Sanjiv Mehta of HUL
On Growth - We have grown our delta (incremental) turnover in the last six years by ₹12,400 crore. If it was a separate company, with ₹12,400 crore, it could perhaps be the largest FMCG company. If you look at our profits or Ebitda, we have more than doubled in the last six years. And these last six years, you have seen two consecutive years of drought, demonetization and introduction of GST (goods and services tax).
On Market Development - Market development is a science. What we call seed, accelerate and explode. Where the penetration is less than 10%, we seed it... once the penetration moves from 10% to 20%, we accelerate the development, and once it crosses 20%, then we press the pedal hard and explode it. So, it is a very clear science that we have built.
On Health Foods Drinks - If you look at our country, four out of 10 children are malnourished. Nine out of 10 children do not get the micro-nutrients that’s required and still the penetration of HFD in the country is about 25%. GSK Consumer Health have built a great category. This is a category of nearly ₹8,000 crore and, in that, they are by far the market leaders with great brands—Horlicks, Boost, Maltova, Viva—and when you look at them from any lens in terms of most trusted brands in the country
Amit Kumat of Prataap Snacks
On Distribution - Our retail outlet reach has increased considerably from 0.5 million to 1.7 million currently and we hope to expand aggressively in next few years also. We would be present in 60% of the country right now. Big markets where we are very weak are Punjab, UP, Southern India, Himachal Pradesh and J&K. It will take another two years for us to have a pan-India presence. We have acquired Avadh Snacks to take control of the Gujarat market. We would be needing another Rs 100-150 crore in next two to three years time for that expansion
On New Launches - Planning to take Avadh outside Gujarat to Maharashtra. We plan to start one plant in Mumbai. There is a sweet snack category where we are planning to launch three-four products in near future. Compared to savoury snacks, sweet snacks is a 50% to 60% higher margin product. Currently it counts for 3% to 4% of the revenue and we target this to be 10% of the revenue in next three years’ time.
On Growth Guidance - We hope to grow by 20% to 22% in next three-four years time.
CP Gurnani of Tech Mahindra
On Impact of US Govt Shutdown and Brexit - I would not immediately react to this because I have seen that IT is a lag industry. It is not like change in food or oil prices changing your behaviour overnight. The impact, if any, is two to three quarters away. I would wait and watch and do my scenario modelling but many a times, it works out as an opportunity. Ultimately where is IT budget going? It is going to run the operations, to change the operations or to grow new businesses.
On Price Aggression - With discord computing or ARVR or data to AI kind of a solution, you are in a good position and more often than not, you are putting in the tail-end which is premium, which is not so easily available and you are also solving some of the customer challenges that the customer is willing to pay for.
On Digital Investments - After a certain point, digital will become hygiene. But for the next 18 months. we are still talking digital and after 18 months when 5G becomes centrestage, we will talk digital plus 5G.
Madhu Alexiouse of Muthoot Capital
On Digitisation and Business Model – One of the driving force is spreading across the geography, we are now present in 20 states. Processes are digitally driven which have helped in reducing Opex. Opex to NII has come down by 10%. We have a unique business model where our flagship company Muthoot Fincorp which has 3600 branches cross sells two wheelers and contribute business to us at low cost
On New Products – Muthoot Capital focus is on small ticket loans, we focus mainly on 2 wheeler loans and intend to expand to used cars and consumer durables. We have no plans to expand into SME and MSME lending
H.M. Bangur of Shree Cement
On Demand and Pricing – Prices are more or less stable. For last 4 years the profitability of the company is not increasing at all. Impression is cement prices go up only. Even if we see price rise of 3-4% annually, inflation is little more so profitability is impacted continously. Demand is good. Country is growing at 7.5% GDP. All India Cement demand is also growing at 7-8%
Sundeep Sikka of Reliance Nippon AMC
On Opputunity Size and Consolidation in Industry – We believe that the opportunity is humongous. We have about 45 AMC’s. Even today only 2-3% of population is investing. As India moves from 2tn$ economy to 5tn$ economy the per capita income goes up. India does not have a very high social security system, so people will be using Mututal Funds for their retirement planning and other goal based. We believe the No. of investor in industry to be increased by 5 times in next 10 years. More than 50% of AMC’s are still in losses. The share of Top 10 AMC’s in overall AUM’s went up from 75% to 81%. So there is a lot of scope of consolidation happening in the industry.