Management Interviews – Nalco, KRBL, Auto Axles, Varun Beverages, Wonderla Holidays, Kalyani Steels

Nalco - Management Interview - 09-05-2018

  • There is a shortage of 2-2.5 lac tonne of alumina in a month
  • China has started exporting alumina but there is a concern on chemical mix and environmental problems in china
  • Alumina supply issues shall continue till the Brazilian elections are over i.e. in December
  • Around 4-5% is the normal demand growth in alumina coupled with shortage in supply, the alumina market will remain tight
  • Last shipment was made at 582$ vs 670$ vs 718$ which shows that prices have come down from the high levels after relief in Rusal sanctions
  • Aluminium prices will remain in range of 2150-2250$/tonne
  • Caustic soda prices have moved from 41k to 45k (7-8% increase) which shall moderate with moderating demand of alumina
  • Alumina prices above 450 results in good ebitda margins for the company, so results shall remain good till in Q1 and Q2 of FY 2019

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KRBL - Anil Mittal, MD on US Sanctions 

  • Sanctions always have some relaxations
  • On past experience we have seen that essential commodities are always out of the sanctions like food items and medicals
  • Around 4-5% of total turnover we export to Iran
  • Payment problems and bank position are concerned they will become more tighter
  • We dont give any credit to Iran, We do 100% against 10% advance or LC
  • We are progressing in the business very well, in basmati 2nd competitor is nowhere close to us

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Auto axles - Dr N. Muthukumar - President

  • Growth in CV segment for the company is double than market growth rate
  • New product development, penetration has helped us achieving the growth rate
  • RM cost is increasing which will only lead customers to pay more
  • Higher tonnage vehicle (more than 35 tonnes) have really grown well given the new projects in infra space

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Varun Beverages  - Ravi Kant Jaipuria

  • Q1 - Volumes have grown at 20% and Revenues have grown at 25%
  • Organic growth has been around 10% and India growth is around 12%
  • Rural is 30% and Semi Urban and Urban is about 70% of volumes, but rural if growing at much faster rate
  • We have 40% market share in our territory and for weaker / new territory we are aiming to get them at 40%
  • Have launched 6-7 variants in slice which are fizzy drinks. Trying out just in Delhi and UP
  • April to June is our main quarter which is about 45% of our turnover which is looking good
  • New country Zimbabwe is doing well and Nepal we have started 1 week back
  • New products and distribution strategy will help us gain volumes
  • Sales mix (Volumes) is 75% from carbonated, 6% form juice and 19% from packaged water

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Wonderla Holidays - Arun K. Chittilappilly, MD

  • Increase in footfalls seen in Kochi and Hyderabad, Bangalore is not growing much
  • Prices have become attractive (down by 10%) due to GST cuts which came in from February
  • Average ticket prices for this quarter have remained flat or low single digit growth
  • Kochi have revived its growth and Hyderabad being 2 year old park is showing double digit growth
  • Work for Park in Chennai is halted as there is confusion regarding LBT tax on amusement park which is at 10%, Govt is re-looking at the issue
  • No plans to monetize land at existing parks as Co. will need the land in future. It will not be operationally beneficial for the co,

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Kalyani Steels - RK Goyal, MD

  • Price of steel have gone up but cost of coking coal, iron ore, ferro alloys have also significantly gone up
  • As far as we are concerned we are manufacturing engineering steels, we cannot ask our customers for price increase now and then, already got price increase from 1st April, now it will be after 3-6 months
  • We have to absorb if there is any increase in RM cost
  • Price increase from 1st April was not fully met but a good portion of cost was taken care of, will be able to protect the margins that was there last year
  • We are fully booked, whatever quantity is available with us, we are able to sell it comfortably
  • Volumes will be on a similar basis as of last year, we have operated at 100% capacity in last year

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