In this post we would like to Explore the Multibagger Stock Potential of Ashok Leyland based on a blog reader request.
Ashok Leyland is an Indian automobile company headquartered in Chennai, India. It is owned by the Hinduja Group. Founded in 1948, it is the second largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in India and fourth largest manufacturer of buses in the world and 10th largest manufacturer of trucks globally. Company is mainly into LCV & MCV business & also generates Revenue from Power Solutions, Aftermath Accessories, Defense Vehicles, Foundry Division too. The company have plants across 10 locations in Tamil Nadu, Uttarkand, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
Indian Commercial Vehicle Industry grew 23% past year & this growth is going to stay for next 5 years based on Government push on Infrastructure growth & New Roads.
Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) emission norms is boosting the Sales of Ashok Leyland. Union Budget is in Favor of Infrastructure & Automobile Sector.
The company was able to generate 15% growth in M&HCV segment i the past 5 years as displayed below. IMF projecting India GDP growth of 7% should benefit the company.
Here are the positive factors regarding Ashok Leyland.
Past year company launched 17 new products. This will reflect in future sales.
Company is entering into Electrical Segments. Aligned with Government initiatives this will support future growth
The LCV business recorded 37% growth and is growing 20% CAGR
The Defense business also grew by 32% with a 20% CAGR
Credit Rating of the company was Improved after 18 years as AA+ rating
Company has Unique iEGR innovation regarding BS IV standards. This will give edge against competitors
Company crossed 100 Thousand Unit Sales in Medium & Heavy Vehicle Segment, and 43 Thousand Unit Sales in LMV segment.
Crude Oil Prices being supportive to Company operations.
Government push on Hybrid & Electrical Vehicles will be Future Determination of Growth for Ashok Leyland.
Advantage of Price Crash will give Margin of Safety at Current Price. There is a 50% discount to Fifty Two Week High Price on the company
Ashok Leyland have a Good Brand Reputation & Hence Low Risk Investors prefer to hold to this company
High Dividend Yield of 3%
Here are the concern factors regarding Ashok Leyland.
High Capitalization of 25000 Crore. To become a 10-bagger it will be 2.5 Lakh Crore Capitalization which is too high to achieve.
Limited expected Multibagger Returns around 300%.
Pledged Shares exists which is a Red-mark on the company. However the promoters are buying back more shares too.
High capex required for expansions.
No high massive expansion plans through new factory Or new market penetration.
Company is more dependable on India automobile industry
Company have only 5% share in the Indian Bus Market
BS VI norms becoming mandatory from 2020 will be a Challenge for the company
Threat of Low Sale Continuity in Auto-Sectors can adversely affect the Profitability of the company & thereby Price too Link
Warren Buffet, Value & Growth Checklist
Following are the Checklist parameters:
25000 Crore (Largecap) – already a Blue Chip level growth happened
History of Consistently Increasing Sales, Earnings & Cash Flow
Durable Competitive Advantage
Future Growth Drivers / Sector Growth
Conservative Debt (long term debt < 3 Net Profit)
Debt Equity Ratio, Current Ratio
Debt is Almost Zero.Current Ratio is 0.93
Return on Equity must be Above Average
Low CAPEX required to maintain current operations
Inventory Turnover Ratio, Debtor Days, ROCE
Good. Debtor Days reduced to 9 days. ROCE is 28%
Management is holding / buying the stock
*But pledging exists
Market Price < Intrinsic Value
Yes. Intrinsic Value at Rs. 200 which gives 50% Margin of Safety.
Stock Price is growing in past years along with EPS growth
Consolidated PE, PB Ratio, PEG Ratio
PE 13 (okay)PB 3 (good)
PEG 0.23 (good)
Cash Flow Positive, Net Profit % greater than 8%
Cash Flow: Negative
Net Profit %: Yes
Paying Dividends, Tax
EPS Growth Rate
Jump in Trailing Result EPS
Jump in Quarterly Result EPS
But, March q-o-q shows decline in profits
Expected Gain in 5 Years
Price Movement Graph, 52 Week High & Low
(high liquidity / stable growth expected)
Power of Brand
Corporate Governance, Reputation of Leaders
Based on the above analysis I would like to say that the Ashok Leyland possess MultibaggerStock properties and one can Invest in 2019. However one should not expect high compounded returns from this stock. It can be considered as Low Risk Low Returns investment.
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