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Balmer: Logistic business is bottom line driver, Tour and Travel segment is top line driver
BLC’s expansion plans to provide one stop logistics solutions with diversified operations, like setting up satellite branches
at Guntur and Indore, JV with Vizag Port Trust for setting up a Multi Modal Logistics Hub (which is already being approved
by Central Govt.) and setting up three new temperature controlled warehouses at Hyderabad, NCR and Mumbai would
boost high EBIT margin logistics business.
Balmer Lawrie (BL) is a Mini-Ratna I company with a rich history spread over
one and a half centuries of existence. It has a significant presence in industrial
packaging, logistics, travel & vacations, greases & lubricants, leather
chemicals and refinery & oilfield services. BL is the market leader in steel
barrels, greases and oilfield services in India. Its logistics division is the profit
driver of BL with over 3 CFS in Nhava Sheva, Chennai & Kolkata and offers a
wide range of logistics solutions for ocean, air & road freight. Its oils &
lubricants business has a growing retail presence with its Balmerol brand. It is
also one of the oldest IATA accredited travel agencies in India.
Logistics business to continue to drive growth and profitability with
major expansion plans
RISKS: It is a govt. owned enterprise. So govt. has a major say.
Is a diversified group in 5 businesses. So not easy to evaluate the performance of the company.
Though the numbers are broken down by each business unit, it is difficult to see year on year how the performance may change due to government policies ever changing in the last 5 -7 years
ADVANTAGE: Has a huge landbank which has not been revalued for past 100 years. THIS CAN BE A HUGE DRIVER WHEN THE LAND PRICE IS REVALUED WHICH IS ABOUT 500+ TIMES EASILY IN TODAY’S TIMES. SEE HOW TATA STEEL DID A REVALUATION OF THE LAND AND EVEN TATA SPONGE.
Performance Highlights - FY 2016-17
Turnover (Gross): : Rs. 1901.17 crores PBT : Rs. 254.11 crores
Turnover (Net): : Rs. 1779.45 crores PAT: : Rs. 170.42 crores
Total Share Capital: : Rs. 114.00 crores Earnings per share: : Rs. 14.95
Dividend Payout: : - Net Worth: : Rs. 1165.99 crores
(i) The Standalone un-audited financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 are as per the notified Indian Accounting Standards.
(ii) Post implementation of Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) with effect from 1 July 2017, total income from operations is disclosed net of GST. Total income from operations for the earlier periods included excise duty which is now subsumed in the GST. Total income from operations for the half year ended 30 September 2017 includes excise duty upto 30 June
2017. Accordingly, total income from operations for the quarter and half year ended 30 September 2017 are not comparable with those of the previous period presented.
1 Non-Current Assets
( a ) Property, Plant and Equipment 374.46 382.67
( b ) Capital Work-in-Progress 28.65 23.31
With capex plans of ~ ₹ 4 bn over the next 2 years, BL is setting up 3 cold chain
facilities in Hyderabad, Delhi NCR and Mumbai and a multimodal logistics park at
Vishakapatnam Port. With various policy initiatives for boosting agriculture & the
rural economy, considerable upside potential in cold storage usage and eventual
passage of GST, we believe this to be a logical move which would help augment
growth for BL. Also, the mobilization of ample cash reserves towards expansion is
expected to further improve ROE and bolster margins.
Increasing contributions from industrial packaging and lubricants
businesses on the back of subdued commodity prices
The industrial packaging and greases & lubricants businesses have witnessed
considerable expansion in margins in spite of a flat growth in sales due to benign
steel and crude oil prices. BL is also looking to widen its retail presence in
automobile lubricants with its Balmerol brand. We expect that the supply glut in
commodities would continue over the medium term and help the India - Centric
businesses of BL contribute even more to its bottom-line.
Other niche businesses to steadily expand
Travel and vacations segment is expected to continue to do well with stable demand
from government & PSUs for its ticketing business and a push to grow its value
added package tours segment. Leather chemicals and refinery & oilfield services
divisions continue to serve niche markets and offer potential upside triggers.
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Disclosure: Not invested.
Balmer Lawrie financials.xlsx (13.7 KB)