Tata Chemicals

Background

Tata Chemicals Limited is a soda ash producer and sodium bicarbonate producer. The Company is engaged in diversified businesses dealing in inorganic chemicals, fertilizers, other agri inputs, water purifiers, nutritional solutions and pulses. The Company operates through four segments: Inorganic Chemicals, which includes soda ash, salt, sodium bicarbonate, marine chemicals, caustic soda and cement, fertilisers, which includes fertilizers and other traded products. Other Agri-inputs, which includes Rallis India Limited's operations and others, which includes pulses, water purifier and nutritional solutions. The Company's products are used to make float glass and pharmaceuticals, and are used in the metallurgy and textiles industries. Its customers include manufacturers of soaps, detergents and glass. Source: Reuters

Key Parameters

BSE Code

500770

NSE Code

TATACHEM

Reuters Code

TTCH.NS

CMP (as on 27/10/2015)

419.00

Stock Beta

0.96

52 Week H/L

525.70/363.30

Market Cap (Cr)

10689.57

Equity Capital (Rs cr)

254.82

Face Value (Rs)

10

Average Volume

641932

 

 

Shareholding Pattern (%)

 

Promoters

30.98

Non Institutions

69.02

Grand Total

100

Investment Rationale
  • Restructuring to pay dividends

  • Consumer products business

  • Improvement in performance of subsidiaries

  • Value added products

  • Capex and modernisation initiatives

Risks and Concerns
  • Burden of subsidiaries

  • Dependence on end user industry

  • Currency fluctuations

Conclusion & Recommendation

TCL being the largest player in chemical industry and it also have a significant market share in consumer products industry. With companies restructuring and capex plans, we expect the company to perform well in the medium and long term.

At the current market price of Rs.419 the stock is trading at 10x FY17E EPS. Investors can consider buying the stock at CMP and add on dips to around Rs.385 to Rs.390 levels (~9.5x FY17E EPS) for our sequential targets of Rs.470 and Rs.520 (~11.5x to ~12x FY17E EPS).

Financial Summary

Particulars (Rs. in Crs)

FY13

FY14

FY15

FY16E

FY17E

Net Sales

14570.82

15725.03

16912.56

18605.57

19587.72

Operating Profit

1910.82

531.81

2075.68

2460.21

2706.11

PAT

610.51

-807.67

807.39

1122.97

1258.35

EPS (Rs.)

15.71

-40.50

23.41

36.13

41.37

PE

26.67

-10.35

17.90

11.60

10.13

Company Profile

Tata Chemicals is the pioneer and market leader in India’s branded Iodized salt segment. With the introduction of an innovative, low-cost, nanotechnology-based water purifier, it is providing affordable, safe drinking water to the masses.

TCL is the world’s second largest producer of soda ash with manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Its industry essentials product range provides key ingredients to some of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass, detergents and other industrial products.

Its farm essentials portfolio the company has carved a niche in India as a crop nutrients provider. It is a leading manufacturer of urea and phosphatic fertilisers and, through its subsidiary, Rallis, has a strong position in the crop protection business.

Joint ventures and subsidiaries
  • NORTH AMERICA

    Tata Chemicals North America is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality soda ash with manufacturing operations based in Green River, Wyoming, USA.

  • EUROPE

    Tata Chemicals Europe is one of Europe’s leading producers of soda ash, salt and sodium bicarbonate with manufacturing operations based in Cheshire, UK.

    British Salt is the UK’s leading manufacturer of pure dried vacuum salt products with customers all over the world. Its operations are based in Middlewich, UK.

  • AFRICA

    Tata Chemicals Magadi is Africa’s largest soda ash manufacturer with manufacturing operations based at Lake Magadi, Kenya.

    Indo Maroc Phosphore (IMACID), is a Morocco-based joint venture, in which the company holds 33% stake. IMACID also supplies phosphoric acid to Haldia plant.

  • INDIA

    Rallis India - A Tata Chemicals subsidiary, is one of India’s leading agrochemicals companies, with a comprehensive portfolio that includes crop protection products, plant growth nutrients, seeds, crop services and contract manufacturing.

