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Best Stocks to Buy in India for 2016 And 2017

Stock market experts have recommended best stocks to buy for 2016 and 2017.

These best stocks are blue-chip mid-cap which are very strong on a fundamental basis.

All the best stocks have a track record of growth in sales and profitability.

Most of the leading experts like Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Ramesh Damani, Dolly Khanna, Porinju Veliyath and others are buying such best stocks and holding to them for a long period of time.

The best stocks to buy are ideal for patient investors who like to buy and hold the stock. The best stocks also pay very high dividends in addition to capital appreciation.

List of Best Stocks To Buy For 2016 and 2017




INFOSYS LTD

Company Brief

The Bangalore headquartered company with a global reach is a leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The IT major’s latest offering, AiKiDo aims to provide next generation services to its clients enabling them to stay abreast with the evolving digital landscape. With Dr. Vishal Sikka at the helm of operations as the CEO& MD, Infosys has shown renewed thrust and is confident of firing on all cylinders.

Key Triggers

3QFY2016 has been the outperforming quarter for the company in the terms of getting business from present clients, client mining and improvement in attrition ratio. It would not be so early to judge upcoming growth for Infosys, but this quarter performance would consider primary sign of management efforts are going in the right direction.

For FY2016 USD revenue guidance has been revised upward to 8.9-9.3% on YoY from 6.8-8.1% growth, management has stated that guidance has changed due to favorable environment of business mix and macro environment, moreover the company will give FY2017 guidance in next quarter, we expect that the company is going to achieve higher guidance of 9.1%, guidance for constant currency has been increased to 12.8 -13.20% Vs 10-12%. -The current attrition ratio stands at 13.4% Vs 14.1%, which is lowest in last 15 quarters and due to automation efforts, the company has been able to free almost 1100 employees and has utilized them on other projects.

Valuation

The stock is currently trading at FY16/17 P/E of 19.59/17.10x. After considering continues revenue growth, improved guidance and the management focus on the operation, given Infosys edge over other peers. We give ”BUY” rating to the stock with a target price of INR 1,290 per share, at ~19.94x FY17e P/E.

HCL TECHNOLOGIES LTD.

Company Brief

HCL Technologies, the global IT Services behemoth offers services which include Application Management, Business Analytics, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Mobility, Engineering and R&D Services to name a few. It operates across a number of industry verticals like Manufacturing, Aerospace, Telecom, Government, Energy and Financial Services.

Key Triggers

-HCL’s investments in global delivery centers, co-innovation labs and hiring of senior managers have started to pay off, which underpins the management’s confidence on retaining its 21- 22% EBIT margin band for H2FY2016 -The company’s win rate has improved over the years and the rebid market is also looking attractive for the integrated IT Services player. -The management has reiterated that 2HFY2016 (Jan-June) would produce healthy traction for them. -The above stated points are a reflection of the long term view we hold on the company. However, H2FY2016 is always being demonstrative for HCL Technologies as furlough effect gets over, large company place long term order with the company, winning rate improves and moreover, the March ended quarter has historically been a good for IT Companies.

Valuation

The stock is currently trading at FY16/17 P/E of 15.50/13.60x. As considering EPS growth rate of 3% in FY2016 and 15% FY2017 and current P/E of 16.80x, We give BUY rating on the stock with a target price of INR 980 per share, at ~13.70x FY17e P/E and ~10% discount to TCS P/E.

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ULTRATECH CEMENT LTD.

Company Brief

Aditya Birla Group’s Ultratech Cement Ltd. is the number one company in the cement space boasting of a strong distribution network across the country. The capacity at Ultratech is slated to increase from 62mtpa to 76mtpa including the 5mtpa capacity of JP Associates’ Madhya Pradesh Plant post the completion of the merger process.

