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Weak monsoon further dampens 2W demand

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Weak monsoon further dampens 2W demand

 August is traditionally a weak month due to monsoon. This year, the overall economy is on a weak wicket and monsoon has been a dampener due to which customers have been cautious while buying a vehicle. This sentiment was clearly reflected in the August numbers as two wheeler makers like Hero are facing the brunt of heavy inventories at the dealers’ ends as the 2W industry is softening. TVS expectedly underperformed, while Bajaj’s weak domestic business got somewhat offset due to exports improvement. On the 4wheeler side, Maruti’s sales came below expectations due to the lockout at Manesar, while M&M(Auto business) and Tata Motors performed as per expectations. We like Hero Motocorp from this level, followed by Bajaj Auto as we see an improvement in their numbers in the ensuing months, especially festive months of September-November. We continue to remain negative on Maruti and TVS, while Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland remain our top pick. M&M has run up a lot, due to which we see a limited upside from current levels.

 Ashok Leyland (BUY, T.P – Rs 29)- Inline performance better than the closest peer

Ashok Leyland (ALL)’s MHCV sales dipped by 8.6% yoy to 6,597 units while Dost sales came in at 2,835 units. On the back of strong performance of Dost, total volumes went up by 30.4% yoy to 9,432 units. On mom basis, MHCV sales declined by 5.5%, while Dost sales went up by 1.1%. Total sales volumes were down by 3.6%. On a YTD basis, MHCV sales are down by just 1.5% which looks much better than its peer and CV market leader Tata Motors, whose MHCV sales have declined by 20.7% YTD. This also indicates that ALL has won market share in the CV segment and discounting is much higher than Tata Motors.

 Bajaj Auto (BUY, T.P. – Rs 1,776) – Bajaj Auto’s sales numbers in the month of August came in at 3,44,906 units, a de-growth of 9.9% yoy and flattish mom growth. Motorcycle sales de-grew by 10% yoy to 3.04 lakhs. 3W segment declined by 9.2% yoy, while improved significantly by 14.9% mom to 40,544 as Sri Lanka and Egypt have shown some recovery. Total exports declined by just 4.8%, while they improved by 4.8% mom. As exports are seen normalizing as per expectations,  the company expects the new launches in the motorcycle segment to revive their domestic business from festive season onwards.

 Hero Motocorp (BUY, T.P. – Rs 2,187) – The dent which was seen in the company’s July performance deepened as sales in August declined by 11.9% yoy and 8.3% mom to 4,43,801 units which signals lower demand in the 2W industry and inventory pile up at the dealers’ ends as demand is rural India is also shrinking in line with the weak monsoon. We expect the sales to bounce back during festive months of September-November.

 Mahindra and Mahindra – (TP- Rs828, Outperformer) Auto business support the flagging FES volumes

M&M sold 46,226 units in the auto segment, 22.7% growth yoy and a 1.8% mom decline. Passenger UV sales in the month grew by 39.4% yoy to 21,831 units, which was a 1% mom fall. The UV sales growth came on the back of ramp up in the production of XUV5oo and a pan India launch of the same in June. 4W pick-up segment which includes Gio, Genio and Maxximo posted a 13.6% growth yoy as the LCV segment continued to grow at a strong pace indicating strong demand in the sub 1 tonne market despite a slowdown in the bigger version of the CV sector. 3Ws showed some improvement as the sales remained flat yoy after several months of negative growth. Exports grew by a whopping 56.1% yoy to 3,010 units as XUV5oo was launched in South Africa and traction was seen from geographies like Chile, Africa, Middle East and the US. FES segment weakened significantly as M&M sold just 13,234 units, which was a 17.3% dip yoy and 20% mom dip as monsoon in the southern peninsula of India was deficient and in many of the districts in Maharashtra and Karnataka, some of the major markets of M&M was declared a drought.

