish and shrimp) and specialty feed. Animal feed products are manufactured at 35 facilities, of which 10 facilities are owned and seven are operated by it, located near major consumption centers across India, with an aggregate production capacity of 2.36 million MT per annum, as of June 30, 2017. Company’s pan-India distribution network for animal feed products includes approximately 4,000 distributors, as of June 30, 2017.

In crop protection business, GAL manufactures a wide range of products that cater to the entire crop lifecycle including plant growth regulators, organic manures, generic agrochemicals and specialized herbicides. In October 2015 it acquired a majority equity interest in Astec LifeSciences (ALS) and currently own 56.82% of the outstanding equity shares. ALS manufactures agrochemical active ingredients (technical), bulk and formulations as well as intermediate products and sells its products in India as well as exports them to approximately 24 countries, including the United States and countries across Europe, West Asia, South East Asia and Latin America. ALS also undertakes contract development and manufacturing services for other agrochemical companies. ALS sells all its products to institutional customers, while GAL sells its products primarily to retail consumers. The distribution network of Company’s crop protection business in India includes approximately 6,000 distributors, as of June 30, 2017.

In oil palm business, GAL produces a range of products including crude palm oil, crude palm kernel oil and palm kernel cake. The company purchases fresh fruit bunches (“FFBs”) from palm oil farmers and work closely with them by providing planting material, agricultural inputs and technical guidance. It has entered into memoranda of understanding with nine state governments, which provides the company with access to approximately 61,700 hectares under oil palm plantation, which is equivalent to approximately one-fifth of India’s area suitable for oil palm cultivation, as of March 31, 2017. This public-private partnership model, which, has been promoted by the Government of India, allows GAL to maintain an asset-light business model. The company works closely with farmers in it’s designated area to plant oil palm on their farmland and provide technical guidance and assistance. The company has set up five palm oil mills in India with an aggregate FFB processing capacity of 125 MT per hour and a palm kernel processing capacity of seven MT per hour, as of June 30, 2017. GAL is recognized as the ‘Highest Crude Palm Oil Producer in the Country’.

In dairy business, which it operates through Subsidiary, Creamline Dairy, it sells a majority of milk and milk-based products under the ‘Jersey’ brand across the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra. As of June 30, 2017, it owned and operated nine milk processing units. For dairy business, supply chain network includes procurement from six states through a network of 120 chilling centers, as of June 30, 2017. As on the same date, it’s dairy distribution network included approximately 4,000 milk distributors, approximately 3,000 milk product distributors and 50 retail parlours, as well as direct sales to institutional customers.

GAL also manufactures and market processed poultry and vegetarian products through its brands ‘Real Good Chicken’ and ‘Yummiez’. To grow its poultry and processed foods business, company has entered into a joint venture with Tyson India Holding Limited, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc., U.S.A. This helps GAL with the technical and operational expertise to compete successfully in India. The company has set up two processing plants with integrated breeding and hatchery operations and has a diverse customer base comprising of retail customers as well as institutional clients such as quick service restaurants, fine dining restaurants, food service companies and hotels.

To part finance its repayment/pre-payment of working capital facilities, repayment of commercial paper and general corpus fund needs, GAL is coming out with a maiden IPO for fresh equity issue worth Rs. 300 crore and offer for sale of Rs. 300 crore by Godrej Industries and 12300000 equity shares under OFS by V-Science Investment Pte. Issue is being made via book building route with a price band of Rs. 450 to Rs. 460 for a share having face value of Rs. 10 each. Company has reserved shares worth Rs. 20 crore for eligible employees. Issue opens for subscription on 04.10.17 and will close on 06.10.17. Total issue size is Rs. 1157 crore including pre-IPO placements. Minimum application is to be made for 32 shares and in multiples thereon, thereafter. Post allotment, shares will be listed on BSE and NSE. BRLMs to this offer are Kotak Mahindra Capital Co. Ltd., Axis Capital Ltd. and Credit Suisse Securities (India) Pvt. Ltd. Kavry Computershare Pvt. Ltd. is the registrar to the issue. Having issued initial equity at par in 1991-92, company raised further equity in the price range of Rs. 82 to Rs. 2164.41 per share. It has also issued bonus shares in the ratio of 3 for 1 in March 1994, 6 for 1 in March 2015 and 1 for 1 in March 2017. In September 2017 it issued 192901 shares at a price of Rs. 440 per share under pre-IPO placement, thus the fresh issue size stands reduced to Rs. 291.51 crore (approx 6337390 shares) that includes reserve quota for employees. Post issue, GAL’s current paid up equity capital of Rs. 185.32 crore will stand enhanced to around Rs. 191.66 crore.