Key Triggers

The management is inclined towards building capacity through organic routes, for which they have acquired land to set up manufacturing units in the recent past. -The downward trajectory in cost of inputs like pet coke, coal and fuel cost which form 20-30% of the total production costs would lead to improvement in the operating margin and return ratios. -Ultratech is betting big on the influx of demand for cement from the Southern region of the country. Its ability to service such demand places it ahead of its peers. -The Capex for FY16 is expected to be ~Rs30bn, out of which Rs12bn has already been made. -The company would stand to benefit from the growing demand for cement on account of upcoming projects and improvement in government spending. -Downside risk would be tepid demand due to not improvement in infrastructure and real-estate activity in India, further more delay in Jaiprakash Associates (JPA) MP plant deal could be delayed further because the new mining law (restricting transfer of limestone mining assets) was not tabled in the winter session of Parliament. We also adjust our volume estimates for this delay

Valuation

The government’s thrust on infrastructure development and the current valuation makes us optimistic on the future prospects of Ultratech Cement Ltd. We have valued Ultratech on the basis of 13.5x EV/EBITDA and USD $210 for FY2017E to arrive at our target price of INR 3050. We recommend a “BUY” at current level.

EMAMI LTD.

Company Brief

Emami is among the flourishing FMCG companies in the country and its product portfolio boasts of household brand names in the beauty, personal and healthcare category. Fair and Handsome, Zandu Balm, Navratna, Boroplus and the recently acquired Kesh King are some of the prominent brands marketed by Emami. The company’s portfolio of 250 odd products is sold in more than 60 countries and a number of their brands enjoy continued market leadership.

Key Triggers

Kesh King acquisition: Emami has a history of turning around acquired brands from being region specific to becoming market leaders. If the management is able to mirror the same with Kesh King, the contribution of this Ayurvedic category brand to the topline could be significant going ahead. We believe, it would be fair to allow the integration process to get streamlined and thus keeping expectation of robust revenue contribution from Kesh King for another 2 quarters is optimistic according to our belief. Entry of Patanjali in an aggressive manner in the FMCG space and more so in the Ayurvedic segment will only help develop and expand the market thus benefitting all players including Emami. -Foray into new segments: Emami has entered the Honey segment which is a less crowded space too will aid revenue growth. Given that the company claims to have zero sugar in its honey as against peers such as Patanjali and Dabur which make no similar claims, ensures that Emami could be able to garner some market share in this low competition market. -We like Emami’s portfolio of niche products with dominant market share and its strong innovation backed track record. Higher ROE and domestic focus insulate the company’s revenues from currency fluctuations unlike some of its FMCG peers like Godrej Consumer Products.

Valuation

However, in the back drop of a delayed winter season and a delayed summer season (generate ~45% of revenues) the current P/E valuations appear to be only at a marginal premium. It trades at P/E of 32x FY17E EPS based on current price. While, in the immediate term it appears to trade at a marginal premium, we believe, this is justified given the robust growth potential Emami has over the longer term. One can look for an upside of 15% over the medium to longer term with a Target Price of INR 1160.

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Jagran Prakashan Ltd

Company Brief

Jagran Prakashan Ltd. (JPL) is one of India’s leading communications and media group with interests across Print, Radio, Digital Platforms, and OOH marketing solutions. Print continues to remain JPL’s mainstay business with as many as twelve publications including Dainik Jagran, Mid Day, Nai Duniya and The Inquilab. Venturing into a fresh vertical which complements its existing media portfolio, JPL took control over the operations of the prominent radio network, Radio City which has a nationwide presence with 31 stations including the 11 stations acquired in the first batch of the Phase III Auctions.

Key Triggers

Advertisement Revenues: The print sector commands the largest chunk of the advertisements revenue pie of the media industry and the rising literacy rate coupled with increasing disposable income in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities is only going to help the sector in keeping their share intact. Moreover, the synergies arising from the radio business would also fuel growth in advertisement revenues. -Margins to remain stable: The operating margins of the company are expected to remain intact going forward on the back of benign newsprint prices, stable cover charges and healthy advertisement revenue growth. -Radio to give a fillip: The pan India presence of JPL’s Radio business would play a significant role in the company’s growth keeping in view, the escalating use of radio as a cost effective medium of advertisements. -Road ahead for Hindi & Vernacular Print Market looks promising: Another reason which makes us optimistic on Jagran Prakashan is the fact that pre-dominantly their print portfolio consists of Hindi & Vernacular publications. Firstly, the Hindi & Vernacular print market is relatively isolated from the digital frenzy. Secondly, for advertisers, print media is the most cost effective mode of reaching out to the audiences in smaller cities and towns. Both these factors lead us to believe that the Hindi & the Vernacular print market would outpace the English print market in both value and growth terms which would ultimately bode well for JPL.

