QSR, lifestyle companies see slower sales in March quarter, April
The slowdown in sales growth for large quick-service restaurants, lifestyle, apparel, and discretionary products in India has been observed in the March quarter and in April. This slowdown is attributed to higher inflation, moderation in pent-up demand, and tighter financial conditions. While retail sales grew in strong double digits consistently over the past year, it slowed to 6% in both March and April - the slowest sales expansion in over 14 months, according to Retailers Association of India (RAI).
Momentum Pick: Titan shares are poised for 17% upside. Factors that are likely to support up-move
Titan Company's shares have surged by more than 19% in the past year, outperforming the 10% returns of Nifty50, and are looking set for a potential 17% upside. Analyst Rajesh Palviya suggests that the stock has strong momentum, and there is an expected breakout zone of 2,900 levels based on the formation of a "rounding bottom" pattern. Meanwhile, Sharekhan has retained a 'buy' rating on Titan and believes its revenue growth target of 20% CAGR between FY2022 and FY2027, along with consistent margin improvements, will lead to significant cash flow improvements.
Titan on course for FY24 as well as FY27 plans: MD
Titan MD CK Venkatraman stated that FY23 was exceptional in terms of sales growth, profit margin expansion, market share gain, and customer experience standards, and they are on course for their FY24 and FY27 targets. Despite the volatility in gold prices and demand slowdown earlier this year, Venkatraman believes that one fortnight's impact shouldn't worry investors.
Hot Stocks: Brokerage views on Chola Investment, Havells India and ABB India
Macquarie has an outperform rating on ABB India, with a target price of Rs 3750. Growth across several segments and double-digit EBIT margins in most segments were seen in the March quarter. Jefferies retained a hold rating on Havells India with a target price of Rs 1335, citing that most positives appear priced-in at the current PE. JPMorgan has an overweight rating on Cholamandalam Investment & Finance with a target price of Rs 1020 as the company recorded a margin improvement and maintained system-leading growth. Emkay maintained its hold rating on Titan Company with a target of Rs 2620, post March quarter results.
Should you buy, sell or hold Titan shares after better-than-estimated Q4 results?
Titan reported higher-than-estimated Q4FY23 earnings with a standalone net profit of INR 734 crores, up 50% YoY, and a 33% YoY surge in revenue to INR 9,704 crores. The future outlook for the company remains mixed, with Phillip Capital maintaining a 'Buy' citing the company's long-term drivers remaining intact, whereas Emkay prefers to remain conservative and hold due to weak macros. Prabhudas Lilladher has maintained a 'Buy' recommendation for Titan as strong revenue print continues across all key business segments despite disappointment in margins.
Tanishq unveils Chola-inspired collectible coins for Akshaya Tritiya festival
"The benevolent imperialism, the warrior spirit, the cultural bounty and the opulence of the Golden Age are synonymous with the Chola dynasty. The Chola collection are limited edition coins, which truly evoke a sense of pride," a company statement said, adding they would instantly transport the wearer into the "Golden Era".