This Company Will Do Well Despite the Slowdown

Sep 11, 2019

Sarvajeet Bodas, Research analyst, The 5 Minute Wrapup

Is the current slowdown cyclical or structural?

Will India become the world's fastest-growing economy again?

Will auto sales revive?

Is the consumption story over?

There's a lot of attention paid to the economic slowdown.

Everyone is talking about it.

Media. Economists. Investors. Company management...and even the local paanwala too.

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Even the latest annual report of the RBI confirmed the Indian economy has indeed hit a rough patch. India's GDP growth slipped to 5% in the first quarter of FY20, the lowest in over six years.

Auto sales have collapsed. Consumers aren't spending as much as they were before. The manufacturing sector is also struggling.

No doubt, the Indian economy is going through some tough times.

But that's just one side of the story. All is not lost.

As I wrote earlier,

  • We are looking at the economy from the near-term perspective. That's why the picture doesn't look rosy.

    But when you look at the economy and the market from a longer-term horizon, the picture looks very different.

When I see the economy from a long-term horizon, I see several big trends playing out. One of the major trends I am positive about is financial inclusion.

And it's visible to everyone.

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Have you seen a Paytm stricker on your local vegetable vendor's cart?

Or auto/cab drivers with a PhonePe account?

Or kirana stores with a BHIM account?

Now, they are part of the mainstream financial system.

Financial inclusion provides access to financial services. These include payments, credit, insurance, and savings. It is the key to participating in a modern economy.

I believe, financial inclusion is a very important element of India's economic growth. Consider these numbers...

  • In the last four years, 368 million new Jan Dhan bank accounts have been opened.
  • More than 290 million Rupay debit cards have been issued to account holders.
  • These accounts have collectively more than Rs 1 trillion in them.

And now, the use of digital payments is also rising significantly.

This was possible due to a series of financial inclusion measures taken by the government.

These include Aadhar, no-frills savings bank accounts called Jan Dhan, and a digital payment infrastructure called BHIM.

While financial access does not guarantee financial engagement, it acts as a strong incentive to join the mainstream financial system.

A basic deposit account opens the door to trying out other banking services, such as NEFT, credit cards, etc.

Financial inclusion has other benefits too...

  • It inculcates the habit of savings.
  • It offers a secure way to directly transfer money as opposed to physical cash payments.
  • It fosters an entrepreneurial spirit.

I believe, financial inclusion will surely lead to the next revolution of growth and prosperity.

And it will happen despite the current economic slowdown.

Now, there are many ways to play on this particular theme.

But in Smart Money Secrets, Radhika and I chose the safest way possible.

We picked a company which is an attractive way to play the capital market growth story as well as financial inclusion.

The company operates in a duopoly business environment. That means there are just two players and there's almost no chance any new player will be granted a license.

Now, here it gets even more interesting.

Our recommended company is gaining market share within the duopoly.

Our Recommendation is Gaining Market Share

The company's market share has increased from 40% in FY14 to 48% in FY19.

And it still has is a long runway of growth ahead of it.

Historically, India's household savings have been in real estate, gold, etc. However, there is a gradual shift towards the equity market.

That's the big picture.

When you look at the company's financials with a microscope, the story gets even better.

The company follows an asset-light business model. That means it has only a minimum requirement of capex to bring in the additional sales and profit.

In other words, it's a cash-generating machine.

It also scores very high (8.7/10) on our Smart Money ScoreTM.

The market correction has provided an excellent opportunity to enter this stock.

Super investor - Rajeev Thakkar of PPFAS Mutual Fund - is also increasing stake in this company.

From the current price, the stock has an upside of 72%.

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Warm regards,
Sarvajeet Bodas
Sarvajeet Bodas
Co-editor and Research Analyst, Smart Money Secrets

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