NGL Fine Chem-Re Rating Possible?

(Rudra Chowdhury) #43

Update on recent fire incident on newly expanded capacities

On June 27, 2018, NGL Fine Chem Limited (NGL) announced that there was fire accident at the company’s plant located at F-11, Tarapur and that the assessment of damage is under process. At the aforesaid plant, NGL was carrying out expansion of their production capacity and was undertaking trial production when accident happened. However, the company has adequate insurance cover for losses caused by damage fixed assets and loss of profit. CRISIL believes the incident will not have a major impact on the company’s business and financial risk profiles.

Last Ratings provided : Sep 06, 2017 Link

Key Rating Drivers & Detailed Description

  • Healthy financial risk profile
    The financial risk profile is supported by comfortable networth and gearing of Rs 58.3 crore and 0.39 time, respectively, as on March 31, 2017. Debt protection metrics are strong due to healthy profitability and controlled reliance on debt.

  • Experience of the promoters in the pharmaceuticals industry
    NFC manufactures bulk drugs and intermediates for human and veterinary diseases. It primarily manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredient (APIs) under the antiprotozoal therapeutic category. The promoters, Mr Rahul Nachane and Mr Rajesh Lawande, have experience of over a decade in the pharmaceuticals industry. Their expertise and experience have helped NFC establish its presence in the highly fragmented bulk drugs industry and establish relationships with clients, which will support the company’s business risk profile over the medium term.


  • Modest scale and working capital-intensive operations
    NFC’s scale of operations is modest, compared with that of established players in the domestic pharmaceuticals industry. Also, operations are moderately working capital intensive. The company extends credit of 90-120 days to its clients. It has to maintain raw material inventory of 30-60 days to cater to urgent demand and remain competitive. Ability to scale up operations in the coming quarters, improvement in the margins and management of its working capital cycle will be a key determinant of its credit risk profile over the medium term.

Outlook: Stable
CRISIL believes NFC will continue to benefit from its promoters’ industry experience and established customer relationships. The outlook may be revised to ‘Positive’ if revenue and profitability improve on a sustained basis while financial risk profile remains healthy. The outlook may be revised to ‘Negative’ if the business performance weakens considerably, and if capital structure and key debt protection metrics are hit by larger-than-expected, debt-funded capital expenditure or acquisition, or if working capital cycle lengthens.

About the Company
Incorporated in 1981, NFC is managed by Mr Rahul Nachane and Mr Rajesh Lawande. The company manufactures human and veterinary bulk drugs, intermediates, and formulations. It primarily deals in animal healthcare products such as antiprotozoal, anthelmintics, and growth promoters. Its administrative office is in Mumbai and manufacturing facilities are in Tarapur and Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra.

(paresh.sarjani1) #45

Any rationale of posting the old link wrt to ratings ?

(ASPN) #46

Rating is done usually once in a year or if specifically asked by bankers at the time of enhancement.

(Aashav Patel) #47

Hello Everyone, I recently started tracking NGL FineChem but unable to connect dots here…
Management First announced Capex in 2016 AR where it mentions that statutory consents have been received


But I found this EIA Recently dated May’17 wherein It is seeking permission for similar size of the project but its a greenfield project as per EIA, Whereas management earlier informed that the project is existing tarapur plant
How is this possible? Is this EIA for a newer project apart from the one which completed last?

Also, Got one more link wherein company has some hearing related to State Expert Appraisal Committee conducted on 27/02/18… Any information what is it about? If plant is already built, why such hearing or else is it for a newer plant ?
7EB8585A6BEB4EB7993D1A156D3EB8D9.pdf (152.0 KB) (check 9)

This are the plants company mentioned in AR17, it does not include plot of land mentioned in EIA

Someone tracking it please help to understand exact nature of expansion current or near future if any..

(paresh.sarjani1) #48

The one you are checking is for new green field project which will take time to start…it’s waiting for approvals…

The 25-30 crore capex has been completed and October 2017 trial runs commenced…I am not sure whether sales have started from that probably this quarter it will come

(Aashav Patel) #49

wow okaay thanks!

And do you know what this hearing is about?

(bharat19) #50

In the last 10 years , the company has not been able to generate enough cash flows to meet the capex needs. In fact the free cash flows over every year in last 10 years is negative. They are raising debt to grow and that is why not paying any dividends. Why do they require capex every year. Is the business highly capital intensive. Receivables around 35% of total sales which is too high. No doubt , the numbers and other ratio’s are great and interesting but for how long a company can grow on debt specially when it requires continuous capital. Does it have any listed Peer !
Disc: Not invested , Understanding the business

(Aashav Patel) #51

Recently started studying it, no doubt, both your concerns are correct but here is my view:

  • Capex : Most of the capex you see happening is maintenance capex. Substantial Gross Block were added in 2011,2013 and 2016 and 2018. As per my understanding capex is required additional products in portfolio…How can they grow top-line without capex? After all its a manufacturing business! Also, sales are consolidating for past 3 years because of high utilization levels

