The Peria Karamalai Tea & Produce Company Limited was incorporated in the year 1913 and is one of the oldest high quality black tea manufacturers in the country with modernised manufacturing facilities in South India producing RC & NRC CTC Teas.
The Company’s plantations are spread over 6000 acres of land located in the scenic Anamalai Hills, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu. With a production capacity of over 5 million kilos of quality tea every year, the company prides itself on running a successful business which directly employees over 3000 families.
The company is listed on NSE for past 5 years and belongs to Bangur group.
The company is below 50 Cr Market Cap. The investments itself are 66 Cr. The current year sales are at 43 Cr. and expected turn around with operating profits in excess of 3 Cr. The historic operating profits are drag but dividends from investments make it overall positive profit wise.
Ignoring all the fixed assets and land which are huge for 50 crore market cap and possible turnaround in tea business, this looks good opportunity and is also asset play.
This year tea prices have gone up and the company will turnaround with operating profits as against losses in previous years. Possibility of high dividends and increase in current assets.
It is in commodity business with no control on price. High fixed costs especially on labour.
The current market value of the quoted investments alone, made by this company (AR 2016-17) is roughly about 90 crores, which is almost twice the current market cap of the company. The entire 6000 acre tea estate, factory and half of its investments are all virtually available for free. Sales roughly equal the market cap of the company.
Company is also dividend paying.
One may wonder how this tea company got the money to make investments on financial securities, when tea business isn’t doing great due to international competition. If you look at the AR 2011-2012 you’ll find that PKTEA got a windfall gain out of the sale of Andhra Paper Mills to an american company.
The company is being led by younger, second generation, overseas educated, members of the family, part of a 1000cr group.
The promoter group website:- http://www.lnbgroup.com/group-of-companies.php. Kiran Vyapar is another listed company from the same promoter group.
Out of the 6000 acres, about 1000 acres+ is still uncultivated, leaving scope for tea expansion or diversification into spices cultivation. The management has already indicated that they will diversify into other plantations to reduce the impact of volatile tea prices.
The company also has a proposal to build a USD 2 Million Green tea factory, which can be easily funded by selling a portion of the company’s investments. No official announcement on this yet, as it is probably in planning stages. This info is on their group website.
Green tea as a healthy beverage is gaining traction in India.
Bigger players like Tetley tea will do their part in educating consumers on the benefits of green tea and smaller players can benefit out of their marketing efforts.
Discl: Invested, forms more than 5% of my portfolio
Anyone who has visited the tourist destination Valpaarai in TN, must have also visited a Balaji temple which is one of the “things to do” there.
This temple is located inside the peria karamalai tea estate.
I could not find any other thread on Kiran Vyapar on Valuepickr. Very less information available about the stock online. However, after my research, I found the stock to have very good intrinsic value. The current market capitalisation is at a small fraction of the reserves the company has! And the current price of the stock is at a fraction of the book value of the stock. I created a video on Kiran Vyapar and wanted to share it here, if it is allowed on this thread. Kiran Vyapar NBFC Share Analysis
Note to admin: If there is a separate thread on Kiran Vyapar, my apologies. Please feel free to delete this and guide me to that thread. I did not want to create a new thread for Kiran Vyapar because it is a very small cap share and not sure it deserves another dedicated thread.