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Sona Blw Precision Forgings Ltd. is a automotive technology company based in Insia. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing and supplying engineered automotive systems and components. The company offers products, including differential assembles differential gears, conventional and micro hybrid starter motors, belt starter generator (BSG) systems, electric traction motors and motor control units. The company offers products to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM) across USA (36.1%), Europe (26.5%), India (25%) and China (7.6%) for both electrified and non-electrified powertrain segments.

Stock Details

Market Cap. (Cr.) 33510
Face Value 10.00
Equity (Cr.) 583.29
52 Wk. high/low 610.00/295.15
BSE Code 543300
NSE Code SONACOMS
Book Value (Rs) 27.50
Industry Auto Ancillaries
P/E 236.42

 

Share Holding Pattern %

Promoter

67.30
FIIs 13.98
Institutions 15.37
Non Promoter Corp. 0.12
Public & Others

Government

3.45

0.00

Total 100.00
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Key Investment Rationale:

  • Well Positioned To Capitalize On EV Opportunities: Company has diversified product basket, comprising all types of electrified powertrains and have 12.5% market share in the electric differential electric assembly market in the world.

  • Strong Order Book: Company has an order book of Rs 14,000 crore (9 times FY21 revenue) for the next 10 years, of which 57% are for EVs. The strong order book gives earnings visibility.

  • Growing Global Market Share: Sona Comstar is one of the two largest exporters of starter motors from India to global OEMs and amongst the top 10 globally. Company has a 6%/12.5%/4.6% global market share in differential gears/BEV differential assemblies/Starter Motor respectively.

  • Strong R&D focus to sustain competitive moat: Sona Comstar has a strong R&D focus, with 6% of revenue invested in R&D (FY21). About 15% of its staff is engaged in R&D. Most of the development is targeted towards embedded software, critical for EVs and proprietary gear design software for driveline systems, which should help sustain its competitive advantage.

  • Strong Clientele: On the back of superior technology know-how and good quality products, the company has partnered with Jaguar & Land Rover, Daimler, John Deere, Renault Nissan, Volvo Cars, Jing-Jin Electric, Escorts, Mahindra & Mahindra, Eicher, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra Electric, Ampere Vehicles and Maruti Suzuki, etc.

  • Market Outlook: As per Ricardo estimates, the global BEV market is expected to grow at 36% CAGR over CY20-25E & differential assembly market in EV will likely grow by 3X over FY2021-25E, which will propel Sona Comstar’s differential assembly exports to increase by 7.7X during this period. Company also manufactures starter motors for ICE/hybrid vehicles, which will benefit from market share gains and faster growth of hybrid vehicles in Europe.

Source: CRISIL, Ricardo Report, EWL Research,Company

Key Business Areas:

Differential assembly:

  • A differential assembly plays an integral role in how a vehicle turns. It is designed to drive a pair of wheels while allowing them to rotate at different speeds. This function provides proportional RPMs between the left and right wheels. For example, when a vehicle goes around a corner, the wheel on the outside must travel faster than the wheel on the inside. The differential distributes equal amounts of torque to both wheels. This permits the wheels to react to resistance, or provide traction, to give the wheel more resistance to rotate less. The wheel with less resistance rotates faster.

  • The company’s market share in differential assemblies was 12.5% in Q1FY2021 globally.

  • The global differential assembly market size in 2020 is estimated to be 96m units for PVs, 4m units for CVs and 1.9m units for tractors. The same is expected to grow by ~6% and 4% CAGR for PVs and tractors during 2020-25.

Differential gears:

  • Differential gears are mounted on the rear and/or front axle, depending on the power transmission system design. For example, in the case of two-wheel rear-axle-drive cars, one differential gear assembly is installed on the rear axle and vice versa. In the case of four-wheel drive cars, two differential gear assemblies are installed. On the similar principal differential gears find applications in commercial vehicle, tractors and construction equipment.

  • The company’s market share in differential gears is 6% in Q1FY2021 globally.

  • According to the CRISIL Research, the differential gears market in India is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.5–9.5% to 33-35 mn units by FY2026E. The market is likely to increase to Rs 45000 Crore by FY2026E.

