Tuesday, February 25, 2014



La- Opala RG  initially recommended @ Rs.66 ( Old posting HERE)  hits its life time high today  @ Rs.734. Company now planning a 7 % hike in its most popular DIVA range  products and giving priority to become a debt free company in near future.Company also planning for another capacity expansion, to be completed in 2015 .Even if this stock already turned as a 10 bagger ,still recommending to HOLD it for long term.


Centum Electronics  initially recommended @ Rs.88 ( Old posting HERE)  hits its52 week high today  @ Rs.185 .Still recommending to HOLD the stock.

Saturday, February 22, 2014








Companies owned Indian franchise of reputed international consumer brands commanding premium valuations in Indian Stock Market .Page Industries and Jubilant Foodworks are best examples for this trend which owns the Indian rights of JOCKEY and DOMINOS PIZZA. This week let us look into another stock which can be classified in this category- Cravatex. This BSE listed micro cap owns the Indian marketing rights of more than one established International brands in India

# Company owns the long term exclusive rights to market famous Italian  sportswear brand FILA in India Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan , Pakistan,Middle East and North Africa.This reputed international brand claiming 5 % market share in 2000 cr sportswear market in India which is growing 12-15 % per annum . Currently company is operating mainly through shop-in-shop formats and retail stores .Cravatex renewed exclusive license for another 30 years in 2012 for selling FILA brand in India  .After signing this long term agreement now company is planning aggressive expansion and as part of this it will add more than 60 exclusive stores in next two years to reach its number 100 .Company targeting a market share of 10 % by end of 2015 by this expansion and other marketing efforts.Company selling footwear and apparels under FILA brand in  India.

# Another international brand brought by Cravatex into India is ‘Wilson’ .Company tied up with Amer Sports (Finland) for exclusive distribution rights for the ‘Wilson’ sport  equipments which includes balls and other equipments for Tennis,Golf,Basket Ball ,Badminton,Squash..etc.

#  The most successful association ( FILA  business is  just developing) of Cravatex is with Johnson Health Tech  which is the third largest fitness company in the world.Company having exclusive license to use the brands of Johnson  Health Tech for various types of fitness equipments  like Treadmills,Cycles and various types of strength exercise equipments.There products are selling under brands like ‘Horizon’,Magnum ,Matrix,Johnson..etc. .Cavatex  is the market leader in fitness equipments through its ‘Proline’ brand fitness equipment shops with more than 50 exclusive show rooms.It is planning to add another 50 stores in next two years . Company having strong relations with well known heath club chains like Gold Gym ,Talwalkers ..etc for supplying most modern fitness equipments. Company also offering services for establishing Gyms on a turnkey basis. Company is now aggressive in tapping the vast potential of fitness equipments to be used in home.

In addition to these licensing agreement with world renowned brands ,company’s UK based  100 % subsidiary BB UK owns the rights to design ,source and supply  FILA products to Europe, United Kingdom, and Ireland.


Past five year financial performance is summarized in the below table.


In recent years ,company’s performance affected due to recessionary conditions  both in India and abroad.On a stand alone basis ,for the nine months of this year company reported a net profit of Rs.3 Cr and an EPS of Rs.11 .Consolidated figures will be available on completion of full year. In the past 3 years company’s stock price corrected from a level of Rs.800.Low liquidity may be a reason for this sharp fall. All these businesses having good potential and enjoys some sort of niche positioning .Considering the growth of life style diseases among Indian youth ,potential for fitness equipments business is very large especially in home segment.Company is all set to tap this vast potential and enjoying the peer company status with good sales and service network across the country.Revival in western economies and a possible peaking out of interest rate in our country are expected to change the demand scenario of company’s products.Recent renewal of licensing agreement with long tenure ( for FILA brand) will help the company to take aggressive expansion and marketing efforts. In the past two years , time was very challenging for the company due to lower disposable income of people . But from  investor's perspective ,this temporary blip is an opportunity to get into quality low liquid stocks at attractive valuation with a long term view .As I mentioned above ,low liquidity may be a reason for sharp fall in share price from higher level but the same low liquidity may push this stock to unexpected higher  levels once the situation improves.Latest December quarter result showing some early signs of improvement and ,for those having some risk appetite ,this is the right time to enter in it @ CMP of Rs 240  which is near to its three year low. ( Three year High- Low is Rs.799 - Rs.180  post bonus)

