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An Engineering Company, A Drugmaker That May Gain 20% This Year

Brokerages initiated coverage on industrial equipment maker ABB India Ltd., Crompton Greaves Consumer Ltd., drug maker Laurus Labs Ltd., with a bullish rating while agribusiness company Godrej Agrovet Ltd. was given a neutral rating.

Here’s what the brokerages had to say:

KR Choksey On ABB India

  • Initiated ‘Buy’ with target price of Rs 1,823, implying a potential upside of 21 percent from yesterday’s close.
  • Higher government spending on power offers strong growth prospects for ABB.
  • ABB’s power grids segment to support financial performance over medium to long term.
  • Triggers: National Solar Mission, electric vehicles in India and railways modernisation and electrification.
  • Expect order flow, revenue and net profit to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 25 percent, 23 percent and 42.2 percent, respectively, over the years till 2019.
  • Robust execution to support strong top-line growth.
  • Increase in localisation of manufacturing projects to lower operational cost.
  • Higher return ratios to help company demand higher valuations.

Daiwa Capital Markets On Crompton Greaves Consumer

  • Initiated ‘Outperform’ with target price of Rs 300, implying a potential upside of 9.2 percent from yesterday’s close.
  • India’s electronic appliances industry to see double-digit growth over the next five years; well positioned to seize these opportunities.
  • Impressive franchise, strong management pedigree and growth outlook.
  • Focus on distribution, branding and segments to support sales growth.
  • Company has multiple levers for growth.
  • Positives: premiumisation, entry into new categories, brand building, and expanding distribution.
  • Expect revenue and earnings per share to grow at a compounded rate of 17 percent and 25 percent respectively over the financial years through March 2020.
  • Valuations not cheap, but strong sales and profits to support.
  • Bull case price target of Rs 340.

Motilal Oswal On Laurus Labs

  • Initiated ‘Buy’ with a target price of Rs 651, implying a potential upside of 22.2 percent from yesterday’s close.
  • In a sweet spot to get business in regulated market due to cost efficiency and consistent compliance.
  • Formulations business in take-off mode; positive on forward integration to formulation in regulated markets.
  • Expect U.S. sales to multiply as company targets 30 ANDA (abbreviated new drug application) filings over three years.
  • Expect revenue, operating income and net profit to grow at a CAGR of 17 percent, 20 percent and 28 percent, respectively over the financial years till March 2020.
  • Addition of formulations and healthy momentum in API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) business to lead growth.
  • Volume growth to drive anti-retroviral (HIV) and Hepatitis-C base businesses.
  • Interest outgo to reduce; capital expenditure to continue to support growth.
  • Return ratios to improve on higher asset utilisation.
  • Expect revenue and net profit to grow at a CAGR of 20 percent and 35 percent, respectively over the financial years till March 2020.
  • Bull case target price is Rs 769.

Credit Suisse On Godrej Agrovet

  • Initiated ‘Neutral’ with target price of Rs 630, implying a potential upside of 2.9 percent from yesterday’s close.
  • Indian agricultural value chain offers business opportunities.
  • Brand and corporate pedigree a key advantage, diversification hedges risks.
  • Expect earnings to grow at a CAGR of 18 percent over the financial years through March 2020.
  • Good long-term potential, but valuations leave little upside.
  • Key earnings driver will be crop protection which will see new launches and exports growth.
  • Animal feed will be a drag as it is facing headwinds.
  • New product introductions a key lever for growth, may come in from March 2019.
  • Dairy margins will bounce back in the second half of the current financial year, likely to see gradual margin expansion from thereon.
  • Poultry to see much faster growth if Godrej management takes over control of joint venture.
  • Bull case target price is Rs 725.