Shivalik Bimetal Controls Ltd

(Hitesh Patel) #76

Shivalik Bimetals charts shows an interesting flag/pennant like breakout on weekly charts. In the past few months stock price corrected in a sideways manner without showing the collapse shown by a lot of other small caps. This correction took the form of a triangular pattern and subsequently broke out from this triangular formation.
Comments on charts.

disc: Invested (based on fundamentals and the technical picture further boosted the confidence in buying.)

(Rahul) #78


I think this company is quite well-researched in the thread. However, still having some questions to take the research further.

Most of Shivalik’s shunt resistors are of low-ohmic - 0.1 mOhms to 10 mOhms
See products here:
Upon some googling, I find two more companies in India manufacturing low-ohmic resistors: Hi-Tech Resistors and Intron Resistors.
Is it possible to get access to financials of these two companies?

Also since more than 50% of revenues come from exports, how is the competitive landscape from foreign competitors? I found below companies which are operating in low-ohmic resistors:
To me, it doesn’t seem that there are only 3-4 players in the low-ohmic niche globally which the management seems to be claiming as per above posts.

Also seen in above posts that approvals to supply to electronic companies take 3-4 years and we have some approval projects completing in a year or two. Has anyone checked if this is true? This is crucial as if approvals really take 3-4 years, then it can act as a good entry barrier for other players.
Edit: After reading Maruti Suzuki’s reports, I got a feeling that getting an order from an OEM is a big deal for the suppliers. So I can believe that it takes 3-4 years to get approvals and hence act as a good entry barrier.

Shivalik uses hot bonding process instead of cold bonding process. If it is advantageous, why are other companies not following the same? Is it difficult to replicate the same technique?

Is anyone aware of any public company which manufactures Hall effect current sensors? This would help us understand its market via their annual reports.

Disclosure: Interested but not invested. Not a buy / sell recommendation.

(S_Banerjee) #79

A bit old news but relevant to this thread.

(Ananth) #80

was going through conference call of vishay. some points.

Automotive also in 2018 has been the main driver of growth in our industry. Growth in electronic content assures increasing volume of components despite a flat vehicle production in 2018.

Coming to our main product lines, starting with resistors and inductors. Vishay’s traditional and since years, most profitable business continues to grow steadily. With resistors and inductors, we enjoy a very strong position in the industrial, auto, mill and medical market segments. Sales in the Q4 were $262 million, up by $11 million or 4.5% versus prior quarter and up by $50 million or 23% versus prior year, excluding exchange rate impacts. The acquisition of UltraSource contributed $5 million in the quarter. Year-over-year resistors and inductors grew remarkably from $839 million in 2017 to $1.012 billion in 2018 or by 18% again excluding exchange rate impacts. UltraSource contributed $17 million year-over-year.

Book-to-bill in Q4 was 0.94 after 1.02 in prior quarter. Backlog decreased slightly from 5.2 months to 5.0 months, still extremely high backlog. Gross margin in the quarter came in at 32% of sales, after 34% in prior quarter. Gross margin was impacted by inventory reduction, higher repair and maintenance costs and a less favorable product mix. Gross margin for the year 2018 was at fairly excellent 33% of sales, up from 30% the year before. Inventory turns in the fourth quarter improved to a good level of 4.4 as compared to 4.4 for the entire year 2018. Prices went up by 0.4% versus prior quarter and by 0.5% versus prior year. UltraSource proves to be a successful and profitable acquisition, strengthening further our position in thin film networks.

Overall book to bill seem to be coming down for Vishay.