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Sunday, October 23, 2016


Scrip Code: 539331 VETO
CMP:  Rs. 156.45; Market Cap: Rs. 286.72 Cr; 52 Week High/Low: Rs. 161.40 / Rs. 80.60
Total Shares: 1,83,27,100 shares; Promoters: 1,06,64,874 shares – 58.19 %; Total Public holding : 76,62,226 shares – 41.81 %; Book Value: Rs. 46.49; Face Value: Rs. 10.00; EPS: Rs. 7.14; Dividend: 20.00 % ; P/E: 16.96 times; Ind. P/E: 19.94; EV/EBITDA: 11.90 times. Total Debt: Rs. 42.27 Cr; Enterprise Value: Rs. 326.87 Cr.
VETO SWITCHGEAR AND CABLES LTD: The Company was incorporated on 2007. Veto Switch Gears And Cables Limited is an India-based company, which is engaged in the manufacturing of wires and cables, as well as electrical accessories. The Company also deals in various types of light emitting diode (LED) lighting, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and fans. The Company's products are focused on households and business groups. Its products include Copper, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin and Aluminum. It supplies products under the brands, VETO and VIMAL POWER. It is also engaged in exporting electrical accessories and goods. The Company's products are marketed in both domestic and international markets. The Company has relationships with approximately 2,000 dealers. The Company has its manufacturing plant at Haridwar. Veto Electricals Private Limited (VEPL) is the subsidiary of the Company. Company is also engaged in the manufacture and sale of wires & cables and electrical accessories in India. Veto Switchgears product portfolio ranges from industrial cables, stand cables to telephone & co-axial wires, from general switches to modular switches, from ceiling fans to rechargeable fans, compact fluorescent lamps and other electrical accessories. The company came with an IPO on December 3, 2012 with an offer of 50,00,000 equity shares of Rs. 10 each at Rs. 50 per share raising Rs. 25 Cr. The shares got listed on NSE EMERGE on December 13, 2012 at Rs. 58 per share. The purpose of the issue was to modernization of existing facility at Hardwar, Uttarakhand to finance incremental long term working capital requirement, to enhance company’s brand through advertising and other activites, general coporate purposes and to meet issue expenses. The company got migrated on NSE main board on April 29, 2015 and got listed on BSE on September 9, 2015. The company gave bonus in September 2013 in ratio of 1:10, and has not given any Split in face value of its shares. VETO SWITCHGEARS LTD is locally compared with Sterile Technologies Ltd, KEI Industries Ltd, Polycab Cables, Havells India Ltd, Finolex Cables Ltd, Rishabhdev Technologies, Aksh Optifibre Ltd, Precision Wires Ltd, Ram Ratan Wires Ltd, Torrent Cables Ltd, B C Power Control, Nicco Corp Ltd, G R Cables Ltd, Birla Cable Ltd, Delton Cables Ltd and globally compared with General Cable Corporation of USA, Belden Inc of USA, Insteel Industries Inc of USA, Encore Wire Corporation of USA, Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corp of USA, Optical cable Corporation of USA, Southwire of USA, Prysmian Group of Italy, Nexans of France, Sumitomo Electric Industries of Japan, Furukawa Electric of Japan, Fujikura of Japan, LS Cable & Systems of South Korea, Walsin Lihwa of Taiwan, Far East Cable of China, Grupo Condumex of Mexico, Qingdao Hanhe Cable of China.