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Conventional- micro-hybrid- starter-Motors

Conventional/ micro-hybrid starter Motors:

  • The company designs, develop and manufacture various series of four and six poles starter motors. Some of the key features include compact and light weighting design ranging resulting in high power output. Starter motors are required for ignition of ICE or mild hybrid vehicles

  • A traditional ICE vehicle or an ICE vehicle with a start-stop feature will require a 12 volt starter motor in-order to crank the ICE. A mild hybrid, will require a 12 volt starter motor. Full hybrids will continue to need a 12V starter motor to crank the ICE. Given there is no ICE engine in BEVs, the need for a 12V starter motor is eliminated.

  • The company’s market share in Conventional/ micro-hybrid starter Motors is 4.6% in Q1FY2021 globally.

  • According to the Ricardo report, the starter motors market is expected to grow by approximately 3% CAGR during CY2020-2025E.

 

Belt-Driven-Starter Generator-(BSG)

Belt-Driven Starter Generator (BSG): 

  • The company has developed 48V BSG (P0 configuration), which is a hybridization solution for hybrid PVs and LCVs. It has successfully completed vehicle level demonstration of 48BSG for hybrid PVs to selected OEMs and is currently undergoing rigorous testing in compliance with international standards.

  • 48V BSG have functions such as advanced stop-start, coasting and electric boost could save up to 10% of CO2 emissions.

Other Gears: 

  • The company designs, develop and manufacture gearbox gears, other bevel gears such as portal axle bevel gears, farm implement gears and rotavator gears and different variants of cylindrical gears such as, reverse idler gear, spur gears and mono-block gears.

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Key Strategic Alliance & Partnership:

In July 2021, SONACOMS collaborated with IRP Nexus Group, Israel for developing the Magnet-less Motors. This project is about creating an innovative motor-plus-controller combination that does not use rare earth elements like neodymium, besides offering high efficiency and low cost to manufacturers of electric two- and three-wheelers. While there are several motor manufacturers in India, they still need to import the magnets. Also, the fast growing global EV market is looking to diversify supply chains and mitigate risk stemming from dependency on limited and unreliable sources. The product is targeted to 2W/3E EVs for global markets and SONACOMS will have the exclusive rights to manufacture the system in India. It would help in supply security as 95% of the world’s rare earth metals and 75% of neodymium magnets come from China. It would also help in cost reduction as Neodymium magnets constitute 25% of total material cost and price fluctuate abnormally due to dynamic geographic situations.

Current & Future Projects:

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Industry Overview:

The Indian auto-components industry has experienced healthy growth over the last few years. The auto-components industry expanded by a CAGR of 6% over FY16 to FY20 to reach US$ 49.3 billion in FY20, up from US$ 39.05 billion in FY16 and is expected to reach US$ 200 billion by FY26. Export of auto components grew at a CAGR of 7.6% to reach Rs. 102,623 crore (US$ 14.5 billion) during the same time. As per Automobile Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), automobile components export from India is expected to reach US$ 80 billion by 2026. The Indian auto components industry is expected to reach US$ 200 billion in revenue by 2026. Due to high development prospects in all segments of the vehicle industry, the auto component sector is expected to rise by double digits in FY22. Auto-components industry account for 2.3% of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs as many as 1.5 million people directly and indirectly. A stable government framework, increased purchasing power, large domestic market, and an ever-increasing development in infrastructure have made India a favorable destination for investment.

Electrification – The biggest emerging trend Electrification is clearly emerging as the biggest trend in the automobile industry. Driven by stringent emission and fuel economy (CAFE) regulations across the globe, pure ICE vehicles will no longer be a viable propulsion choice for passenger vehicles. Hence, pure ICE will continue to decline. Ricardo expects the share of pure ICE vehicles in CY 2025 to be approximately 18% of the total global production. Depending of the severity of CAFE norms across the regions, OEMs have a choice of micro (12V start-stop), mild/full hybrids, BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) and FCEVs (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles) to meet corporate average fuel economy.

Investments:

The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow into Indian automotive industry during the period April 2000-March 2021 stood at US$ 25.85 billion as per the data released by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

Some of the recent investments made/planned in the Indian auto components sector is as follows:

  • The Indian government has outlined INR 42,500 Crore for the automobile and auto components sector in production-linked incentive schemes under the Department of Heavy Industries.