    Metahelix Life Sciences – A subsidiary of Rallis India is an Indian agricultural biotechnology company that focuses on developing traits and technologies for crop protection and improved productivity.

  • SINGAPORE

    Tata Chemicals International Pvt Ltd, based in Singapore, is the holding company for all overseas chemicals assets and is involved in the business of trading of goods including soda ash.

Brands profile

Industries products brands

  • Alkakarb - Sodium bicarbonate for the animal feed sector

  • Briskarb - Sodium bicarbonate for use in flue gas treatment

  • Dessikarb - Sodium bicarbonate for use in explosion suppression

  • Aquex - Tata Chemicals Europe’s brand name for a range of corrosion inhibiting calcium chloride solutions produced mainly for the refrigeration sector

  • Crex - Unique form of sodium sesquicarbonate

  • Tata Shudh - Branded cement created to utilise the fly ash from the Mithapur plant

  • Sodakarb - A food grade sodium bicarbonate

  • Granplus - Speckle grade soda ash dense for application in detergent powders

Consumer products brands

  • Fertilisers - Tata Paras, Paras Farmoola

  • Fungicides - Contaf, Contaf Plus, Master and Fujione

  • Weedicides - Fateh, Tata Metri, Tata Panida

  • Insecticides - Tata Mida, Reeva, Asataf, Manik

  • Seeds - Dhaanya Seeds, Daksha Seeds

  • Retail - Tata Kisan Sansar

Shareholding Pattern

Investment Rationales

Restructuring to pay dividends

Tata Chemicals Magadi Limited’s (TCML) performance improved significantly after successful restructuring of operations carried out by mothballing the Premium Ash plant (PAM), right sizing of manpower and controlling fixed cost. TCML achieved a Standard Ash (SAM) production of 3,04,698 tonnes as against 2,67,567 tonnes during the previous year. PAM production was at 66,833 tonnes as against 2,07,223 tonnes during the previous year. Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) has undertaken major restructuring initiatives. These changes included the termination of existing arrangements for the purchase of steam and electricity from the Winnington power station, the acquisition of the Winnington power station, right sizing of manpower and closure of the soda ash and calcium chloride manufacturing plants at Winnington. Decommissioning of redundant assets at the Winnington site was completed. Major modifications to the Winnington sodium bicarbonate plant have improved both product quality and production capacity. UK facility is supplying around ~90% of the country’s global soda ash demand. These restructuring efforts will help the company to increase its efficiency and product quality which in turn results will increase in margins.

Consumer products business

TCL is trying to have a major push in terms of its consumer offerings with a primary focus on food-based products and targets to reach 18% of its revenues will come from consumer products by 2018 compared with 7% in 2012. As India is a fast growing economy huge opportunity in consumer foods business on the back of rapid urbanization, favorable demographic pattern, increase in per capita expenditure on packed foods and increase in awareness about product quality will work in favor of TCL mainly because of the goodwill and reputation of the TATA Group. As this business segment have low-asset, low-investment and high-return businesses and less working capital cycle and no issues related with macro-external factors such timely subsidy, availability of gas and international price trends. Tata Chemicals, the maker of branded salt and pulses, will create a new umbrella brand for its foods portfolio as it looks to treble revenues to Rs 5,000 crore in 5 years by entering newer product categories. The company's existing portfolio of pulses and spices under i-Shakti label will be migrated into a new brand " Sampann" which will also house future launches in the staples and food segment . Consumer spend is going up and the company aims to tap it. Tata Chemicals expects to up its salt capacity further by 0.3 mmt. The salt revenues could double to Rs 18bn from Rs 9bn in the next five years. Overall consumer business revenues could go up to Rs 35bn (from Rs 15bn at present salt, water purifier, pulses. The company is venturing into ready‐to‐eat and ready‐to‐cook categories. For nutraceuticals the management guided at revenues/net profit of Rs 1,500/400mn at optimum utilization over next three years. It said it could double this segment’s capacity and start a facility dedicated to exports.