Valuation

Radio business acquisition at attractive valuation and growth in advertisement revenue made us bullish on this stock. We recommend a “BUY” on JPL with a target price of INR197 on the basis of 16x and 13.7x P/E for FY16E and FY17E.

PVR LTD.

Company Brief

PVR Ltd. is one of India’s premium multiplex operators holding the highest market share (~26%) of the industry .The movies exhibition business has witnessed a series of consolidations in the last couple of years and PVR Cinemas has emerged as the leading exhibitor with 491 screens spread across the country. PVR as an integrated player operates across 109 locations in 44 cities and commands dominance in the Western and Northern regions of India. They have been successful in growing not only organically but inorganically as well, in 2012, PVR acquired Cinemax and in June 2015, it took control of DLF owned DT Cinemas and management has reiterated that they will continue to grow in coming years through the organic and inorganic routes.

Key Triggers

The revenue driver for PVR is the big canvas movies and quality content being released. With a slew of multi starrer and big banner movies slated to release in the coming year like “AirLift”, “Sultan”, “Jaga Jasoos”,”HouseFull3”, “Fan”, “Dangal”, we foresee PVR would be in a good position to draw footfalls which would ultimately translate into growth in revenues. -India outpaces all other countries in the world in terms of the number of movies which release each year. Movies are a source of mass entertainment in the country and the exhibition business is the most prominent channel of showcasing movies to the patrons. However, the under penetration with only ~8 screens in India as compared to 125 screens per million people in the US and in emerging markets like China ~16 and Thailand ~12 per million people presents an opportunity for exhibitors to grow multifold. -Another major trigger which we are accounting for is the booming business from regional as well as Hollywood movies, though South Indian markets have remained the frontrunners but Marathi and Punjabi productions are also fast catching up. Exhibitors have been agile in realizing the opportunities presented by regional cinema and hence have been allotting more screen space to the same.

Valuation

We rate this stock to “BUY” at current level, we valued this at EV/EBITDA multiple of 16x FY17E with a target price of INR 869 and we expect long term revenue growth would be in the range of 21-22%.

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EVEREADY INDUSTRIES INDIA LTD.

Company Brief

Kolkata based Eveready Industries is involved in the manufacturing of batteries, flashlights, lighting solutions and various electrical appliances. The company has a deep rooted distribution network with their products being available across both brick and mortar retail stores as well as online retail formats. Eveready commands a leadership position in the flashlights market with a 70% market share and a 52% share in the dry batteries market. In the domestic markets, Eveready also sells packet tea under the brand names ‘Tez’, ‘Jaago’, ‘Premium Gold’ and ‘Classic’.

Key Triggers

-Market Leadership: In the organized dry batteries market, Eveready Industries is a leader in the segment with a 52% market share owing to its strong ‘Eveready’ brand. This is despite the fact, that the company charges a 5-20% premium. Besides, the company is also a leader in the flashlight market with a share of 70% -LED Lighting: In the early months of this fiscal, Eveready has ventured into the LED Lighting business which is expected to contribute ~20% to its topline in the next couple of years. The opportunity size in LED is quite large at INR216 bn by 2020, thus translating into a CAGR of ~36% over CY14-CY20E. Not undermining the strength that LED business will generate, the company has allocated close to 70% of its advertisement spends to this business to ensure top of the mind recall and thus market share gains. As a percentage of sales ad spends have increased from 3% in FY15 to 5.1 % in FY16 which would give their brands and particularly the new LED business more visibility. -Distribution Network: Currently, the company has a vast presence with about 3.2mn outlets. Of this about 1mn outlets are directly services by the company. This translates to coverage much similar to some of the FMCG companies and thus indicates its strong presence across the length and breadth of the country in the battery business. -Improved Credit Rating: The improved credit rating would help them reduce their interest burden as the company taps the commercial paper market thereby improve the bottomline of the company.

