Balasore Alloys Ltd. is an integrated player having captive chrome ore mines in the state of Odisha. Balasore Alloys earlier known as Ispat allows is India’s second largest pure play integrated Ferrochrome (FeCr) producer current capacity of ~160,000 tonnes per annum. The company has captive chrome ore reserves but does not have access to captive power and is thus partially integrated . (This is a snippet from a research report published by Dimensional securities)
Current result of Facor Alloys is an indication of the profitability trend for this quarter and next. Moreover FeCr prices have been fixed for this quarter (Apr-Jun).
Key drivers for investment thesis
Underappreciated operating leverage
Cost of production largely fixed on a per tonne basis given access to captive chrome ore and power supplies
Increase in selling price to completely flow down to EBITDA
Significant incidence of power costs make Indian producers relatively inefficient (4th quartile of global cost curve), enables maximum operating leverage in a commodity bull cycle
Sharp increase in FeCr prices and Cr prices
FeCr prices up ~100% since the lows in Feb 2016
Cr prices up ~300% since lows of Feb 2016
Substantial rally in prices in November and December 2016 towards the end of Q3 FY17 after benchmark prices were set for the quarter in September
The benefits of the rally would be seen Q4FY17 onward, due to quarterly supply contracts being signed with stainless steel producers at the beginning of every quarter
Rise in Fe-Cr Prices seems sustainable
The global FeCr market is expected to be in a deficit for the next 3-5 years primarily driven by huge consolidation among producers and moderate growth in stainless steel production
*~60% of global Cr ore is produced by South Africa of which a significant portion is a by-product of platinum mining operations, the production from which has plateaued
Most of the South African green-field resources and reserves are held by 2 companies Samancor and Glencore who already produce~ 30% of global FeCr Output and are unlikely to ramp up ore production given large downstream benefits
Thanks for starting this thread , board meeting on 19th may for results and dividend . I am expecting q4 profit in the range of 36-40 crs which translate into 4.5 q4 EPS resulting in full yr EPS of 10 for 16-17 .
Discl : invested
Between the previous quarter and this FeCR prices have moved from $1.1/lb to $1.65/lb.Given that there is huge operating leverage for integrated players, and PAT for last quarter was ~INR 23 cr, I expect PAT to be much higher than INR 36-40 cr
Yes exemplary results by IMFA bought today as well will add tomm. if it falls further . Based on imfa results ,balasore can also deliver around 10/12 rs EPS for q4 . Let’s keep our fingers crossed . Also pricing for pref allotment and dividend payout of 15/20% of total earnings will be a super booster.
Imfa dividend yield after today’s declaration of 10rs dividend comes above 4%
PAT of 46 cr in this quarter vs PAT of 42 cr cumulative for the previous 3 quarters. 15000-20000 tonnes of additional capacity online in Q1FY18. In all, a good result. Stock is available at ~6 P/E (LTM)
With an EPS of Rs.11.35, the price is bound to go up proportionately. The really interesting thing is closing down orders of Chinese plants in the winters which will increase the ferro chrome prices for other manufacturers. Very bullish for this in near to medium term
The EPS looks extremely good at Rs.11.35 but FeCr prices are on the decline from above 90k to 75k now. I think current quarter should still be good but FeCr prices need to be tracked constantly to see if earnings can be sustained. IMFA’s mines being closed may also benefit BA.
Was wondering why no one is mentioning the issue with the ED? Significant chunk of Mittal’s shares in Balasore have been frozen by ED and with the promoter in such trouble, does the stock appear a good bet?
Pramod Mittal only holds 7-8% (and only that portion is froze) and doesnt run the company. His brother Vinod Mittal is the main man along with the CEO, who has nothing to do with ISPAT issue. I dont think its a cause for concern. Moreover, the promoters are issuing warrants of 3.5cr for FY19 and FY20, which should give confidence to the shareholders