Improvement in performance of subsidiaries and joint ventures

The revenue and margins of the company the fully owned subsidiaries and joint ventures are expected to improve in the coming quarters mainly due to restructuring of the companies both plants and business. With the increased growth and demand in mining, pulp and paper manufacture, water treatment, metal refining, textile processing, cleaning preparations, petroleum and metallurgical refining, iron and steel, aluminum, and drugs industries will further fuel growth in the company as these industries are the major end-user industry of the products. Increase economic growth opportunities in mainly East Asian, African, and American counties, TCL with its joint ventures and subsidiaries will help to increase the company’s revenue in a significant manner.

Value added products

The Company reaffirmed its focus on higher value-added and branded products by launching the GranPlus brand of speckle grade soda ash. In line with the existing competencies of customer-connect, quality products, and distribution reach, the Company continues to be actively engaged in trading activities in the inorganic chemicals space. The trading portfolio, consisting of new and allied chemicals, will help the Company to explore new growth areas while catering to a larger portion of the customer’s spending. The Company continued to invest in branded offerings of sodium bicarbonate, branded volumes now account for 31% of the portfolio. This is in line with the Company’s strategy to offer value added branded variants as the domestic market matures and grows over a period of time leveraging its global product portfolio for greater consumer connect. The Company is an integrated manufacturer of basic and value-added chemicals, key among them being soda ash and sodium bicarbonate.TCE commissioned the modified sodium bicarbonate capacity at the Winnington site with increasing focus on products for high value segments will help the company to increase the percentage of revenue of value added products in total revenue and it will help the company to improve its overall margins because of higher margins in this product.

Capex and modernisation initiatives

Tata Chemical have a capex plans of Rs.1700. over coming years (including maintenance capex annum across geographies, funding salt expansion in India, and soda‐ash capacity in the US). The capex estimates includes the capex needs of its 51% subsidiary Rallis India. The capex and expansion plans will help the company to capitalize on the market demand for the various products but also the modernization plans helps TCL to reduce the wastage and improve the efficiency and quality of the products. These capex plans also helps the company to restructure the its business verticals to more customer products business

Diversified portfolio and wide reach

TCL along with its subsidiaries have a well diversified portfolio of products will be able to capitalize on the demand for the products from different end user industries and customers. The company also have wide geographical reach through more than a lakh retailers and company owned outlets will help in increase its revenue by making available the product range though different channels. The economic growth and increase in demand in Asia, Africa and America can act as a supplement to growth of the company mainly because of the wide reach and product portfolio. And is planning to expand retail footprint to 2.5 million outlets from its current 1.43 million outlets.

Industry Overview

The chemical industry in India is a key constituent of Indian economy, accounting for about 2.11 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). In terms of volume of production, Indian chemical industry is the third largest producer in Asia and sixth largest in the world. Indian chemical industry generated business worth US$ 118 billion in 2014. Bulk chemicals account for 39 per cent of the Indian chemical industry, followed by agrochemicals (20.3 per cent) and specialty chemicals (19.5 per cent). Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology accounted for the remaining share.

India’s growing per capita consumption and demand for agriculture-related chemicals offers huge scope of growth for the sector in the future. Lured by the size and returns of the Indian market, foreign firms have strengthened their presence in India. From April 2000 to May 2015, total foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into the Indian chemicals industry (excluding fertilisers) were US$ 10.49 billion.

The Government of India has been supportive to the sector. 100 per cent FDI is permissible in the Indian chemicals sector while manufacturing of most chemical products is de-licensed. The government has also been encouraging Research and Development (R&D) in the sector. Moreover, the government is continuously reducing the list of reserved chemical items for production in the small-scale sector, thereby facilitating greater investment in technology up-gradation and modernization.