Stock listed only in BSE 

Link to Company website HERE

Link to Latest Annual Report HERE

News Related with Company Link 1 ,  Link 2 
Since this stock is not very popular, herewith I am giving the link of one old research report on it by a broking form.( Buy recommendation initiated when its share price was  @ Rs.655) .I hope this will help you in your efforts to get a deep idea about this company .



Disc: It is safe to assume that , I have vested interest in Cravatex

Thursday, February 20, 2014


1) While preparing the previous report on Nath Biogene , its December quarters numbers were not available. Considering the June quarter result and the general trend in seed industry ,I indicated the possibility of some loss in September and December quarter and projected an EPS of Rs.9-10 in full year FY 2013-14. Now company declared its nine month result which is far better than expected .Based on this performance revising, the expected full year EPS to Rs.12-14 .

2) Post recommendation this stock traded only on upper circuit except for a single day in BSE ie,on 14/02/2012 .On that day stock came down even near to the lower circuit. It is known from bulk deal data ,One promoter group entity bought 50000 shares on 14/02 @ Rs 66.20 from open market.( Link HERE)

Link to old posting HERE

Disc: I have vested interest in NBIL

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Bambino Agro Industries recommended @ Rs.40  ( Old Link HERE ) currently trading around Rs.71. This company is still one of the cheaply valued FMCG stocks with good brand.Contrary to its history ,company now reporting consistent and improving numbers for the past many quarters and came back to dividend list in 2012 after a long gap .Stock now out of Periodic Call Auction .Still recommending to HOLD for long term.

Disc: I have vested interest in Bambino

Saturday, February 15, 2014


AVANTI FEEDS  recommended three times in the past -  a BUY @ Rs.68 (LINK).book profit @ Rs.150 ( LINK) and a re-entry @ Rs.109 ( LINK) .Currently stock is trading around Rs.380 ,an appreciation of about 5 times in  2 years from the initially recommended price .Company reported good result in latest December quarter .Considering the nature of business and periodically occurring uncertainties in this business (which is even beyond the control of the company) , I believe it is prudent to take out original investment  from it at current price.Recommending to Sell 1/4 of your holding  and hold the rest....

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Panacea Biotec recommended @ Rs.108 ( Old Posting HERE) , currently trading  @ Rs.95 .Today company reported its December quarter  numbers - excluding other income result is poor .But ,now company informed exchanges that they are going to re start supply of  pentavalent vaccine for  UNICEF projects and received order from them to supply the same for 2014-2016 period ( Read it HERE). This is very significant for the company and expecting better performance going forward .Recommending to HOLD the stock.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Caplin Point Laboratories recommended as a BUY @ Rs.86 ( Old posting HERE)  ,reported its December quarter result today. Company reported an increase of 30  % in sales and more than 100% jump  in net profit compared with same period of  last year.


 Recommending to HOLD the stock and high risk takers can consider an entry even at CMP Rs.112