  • In March 2021, the government announced to offer fresh incentives to companies making electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a broad auto sector scheme. The scheme is expected to attract US$ 14 billion of investment in the next five years.

  • A cumulative investment of Rs 1, 25,000 crore (US$ 180 billion) in vehicle production and charging infrastructure would be required until 2030 to meet India’s electric vehicle (EV) ambitions. This is likely to boost the demand of auto components from local manufacturers.

Q1 FY22 Financial Performance – Consolidated

(Amounts in Cr)
Particulars Q1 FY2022 Q4FY2021 Q1 FY2021 Var.QoQ (%) Var.YoY (%)
Revenue From Operations 500.70 539.30 153.36 -7.16% 226.49%
Expenses  
Cost of material Consumed 228.90 238.70 32.63  
Change In Inventories -11.6 -7.5 33.55  
Employee Benefits Expenses 43.04 45.89 25.26  
Other Expenses 101.63 122.12 32.71  
Total Operating Expenses 361.97 399.21 124.15  
Operating Profit (EBITDA) 138.73 140.09 29.21 -0.97% 374.94%
EBITDA Margin (%) 27.71% 25.98% 19.05%  
Other Income 0.16 0.27 1.58  
Depreciation And Amortization Expenses 33.38 28.07 21.80  
Profit before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) 105.51 112.29 8.99 -6.04% 1073.64%
EBIT Margin (%) 21.07% 20.82% 5.86%  
Finance Costs 8.61 9.43 7.94  
Profit before exceptional item and tax 96.90 102.86 1.05  
Exceptional Items -13.27 13.9  
Profit Before Tax (PBT) 110.17 88.96 1.05  
Tax paid during the year 27.69 29.24 1.08  
Profit for the year (PAT) 82.48 59.72 (0.03) n/a n/a
PAT Margin (%) 16.5% 11.1% 0.0%

Highlights from Con Call – Q1 FY 2022:

  • Company has increased its global market share in Differential Gears/ Starter Motors/ BEV differential assemblies from 4.5%/2.5%/8.7% in FY21 to 6.0%/4.6%/12.5%in Q1FY22. The company is dominant players in domestic differential gears with a market share in PV/CV/Tractors are 55%-60%/80%-90%/75%-85%.

  • In Q1FY22, the BEV segment contributed Rs96.7 Crore to total revenue, an increase of 33% QoQ. The revenue share from BEV stood at 20% Vs 13% in Q4FY21. The company sells one out of every eight BEV Differential globally as on H1CY21. The company has been awarded 17 BEV programs across 10 customers. The company is steadily reducing its dependence on ICE from 25.1% in FY21 to 20% in Q1FY22.

  • Most of the OEMs will be outsourcing the electric 2W motors and do not manufacture them in-house. OEMs can manufacture controller business in-house.

  • The Company’s net order book stands at Rs.140bn i.e. 9.1x FY21 revenue. EV/No-EV mix stands at 57.1%/42.9%. Most of the new order books won are from Europe. It will become sizable in FY23-24. The company has 2 European programs.

  • In Q1FY22, the mix favored China as company’s US customers were impacted more than anywhere else due to semi-conductor shortage and Indian Customers was impacted by the 2nd wave of COVID.

  • SONACOMS collaborated with IRP Nexus Group, Israel for developing the Magnet-less Motors. The product is targeted to 2W/3E EVs for global markets and SONACOMS will have the exclusive rights to manufacture the system in India. It would help in supply security as 95% of the world’s rare earth metals and 75% of neodymium magnets come from China. It would also help in cost reduction as Neodymium magnets constitute 25% of total material cost and price fluctuate abnormally due to dynamic geographic situations.

  • The Company has not lost any customer since its inception as switching cost is very high & that serves as a MOAT for the company and Out of the top 20 customers 13 customers is with the company for 15+years

  • In Q1FY22, the company is developing new products such as motors with magnets, liquid cool inverters, and active biased differential.

  • Company can pass through the increase in the cost of steel and motors. Aluminum prices cannot be passed through to customers.

  • As of Q1FY22 Companies ROCE/ROE/Net Debt to Equity stands at 35.3%/33.5%/0.02x. In FY 22 company would do capex of INR 650 crore, and in next 2-3 year will be INR 300 Crore.