The chemical industry in India is poised for explosive growth in the coming years. India’s population has grown nearly as large as that of China, with its consuming middle class accounting for about a third of its population. Disposable income in India is rising, potentially driving growth of chemicals consumption at exponential rates. India’s GDP growth exceeded 9% for the last fiscal year, fueling double-digit growth of its chemicals industry. India’s government has set in place policies and special economic zones to promote investment in its petrochemical sector, and several key domestic companies have unveiled ambitious expansion plans for the next few years.

Chemical industry forecast

The specialty chemicals sector is characterized by requirements for high-value products, high-volume requirements with expanding customer base, a product-driven market, and the addition of new participants at various levels of the value chain. Overall, the market is likely to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13-14 percent. “Product customization and understanding of unique customer needs has been one of the key success levers for the Indian chemical industry. In terms of production value, the specialty chemicals sector forms about 18- 20% of the total chemical production in India,”

With Asia’s growing contribution to the global chemical industry, India emerges as one of the focus destinations for chemical companies worldwide. With the current size of $108 billion, the Indian chemical industry accounts for approximately 7% of Indian GDP. The chemicals sector accounts for about 14% of the overall index of industrial production (IP). The share of industry in national exports is around 11%. In terms of volume, India is the third-largest producer of chemicals in Asia, after China and Japan. Despite its large size and significant GDP contribution, Indian chemicals industry represents only around 3% of global chemicals.

Two distinct scenarios for the future of the Indian chemical industry emerge, based on how effectively the industry leverages its strengths and manages challenges. In the base case scenario, with current initiatives of industry & government, the Indian chemical industry could grow at 11% p.a. to reach size of $224 billion by 2017. However, the industry could aspire to grow much more and its growth potential is limited only by its aspirations. In an optimistic scenario, high end–use demand based on increasing per capita consumption, improved export competitiveness and resultant growth impact for each sub-sector of the chemical industry could lead to an overall growth rate greater than 15% p.a. and a size of $ 290 billion by 2017.

Risks and Concerns

Burden of subsidiaries

TCL have more than 35 subsidiaries and a number of joint ventures. The subdued performance of any of these can negative impact on the overall performance of the company.

Dependence on end user industry

TCL’s majority revenue comes from selling its products to the various end user industries. So the TCL’s performance over dependant on end user industries demands.

Currency fluctuations

The company has operations around the globe and major part of revenue comes in foreign currencies thus the company is exposed to currency fluctuations and low exchange rates can hamper companies cost and margins.

Financials

Q1FY

 

1stQtr 201506

1st Qtr201406

VAR %

1stQtr201506

4thQtr201503

VAR %

Gross Sales

4096.57

3886.1

5.4

4096.57

3742.5

9.5

Excise Duty

80.84

85.13

-5

80.84

84.61

-4.5

Net Sales

4015.73

3800.97

5.7

4015.73

3657.89

9.8

Other Operating Income

51.18

49.3

3.8

51.18

84.64

-39.5

Other Income

12.46

21.1

-40.9

12.46

22.85

-45.5

Total Income

4079.37

3871.37

5.4

4079.37

3765.38

8.3

Total Expenditure

3575.83

3340.63

7

3575.83

3529.26

1.3

PBIDT

503.54

530.74

-5.1

503.54

236.12

113.3

Interest

113.58

103.44

9.8

113.58

105.58

7.6

PBDT

389.96

427.3

-8.7

389.96

130.54

198.7

Depreciation

114.26

112.27

1.8

114.26

113.02

1.1

PBT

275.7

315.03

-12.5

275.7

17.52

1473.6

Tax

68.45

82.26

-16.8

68.45

65.16

5.0

Reported Profit After Tax

207.25

232.77

-11

207.25

-47.64

-535.0

Minority Interest After NP

53.47

56.13

-4.7

53.47

25.8

107.2

Profit/Loss of Associate Company

-0.74

-1.14

35.1

-0.74

-0.73

1.4

NP after Minority Int & P/L Asso.Co.

