In this briefing:
- CCL Products Q2 FY19 Results Update- Moving up the Value Chain as Expected
- Bleak Future for Indusind Bank
- Are Chip Oligopolies Real?
- Global Banks: Some New Year Pointers
- Extraordinary Fiscal and Monetary Policies Have Disrupted the Global Economy
Ccl Products India (CCLP IN) Q2 FY19 results were beyond our expectations. Although the revenues declined by 2% YoY in Q2 FY19 due to lower realization as the green coffee prices have declined by near 20% YoY in Q2 FY19, PAT increased by 41% YoY (against our expectation of 20% YoY growth) due to higher capacity utilization and improving share of value added products in the revenue mix.
We analyze the results.
Indusind Bank’s reckless decision to provide a Rs 20 bn (8% of the bank’s capital) unsecured bridge loan to IL&FS, an insolvent infrastructure company has led to a significant de-rating of its valuation multiple. In the 3QFY2019 results call, Ramesh Sobti, the bank’s CEO believes that the bank will eventually need to provide only 40-50% of this exposure and the bank has currently provided only 26.5%. The bank’s guidance on this appears to be as optimistic as its initial appraisal when it disbursed the loan, without any apparent scrutiny of the company’s financials. Shareholders in the bank need to be more realistic and factor a 100% write-off on the unsecured IL&FS exposure and need to examine all the bank’s loans more carefully for similar high-risk lending. The glory days of this once fancied stock are over and a bleak future beckons.
In the semiconductor industry, particularly in the DRAM sector, there has been significant consolidation leading some to hypothesize that there’s now an oligopoly that will cause prices to normalize and thus end the business’ notorious revenue cycles. Here we will take a critical look at this argument to explain its fallacy.
Here is a look at how regions fare regarding key indicators.
- PH Score = value-quality (10 variables)
- FV=Franchise Valuation
- TRR= Dividend-adjusted PEG factor
- EY=Earnings Yield
We have created a model that incorporates these components into a system that covers>1500 banks.
In their public presentations, central banks seem to be contemplating the use of neutral interest rates (r*) in addition to unemployment/inflation theories. R* has the advantage of appearing to be subject to mathematical precision, yet it’s unobservable, and so unfalsifiable. Thus, it permits central banks to present any policy conclusion they want without fear of verifiable contradiction. R* is the policy rate that would equate the future supply of and demand for loans. It rises and falls as an economy strengthens and weakens. Long-term observation during the non-inflationary gold standard, period indicated that r* in an average economy was 2% plus, which would become 4% plus with today’s 2% inflation target. The Fed may soon end this tightening cycle with the fed funds rate at or near 2¾%, which would be r* if the rate of lending and borrowing in America remained stable thereafter. Rising (falling) lending would indicate a higher (lower) r*.