 Maruti Suzuki – (TP – Rs 1,123, Underperformer)-Lockout + Petrol underperformance

Maruti Suzuki (Maruti)‘s sales in this month came at 54,154 units as compared to 91,442  units, down by 40.8% and 34.1% qoq as lockout jolted the production from their Manesar plant which produces the high demand diesel vehicles like Swift and Dzire. This was well below our expectations of 60,000. In a scenario where petrol prices are moving up, the bread and butter segment, the mini segment of Maruti comprising Alto, Wagon R and A Star de-grew thick and fast by 41.2% yoy, despite the company providing >10% discounts on Alto and Wagon R. The recent unfortunate turn of events at the Manesar plant which resulted into a lockout at this plant for almost the full month of August led to a 62.2% decline in the diesel segment yoy. Dzire model which has been a star performer for Maruti succumbed to the lockout and declined by 60.7% yoy. Vans segment continued to de-grow by 7.3% yoy as vehicles such as Omni and Eeco underperformed. In the MPV segment, the newly launched Ertiga sold 6,883 units thus maintaining its high demand base of ~7,000 units. SX4 model declined heavily by about 76.4% yoy as there was dearth of diesel engines and competition from VW Vento and Honda City hit its performance. Exports looked weak this month again due to the lockout as they fell by 72% yoy. We do not expect the September sales also to post a strong growth as although the Manesar plant has re-started under tight security, it is producing only 150 units per day which will get slowly ramped up.

 Tata Motors – (TP- Rs283, BUY)- Volumes as per expectations

August sales for the company were higher by 12.1% yoy, while on mom basis, it fell by 3.1%. CV sales grew by 4.9% yoy, out of which LCV sales were up by 15.6% yoy signifying LCV segment’s defiance of the macro uncertainties. New launches like the variant of Ace Zip led to the growth in LCV. MHCV sales however slipped by 12.1% yoy as macro weaknesses continued to trouble in the month, however on mom basis it jumped by 14.8% thus showing some improvement in MHCV segment. PV segment sales grew by a handsome 32% yoy while it slipped by 15% mom. Nano segment grew by 441% yoy to 6,507 units, while it was an 18.6% growth mom, thus indicating success of the 2012 model of Nano, which is getting received very well in the market. Indica range dominated by diesel portfolio expanded by 5.3% yoy while Indigo products posted 29% decline yoy and 46.8% mom. Utility segment sales grew by 38% yoy while it declined by 9.9% mom.

 TVS Motor – (TP- Rs 36, Underperformer)- Reeling under competitive pressures and slowdown

TVS sold 1.55 lakh units in August which was very much in line with our expectations. This was a 4.1% mom and a de-growth of 20% yoy. Motorcycles de-grew by 30.9% yoy and 0.6% mom, while scooters de-grew by 26.9% yoy and 6.6% mom. 3 Wheelers improved mom performance by 18.4%, while yoy they declined by 17.1%.  In line with this, we continue to be negative on the stock as intensifying competition, high percentage of mopeds in the volumes, higher advertising expenses and weak product portfolio and bleeding subsidiary are weighing too much on the stock. Also the 2W industry is seeing some softness as well, which is weighing down on TVS a bit too much as compared to its peers.

 

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PVs and CVs reel under the May heat!

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PVs and CVs reel under the May heat!

The month of May, which is generally a weak month for auto sales was this year impacted even more due to the overall negative sentiments arising from the global as well as domestic worries. Over and above, hike in petrol prices tarnished the last week of sales of the companies. Auto sales of passenger vehicles as well commercial vehicles companies like Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors respectively witnessed weakness, while 2 wheeler segment’s weakest performer TVS continued its dismal run. Hero Motocorp was an outperformer putting a stellar show once again thus enforcing our confidence in this stock. M&M put up a good show on the auto side especially on the UV side, while tractors sales came in a bit higher than expectations. On the PV side, we believe the first half of the year will be slightly tepid, while any further cut in interest rates, new model launches and diesel engine capacity ramp up will help the auto industry to grow mainly in the second half of the year. CVs will be driven mainly by LCV segment while MHCV will be a proxy to the economy of the country.

Hero Motocorp – (TP- Rs 1,996, Outperformer)- Bucking the trend

Hero posted a growth of 1% mom and 11% yoy in May at 5.56 lakh units. This was above our expectations as April and May are both weak, but Hero has bucked the trend defying any slowdown or sluggishness in the domestic two wheeler industry. We believe that competition from Honda is being overhyped as Honda’s 4mn capacities will have only 50% of motorcycle capacities(2mn) v/s Hero’d capacities of >7 mn thus providing Hero a huge margin over Honda. Before causing any trouble to hero, Honda will compete with Bajaj and TVS, by the time which Hero will be taking up their capacities to even higher levels through new capacity build up. Therefore among 2 wheelers, we prefer Hero over its peers also due to its market leadership position, strong presence in the executive segment, widespread dealership network and array of strong products.

