In Q3 FY18, BEPL posted net sales of Rs 258 crore, adjusted for both GST and excise duty, it was up 4% QoQ and 110% YoY. Improved turnover reflected higher pricing trend for ABS and the elevated capacity utilisation.
EBITDA margins improved sequentially by 154 bps (+938 bps YoY) on account of lower raw material cost (57.1% of net sales vs. 57.5% of sales in Q2 2018) and better realisations offsetting higher employee cost (22% QoQ). In addition, higher other income and moderate other expense helped net profit rise by 16% QoQ and 850% YoY.
Styrene/ABS pricing trend:
News flow suggests elevated ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) prices from the Asian region to continue in first quarter of calendar 2018. European counters indicate that price quotes from the Asia region are not competitive as it used to be, historically, suggesting strong demand in China and India.
Recently, global major Trinseo has added new capacity of 75,000 MT in China. However, ICIS reports that a good part of new supply could be absorbed in China due to new regulations banning the import of scrap plastics and pollution crackdown.
In the near term, company is on course to increase capacity to 137,000 MT (from 80, 000 MT) involving capex of Rs 50 crore. As per the minutes of the recent Board meeting, it was confirmed that expansion would be complete by December 2018.
Further, the company expects that the greenfield expansion of 2lac TPA capacity would be commissioned earlier than expected i.e. by March FY 2021 vs. March FY 2022 previously anticipated.
We can therefore expect Bhansali to post earnings growth at a CAGR of 66% (FY 2017-20E).
The stock is currently trading at 21.8x FY 2020 earnings which prices in near term expansion plan.
Having said that, Bhansali with its green field expansion plan, is on course to become a dominant player in the domestic ABS market. Additionally, it is incurring a capex of Rs 20 crore for the R&D centre in Aburoad, which would be useful for customized and high margin variants of ABS applications.
Further, positive outlook for the end markets viz. Auto (50%) and consumer durables.