Management Comments – ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Ultratech Cement, Inox Leisure, JSW Energy

ICICI Lomabard General Insurance

On retail side of business, SME and Retail health indemnity continued to grow faster and remain areas of focus

Company continues to remain cautious in case of government business segment in view of aggressive pricing strategies adopted by some market players

The general insurance industry witnessed significant disruption in the state of Kerala which was triggered by excessive floods. Overall economic losses incurred by state is estimated to be 250 Billion rupees. The gross incurred losses for industry are estimated to be 20 billion rupees.

The regulator has made it mandatory for all new private cars and two wheelers for long term third party cover. This is positive development as it will address the problem of non renewal of motor insurance in case of older vehicles. Insurers have been permitted to price the policies in line with their current approach for pricing.

Source : Q2FY19 Concall

 

Ultratech Cement

Sector update : Demand continues to remain healthy and grew 10 to 11%. Capacity utilisationin Q2 was 65% versus 61%. Capacity addition is expected yo be 15 to 17 mtpa for next 3 years compared with incremental demand of 25 to 27 MTPA.

Cost structure : logistics cost account for 31%, energy cost account for 30%, raw material cost accounts of 14%

Capacity utilization : 80-85% in east; 75-77% in north; 55-60% in central; 65-70% in west; 65-70% in south.

Petcoke prices have declined to 108$ per tonne vs 114$ per tonne. Road freight cost can decline 7% due to revision in the axle load limit and road freight accounts for close to 75% of sales. There will be some cost increase due to higher diesel prices

Source : Q2FY19 Concall

 

Inox Leisure

We are looking for aggressive growth — both organic and inorganic — and are always open for acquisitions. Inox is not in talks with Cinepolis, or any other player, but if owners of any large cinema chains decide to sell, Inox will evaluate.

Our new properties in places like Gwalior, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru are getting great response from cinema goers. While we have added the highest number of new screens this year, I am seeing new properties coming up faster hereon. This year, we will end up adding 80 screens, while my target for next fiscal is 100

Inox operates 542 screens across 133 multiplexes in 67 cities and the company has 815 more screens in the pipeline.

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JSW Energy

Power sector will be profitable again in two years as no fresh capacity is being added to cater to the rising demand

Power demand grew 6.1% last year and during second quarter this year it was close to 7%. I feel the trend now will be 6.5%- 7.5%. Lots of investments were committed in the sector earlier due to which 123 GW of capacity came up as against 88 GW. That excess capacity of close to 35 GW and lower demand created a problem in the power sector. As no new investments are taking place, a balance will be created in 2-3 years. You will see fresh investments in four years and we feel a lot of consolidation is going to happen

As and when assets go to the NCLT and even outside, we will be interested. We are looking at assets based on domestic coal and the logistics cost is minimum and where we can do projects at low cost so that cost of power is low.

The problems of power purchase agreement (PPA) and coal can be resolved over time and these delays can be factored in with proper capital structure

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