Swaraj Automotives - Value Buy or Trap?

I chanced upon this Company named “Swaraj Automotives Ltd.” (SAL) . This small company has been listed on the BSE but with almost zero trading values. The Company was established in 1974 and is a manufacturer of Automotive Components, Seats and Agricultural Implements. Some of their clients include M&M, SML Isuzu, Titagarh, Himachal Road Transport Corp, Rajasthan State Road Transport Corp, Maruti, Volvo Eicher, GM, Tata Motors etc.

In the year 2014, company extended its product portfolio with agricultural implements (starting with Rotavators). SAL employs dedicated shop floor workers supported by experienced technical and managerial staff. The works is situated in an area of approx. 1.1 Million Sq. Ft.

I read about their OFS in the month of Aug 2017 and the purpose of this OFS was mainly to reduce the promoter holding in the Company from 81.68% to 75% as per SEBI’s directive.

OFS details are available in the link below :

If we look back into the past, this Company was owned by M&M (71.19%) and the entire stake has been sold to a new promoter named “b4s solutions pvt. Ltd” in the month of January 2016 at a price of Rs. 145.5 per share. Balance 10% has been bought by b4s solutions from other shareholders through an open offer, taking the stake to 81%. As mentioned earlier the as per directive from SEBI, the new promoters have been doing a series of OFS to take the stake to 75%.
Details of the purchase from M&M is available in the link below :

The new promoters OFS have managed to get their stake to 75.43% as on date. They might have to do one more OFS shortly to take the number to exact 75%. The OFS has been done in the range of Rs.152 to Rs.160 per share.

I am not sure of the reason why the promoters went ahead and took the stake beyond 75% in the first place.

Post the take over from M&M, promoter has made many changes in the Company and has brought in
Jeevan Malhaldar as their Executive Director who has experience of turning around loss making company like Tata Ficosa in the capacity of CEO and scaling up operations for Minda Corporation from Rs.175 Cr to Rs. 1100 Cr in a span of 6 years. His linked-In profile & the management team of SAL is given below.


Financials & valuation :

Positives :

  1. Market cap for the Company at price of 160 Rs. per share will be around 40 Crores
  2. Book value per share is around 121 Rs.
  3. Debt free Company with around 10 Cr. in Fixed assets and 10 Cr in Cash/cash equivalents as per 2017 annual report

Negatives :

  1. Low OPM of 4%
  2. Flat sales growth over last 4 years

The new promoters seems to be ambitious to grow the Company and brought in these visible changes

  1. Introduced a new product “Tractor Trailer” and building up its own dealer network for sales. Details and a video is available in the link below. https://swarajautomotive.com/agriculture-implements/

  2. Approved in May 2017 for setting up of new seat frame manufacturing facilities at Dharwad, Karnataka to serve its clients in the West and South Region. The plant will start its operations in the last quarter of 2017-18. Initially it will manufacture seat frames only and eventually seats & other products manufacturing will also start at this plant.

  3. The annual report for 2017 gives ambitious plans for revenue and profit growth over the next 4 to 5 years. (off course this needs to be considered conservatively by an investor). As per my simple extrapolation of numbers in recent annual report, below is the upside (most optimistic view) and downside (most conservative view) potential on this Company.


Request views from seasoned investors in this forum for their thoughts and views on this Company. I hope to learn from them. I am invested in this Company through the OFS (about 2% of my portfolio) and its part of my small experiments portfolio.


PS : This is my first detailed post on this forum, please pardon and add to it, if you find it incomplete.


Liquidity is a huge concern here.

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Yes Arvind. Not a single stock is currently traded on stock exchange. I guess the liquidity will only follow if the Company’s performance improves, gradually with growth and dilution/stock split etc., that problem should get addressed. Until then the investor in SAL needs to have lot of patience.

Q2 FY18 results announced :

Net Profit up 86% QOQ (Net Profit for Q2 FY18 : 110 Lakhs vs Net Profit for Q2 FY17 : 59 Lakhs)
Net Profit up 51% QOQ (Net Profit for Q2 FY18 : 110 Lakhs vs Net Profit for Q1 FY18 : 73 Lakhs)

Segment wise Revenue :

Automotive parts : 46.74 Cr vs 47.87 Cr.(-2%) [ H1FY18 vs H1FY17 ]
Agri. Implements : 10.06 Cr vs 6.65 Cr.(+51%) [ H1FY18 vs H1FY17 ]

Valuation :
Half Year EPS at 7.62 vs 4.7 (up 62%).
EPS extrapolated for the full year FY18 : 15.24 (7.62 x 2)
Price of OFS : 152
PE multiple : 10


Why is offer price so high than the CMP? Is it the price at which promoters bought the stake then? The financials look encouraging on the face of it.

Promoters bought from M&M in Jan 2016 at Rs. 146 per share.

From 24th January, 2018 onwards the dharwad plant of the Company has commenced Commercial production of seat frames for commercial vehicles.

Q3 FY18 results announced :

Net Profit up 59% QOQ (Net Profit for Q3 FY18 : 111 Lakhs vs Net Profit for Q3 FY17 : 70 Lakhs)
Net Profit up 1% QOQ (Net Profit for Q3 FY18 : 111 Lakhs vs Net Profit for Q2 FY18 : 110 Lakhs)

Segment wise Revenue :

Automotive parts : 67.82 Cr vs 70.15 Cr.(-3%) [ Nine months ended - FY18 vs FY17 ]
Agri. Implements : 16.56 Cr vs 10.09 Cr.(+64%) [ Nine months ended - FY18 vs FY17 ]

Valuation :
Nine months EPS at 12.28 vs 7.62 (+61%).
EPS extrapolated for the full year FY18 : 17 (12.3+4.7)
Price of OFS : 152
PE multiple : 9

it is close to impossible to buy shares of this company. How did ull manage to buy dem ?

Bought some shares during the series of Offer of sale (OFS) the Company did to bring down their holding to 75%.

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FY18 Vs. FY17 results :

Revenues : 117 Cr Vs. 104 Cr (+13%)
Net Profit : 3.4 Cr Vs. 2.3 Cr. (+48%)
EPS : 14.6 Vs. 9.5 (+54%)

Dividends of Rs.4.5 per share declared for FY 18.

Red Flags

  1. Trade Receivables : 31 Cr. vs. 19 Cr (+63%)
  2. Trade Payable : 28 Cr. Vs. 18 Cr (+52%)

Sold Swaraj Auto today. Couldn’t understand the steep run in stock price in short period of time, thought the price has run up way ahead of the fundamentals (earnings growth).

Mine also sold… Harita seating mkt leader much cheaper now

Low equity/floating stock has a lot to do with it…Their AR is out, one can go through the same