Mahindra and Mahindra – (TP- Rs750, Outperformer) – Better than expected

M&M sold 43,988 units in the auto segment, 8% growth yoy which was a tad bit higher than our expectations for M&M. Passenger UV sales in the month grew by 31% yoy to 20,211 units, which was a slight decline mom. The yoy sales growth came on the back of the new launch of XUV5oo. 4W pick-up segment which includes Gio, Genio and Maxximo posted a robust 33% growth yoy as the LCV segment continued to grow at a strong pace indicating expansion in the total sub 1 tonne LCV market. Exports grew by a whopping 87% yoy to 4050 units as XUV5oo was launched in South Africa and traction was seen from geographies like Chile and the US. FES segment’s under performance over last 6 months took a breather as they posted better than expected numbers in May at 19,016 units which are still showing a growth of just 1% yoy, nevertheless it was a surge of 18% mom. Management expects second half for FES to be better than 1st half of FY 13 and grow by 5-6% in FY13.

Maruti Suzuki – (TP – Rs 1,300, Neutral)- Petrol portfolio adversely impacted despite higher discounts…..

Maruti Suzuki (Maruti)‘s sales in this month came at 99,884 units as compared to 104,073  units, 5% fall on yoy basis. In a scenario where petrol prices are moving up, the bread and butter segment, the mini segment of Maruti comprising Alto, Wagon R and A Star de-grew by 29% yoy, despite the company providing >10% discounts on Alto and Wagon R. The compact segment comprising Swift, Ritz and Estilo also showed a slowdown of growth at 14.7% v/s 43% posted in April on seasonality and sentiments. However, we expect this segment to get back to its previous month numbers of >20,000 as demand for diesel vehicles increases. Vans segment de-grew by 39% yoy as vehicles such as Omni and Eeco underperformed due to some vendor issues for manufacturing of Eeco. Also Wagon R production took a hit due to this reason. In the SUV segment, the launch of Ertiga led to s strong growth to 7,734 units v/s 1100 units yoy. Dzire model grew handsomely by 63.8% as the new diesel model consistently performed. SX4 model declined heavily by about 85% yoy as there was dearth of diesel engines and competition from VW Vento and Honda City hit its performance. Exports took a hit 11% yoy, as 1,500 units of exports were held up in transit and will impact sales positively in June. Any further rate cut by the central bank of India may have a positive impact on the volumes. Restriction on the expansion of diesel engine capacities may lead to a cap on the diesel engine sales going forward. Also yen appreciation and fuel price hike along with doling out of higher discounts on petrol cars will be impacting the stock negatively.

Tata Motors – (TP- Rs304, BUY)- Subdued show in line with our expectations

May sales for the company were higher by 3% yoy, while on mom basis, they were up by 7% on a low base of April. CV sales grew by 7% yoy, out of which LCV sales were up by 26% yoy signifying LCV segment’s defiance of the macro uncertainties. New launches like the variant of Ace Zip led to the growth in LCV. MHCV sales however slipped by 20% yoy as macro weaknesses continued to trouble in the month. PV segment sales grew by 6% yoy after a fall of 7% in April driven by Nano which grew by 31% yoy to 8,507 units, while other PV products posted declines. Utility segment sales were flat at 3,132 units. Indigo range sales were down by 20%.

TVS Motor – (TP- Rs 36, Underperformer)- Reeling under pressure

TVS sold 1.76 lakh units in May slightly better than estimate. This was a 1% mom and a de-growth of 5% yoy. Motorcycles de-grew by 15.2% yoy, while scooters grew by 1.7% yoy. 3 Wheelers have continued their underperformance as they declined 27.7% yoy to 2,920 units. In FY 13, TVS expects  to grow at 8-10% against 7.9% in FY 12. With rising competition in the scooter segment from Honda, M&M and Suzuki, slowdown in motorcycle segment and structural weakness in 3 Wheeler segment , we continue to believe that this expectation is optimistic and TVS will be a laggard in the 2W segment.

Surpassing yearly targets!

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Key Observations:

March sales numbers were significantly above our expectations as all the auto companies posted outstanding sales in the month aided by the strong seasonality factor, wherein auto companies try hard to push their products before the financial year ends. This doesn’t mean that the sales momentum was purely because of the push at the dealers’ end, but it also confirms the continuation of the robust demand in the auto sector, thus enabling a few companies to not only meet their yearly guidance but also surpass them. Going forward, in FY 12, the growth rate of the auto sector will not be as robust as it was in FY 11 mainly due to the high base effect, interest rate hikes, higher fuel costs and inflation. We expect  approximately a mid teen digit growth in the auto segment, which may wary according to the sub sectors within the segment – PV(15-17%), 2W(12-13%) and CV(13-14%). However, companies which have a unique product portfolio(M&M), increasing market shares on account of new launches and scalability(Bajaj Auto), deeper penetration in the rural markets( M&M and Maruti Suzuki) and a strong international presence(Tata Motors) will have an edge over their competitors.