153.04

175.5

-12.8

153.04

-74.17

-306.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra-ordinary Items

0

0

0

0

-132.7

-100.0

Adj Profit After Extra-ordinary item

153.04

175.5

-12.8

153.04

58.53

161.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PBIDTM(%)

12.54

13.96

-10.2

12.54

6.46

94.1

PBDTM(%)

9.71

11.24

-13.6

9.71

3.57

172.0

PATM(%)

3.81

4.62

-17.5

3.81

-2.03

-287.7

Profit and Loss Account as per rough estimates

 

FY13

FY14

FY15

FY16E

FY17E

Gross Sales

14894.13

16067.09

17278.84

19004.67

20007.89

Excise Duty

323.31

342.06

366.28

399.10

420.17

Net Sales

14570.82

15725.03

16912.56

18605.57

19587.72

Other Operating Income

140.2

160.32

290.38

258.52

201.09

Other Income

417.78

142.42

117.97

130.19

124.08

Total Income

15128.8

16027.77

17320.91

18994.27

19912.89

Total Expenditure

13217.98

15495.96

15245.23

16534.06

17206.79

PBIDT

1910.82

531.81

2075.68

2460.21

2706.11

Interest

463.91

579.46

454.03

366.84

363.39

PBDT

1446.91

-47.65

1621.65

2093.37

2342.72

Depreciation

533.88

471.24

463.14

489.13

545.08

PBT

913.03

-518.89

1158.51

1604.24

1797.64

Tax

302.52

288.78

351.12

481.27

539.29

Reported Profit After Tax

610.51

-807.67

807.39

1122.97

1258.35

Minority Interest After NP

207.03

221

205.53

205.12

207.63

Profit/Loss of Associate Company

-3.08

-3.33

-5.4

-2.85

-3.42

NP after Minority Interest & P/L Asso.Co.

400.4

-1032

596.46

920.70

1054.14

Balance Sheet as per rough estimates

 

FY13

FY14

FY15

FY16E

FY17E

SOURCES OF FUNDS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share Capital

254.82

254.82

254.82

254.82

254.82

Reserves & Surplus

6158.74

5310.69

5296.89

5988.54

7013.63

Minority Interest

536.14

655.22

673.49

766.24

847.93

Loan Funds

6950.65

8369.61

7001.44

7301.44

7601.44

Deferred Tax Liability

153.45

276.92

227.16

253.38

315.60

Other Liabilities

1456.93

1638.06

1707.04

1855.33

1938.61

Total Liabilities

15510.73

16505.32

15160.84

16419.75

17972.04

APPLICATION OF FUNDS:

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed Assets

4670.33

4751.96

4591.25

4891.25

5191.25

Intangible Assets

6627.02

6722.61

6956.99

6459.56

6784.47

Loans

0

0

0

0

0

Investments

599.66

440.88

442.92

444.96

361.77

Current Assets, Loans & Advances

7504.05

7456.13

8171.39

7855.93

9033.83

Inventories

1601.82

1649.04

2626.41

2601.45

2876.20

Sundry Debtors

3440.09

3265.88

3441.79

2777.85

3316.01

Cash & Bank Balance

1841.35

1753

1464.26

1710.36

2040.48

Other Current Assets

104.4

117.37

69.57

84.51

72.14

Loans & Advances

516.39

670.84

569.36

681.75

728.99

Current Liabilities & Provisions

4728.28

3705.08

5644.77

4455.43

4656.59

Current Liabilities

4203.45

3084.57

4881.06

3885.44

4063.78

Provisions

524.83

620.51

763.71

569.99

592.81

Net Current Assets

2775.77

3751.05

2526.62

3970.49

4970.05

Deferred Tax Assets

159.02

85.92

20.96

12.71

12.71

Other Assets

678.93

752.9

622.1

640.78

651.79

Total Assets

15510.73

16505.32

15160.84

16419.75

17972.04

Conclusion and Recommendation

We are positive on Tata Chemicals over the medium and long term and hence recommend a BUY at CMP of RS.419 and further add on declines between Rs.390 to Rs.385 for a target of Rs.470 to Rs.520 with stop loss maintained at Rs.370.

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