  • Regarding high receivables : That is a high concern but it seems to be norm in the industry and they get compensated for this in terms of higher margins, refer to this excellent Q&A done by valuepickr community

  • They need to raise debt because of higher WC requirement which is due to higher debtor days (which management explained will continue)

PS- Sequent Scientific Ltd is a peer but they are targeting regulated market unlike NGL

(bharat19) #52

That link was really helpful in understanding the business and other aspects.
Since working Capital requirement (debtor days and receivables) are high and will remain high , won’t it be a high risk in case of some bad debts. 2.5 Cr are due from over 6 months. Also what is the proportion of R&D cost in overall expenses.
Going through the Annual Report of 2017 , Company has some 5 Cr investments in Mutual funds (Increased by 2 Cr in last 1 year) plus 2 Cr in Bank Deposits , so is it that management believes that they can generate good returns from MF/Bank FD rather than from their own business if same capital is employed. Why don’t they use that money to repay debt and reduce interest costs.
Management get’s 1.45 Cr as Renumeration , 68 Lac as Rent , 66 Lac as Lab contract charge in name of Nupur Remedies Ltd which is the promoter’s other pvt Company which corresponds to around 2.8 Cr which is about 22% of net profits ! Though they can take these legally but isn’t that raises questions on unfriendly nature of Promoters.
Disc: Not invested , currently studying various points

(Aashav Patel) #53

I my opinion some small proportion of receivables going bad is part of every B2B business, but if it gets to significant amount, will need constant tracking…

I had the same concern… maybe they are expecting return higher than cost of additional debt and don’t mind leveraging their BS ( I agree with you here, they should not be doing MF thing at the first place and focus on core business)
Yes they are milking company nicely but they might be there only source of income but if they keep on raising their salaries then it should be a critical concern…promoter had other servicing business as well but it seems to be no more functional as per MCA data…

(paresh.sarjani1) #54

You are wrong @bharat19. Promoters are conservative when it comes to capex here…
It’s not about cash flows… In terms of taking debt too they have thought for a long…and only from last two years they took it…

(bharat19) #55

You didn’t get what i am saying. Look at the Cash Flows and Capex for last 10 years. The Capex is always more than the Cash flow. My point is that the business requires high working capital and is growing through debt. Debt levels increased from 2 Cr in 2008 to 14 Cr in 2015 to 23 Cr in 2017 ! Also No Dividends and high renumeration for Promoters , Investments in MFs and Bank FDs rather than in their own business !

(Rudra Chowdhury) #56

@aashav23 and @bharat19 - Good to see your concerned effort in getting further business understanding. One request is do not use the forum as workbook for every intermittent query - adding up a long stream of unnecessary posts. Spend time in going through the ARs of the past few years, gather all your queries and then present your consolidated findings to the forum. It would be useful for yourself and for all other boarders too. Thanks.

@paresh.sarjani1 The point bharat was trying to highlight was that if Capex is always greater than OCF, it is a never ending cycle for a company. Yes, he is right about lack of FCF generation, however companies need to achieve that inflection point where incremental capex can be handled by OCF and FCF generation starts. NGL is approaching that point but is not there yet.

Also there was some concern about receivables and cash flow trends. It is always important to observer trends - improvements / deterioration as compared to absolute numbers in 1 year, as absolute numbers are often of little relevance. As you can see from below receivables growth is largely in line with sales growth. While last 3 years of OCF trends and key metrics (OCF/PAT and OCF/Sales) clearly signal improvement as compared to the 12Y aggregates.

(reggy) #57

i normally use financial data from past ARs as i found data from screener to be a bit off in the past.whats been your experience lately.i ll delete this message from the forum once you reply.if you do at all

(Ayush Mittal) #58

Hi @bharat19,

You have made a valid point on the investments done by the company despite being in growth phase and funding the same through debt. Ideally, they should have utilized this money to reduce debt. Earlier, till 2017, I felt the investments would have been there to have some liquidity as they were undertaking a big capex (given their size…the gross block as doubled as per March 18 balance sheet). For eg…recently they had some fire at their plant and during such un-expected times…some liquidity helps.

I don’t believe too much in net free cash flows (very rare in growing manufacturing companies). I generally look at operating cash flow over a block of 3 year period vs net profit figure.

(bmsingh76) #59

sir,above mentioned lines excites me but unable to properly understand it,please elaborate it for the understanding of new investors like me or tell where should i clarify above lives.I think it is based on clarity of thoughts and deep fundamental understanding & experience of Yours, please help me sir.

(Shyam) #60

Operating cash flow is actually what you get from operations.
Net Free cash flow is the amount that is left over after considering all capital expenditures that might be required to maintain or grow a company.

Example: You have an existing lemonade shop. The shop returns Rs 3 L as annual profit that you can safely park in the bank. But, you decide to expand your business and try to either enhance your machines or expand into new locations. In that context, let us say that you clock in an expenditure of 2L for that year. Now, the net free cash flow would be 3-2 = 1L.

For growth or/and capital intensive companies, the net free cash flow will be very less as they heavily invest in themselves or have high leverage (and hence the associated costs)

Hope this helps.