On performance front, GAL has (on a consolidated basis) posted turnover/net profits of Rs.3117.42 cr. / Rs. 156.56 cr. (FY14), Rs. 3325.50 cr. / Rs. 210.13 cr. (FY15), Rs. 3817.67 cr. / Rs. 261.09 cr. (FY16) and Rs. 4983.45 cr. / Rs. 274.39 cr. (FY17). For Q1 of the current fiscal, it has reported net profit of Rs. 74.29 crore on a turnover of Rs. 1369.42 cr. It has posted an average EPS of Rs. 10.02 and average RoNW of 23.86% for last three fiscals on a paid up equity capital of Rs.185.13 cr. Issue is priced at a P/BV of 7.88. If we annualize latest earnings and attribute it on fully diluted equity post issue, then asking price is at a P/E of around 30. It has no listed peers to compare with. Issue is priced justifiably considering the diverse activities.

On BRLM’s front, three merchant bankers associated with this issue have handled 42 public issues in past three fiscal years out of which 11 issues closed below the issue price on listing date.

Conclusion: After long, a well diversified company from the house of Godrej is coming with a maiden offer. Company is playing major role in all its verticals and is poised for better prospects. Investment may be considered for short to long term.

The original review is authored by Dilip Davda, appears on Chittorgarh.com and is available here.


Nifty settles below 9,800, down over 1.5% for the week; Sensex ends flat


Benchmark indices pared gains to end flat, losing over 1.5% in the week on foreign fund outflows amid worries that the government may widen its fiscal deficit target of 3.2% of gross domestic product for the year ending in March 2018 to boost an economy that grew at a slower pace than expected.

Broader markets outperformed benchmark indices with BSE Midcap and BSE smallcap indices gaining 0.8% and 1% respectively. Both indices ended over 1% for the week

Foreign investors net selling equities worth $1.1 billion during the month. They had sold worth $2 billion in shares in August.

Bajaj Auto, Adani Ports, GAIL and Eicher Motors gained the most on both indices, while HUL and Wipro were the top losers.

Realty firm Godrej Properties today said it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Royale Builders and Developers to develop a 13-acre group housing project in north Bengaluru.

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Repost: How not to fail in stock markets – 11 lessons from Rakesh Jhunjhunwala


Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is widely referred to as the Indian Warren Buffett. The investment maestro is very popular for picking up stocks that could turn into multibaggers, based on his own study of fundamentals and research models. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and a trader by profession.

With the stock markets on fire of late, many investors who could not invest before the bull run began must be wondering if they have missed the rally, for the benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty have already returned about 20% each so far this year. But worry they must not, for, here we take a look at 11 key lessons on the stock market from the big bull investor himself, which may help investors to stop failing in the stock markets, cut losses, and turn profits.

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Reblog: 9 books about financial markets you really should read


Earlier this week I wrote (again) about the importance of understanding financial market history. This prompted a few people to ask for some of my favourite books on the topic. Here goes:

Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation

If I had to pick just one book to read on the topic, this would be the one. Edward Chancellor weaves history, psychology, and economics beautifully in what is also one of the better-named finance books I’ve come across.

The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned From the Market’s Perfect Storm

The story behind the banking crisis most people probably aren’t familiar with. This book shows how primitive the financial markets were before banking regulations and the Fed came around.