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Ever since I started this blog , I have recommended four pure play seed companies here – JK Agrigenetics ,Advanta India,Kaveri Seed Company and RJ Biotech. By the grace of god , three out of these four already turned as multi baggers( Adjusted to stock Split and De-merger) and the recently listed RJ Biotech returned more than 50 % in short span of time . This happened not because of my smartness but due to sheer growth prospects of this sector in a country like India with huge population on one side and shrinking agricultural land on the other side. I still believe the prospects of this industry will increase when time passes. Recently government hinted its  willingness to permit field trials for more GM crops after realizing that the adoption of  scientific methods are the only remedy for mounting food inflation pressure in our  economy .Eventually there is every chance for such a permission  to feed the increasing population in a highly populated country like India. At least five years are necessary to introduce a new variety of seed from R&D stage to commercialization after going through years long field trials and various regulatory approvals. Because of this reason,  when government permits field trials,  it will open up huge opportunities for existing seed companies like this company  who are at various stages of R&D to develop such varieties  .  On this backdrop now I am recommending the newly listed Nath Biogene India Ltd ( NBIL)  as a  strong buy even after considering some negative  points related with the company which will discussed later. 


Even this company listed only recently in Indian bourses , this business was listed since 1994 under the company named Nath Seeds. Nath Seeds came out with an IPO at a price close to Rs.100 per share  each ( If my memory is correct)    even 20 years back .It was the first pure Indian seed company made an IPO even when this business was at very nascent stage.Later the seed business of Nath Seeds de-merged into Nath Bio-Gene in 2004 ,but the de-merged entity took 10 years long waiting to get listed in stock exchanges.Even the main seed production  business divested to this company earlier , the entire business (including distribution) transaction  completed only in last year .Now each of these companies consists of business as follows - Nath Seeds(  real estate ,Infra development ..etc) , Agri-tech India  (corporate farming ) and Nath Bio-Gene ( Seeds and Bio-technology).

Promoters having vast experience in this industry and company  having good R&D facilities . Company is front  runner in many varieties of seeds including BT Cotton and being present from 1979 ,Nath is the most experienced seed company in India. Actually it was the only seed company which did not depend only on Monsanto’s BT  technology to develop BT Cotton in India .Company developed BT cotton using  fusion genes (cry 1Ab+Cry 1 Ac) – technology available from Biocentury Transgene ,China - in 2006 and sub-liscencd the same to many other seed companies including  the seed division of United phosporos  (now Advanta India)  .Later in 2012 ,NBIL tied up with Monsanto for their BG-2 version of BT cotton technology and thus Nath Biogene becomes the only company in India offering BT cotton based on American as well as Chinese technologies . Nath Bio-Genes is the first seed company in Asia Pacific region to get ISO 9001 certificate. Company producing seeds using most modern technology and having facilities to produce seeds from 30,000 acres of land ( own and contract farming basis) span across Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.Company’s R&D collaborators list includes National Centre for Plant Biotechnology at IARI, New Delhi ,International Rice Research Institute at the Philippines, Biocentury Transgenes Corporation (China) Ltd, Biotechnology Research Institute at Beijing China, National Rice Research Institute at Sichuan Province in China, Guard Rice in Pakistan, Cotton Development Agency (Ministry of Agriculture), Govt of the Philippines, etc.These collaborations helping the company to access and utilise the new Germplasm and breeding materials.Its main R&D laboratory is located at Aurangabad and having two R&D farms one each at Isarwadi (150 Acre) and Aurangabad ( 40 Acre) .In addition to this Nath also possessing three R&D sub stations one each at Medchal (Andhra Pradesh) , Faizabad (UP) and Abohar (Punjab).In the last three years company introduced many new varities in various segments which includes Jagannath-2 and Arjun-21 ( Cotton), Big-B ( Bajra) , Singhum ( Maize) and Tehelka(Rice).Many other new products like NMH 1007,NMH 1008 ..etc are under various stages of testing and evaluation. In 2011 ,company got permission for conducting large Scale trial of some of the NBIL Bt. Cotton hybrids in Pakistan.One most important positive about Nath Bio-Gene is its presence in a wide variety of Seeds and its large marketing network.Company is present in Cereals,Oil seeds,Vegetables,Cotton..etc and producing more than 90 variety of seeds and  present across India through  13 offices,1000 distributors and 5000 dealers.

