Astral polytechnik ltd

(Rajat) #481

Westbridge has cut its investment in Astral by around 17% by selling 1870000 shares on 31st Oct. It still holds a significant chunk of more than 8% in Astral.

Interestingly citibank has also sold 935262 shares on the same price yesterday. On the other hand IDFC mutual fund has entered the stock buying around 1760000 shares of the company.

(madhuri) #482

any idea about y the citibank and westbridge has sell the shares???

IDFC to enter?

(arham patel) #483

Astral Poly Technik Ltd has informed BSE regarding a Press Release dated November 21, 2014, titled “Astral Poly Technik Ltd. Acquires 76% Stake in Resinova Chemie Ltd”.

(Vidur Chhabra) #484

Attaching a presentation by the company relating to its Acquisitions of the UK Based Sealit and Kanpur Based Resinova in the fast growing adhesive business

(Empower the Looser) #485

For those who have missed this stock, adding a tech analysis pic for suitable level to enter this stock. This market correction is a good opportunity to catch this stock.

For those who do staggered buying. The price points are -

  • 380
  • 365
  • 350

(Gurjot) #486

I initiated a small position in Astral at 355 after reading on VP about the business quality, management, future prospects etc and seeing the stock had corrected 20% from it’s highs. This week, I was just reviewing my portfolio and doing valuation calculations for all my stocks. For Astral, these were my figures:-

Book Value Per Share - Rs. 28.05

Intrinsic Value per Share - Rs. 61.68 (my assumptions are fairly conservative but this is still no where near the CMP)

{Assuming FCF - 20 crores (in the last 8 years Astral has not produced FCF more than 15 crores owing to it’s high capital expenditures), Growth Rate - 15% for 10 years, Discount Rate - 12%, Long term growth rate - 10%}

Enterprise Value - 4099.54 crores , EBIT FY’14 - 135 cr

Enterprise Value / EBIT - 30.37 (Read online that Buffet generally pays for good businesses at EV/EBIT valuation multiples of ~8 )

P/E - more than 50

Almost every market guru keeps on repeating that no matter how good a business might be, there is no point owning a great business at great prices (read as overvalued)

Hoping that you guys can come up with some answers on it’s current valuations. (Obviously for people having entered at 300-400 levels before the split, it might be worth the risk holding on given how the market has been pricing this stock)

PS: I can’t see any reason not to sell it the moment it goes anywhere near its highs (i.e. 430-440, still making 20% profit)

(Mazher) #487

Astral Poly Technik standalone quarterly net plummets 47.85% -

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(Hemant V Bhatia) #488

Key highlights by Capital Mkt;

  • The net sales for December 2014 quarter have increased by 14% to Rs 303.05 crore. The net profit decreased by 48% to Rs 11.12 crore.The mgt said that business is bullish, tonnage growth happening, price growth impacted due to fall in polymer prices. However, polymer prices have seen hike and one more hike expected in Feb. month. As such, demand for PVC will return, as the distributors and retailer will stock the PVC product before price hike.
  • Volume actually grew by 17%, but since the company is reporting production number, it has grown by 15%. Next year it will publish sale volume numbers.Fall in PVC prices has impacted the stock it carried by Rs 10 crore.Value wise, CPVC grew by 20% and PVC by 15%. Volume wise, CPVC grew by 20% and PVC by 13%.For Q3, revenue mix was :--- CPVC pipes - 53% and PVC pipes - 47%.
  • The company has pass 3% price hike in CPVC pipes due to deprecation of Rupee against Dollar.In south, the production of CPVC started for last 1 month.Advanced Adhesive has not seen growth in Q3 due to shut down of plant for automation.
  • For 9M, Resinova Chemie has grown by 19% to Rs 149 crore at top-line and EBDITA was at 8.25% against 7.5% in Q3 FY14. Seal It Service top-line grew by 17% to Rs 101 crore and EBIDTA grow from 5.9% to 8.35% YoY. Advanced Adhesive top-line grew by 33% to Rs 22.47 crore, while EBIDTA was maintained at 22%. The margin of all these 3 companies will grow with drop in crude oil prices.
  • The mgmt expects Advanced Adhesive to show 30% top-line growth for FY15.Kenya venture has seen top-line growth of 68% to Rs 24 crore for 9M.At Hosur plant, 5 extruders are running. The company has capacity to add 6 more. It is planning to add 2 extruders by March.Dholka unit (Gujarat) recently added 3 machines.
  • The company has acquired one plant in Himachal Pradesh at cost of Rs 25 lakh, which will give it tax benefit for next 5 years.
  • The capex for FY15 is around Rs 55-60 crore and for 9M it has spend Rs 45 crore. For FY16 and FY17, capex is around Rs 60 â 70 crore.For 1 to 2 quarters, the margin in PVC will not move, but after that it will start expanding.From next quarter, the company will also present its consolidated numbers.The company's debt is around RS 160 crore and cash around Rs 50 crore.

