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Jun 15, 2012, 04.50 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Angel Broking neutral on Hindalco Industries

Angel Broking has maintained neutral rating on Hindalco Industries, in its June 13, 2012 research report.

Angel Broking has maintained neutral rating on Hindalco Industries , in its June 13, 2012 research report.

“Hindalco is on the verge of a massive expansion plan, wherein it is expanding its aluminium and alumina capacity three-fold over the coming 4-5 years. In light of recent events such as clearance of Mahan coal block by Group of Ministers (GoM), delay in projects, declining aluminium prices and rising input costs (crude oil derivatives), we revisited Hindalco’s financials for its upcoming projects under various scenarios. Our findings reveal that all three projects will generate ~17% RoE in a scenario where aluminium prices are at least at US$2,400/tonne (INR-USD53) and the projects have the backing of captive bauxite and coal mines a scenario that looks remote in the coming 2-3 years.”

“When Hindalco planned this massive expansion, the foreseen scenario was not as gloomy as it is currently. The projects have faced several hurdles, especially in the past two years. Nevertheless, clearance to Mahan coal block from GoM is structurally positive for Hindalco. However, assuming that even if Mahan coal block receives clearance from the Cabinet soon, the captive coal mine is not expected to commence production until the next 18 months in our view, while the Mahan smelter is expected to be ready for commissioning in 1HFY2013. A decline in aluminium prices and higher input and coal costs have impacted profitability of the company’s existing operations and lowered cash flow generation. This may also lead to further equity dilutions for the company’s upcoming projects.”

“We do not expect a meaningful spike in aluminium prices in the near term. Further, with slow clearances for the company’s upcoming mines, we do not rule out further delays in its projects. Post GoM’s clearance for Mahan coal block, we expect the Cabinet’s clearance as well; however, potential delays cannot be entirely ruled out. Further, there has been little progress on the procedural clearance process for the company’s Auranga coal mine and Talbira coal mine which are expected to feed its upcoming Aditya and Jharkhand projects, respectively. While forest clearance is pending for Auranga mine, Talbira mine has received no major clearances as of now. While Jharkhand capex has not yet started, Aditya is at an advanced stage of completion, with commissioning due for 4QFY2013, while evidently coal availability from Auranga has low visibility as of now. Going forward, to generate over 15% RoE, Hindalco needs to get clearances for atleast Auranga coal mine (for captive power generation at the upcoming Aditya smelter) alongside higher aluminium prices.”

“Hindalco is expanding its capacities three-fold over the coming four-five years, and we are structurally positive on its integrated capacities. However, low aluminium prices, rising costs and delay in commencement of mining from captive blocks are expected to mute its profitability growth in the next two years. We expect Mahan coal block to be cleared by the Cabinet, which will be structurally positive for Hindalco. However, even then it will take atleast 18 months for Hindalco to commence production from this block. Moreover, we do not rule out delays in the company’s upcoming projects. Hence, we recommend Neutral on the stock,” says Angel Broking research report.

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