The Negative Side

As mentioned at the beginning ,company de-merged its business into three in 2004 .But the management kept its share holders in dark for the past ten years by not listing its stock in any stock exchanges.I am not sure about the real reason for that whether it is only due to poor corporate governance or delay in getting listing permission after the scheme of arrangement  .Another point is all other listed companies from the same group – Nath Seeds(  Teak plantation, real estate ..etc) , Agri -tech India (corporate farming ) and Nath Pulp and Paper  are trading at lower valuations. But all the mentioned companies having either no sizable operations ,no potential or not an attractive sector as far as investors are  concerned. Even after considering all these negative factors I strongly believe there is still huge value in this stock. Nath Bio-Gene is currently trading at a P/E multiple of less than 7 compared with the average P/E of 20 prevailing in this  industry.

What is Ahead ?

There is lot of companies re listing after a gap of many years but financials of such companies are nothing to comment.But here the case is totally different .Company’s financial performance improved during this 10 years and the prospects of industry even brighter now compared with the time of its IPO. One more point is ,at the time of de-merger of various divisions about ten years back the reason mentioned by the management for such an action was only for inducting a strategic partner into the company.Till now they didn’t inducted any partner and in the recent annual report company again mentioned the necessity to induct such a partner for further improvement in technology. I believe this listing after a gap of 10 years is mainly for that purpose .Many MNC players are keen to enter in Indian Seed market through associations with Indian seed companies.In such a situation Nath Bio-Gene will be an excellent target of such companies. If it happens there is every chance for improvement in corporate governance issues related with the company. In recent times company recruiting lot of professional for various posts in the company ( Check it HERE) which also indicating company is in an expansion drive and planning to enter into new varieties and territories.

Another exciting part and a possible mile stone in the history of the company may be the recent developments in its overseas operations.Since 2005 company started various options to explore the overseas opportunities.Few years back company permitted by Philippines government to conduct open field testing and multi location field trials for its fusion gene based BT cotton along with its technology partner from China . (Read related news items HERE ,HERE and HERE) These  experiments conducted with the association of various govt agencies of Philippines. Completion of experiments originally scheduled  in 2011-12 but delayed due to  various regulatory issues .Nath is the only company got such a permission and  completed all these trials now .Cotton Development Administration and Ministry of Agriculture Philippines showed complete satisfaction on NBIL's fusion Bt cotton technology and hybrids developed through this technology. Now all formalities are completed and NBIL is confident of getting  the approval for commercialization of Fusion Bt cotton in Philippines in this year (2014)  itself . This means company is going to reap the benefits of its past many years effort.Philippines is a country consuming 50,000 metric tons of lint cotton per year and about 97 % is coming from  import.Philippines'government is planning to  displacing the imports by indigenous production mainly Bt cotton varieties.Since Nath and its technical collaborator enjoys a near monopoly situation and it is opening a huge opportunity for the company from next year onwards.Entry of any new company in that country should go through all tedious processes which will take many years (Nath itself took more than 5 years to reach commercialization stage). This situation offering a windfall for NBIL which is expected to commence in near future.

Listing and Price difference

As I mentioned above ,Nath Bio-Gene listed in last week in both exchanges. According the new opening price fixation methodology implemented by SEBI few months back , opening price of any newly listed stock will be calculated through a call auction system with 45 minutes duration.In case of this stock during this period somebody sold just 20 shares in NSE @ Rs.20 even though there was buyers in BSE @ Rs.50. Thus the opening price in NSE fixed @ Rs.20 and BSE @ Rs.50 to start with .This price difference is still going on,but I believe only blinds will sell in NSE when  there is buyers in BSE @ higher rate and the difference is significant.So chances for order execution in NSE is very less for a buyer is concerned till there is buyers in BSE at higher rate .Due to this reason I took BSE rate as a benchmark for valuation purpose .

