Shree Renuka Sugars has outperformed its peers in revenue and profit growth. Its focus on non-sugar businesses will give it a further leg-up. The stock’s a good long-term investment / money spinning bet
SHREE RENUKA Sugars (SRSL) is a South India based integrated sugar producer, which is set to emerge as a key beneficiary of the upturn in the sugar industry. The company has twin benefits of being an integrated sugar player and having access to cheaper sugarcane. Aggressive expansion plans, an integrated business model and improving efficiencies make SRSL a good long-term bet for investors.
Incorporated in 1995, SRSL is today India’s fifth-largest sugar company with a capacity of 29,000 tonnes of crushing per day (tcd) and is likely to end the year October ’07-September ’08 with sugar production of 6.7 lakh tonnes. It is also India’s largest ethanol producer, which is increasingly being blended with petrol. The company currently has six units in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Nearly 30% of its production capacity is leased, while the rest is owned.
SRSL is an integrated player with distillery capacity of 450 kilolitres per day (kl/day) and power generation capacity of 129 megawatts (mw). The company recently expanded its capacity in the ethanol and power businesses, which should help to increase its volumes and margins. It has also diversified into the sugar refining segment and is setting up two port-based refineries at Haldia and Mundra with capacities of 2,000 tonnes per day (tpd) each and one 2,000 tpd integrated refinery in Karnataka.
The uptrend in the sugar cycle is likely to benefit SRSL as the company derives most of its revenue from sale of sugar. Further, its location in South India gives it the advantage of lower sugarcane cost than its competitors in the northern states, which have to pay higher prices due to government regulations. SRSL has embarked upon a major expansion plan with an investment plan of more than Rs 500 crore, to be completed in the next two years. This includes plans to increase the crushing capacity at two of its plants from the existing 10,000 tcd to 16,000 tcd by January ’09. Further, its new 2,000 tpd sugar refinery is coming up at Mundra SEZ at a cost of Rs 350 crore by March ’10. At the same time, the company will also augment its power generation capacity to 164 mw by October ’09.
The company’s net sales have witnessed a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 63% since ’04 to reach Rs 980 crore in the year ended September ’07, on a consolidated basis. Its profit has grown at a faster pace of 89% to touch Rs 83 crore in FY07. Further, it reported topline growth of 174% in the quarter ended June ’08 to Rs 701 crore, thanks to higher sugar trading. However, the company’s operating profit margins dipped by 980 basis points to 10% on the back of thin margins in the sugar trading business.
The reducing dependence on the sugar business has helped the company to outperform its peers in both revenue and profit growth. SRSL is increasingly focusing on distilleries and power generation.
The current boom in sugar prices is expected to improve margins for the company’s sugar business. At the same time, SRSL’s increasing focus on the non-sugar businesses such as power, ethanol and distilleries will act as a catalyst for its growth. Although the share of the non-sugar businesses is currently small, these segments are likely to improve their contribution to the company’s topline and reduce the fluctuation in its revenues, arising due to sugar price fluctuation.
Shree Renuka Sugars has twin benefits of being an integrated sugar player and having access to cheaper sugarcane It is India’s fifth-largest sugar company with a capacity of 29,000 tonnes of crushing per day The company is likely to end the year Oct ’07-Sept ’08 with sugar production of 6.7 lakh tonnes SRSL is India’s largest ethanol producer It is also increasingly focusing on distilleries and power generation Post-expansion, the power business alone can generate revenues of Rs 100 cr p.a. The company has diversified into the sugar refining segment and is setting up two port-based refineries at Haldia and Mundra SRSL has signed an MoU with HPCL to set up an integrated sugar plant with associated facilities for production of ethanol in Maharashtra The uptrend in the sugar cycle is likely to benefit SRSL as it derives most of its revenue from sale of sugar The company reported topline growth of 174% in the quarter ended June ’08 to Rs 701 crore