Hero Honda – (TP – Rs1,527, Underperform)

Hero Honda reported a 24.4% yoy strong growth to 5.15 lakh units in February, while it was a growth of 9% mom. With this strong growth, the company has surpassed its full year guidance of 5 mn selling 5.4mn units in FY 11. This was on the back of 7 new launches including variants and refreshes in FY 11. Going forward, with the Honda split done, the company will face strong competition from Honda, raising concerns regarding R&D and maintaining the brand name. Margins remain to get impacted on this account and also due to additional spending the company has done on advertising during Cricket World Cup in Q4 FY11 . New production plant, opportunities in export markets and new launches can provide a trigger to the stock price in the medium to long term.

Bajaj Auto – (TP – Rs 1,680, BUY)

Bajaj Auto reported a 12% yoy growth in total sales in March to post sales of 3.07 lakh units. The monthly sales were 6% down on mom basis, as the company’s exports took a hit on account of crisis in Middle East and North Africa region, but one should not read further into it, as 32,000 vehicles are in transit and will be accounted additionally in April sales. The company ended this year short of their guidance of 4mn units due to vendor constraints and export performance in March. In March, the company sold 75,000 Pulsars and 1,25,000 Discover units. In FY 12, the company expects to sell 4.6mn units which will be a growth of 20% over FY 11, out of which, 4.1mn will be two wheelers and 0.5mn will be 3 wheelers. Out of the two wheelers,  1.1-1.2 mn will be Pulsars, 1.7-1.8mn will be Discover, while the rest will be Platina and Boxer. The company has recently launched Discover 125cc bike and is expecting to bring its international bike Boxer in the Indian markets which will help boost its volumes. They are also increasing their dealer base by 130 from April. Also the company has enhanced its 3 wheeler capacity to 45,000 units per month, which will help the company to achieve its new year target.

Mahindra and Mahindra – (TP- Rs 861, BUY)

M&M reported a strong 18% yoy growth in its auto segment to 37,522 units, with passenger UV sales growing 14%yoy and the 4W pick-up segment which includes Gio and Maxximo posting a 15% growth yoy. Maxximo now has 23% market share in the geographies where it is launched. Logan has posed yet another month of improved sales performance with a growth of 190% yoy will sales recorded at 1,018 units. This has been a very consistent performance from Logan which is expected to get a further lift in performance post M&M  brand getting associated with it shortly. LCV and MHCV sales declined  by 11% yoy, as the Navistar JV is at its initial stage and will take some time to enter strongly in the higher tonnage market with a stronger product portfolio. Farm Equipment Segment(FES) posted a very robust growth of 23% yoy to 19,848 units, while sequentially they were up by 4%. In the year FY 11, the Auto and the FES segments have grown by 26% and 22% respectively. M&M is setting up a new Tractor plant at Zaheerabad, AP, with a capacity of 1,00,000 units for an investment of Rs3bn, the production of which is expected to start in FY 2012.

Maruti Suzuki – (TP – Rs 1589, BUY)

Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) reported their highest ever sales by selling ~1,21,952 units in March, a growth of 28% yoy and 10% mom, thus taking their full year volumes beyond their target of 1.2mn at 1.27mn. The company for the first time in this year showed a growth in the A1 segment (M800) of 5.5% yoy, which we believe is a temporary phenomenon. However, it has reported a whopping 43% and 33% growths in A2 and A3 segments. The higher sales of A3 can be attributed to the launch of SX4 diesel in March, which would mean higher margins for Maruti.  The newly launched premium segment car Kizashi which falls under the A4 segment sold 103 units in March. This will not only add to the top line, but will also add up to the margins as it is a highly priced model, however its demand is yet to be gauged in India where the demand is primarily for the hatch back low cost cars. The C segment which includes the Eeco continued to show a good expansion of 32% rise on a yoy basis as Eeco also finds demand from public transportation i.e. the taxis (20% demand). Exports continued to slide down by 26% as non Western European markets are yet to show signs of pick up and it also reflects the crisis in West Asia, North Africa and Japan upto some extent. The company has missed its full year export target of a flat growth in FY 11 as the company has posted a 6% fall this year . However, the boom in the domestic PV market was strong enough for the company to surpass its overall sales target for FY 11 which was 1.2 mn. The capacity expansion coming up in the next 1.5 years will lead to significant jump in the company’s volumes and topline, however in the short term, the company will struggle maintaining its margins against appreciating yen leading to higher royalty payouts, vendor issues rising from Japanese crisis, increasing fuel costs, inflation  and rising commodity prices.

