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Buy Prime Focus; target of Rs 63: BP Equities

BP Equities is bullish on Prime Focus and has recommended buy rating on the stock with a target of Rs 63 in its August 13, 2012 research report.

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BP Equities is bullish on Prime Focus and has recommended buy rating on the stock with a target of Rs 63 in its August 13, 2012 research report.

“Prime Focus Ltd (PFL) is a global visual entertainment services company providing end-to-end services ranging from visual effects (VFX), 3D conversion and complete post-production services to a world wide clientele and has worked in 10 of the world’s top 30 blockbusters movies in the past three years. Over the years, it has successfully acquired companies in the UK and North America, turned them around and consolidated its position in the global market. It has operations in North America, UK and India and has built a ‘state-of-the-art’ facility at Royal Palms, Mumbai, and Chandigarh with 3,000+ seats to convert existing 2D films to stereoscopic 3D format. It has 15 global facilities with total employee base of 4,500.”

“PFL’s VFX business is witnessing strong growth and they are focused on continuously increasing their share in $5bn market by making investments in Vancouver and London. In FY12, the VFX business contributed Rs. 1,493mn to the top line, which is an 80% increase over the previous year and is expected to grow at ~33% in the coming years. PFL is the market leader in the 3D conversion business with a market share of nearly 50% and few international competitors, thus enjoying a benefit of off-shoring resulting in higher margins of nearly 40% at EBIDTA level and is targeting a 30% growth in FY13E and FY14E. Considering the strong potential of these business vertical, we expects it to be a major growth driver for the company going forward.”

“PFL offers a cloud based technology platform CLEAR through its subsidiary prime focus technologies (PFT) to the media and entertainment industry. It helps manage content, workflows, supply chain logistics, interactions, and production and operations management tool for clients like Associated Press, British Films Institute, Sony Music, Netflix, Viacom, and National Geographic Channel. CLEAR is the world’s first hybrid Cloud technology platform managing over 150,000 hours of content for Broadcasters, Studios & brands worldwide. It has registered robust growth of 205.3% y-o-y in FY12 (contributed 4.4% to revenues) and stood at Rs 336 mn. We expect the platform to grow at ~100% in FY13 to Rs 700 mn on account of its strong order book of US$ 12 mn executable in the next 12-18 months.”

“We expect revenues and profitability to grow at a strong CAGR of 29.7%/33.9% to Rs 13.0 bn and Rs 1.8 bn over FY12-14E driven by strong order book in the 2D-to-3D conversion space, traction in CLEAR platform and expansion in margins. We expect the company to witness robust traction and value unlocking in the US and UK business which contributes ~85% to total revenues. The company operates at a healthy EBITDA margins of ~30% which we expect to expand going forward with the increase in revenues from non linear streams like 3D-VFX and CLEAR platform which fetch higher margins. The company trades at a P/E of 5.9x times its FY13E earnings which is believe is at a steep discount to its peers, considering its higher return ratios (RoE of 29.3%), robust revenue and PAT CAGR for FY12-14E, expanding margins and immense growth potential in 2D-3D conversion market space and strong global presence. We initiate the company with a “BUY” rating and assign a P/E of 8x (industry average) FY13E earnings to arrive at a target price of Rs 63 (upside of 35.2% from current levels),” says BP Equities research report.   

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First Published on Aug 16, 2012 03:59 pm
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