The Great Depression: A Diary

This first-person account of what life was like during the Great Depression is not only a lesson in financial market history but also how difficult that period in history was for those living through it. I can’t recommend this one enough.

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Reblog: Prataap Snacks IPO review


Prataap Snacks Ltd. (PSL) an Indore based company is one of the top six Indian snack food companies in terms of revenues in 2016, and among the fastest growing companies in the Indian organized snack market between 2010 and 2016. Based on the FS Report, the snacks market in India is estimated at approximately Rs. 55000 crore out of which organized snack market is estimated at Rs. 22000 crore and grew at a CAGR of 14% between 2012 and 2016. With increasing competition and cost pressure, there has been a gradual shift from an unorganized to organized sector across the various product segments. PSL is present in three major savory snack food categories in India and all its products are sold under the “Yellow Diamond” brand. As of July 31, 2017, PSL had 40 flavors of Chips and extruded snacks and 23 varieties of Namkeen in the market. It is set to launch special snacks for health-conscious consumers and also sweet bites in the near future.

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Sensex ends Friday nearly 450 pts lower, Nifty breaches 10,000; midcaps tank


Equity benchmark indices witnessed a carnage on Friday, with the Sensex ending nearly 450 points lower, while the Nifty breached 10,000-mark, falling over 150 points.

The benchmark indices fell over 1%, extending losses for the fourth straight session, while the rupee hit its weakest point since early April amid concerns that the government’s plan for a stimulus to halt an economic slowdown may have a negative impact on the fiscal deficit.

Global investor sentiment was also subdued after North Korea said it might test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean and escalated a war of words with US President Donald Trump.

The Sensex closed down 447.60 points at 31922.44, while the Nifty ended lower by 157.50 points at 9964.40. The market breadth was negative as 524 shares advanced against a decline of 2,082 shares, while 144 shares were unchanged.

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Reblog: SBI Life Insurance IPO review


SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (SBI Life) is a life insurance arm of SBI group that is coming out with a public offer after 23 years gap. The last issue was in 1994 for SBI.

SBI Life India’s largest private life insurer, in terms of New Business Premium generated in each fiscal year, since Fiscal 2010. It has also increased its market share of New Business Premium generated among private life insurers in India, from 15.87% in Fiscal 2015 to 20.04% in Fiscal 2017. Between Fiscal 2015 and Fiscal 2017, SBI Life’s New Business Premium generated increased at a CAGR of 35.45%, which is the highest among the top five private life insurers (in terms of total premium in Fiscal 2017) in India.

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Reblog: The dangers of timing the markets


Traditional wisdom suggests that when it comes to investing, timing is everything. But is it?

We’ve witnessed shock after shock in the political arena over the past year, which has repeatedly jolted the markets into action.

For investors, it’s difficult to sit tight amid all this noise, and you might feel encouraged to sell out of stocks to try to protect yourself from the falls. But by selling out early, you could end up missing out on the gains.

Timing the markets is effectively a double whammy in crystal ball gazing, because not only do you have to predict the outcome of these events (and just note how shocked most of us were about the Brexit vote), but also how the markets are going to react.

Disaster domino effect

Mark Northway of Sparrows Capital says the events which have transpired over the past year have provided opportunities for fund managers to “test their mettle” and trade in and out of the turbulence.

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Sensex ends flat on Friday, Nifty below 10,100; indices up 1% for the week


Equity benchmarks rebounded in last hour of trade, but ended flat supported by index heavyweights Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and Infosys. The indices were up 1% for the week.

The S&P BSE Sensex settled at 32,272, up 30 points while the broader Nifty50 index ended at 10,085, down 1 point

Among broader markets, BSE Midcap index underperformed the benchmarks indices, down 0.3% while BSE Smallcap index was up 0.4%

Global stocks remained subdued after North Korea fired another missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, in a sign that Pyongyang remains defiant despite tightening international sanctions.

The Nifty Pharma Index was down 0.5%, breaking its three-day winning streak.

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