Balance Sheet:

Balance Sheet   ( In Crore)
FY 2019 FY 2020 FY 2021
Equity and Liabilities
Equity Share Capital 27.72 47.15 572.98
Other Equity 148.57 1130.78 730.92
Total equity 176.29 1177.93 1303.9
Liabilities
Non-current liabilities
Financial Liabilities
Borrowings 73.33 176.82 190.7
Lease Liabilities 15.68 53.23 72.01
Other financial liabilities 0.12 0.12 0.12
Provisions 2.38 6.67 8.67
Deferred Tax Liabilities (Net) 11.05 107.67 126.02
Current Liabilities
Financial Liabilities 213.22 300.24 431.98
Other Current Liabilities 12.09 11.03 17.07
Provisions 1.57 5.1 7.26
Income Tax Liabilities (Net) 0.07 11.8 17.02
Assets of Disposal group classified as held for sale 1126.7    
Total equity and liabilities 1632.5 1850.61 2174.75
Assets
Non-Current Assets
Property, plant and equipment 178.35 284.5 344.9
Right of Used Assets 40.51 141.94 159.26
Capital Work in Progress 13.16 58.13 82.13
Goodwill 0 175.8 175.8
Other Intangible Assets 72.39 462.91 536.62
Intangible Assets Under Development 0 31.5 1.07
Financial Assets 6.12 7.05 5.77
  Income Tax Assets (Net) 1.12 29.14 18.67
  Other Non-Current Assets 8.41 27.84 29.62
Current assets
Inventories 67.78 196.23 305.56
Financial Assets
  Trade receivables 152.1 233.62 416.99
  Cash & Bank Balance 25.6 167.28 27.56
  Loans 0.01 0.49 1.5
Other Financial Assets 3.22 0.53 15.16
Other Current assets 13.04 33.63 54.15
Assets of Disposal group classified as held for sale 1050.69
Total Assets 1632.5 1850.59 2174.76

Cash Flow Statement:

Particulars FY 2019 FY 2020 FY 2021
      Cash Flow Summary
      Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of the year 26.4 39.03 104.99
      Net Cash from Operating Activities 154.61 253.34 142.73
      Net Cash Used in Investing Activities 204.15 -954.21 -156.06
      Net Cash Used in Financing Activities -346.12 766.82 -66.7
      Net Inc/(Dec) in Cash and Cash Equivalent 12.63 65.96 -80.04
      Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of the year 39.03 104.99 24.95

Key Financial Ratios:

Particulars FY 2019 FY 2020 FY 2021
Key Ratios
Debt-Equity Ratio 4.47 0.39 0.33
Current Ratio 1.00 1.08 1.4
Interest Coverage Ratio 13.83 6.92 10.23
EBITDA Margin (%) 39.55 23.78 27.42
PAT (%) 27.77 14.36 13.74
ROCE (%) 34.96 19.01 20.09
ROE (%) 150.28 22.05 17.34

Outlook:

Company is well placed in the automotive industry among its peers as it is in unique position to integrate electric powertrain (components of electric powertrain are-Differential assembly, Traction Motor, High Voltage Inverter) in a single unit. Sona Comstar is the most profitable amongst its peers in driveline business globally as company’s labour cost (8%-9% of sales) is lower as compared to its peers (20%-29% of sales). Sona Comstar is consistently growing its global market share among its various products. Company’s annual spend on R&D (3.3%/5.8% in FY20/21) is much higher than it is for Indian peers. Currently company is developing new products such as motors with magnets, liquid cool inverters, and active biased differential.

Electrification is clearly emerging as the biggest trend in the automobile industry. BEV has been the fastest growing at CAGR of approximately 46% between CY 2015 to 2025 and expected to grow at approximately 36% CAGR between FY 20-25. Within 5 years, company’s share of revenue from BEVs has increased to 20% (1QFY20). In India, electric 2W & Electric 3W is expected to grow at a CAGR 70%/46% for FY 2021-25 respectively.

We are positive on the company due to its consistent strong performance in electrical vehicle segment vehicles as well as strong order book from this segment. Hence, investors can accumulate in the range of Rs. 500-550 for target price of Rs 746. Time frame should be 9-12 months.

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