Valuation

Given its leadership position in the dry battery segment as well as in the flashlight market (70% market share), the company is well positioned to tap the huge opportunity that lay before it in the LED Lighting market. Besides, high return ratios and improving margin profile are a positive. Thus at a P/E of 20.5x its FY17E EPS (consensus) the stock is attractive at current levels and we believe, could see an upside of 20% over the longer term horizon translating into a target price of INR300.

VRL LOGISTICS LTD

Company Brief

VRL Logistics has been in existence for over 40 years in the Road Transport business and is amongst the prominent logistics players in the organized segment with a pan-India presence. It operates through a hub-and-spoke model which enables them to transport various parcel sizes and provide its customers with access to multiple destinations for booking and delivery of goods. VRL owns all its 4024 fleets (comprising of 3649 goods carrier and 375 passenger vehicles) which makes it the largest fleet owner of commercial vehicles in India. VRL’s operational infrastructure comprises of 652 branches and 325 agencies in 28 States and 4 UT’s across India. Over the years, the company has diversified its operations to Priority Cargo, Wind Power & Air Chartering.

Key Triggers

-The continued decline in oil prices is positive for VRL at the macro level and the company is also increasing its reliance on alternative, bio-fuel which helps them save INR 5-7 on each litre consumed. Currently biofuel comprises ~12% of total fuel consumed by VRL which is expected to increase going ahead. -Continuous addition of fleets in the portfolio will bring a spurt in volumes and provide VRL the mileage of having presence in the hinterland of the country. -The implementation of GST would enable the company to significantly capitalize on the opportunity in its niche vertical i.e. Less than Truck Load (LTL).

Valuation

We recommend a “BUY” on VRL with a target price of INR470 on the basis of 22.1x and 19.0x P/E for FY16E and FY17E, also EV/EBITDA of 10.3x and 9.2x for FY16E and FY17E. We believe the company will benefit from the current and near term opportunities like decrease in oil prices, introduction of GST and spreading out the network to improve its operational performance which will thus positively impact the profitability. However, the downside risk could be increase in operating cost, higher interest cost & ageing fleet.




VINATI ORGANICS LTD.

Company Brief

Established in 1989, Vinati Organics (VOL) is a manufacturer of specialty organic intermediaries, monomers, and polymers. VOL is the world’s largest manufacturer of Isobutyl benzene (IBB), which is the basic raw material for manufacture of the Ibuprofen bulk drug. It began commercial production of IBB at its factory in Mahad in 1992 and has expanded its capacity in phases to 16,000 TPA. It is also the largest manufacturer of 2-Acrylamido 2-Methylpropane Sulfonic Acid (ATBS) in the world. It began commercial production of ATBS at its plant in Lote Parshuram, Maharashtra in 2002 and expanded its capacity to 26,000 TPA. From being a single product company, its portfolio has grown to 14 products over the years of which some of the new products are yet to contribute significantly to its topline.

Key Triggers

-Expansion plans: Company has outlined a capex plan of Rs 100cr to be incurred over the next two years. Of this, Rs 30cr would be spent on de-bottlenecking of its IB & IBB plants, while Rs 70cr would be spent on a new IB derivative product. Company has further revived its plan to set up a co-gen power plant at Lote Parshuram, Maharashtra which is expected to lead to saving of Rs 8cr annually on power and fuel costs. -Diversifying product offerings: Company which was largely dependent on its 2 key products i.e IBB & ATBS (77% as of FY15) has been trying to diversify into other segments. Over the period It has added products such as IB, DAAM, TOA etc, thereby deleverage itself on IBB and ATBS. Going ahead the growth driver of the company would ATBS which has a comparatively high margin. Company expects its non-core products (current c24% of revenues) to contribute at a higher pace. -Buoyancy in global & domestic market: The Indian Specialty Chemical industry has grown at a CAGR of 8% from FY09-13 to $23bn and it is expected to reach $48bn by 2018. This depicts the immense potential the industry holds. VOL with its niche product basket and strong leadership globally & domestically is well placed to reap the benefits of potential growth poised ahead.

