Monday, December 1, 2008

JM Financial puts 'buy' on Titan Industries

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Titan Industries
RESEARCH: JM Financial
CMP: RS 932

TITAN benefits from the presence of extremely strong brands in largely unorganised segments. The domestic jewellery market is pegged at Rs 75,000 crore, less than 5% of which is ‘branded’ and Titan controls 65% thereof. With extremely low penetration level, there is huge scope for the ‘democratisation of luxury’ in India.

With Titan now partially linking jewellery-making charges to gold value, profitability may not be so susceptible to the movement in gold prices, going forward. In the watches segment, JM has projected a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% in sales between FY08 and FY11E.

Viewed in the context of India being an attractive retail market (more so in the luxury segment , in which India is still at the nascent stage), Titan emerges superior among retail players in terms of profitability, as well as return on capital employed (30%-plus ).

Also, y-o-y generation of free cash flow is a source of distinct advantage for Titan. In light of a slowing economy where future growth potential is a key concern, the P/E to growth (PEG) method of valuation appropriately recognises future growth rate and adjusts the P/E multiple accordingly.

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