Tata Motors – (TP – Rs 1650, BUY)

March sales for the company were extremely strong with a 7% mom growth and a 11% yoy growth to 83,363 units, the highest ever sales for the company defying macro concerns like interest rate hikes and inflation worries. CV growth again gained pace after a subdued February, as they grew by 15% yoy, while  M&HCV grew by 12% yoy and LCV grew by 18% yoy. PV segment sales declined by 1% yoy to 29,543 units while utility segment sales grew by 24% yoy on the success of newly launched Aria.  Indica range continued to see a de-growth of 40% yoy as competition in the hatch back segment continued to intensify with the market leaders Maruti and Hyundai continuing their solid run. Indigo range sales were also low by 5% yoy. Nano sales were higher m-o-m at 8,707 units vis-à-vis 8,202 units in February (on strong marketing initiatives) and the low hit in November performance of just 500 units. Cumulative sales of Nano are ~71,000 way below their expected full year target of >100,000 units. In India, JLR sold 891 units v/s 242 sold In FY 10. In FY 11, Tata Motors sold 803,322 units, a growth of  25% yoy.

TVS Motors – (TP – Rs86, BUY)

TVS sold 191,208 units in March, a growth of 28% yoy, while on a mom basis it showed a 7.9% growth. Consistent performance from the 2 wheeler and 3 wheeler segments led to such a strong performance from TVS leading the company to surpass its full year target of 2mn to 2.04mn. In March, three wheeler sales were at 4,427, up on mom basis. Scooter sales were 50% up to 42,655 units, while motorcycles were up 24% yoy to 79,462 units. The company has also showed good traction in the exports business(14% of volumes). Management is expecting export volumes to pick up in the coming months while domestic volumes to get slightly impacted by interest rate hike, but will get support from the higher utilization rates post capacity expansion happened in FY 11.

From the desk of : Ashwin Patil

Written by Fundamental Side

April 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

No brakes….only accelerator!

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Automobile sales for February

February auto sales numbers were above our expectations as all the auto companies posted outstanding sales in the month, thus resulting in a rally in their stock prices. We believe the strong consumer demand and pre- budget buying of vehicles resulting from expectation of an excise duty rollback are the main reasons for auto sales booming in a month which is seasonally lackluster and has lesser number of working days. Going forward, with positives coming out of the budget for the sector, we do not believe the expected hike in interest rates will have a significantly negative impact on the sector in the medium to long term.

 

Mahindra and Mahindra – (TP- Rs 861, BUY)

M&M reported a strong 20% yoy growth in its auto segment to 33,378 units, with passenger UV sales growing 12%yoy and the 4W pick-up segment which includes Gio and Maxximo posting a 13% growth yoy. Maxximo now has 21% market share in the geographies where it is launched. Logan has posted yet another month of improved sales performance with renewed product and marketing efforts from the company post their split with Renault. In February, M&M sold 1,151 units of Logan as compared to 537 units in February 2010 and 1120 units sequentially. LCV and MHCV sales grew by 5% yoy, on account of the increase in the sales of LCVs and M&HCVs from Mahindra Navistar JV. Farm Equipment Segment(FES) posted a very robust growth of 37% yoy to 19,041 units, while sequentially they declined by 1.5%. On a cumulative basis, the company has grown by 27% and 22% in the auto and FES segments respectively.

