- Asahi Songwon Limited is a Gujarat based company and is involved in manufacturing of pigments (Green-7 / CPC Beta Blue and Blue Crude). These products are used in various industries viz. ink, paper, paints, food, fabrics, etc.
- Company’s clientele comprises global giants like DIC (Japan), Sun Chemicals (USA), Clariant Chemical India Ltd. and BASF (Korea).
- Although one shouldn’t rely on this, but, one notable observation is that (source FY13-14 AR) : 76% of the Company’s revenues were derived from customers who have been working with the company for more than five years.
Current Market Cap: Rs. 177.5 crore
CMP: Rs. 140
Book Value Per Share: Rs. 120
FY 14-15 Sales Turnover: Rs. 258 crore
FY 14-15 EBITDA: Rs. 38 crore
FY 14-15 Net Profit: Rs. 17.72 crore
Debt Equity Ratio: 0.5
P/E: Around 10x
Other financials can be found here
Sales CAGR 10 Yrs: 24.62%
Profit CAGR 10 Yrs: 34.00%
Financial figures for FY 12-13 is dismal, as the company went into upgradation of its plant. Below is the answer for the same given by the management in its AR.
“Over the 12 months leading towards the close of 2012-13, the Company invested Rs. 29.70 crore in capital expenditure, of which a sizeable Rs. 13.93 crore was deployed in environment treatment assets and infrastructure. The usual capex in capacity over the years had been productive, enabling the Company to generate an increase in throughput that translated into enhanced revenues and profits. However, the sizeable investment in environment protecting assets did not generate any increase in revenues (though this is expected to generate repeat and growing business over the foreseeable future), which reduced the Company’s cushion against probable cost increases or price declines.”
During the above mentioned period, there were instances where other companies into similar industry were forced to shut down their plants as they weren’t emission compliant as per GPCB (Gujarat Pollution Control Board).
In the following year, which is FY 13-14, the company bounced back with clocking turnover of Rs. 302 crore and NP of Rs. 14.59 crore. However, the EBITDA margin stood at 12.81%, which is lower than their past EBITDA margins (of 15-19%). I could not find the reason for the same. Company raised debt in the same year to install/upgrade water treatment plant.
Also, in FY 14-15, their sales have decreased from Rs. 302 cr in previous year to Rs. 258 cr. Eagerly awaiting latest AR to ascertain the reason for the same.
No red flags observed as of now. Need to dig further.
- Company enjoys good EBITDA margins despite being in a commodity type business. This may be due to less competition in similar grade (quality) of pigments they manufacture.
- Have consistently increased sales and profit margins. (except as discussed above)
- Decent return ratios
- Available at decent valuations when compared to past growth. (Only if growth is observed in long term)
Key Points To Be Worked Upon:
- Need to ascertain what impact can raw materials have on its products. Crude Oil or its derivatives are their prime raw material.
- Company’s bargaining power - buyer and supplier.
- To analyse operational performance of the company - Asset Turnover, Inventory Turnover, etc.
- Cash flow analysis - Net Profit to Free Cash Flow, etc.
- Capacity utilization / Capacity upgradation / Capex plans.
I understand that my analysis is at a nascent stage and I need to dig deeper. I request all forum members to join me to work together on this. Also, feel free to let me know if I have made a mistake or incorrectly observed anything. Thanks in advance!
Apologies for a long post.
I have borrowed this idea from Dr. Vijay Malik’s blog.
I currently have no position in this company. However, I may take a small/large position. This is not a recommendation to buy/sell. Kindly do your own research or take wise consultation before buying/selling.