(vinay ambekar) #489

Thanks Hemant V Bhatia for this summary

Towards the end, the management also indicated that they would be able to achieve a consolidated topline of Rs. 1650-1700 crores, which is handsome 45% plus growth rate. I hope I heard that bit right.

(ashaggarwal) #490

Was just going through the projected numbers by brokerages -

Consolidated profit for fy2015, fy 2016 and fy 2017 seems like 86 cr, 120 cr, 160 cr.

people out here with deeper information have different opinion ?

(Dhiraj Dave) #491

Not so great result from Astral Poly,

Anyone has a view? Significant jump in the other overhead being the main contributor to decline in profit YOY.

(Vishnu Ch) #492

Closure of Baddi Unit | 18/06/15 16:23
Astral Poly Technik Ltd has informed BSE that the Company has closed down its operations at manufacturing unit at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh because it has become commercially unviable to run the plant.

I assume it is due to the lapse of the Tax Benefits.

Various benefits at Himachal Pradesh Plant
The company’s HP plant where it manufactures fittings, enjoys lower tax rate for 10 years (30% concession ie Astral pays 3-4% tax only), excise holidays for 10 years, CST of just 1% instead of 2% for 10 years and around 25% cheaper power cost. The company has enjoyed all these benefits for 5 years already and will continue to receive the same for next 5 years until FY15.


The balance capacity of ~7,500 MT is at Baddi, which manufactures fittings largely.
(As of 2012)


Disc: I will remain invested.
Will add on expected further dips, besides the valuations were beyond reasonable.

(Empower the Looser) #493

Astral is going to have multiple triggers over next few years. It has established itself very well through branding and Ad campaigns. Reality market is still in struggling phase as supply demand equation still do not seem to agree with each other. Long term story still intact and triggers will keep coming untill 2018 till the reality market revives as we witnessedthe growth in 2000-2006 era.

(Varun) #494

There are two conflicting trends at play and I would appreciate opinions on the same which would impact all companies like Astral/Kajaria/Cera/Supreme/Greenply etc.

a) The government is focussing very strongly on clamping down on black money. This, in conjunction with high inventory levels across the country creates a big question mark on the real estate construction and performance of the companies mentioned above since atleast 50% is institutional driven.

b) On the flipside is the housing for all proposal which can imply a big upside for these players.

The question is which one trumps the other. Could there be some serious near term pressure on growth for these companies ? Ofcourse- this will impact real estate developers as well…

(PP) #495

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(Abhishek Basumallick) #496

I recently was doing some scuttlebutt and speaking to some industry insiders in the plywood sector. The view is that real estate is in very bad shape in West & North of India and moderate / stagnant demand in East & South. It is definitely impacting the offtake of products. Housing for all and smart cities have not yet picked up demand on the ground.

(Naman) #497

Sumir Chadha of WestBridge Capital summarises the business and rationale for investment in Astral. They had invested in Astral in March 2012 when market cap was sub 500 crore and today it is more than 5000 crore (they have partially exited this year)

Astral – impenetrable moat:

One of the things we loved about Astral was that when we spoke to plumbers in India – our team went and spoke to 1,000 plumbers across the country -they said they loved Astral. Because over a decade Astral has gone out and reached out to them, built the brand and these are the decision makers. So, when we get the pipes replaced in our house, none of us know which pipe is going inside our house, except for the plumber. So, Astral built this very powerful brand in India. That is why they were able to grow 40% a year for eight years in a row. They could scale the business beautifully. It is very hard for a competitor to come tomorrow and change all these plumbers minds. Because over many years they have built a lot of comfort with the brand, it is reliable and very high quality. If a company has a long term competitive advantage like that, it can win in the market place and make money for our investors.

(Saji John) #498

“In a parallel development, it made an allotment of 1.38 million equity shares on preferential basis to Parikh, who had founded Kanpur-based Resinova Chemie in 1995, at a share price of Rs 425.93 apiece, aggregating Rs 59 crore (approximately $9 million)”

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(gautham1) #499

Yet another quarter of very impressive top line growth but bottom line degrowth
I have been observing the results of a lot of companies. One common thing I observed is that, very poor top line growth. but very good bottom line growth. ( operating leverage, cost cutting whatever you call it). But astral is just the opposite.

(Ayush Mittal) #500

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