Behemoth in the making UPL’s FY19 annual report highlighted a) potential opportunities in Arysta Lifescience, b) its initiatives towards manufacturing key molecules and achieving self-sufficiency, c) immense growth prospects for glufosinate and its swelling product portfolio backed by strong R&D. Acquisition of Arysta Lifescience helped UPL establish as a global leader in crop protection products. The strength of UPL lies in manufacturing, proprietary off-patent & specialty products, deep marketing reach and R&D capabilities. UPL is working on building competences for expanding digital services and processes by investing in artificial intelligence tools to analyse customer needs, using robotic sensors to access real-time on-field farmer data etc. Continued focus on resistance management, cost leadership along with proprietary/generic products, diversified presence across all crops & geographies helped UPL to outperform industry growth as well as mitigate the impact of volatility arising out of trade wars and natural calamities. Maintain Buy with revise target price of Rs745 based on 8.5x FY21E EV/EBITDA (Previous – Rs752).
UPL results on track Maintain. Buy UPL has reported financials including Arysta for 1QFY20 vs UPL excluding Arysta in 1QFY19. Financials for 1QFY20 include provisions related to Arsyta deal on inventory (Rs4.2bn) that has affected gross margins, EBITDA and depreciation. The results including these adjustments have come in line with our estimates (which also include the above adjustments) at the EBITDA level. PAT has come in lower because of lower than expected other income. EBITDA margin came in lower at 15.7% vs our estimate of 17.4% on revenue reported at Rs79.1bn (beat of 8%).
UPL’s continuous focus on resistance management, cost leadership alongwith proprietary/generic products, diversified presence across all crops & geographies has enabled it to outperform industry growth plus minimise the impact of volatility arising out of trade wars and natural calamities. We maintain our earnings estimates and expect revenue, EBITDA and APAT to grow at CAGR of 35%, 48% and 29% between FY19-21E. Maintain Buy with target price of Rs 752 based on 8.5x FY21E EV/EBITDA.
We believe that some of these concerns are either premature or unsubstantiated at this stage and in any case largely priced in, following the above correction in the stock. The more pertinent concerns are related to accounting, earnings and cashflows from the Arysta business. We maintain our forecasts and upgrade our rating on the stock from Accumulate to Buy based on our TP of Rs1,129 that implies 20.4% upside from CMP.
We believe the growth appears reasonable, given the strong global footing in a consolidating market leading to potentially higher market share and improving margins. We expect revenues to grow at a CAGR of 32.8% over FY19-21E and PAT to grow at a CAGR of 31.5% over FY19-21E. At a CMP of INR 1,016, UPL is trading at a valuation of 17.8x FY20E EPS and 15.8x FY21E EPS. We valued the company by assigning a P/E multiple of 20x on the FY20E EPS of INR 57.1 and arrived at a target price of INR 1,142.0 (potential upside – 12.4% ). We have an ACCUMULATE rating on the stock.