 

Maruti Suzuki – (TP – Rs 1589, BUY)

Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) once again held to their promise of selling ~1,10,000 units per month in FY 11 as they sold 1,11,635 units after selling 1.09 lakh units in January, which translates into a 2% mom growth in sales. The sales grew by 15.5% yoy. MSIL have sold 1.14 mn units cumulatively. In the full year we expect it to sell 1.2mn units and post FY11E, management expects to sell 1,16,000 units per month (1.4mn p.a.). Within the segments, the bread and butter A2 segment of hatch backs posted 19.4% growth, while the A3 segment witnessed 27% yoy growth. The newly launched premium segment car Kizashi which falls under the A4 segment sold 25 units in February which were just for the purpose of test drive for dealers, while it will start commercial sales from March onwards. This will not only add to the topline, but will also add up to the margins as it is a highly priced model, however its demand is yet to be gauged in India where the demand is primarily for the hatch back low cost cars. The C segment which contains the Eeco also showed a good expansion of 27% rise on a yoy basis as Eeco also finds demand from public transportation i.e. the taxis. Exports continued to slide down by 15% as non Western European markets are yet to show signs of pick up. We believe the company will miss their export guidance of flat growth in FY 11E in exports as they may run short of 10,000 units of their export targets as they have sold 1.26lakh cumulatively in exports. However, the boom in the domestic auto car market is strong enough for the company to meet its overall sales target of FY 11 which is 1.2 mn.

Tata Motors – (TP – Rs 1650, BUY)

February sales for the company were extremely strong with a 3% mom growth and a 12% yoy growth to 77,543 units, the highest ever sales for the company defying the macro concerns like interest rate hike and inflation worries. CV growth pace was a bit subdued, as M&HCV grew by 1% yoy, while LCV grew by 8% yoy. Overall CV sales grew by 5% yoy, pointing towards a slight slowdown in the CV industry. PV segment grew by 18% yoy to 26,985 units while utility segment sales grew by 16% yoy.  Indica range continued to see a de-growth of 12.7% yoy as competition in the hatch back segment continued its intensification with the market leaders Maruti and Hyundai continued their solid run. Indigo sales saw a sales growth of 22% yoy. Nano sales were higher m-o-m at 8,262 units vis-à-vis 6,703 units in January and the low hit in November performance of just 500 units on attractive  marketing ventures. Cumulative sales of Nano are ~62,000 way below their expected full year target of >100,000 units.

 

TVS Motor – (TP – Rs86, BUY)

TVS sold 177,412 units in February, a growth of 24% yoy, while on a mom basis it showed a 7.2% growth. The sequential sharp jump was due to a temporary maintenance shutdown of its plants in the month of January. Three wheeler sales crossed the 4,000 mark for the first time as it sold  4,212 units. Scooter sales were 49% up to 40,335 units, while motorcycles were up 13% yoy to 71,462 units. Going forward, the company has maintained its annual guidance of 2mn vehicles in FY 11E which we believe will be a cakewalk as the company has cumulatively sold 1.855 mn units and March being a strong month, selling 1.45 lakh units will be very easy. Management is expecting the export volumes(14% of sales in Feb 2011) to pick up in the coming months while domestic volumes to get slightly impacted by interest rate hike, though we believe that 2 wheelers will not get significantly impacted by it.

Hero Honda – (TP – Rs1,527, Underperform)

Hero Honda reported a 23% yoy strong growth to 4.72 lakh units in February, while it was a growth of 1.3% mom. We believe the company will face strong headwinds going forward as Honda goes solo in the Indian markets aggressively and the company underperforms its two wheeler peers on margin as well as volume front in the wake of competition.

 

P.S. Bajaj Auto will come out with their February sales numbers on the 02nd of March 2011.

 

Budget impact on auto sectorThe Indian auto sector for the past couple of months was reeling under the macro concerns such as inflation, possible interest rate hikes, input cost rise, fear of excise duty roll back, tax on diesel vehicles and fuel price hike. However, yesterday’s union budget has been a relief for the auto sector as the excise duty wasn’t rolled back. The budget has also promoted the use of hybrid and electric vehicles by cutting various duties on some of the important parts used for their manufacturing. This will assist companies like M&M who have recently acquired Reva an electric vehicle manufacturer and are already into the hybrid vehicle business through a hybrid model of Scorpio . Also companies like Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland have taken some initiatives towards greener vehicles by launching hybrid buses. Recently Ashok Leyland acquired a 26% stake in UK-based Optare which designs electric buses, while Tata Motors is in the process of launching an electric version of Indica and a hybrid version of Nano. Besides this, Tata Motors and M&M are working on electric versions of Ace and Maxximo respectively. We believe M&M emerged as the biggest beneficiary from this budget within the listed auto space as the budget emphasized on spending more on the agri domain where M&M has its major presence through tractors and other farm equipments and micro-irrigation plans. Furthermore, no increased taxation on diesel vehicles has led to a major sigh of relief for M&M as 100% of its vehicles run on diesel.

 

Written by Fundamental Side

March 3, 2011 at 10:11 am