Investment Rationale:
Veto Switchgear & cables Ltd, established in 2007, is manufacturer of Wires & Cables and Electrical Accessories. The company is promoted by Gurnani group. It produces all type and ranges of Electrical Accessories. It uses latest production technology and also produces latest products as per market demand. Its products are with the brand name "VETO" and "VIMAL POWER" India's first ISI Mark Electrical Accessories. It is engaged in manufacturing and marketing of Wires & Cables , Electrical Accessories , Industrial Cables , Fans , CFL Lamps , Pumps , Modular Switches , LED lights , Immersion Heater , MCB and distribution boards. The electronics market of India is one of the largest in the world and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.4 % during 2012-2020. Separately, forecasts say that the electric wire and cable market in India is to grow at a CAGR of 16.18 % over the period 2015-19 as power cables led the revenues of the wires and cables market with more than 50 % contribution to the total market in fiscal year 2014. The Indian wire and cable industry is growing satisfactorily and getting more and more consolidated and becoming largely organized now. The power cable led the industry from front contributing almost 50 % of the industry's emphasis on laying comprehensive power distribution and transmission network in the country. The increasing digitalization has of course catapulted the demand even more. Construction is also one of the core sectors of Indian economy and future of this industry is also based on commodity prices. Construction cables and wire sector anticipated to see steep growth in demands in coming days owing to huge government’s, spending in infrastructure, smart cities, real estate boom, and housing explosion. Increase in Urban Population and Per-Capita Income growing at a steady rate is beneficial for the sectors. The demand of manufacturing of wires & cables and electrical accessories & other allied products in India is also hence likely to increase. De-licensing and removal of tariffs for the industry, low entry barriers, and increased demand for housing & increased growth in the emerging markets are basic growth drivers of the market. At more than 7 % rate of annual GDP growth, India is already amongst the fastest growing economy in the world. Government priority projects such as Housing for All, Smart Cities, Interlinking of rivers, AMRUT, Swacch Bharat, development of inland water ways for transportation, etc. are various initiatives which will help companies like VETO. Power sector reforms being expected to be a top priority for government is playing out well and government will increasingly turn its attention to reforming the power distribution segment and boosting India's energy independence. The year 2015 started off on a good note for the LED industry in India. PM's initiative to launch Notional programme for LED based Home & street lightning as well as a scheme for LED distribution under the domestic Efficient Lighting program is highly valued for the growth of India. The studies showed LEDs were 25 % more efficient than CFL, 23 % more efficient than tube lights and 80 % more efficient than incandescent lamps. The Prime Minister's initiative has accelerated the adoption of LED's in several sectors across the country through the creation of several new policies and financial subsidies undertaken by the Ministry of power, BEE and various state municipalities. This has helped propel the industry to grow five folds in five year from its current size of Rs. 4000 crores according to Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers Association (ELCOMA). Veto Switchgears enjoys good market share of electrical accessories in Northern region especially in Rajasthan and has pan India market. Veto is a dominant player in Rajasthan with 12-13 % market share. Currently Veto gets 80 % of its revenues from Rajasthan, 10 % from Gujarat and balance 10 % from other states. For Rajasthan and Gujarat the company mainly follows Dealer’s Retailer Model for sales which provide higher margins and direct control over the inventory. The industry usually follows Distributor’s Dealer’s Retailer model which has lower margins but gives scalability. Hence Veto has also decided to expand through distributors in various parts of the country to increase the reach. In next three years, the company is targeting 50 % of sales from outside Rajasthan regions. This strategy would provide higher scalability to the company due to lower requirement of funds and would gradually increase the return ratios of the company. Looking at the growth of the Indian market, company is targeting Rs. 270 to Rs. 280 Crores of Revenue this fiscal & Rs. 1000 Crores in the next five years. Further, Veto has installed another manufacturing unit at Mahindra SEZ, Where the construction and erection of the plant for machinery has already been completed which is mainly for wires and cables only and is 100% export oriented unit. Company has set revenue target Rs. 30 Crores from this unit in the current year itself major earning coming from the state of Rajasthan. Veto’s wire rate is equal to Havells & Anchor in this state. Infact, wire sale is more than Anchor in Rajasthan. Veto’s focus this year is to widen and cover more and more states of India. The company has broadened its network and distribution spaces and has dealer network of 2,500 across India compared to 2,314 dealers last year. Veto also had major success in some of the biggest cities of UAE & is working towards making “Veto” a globally established brand. Its products are marketed in both domestic and international markets. Recently Veto launched Cooler Kit (Fan) in the market after the previous launches of Fans, CFL Bulbs and LED. It is planning to launch Geyser in next couple of months. More products under the same brand will enable Veto to capture a larger share of spending by consumers and give retailers a bigger bouquet to offer to their customers. Veto plans to enhance its capacity utilization from its two plants at Haridwar and Vasai going forward. Apart from domestic business of Veto, the group has an associate company in Dubai, JMTC FZCO which is trading electrical goods. Veto formed a 100 % subsidiary in Dubai on Oct 2015, via Dubai Veto Overseas and in 6 months its sale crossed Rs. 64 crores and PAT crossed Rs. 5.4 crores as there is no tax in Dubai and EPS for this company stood at Rs. 2.98. Dubai Veto Overseas took over the business of JMTC FZCO gradually without diluting equity. Apart from this, another subsidiary of the domestic business Veto Electricals Pvt Ltd has to commence the business from June 2016 onwards, by exporting electrical goods from its new plant in Mahindra SEZ, in Jaipur. Due to this consolidation, there could be a notable jump in Revenues and PAT from FY17 onwards. The management has also guided that the domestic business is likely grow at a CAGR of 20 % due to expansion of territories and products. Looking at all the developments the overall business could grow at a CAGR of 52 % (FY16E-FY19E) post consolidation of Dubai based promoter group company and business from SEZ (Jaipur). Strong established brand presence in Rajasthan. Driving growth through innovation and marketing India’s ever growing requirements of energy and capacity addition planned by the Government through various initiatives, gives substantial opportunity for increasing demand for wires & cables and electrical accessories, and Decrease in copper prices, Housing projects of Government and semi-government agencies. Low cost end-to-end business model being adopted by existing or new competitors. Adoption of new strategies by new or Existing players in the market augurs well for Veto Switch gears and cables ltd. VETO on the verge being one of the leader in the industry has very strong footing in the sector and has strong cash flow which thrusts the growth for the company, and strong financials with sustained cashflow makes it attractive for long term investment.

Outlook and Valuation:
Veto Switchgear Limited (Veto) started its operations as small retail shop in Jaipur in 1968 and gradually it became the leading dealer in the market. Later the promoted felt the need to backward integrate and hence set up a manufacturing plant for Wire and Electrical accessories in Jaipur, Rajasthan in 1975 and over the years it has become one of the largest players in Rajasthan with market share of 12-13 %. The company has strong network of more than 2500 dealers across India compared to 2,314 dealers in Q3FY16. However, company plans to expand its dealer network across India and increase its network count to 5,000 in next 2-3 years. Apart from Rajasthan, Veto has decent presence in Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, J&K, Jharkhand, MP, Assam, Kerala are some other states where it has made some inroads. The management has guided at bringing the proportion of Rajasthan to 50 % in the next 2-3 years by expanding Veto’s presence across, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, UP, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, NCR, MP, J&K and other unrepresented areas. Company is also in the manufacturing of electrical accessories, wires and cables at manufacturing facilities in Haridwar and Vasai Mumbai. Company also deals in electrical accessories like switch socket, MCB, bell and all electrical accessories which is used for household purposes and manufacturing wires and cables. Cable starts from 0.75 mm to 10 mm. Veto is looking to expand its business across India and follow the industry standard by appointing distributors across India. This will help Veto increase the scale of the business and lower the working capital requirement. Veto plans to appoint 100 distributors across India in the next two years from the current 6. This will help to reduce its working capital cycle going forward. Currently Veto has a working capital cycle of six months, which is high compared to Crompton Greaves which has of three months, V-Guard has two months and Havells has one month. Further, consolidating its Dubai subsidiary numbers could also lead to lower working capital cycle as that subsidiary works on tighter working capital cycle. The group has Wire and Electrical accessories business in different companies and apart from India it has operations in Dubai as well. In India the holding company of Veto Switchgear has an old manufacturing plant at Jaipur which manufactures Wire and Electrical accessories and in-turn supply to Dubai Company. The company has revenues of Rs. 30 cr. This plant has become inefficient and group set up new plant in listed company Veto Switchgear at Mahindra SEZ, Jaipur with an investment of Rs. 11 cr. The production from this plant has commenced from April 2016 and sales to Dubai Company will shift to this plant. The plant is likely to do sales of Rs 40 Cr in FY17 which will add up in company’s revenue. Also, the group has an associate company in Dubai - JMTC which has revenues of Rs. 350 Cr and EBITDA of Rs. 60 cr. JMTC market electrical accessories, wire and appliances in Middle East and African market. Veto Switchgear has floated 100 % subsidiary in Dubai to partial transfer the business of associate company. It commenced operations from 2HFY16 and likely to do around Rs. 20 Cr of sales in 2HFY16 and Rs 80 cr in FY17E. However, the company does all above restructuring, the company will need lot of funds or Bank borrowing as working capital cycle both in India and in Dubai is very high. In India the Working capital cycle is 6 months and in Dubai it is 7.5 months. For example, with an investment of Rs. 25 Cr in 100 % subsidiary in Dubai, the company will be able to do revenues of Rs. 40 Cr. Company is not looking to dilute equity. Veto expects to benefit from introduction of GST as unorganized sector will lose its benefit. Further the boost to affordable housing provided by the Govt will also likely result in better sales growth for Veto over the medium term. Q4 is generally a good quarter for Veto in domestic market. Veto could also distribute 20 % to 25 % of its PAT by way of dividend it has already paid out 5 % interim dividend in 28th Jan 2016. Dividend could also increase the attractiveness of the stock. Veto's FY 15-16 sale in India include sale of Rs. 112 crores constituting Rs. 50 crores wires and cables, Rs. 62 crores from electrical accessories. Manufacturing sale of the company is Rs. 37.5 crores and trading sale includes sale of LED fan and CFL. LED is Rs. 7.5 crores, fan is Rs. 3.5 crores and CFL is Rs. 13.5 crores. Company enjoys advantage with respect to receivable days over its peers. In the Electrical business in India receivable days is normally 120 days for all; however for the company it is reduced to 86 days just because of Dubai operation where it is only 30 days. The company has grown at a CAGR of 12.4 % between FY12-15 and EBITDA has grown 11 % during the same period. The base business of the company is expected to grow at CAGR of 20 % for next 2-3 years based on outside Rajasthan expansion. The company has high working capital cycle (which is expected to improve on back of addition of distribution level). Due to this, it has negative cash flow from operations in last 2 out of 4 years. In FY15 the operating cash flow was positive as sales growth was nominal. In FY16 and FY17 the operating cash flow is again likely to be negative on account of addition of international operations which has high working capital cycle. The group is trying to consolidate its business in listed company which may face hurdle on account of ownership structure of three brothers in Indian and Dubai operation. The group is consolidating the business. Considering high working capital cycle and lower ROCE, VETO will not be able to get multiple like V-Guard or Bajaj Electrical. However, it can still get multiple of 12x easily and success in the planned strategy would further re-rate the stock. With positive outlook for the sector in the medium to long term, Veto Switchgear could post 52 % CAGR of sales growth for FY15-FY19E going by the expectations of the management, the recent restructuring of Dubai business and contribution from its new Jaipur SEZ subsidiary. Considering its expected growth in revenue, margin expansion and healthy return ratios going forward, this stock can perform better. At the current market price of Rs. 156.45, the stock is trading at a PE of 15.53 x FY17E and 12.28 x FY18E respectively. The company can post Earnings per share (EPS) of Rs. 10.07 in FY17E and Rs. 12.73 in FY17E. It is expected that the company’s surplus scenario is likely to continue for the next three years keeping its growth story in the coming quarters also.

SALES ( Crs) 97.03176.59270.05328.24
NET PROFIT (₹ Cr)7.1616.6718.4523.34
EPS () 3.917.1410.0712.73
PE (x)17.6312.559.636.69
P/BV (x)1.732.131.901.65
EV/EBITDA (x)10.4412.187.836.44
ROE (%) 19.71 21.7120.9022.13
ROCE (%)30.8822.0525.3826.46

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