Financials and Valuation

For the past many years company reporting steady growth in its key business .See table below  :

On an equity base of Rs.16 Cr ,In FY 2012-13 Company reported an EPS of  Rs.7.34. In the latest June quarter Company reported a top line of Rs.110 Cr and a net profit of Rs.36 Cr  as against Rs.96 Cr and Rs.26 Cr reported in the same period of last year. June quarter Result HERE  - ( There is a calculation error in EPS calculation in the result where 2012 June quarter EPS indicated as Rs.38.54 instead of Rs.16.67  ,but profit figure is correct .EPS calculation on old equity causes for such an error) .EPS for this is June quarter is Rs .22.44 .One main point to note in the result of any seed company  is ,about 90 % of sales of seed company’s are from  first quarter and most probably the next three quarters will be in loss ( You will get a clear idea about this seasonal trend by checking the quarterly financials of JK Agrigenetics) . Here in this case March quarter result also provided by the company which is surprisingly  in profit .What I mean is , annualising the performance only on the basis of June quarter result may give a wrong picture .Even after considering this fact ,I expect an EPS of Rs.9 -10 in this full year.Average P/E ratio of seed industry is 20 or above and this company’s P/E on expected FY 2014 EPS is still close to 5 which offering very huge valuation gap.

Some skeptics may argue this company deserves only low valuation on account of delay in listing ..etc.But ,to realise how hot this sector among investors ,we should check the valuation of some recently concluded deals  in this sector.Camson Biotech is another listed company from this space .If Nath’s corporate governance is bad ,the same of Camson may be called as ‘worse’ .Few years back its auditors itself questioned its accounting practices .Recently Bio Harvest ( part of CLSA capital ) took 20 % stake in Camson Biotechnologies at a cost of Rs.65 Crore .If CLSA paid Rs.65 Crore for a 20% stake in that company what should be the valuation for Nath Biogene which is superior in many aspects .( Camson is mainly a regional player with limited seed varieties in its portfolio compared with Nath Bio-Gene) .CLSA valued Camson for Rs.325 Cr (approximately) but the entire Nath Biogene is available for  less than 100 Cr. There is no justification for such a low valuation for the pioneering company in seed business even after considering every negative aspects. If we look through these angles , even @ Rs.100 we can’t say it is over valued .

 There was some  problems in this company in the past mainly connected with mounting  debt issues.Asst Re-Construction company(ARCIL) extended loans by subscribing debentures during that tough times.But  liability to ARCIL was still there till  last year.In last year , as part of a scheme of arrangement , promoters subscribed 47 lakhs shares and infused Rs.4.7 Cr into the company .Loans from ARCIL also converted into equity by allotting 48 lakhs shares.Thus the company cleaned its balance sheet and reduced it long term debt to just Rs.1 Cr now.As I mentioned at the beginning, prospects of sector is very bright and company’s experience and recent expansion plans giving lot of hope. Commercialisation permission for  BT cotton in Philippines is a game changer for the company which we can expect at any time, and it will place NBIL  at par or above many large seed companies operating in  India .

Its old share holders (IPO of Nath Seeds in 1994,de-merger to NBIL in 2004) may be not aware about the changes happened in the  potential of its business during this 20 years.In addition to that they never got a chance to encash this stock during last 10 years .This may be the reason somebody sold this  stock at a slump sale price on the initial days of listing .
These kind of value mismatch opportunities are rare in stock market and if we are not ready to utilise it with some risk on account of excuses like valuation of other companies under same management,delay in listing ..etc ,there is no meaning in remaining as a small cap investor in Indian Stock Market.As I mentioned above ,Since seed is a seasonal business reporting loss in all quarters except June quarter is a possibility but that is  not a reason to sell this stock . Keep it for long term .

 Link to Company Website HERE

Link to the latest issue of Company's in-house  publication  HERE

* As per new listing norms NBIL listed in 'T / BE ' segment with 5 % circuit limit ,but on completion of 10 trading days it will be shifted to B group with 20 % circuit limit ,which may happen by 11/02/2014

Disc: I have vested interest in NBIL


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