Valuation

We expect the company to maintain its leadership position in IMM and ATBS. Besides, a diversification of product portfolio too will aid revenue growth going forward. At CMP of INR 414/share, the stock trades at an attractive P/E of 14.3x FY17E EPS (consensus). We hold a positive stance on this Niche Specialty Chemical Company and recommend adding this stock to their portfolio with a target price of INR460 which is an upside of 11% over the medium to long term.

MOLDTEK PACKAGING LTD.

Company Brief

MTEP, part of the Mold-Tek Group came into existence as a separate entity in 2007 post its demerger with Mold-Tek Technologies. The company is amongst the leading packaging players in the organised segment enjoying the first mover advantage in the In-Mold Labelling packaging industry in India. We strongly believe that, MTEP’s business model is on the cusp of tapping the future growth opportunities that could translate into laudable returns in the longer run. The reason being; foray into Edible Oil Packaging segment; innovation led growth; niche carved out in IML Technology in India.

Key Triggers

-First Mover Advantage: Introduction of In-Mold Labelling Technology (IML) in India for the first time since 2011 has ensured that company is able to maintain its first mover advantage in the rigid plastic packaging segment. This is likely to translate into higher operating margins. -Foray into high volume driven Edible Oil Packaging: Having been able to shift packaging for lubricant & oil industry to IML packaging, the company is yet again trying to mirror this shift in the edible oil packaging segment this time around. MTEP has developed square shaped containers with superior user friendly features with IML decorated labels. This segment is growing at a fast pace and thus poses MTEP with a sizeable revenue opportunity. -Capacity Expansion: As per the management, additional capacity of 10,000 TPA will be completed by end of FY2016 and thus incremental revenues from these could come on-stream by FY2017 thereby supporting earnings growth.

Valuation

We retain our ”BUY” rating on MTEP with a target price of INR333 as we believe it continues to trade at an attractive P/E 17x/14.5x of its FY16E/FY17E EPS and also on EV/EBIDTA of 10.3x/8.4x for FY16E/FY17E.

PLASTIBLENDS INDIA LTD.

Company Brief

Plastiblends India Ltd. is a manufacturer and exporter of Masterbatches, a product which finds application in the plastic processing industry. Masterbatches, a concentrated mixture of pigments usually in a solid or liquid form is used for colouring and imparting properties to plastics. The company produces a wide range of White, Black, Colour and Additive Masterbatches along with Conductive compounds and Fillers at its manufacturing units in Daman and Roorkee. Moreover, PIL is expanding its manufacturing capacity from the current 75,000 MT by setting up a new facility in Surat, Gujarat.

Key Triggers

-The Plastic processing industry in India has grown from 6MnMt in FY 2008 to 12MnMt in FY 2014. This unparallel growth underlines the prospects of the Masterbatch Industry which is a direct beneficiary of such a development. The Masterbatch industry size is about INR 50bn in which Plastiblends India has a market share of ~10%. The escalating use of plastic in consumer goods, automobiles, agricultural products and electronics is expected to give a shot in the arm to the Masterbatch industry. -Exports to drive growth: The company also intends to increase share of exports over the next couple of years from the current 30%. This will in turn lead to better profitability and thus improved margin profile. -Masterbatch capacity expansion: The company invested ~USD10mn to set up a new manufacturing facility at Palsana, Surat in Gujarat with a production capacity of 30,000MT. With this plant, the total production capacity of the company will increase to 85,000MT. Further, the company also will be setting up a new facility near Kolkata which is expected to become operational in late 2016 and this would be their fourth Masterbatch facility. With the Kolkata facility, Plastiblends would have 4 manufacturing facilities in India.

Valuation

Plastiblends has grown at a 13% CAGR in revenues to INR 4.9bn and 21% CAGR in earnings to INR 301m over the FY12‐FY15 period. The stock trades at a P/E of 15x its annualized FY16 EPS which is fair given the growth prospects. We give BUY rating to the stock with target price of INR482 Plastiblends India is focusing on improving the share of high‐value products (additives or compounds ~ 15% currently) and increase in export revenue share. With the softness in current crude prices, it is hopeful of demand pick‐up for the plastic industry as a whole. However, the business still is majorly commodity driven and significant P/E re‐rating has already happened in the recent months. Thus investors with a long term horizon could consider accumulating this stock at price dips.




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