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Its a buy call for Petronet LNG-Target Rs. 220

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Its a buy call for Petronet LNG-Target Rs. 220

For the increasingly gas-starved Indian market, Petronet LNG Ltd is undoubtedly the biggest beneficiary due to its de-risked business model of charging fixed tariffs for supplying R-LNG. It enjoys the first mover advantage in this space with its 10 MMTPA LNG terminal at Dahej and taking advantage of the favorable economics of this industry, the company is planning to double its capacity to 20 MMTPA by end-FY15. It is also expanding its Dahej capacity by 5 MMTPA and setting up a greenfield LNG terminal of 5 MMTPA in Kochi. Commissioning of the Kochi terminal is expected by Dec 2012 and expansion of Dahej capacity to 15 MMTPA by Mar 2015. Significant shortfall in domestic gas supply going forward, active sourcing of LNG contracts and the first mover advantage combines to position Petronet as an attractive investment opportunity.

The company is optimally placed to take full advantage of the growing demand-supply gap (178 mmscmd by FY15) of natural gas in the Indian market. It has tied up long term supplies of 7.5 MMT from RasGas, Qatar, 1.44 MMT from Gorgon, Australia and is negotiating supply of 2.5 MMT from Gazprom. The derisked nature of the business stems from the GSPA which provides for escalation in regas tariff of 5% per annum, with the tariffs translating into project IRR of 16%. Moreover, the company purchases spot LNG cargoes on which marketing margins are also charged and it also provides regasification services to customers. The locking in of IRR (16%) on long term cargoes, with additional upside from marketing margin on spot cargoes, result in a series of sustainable & predictable cash flows from the business.

Going forward, we expect sales CAGR of 35.3% & net profit CAGR of 32% during FY11-13E owing to higher capacity utilization at Dahej & commissioning of Kochi. We estimate further capex of Rs 20 bn in Kochi and Rs 20 bn for expansion in Dahej. We estimate debt to rise from Rs 32.2 bn in FY11 to Rs 46.8 n in FY13 and free cash flows to improve from (Rs 3,231.1 mn) in FY12 to (Rs 1,689.7 mn) in FY13.

Our DCF valuation of its existing LNG terminal at Dahej as well as the upcoming Kochi terminal and capacity expansion at Dahej gives us a price target of Rs 220. Higher than expected demand for gas may result in higher marketing margins, which is an upside trigger for the stock.





Written by Fundamental Side

September 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Nifty may face resistance around 5,150-5,265

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Nifty may face resistance around 5,150-5,265 range in the coming week

 A year ago, month of September was an excellent month for trading in the Indian markets. The Sensex and the 50-share Nifty index were in touching their all time highs. Indian markets registered double digit gains, making it one of the solid months of 2010.

Exactly a year later, in September 2011, Indian markets are struggling to find their base, and the amount of pessimism at these levels is way too high.

The last week, was a very short one (in terms of the number of trading days), however the markets registered some excellent bounce, making it a 3 on 3 for the week. The bounce was much anticipated and much needed for the markets, looking at the kind of battering the stocks had faced for the couple of weeks before.

Talking about the sectoral performances, two sectors which have witnessed strong price action in this leg of rally were the metals and realty sectors. If we take a close look at the statistics below it will show the amount of short covering witnessed in these two sectors.

The laggards, however, have been the defensive space, FMCG, CG and CD. However, concerns still remain on the underperformance of banking and auto stocks.

The comparison below is for all BSE sectors with respect to the Nifty (except on WTD basis).

Technically, the markets took strong support from 4,750 levels on Nifty and are now well above the 5,000 mark, making it a sharp 6%+ bounce.

The resistances for the markets are placed at 5,150-5,265 levels for the coming week. However looking at the kind of activity stocks are exhibiting, I believe that the markets can sustain this bounce as well.

Also, the sentiment is filled with pessimism, hence the chances of markets taking out the resistance is very high. However, the only strain could come from weakness in the global markets, or any new events unfolding in the coming week or month.

Markets have historically seen a volatile month of September. For starters, from 2003-2010, we had only one year of 2008 where Nifty gave negative returns. Barring that in the other 7 occasions, the market has closed in positive.

Even if history does not repeat itself, let’s hope it does rhyme!!

Written by Kunal Bothra

September 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Indian markets may open with a gap-up

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 Indian markets may open with a gap-up on Monday

The August expiry closed almost 12% lower which is an exceptional case in the last few years. If we look back, since 2008, it is for the first time the markets have closed with such a heavy loss in a single expiry. In the last week it was the Metal index & the BSE Banking index that lost the most by more than 4 per cent.

At the end of the week we saw narrow gains for most global indices. Investors were cautious before Bernanke’s speech to see if he will set out a plan that kick starts the stumbling US economy. Well, after the speech US markets recovered almost 4 % from their day’s low.

Based on charts, long-term trend is already spoiled as we have been indicating since first week of August. As we watch very closely on charts 4,750 turns out to be a long-term support for Nifty and it is utmost necessary that we get relief rally from the current levels, otherwise the sentiment could get more nervous.

Looking at the closing of US markets after the Bernanke’s speech there is good possibility that markets could open with some gap-up on Monday. In this bounce if Nifty manages to hold 4,875 next week we can expect a relief rally to further build-up, otherwise the down-trend will continue.

Next major support that appears as per the chart formations is 4,650 on Nifty and 15,650 on the Sensex. The volatility is likely to increase in next week as we have two holidays during the week and hence there could be a series of gap up or gap down openings.

Written by Rakesh Gandhi

August 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm