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Siemens Soars 8% amid Strong Margin Growth. Can the Stock See More Gains?

May 12, 2021

Electrical equipment major, Siemens on Tuesday posted an over 90% rise in its consolidated net profit at Rs 3.3 bn for the March quarter, mainly on the back of higher revenues.

The profit stood at Rs 1.8 bn in the year ago quarter, the company said in a BSE filing.

Total income rose to Rs 35.4 bn in the March quarter from Rs 27.2 bn in the same period a year ago.

For the quarter under review, operating profits were up 151.6%. Operating profit growth came as a result of a lower spike in raw material costs compared to the growth in sales.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) was reported at Rs 4.6 bn versus Rs 2.2 bn. This was led by decline in employee cost and other expenses.

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The company follows the October to September financial year. Here's a table comparing Siemens' quarterly performance on key parameters.

Siemens Financial Performance

(Rs m) Q4FY21 Q4FY20 Q3FY21 YoY (%) QoQ (%)
Revenue 34,837 26,402 29,252 31.9% 19.1%
Total expenses 30,973 24,953 26,230 24.1% 18.1%
Profit before tax 4,427 2,268 3,603 95.2% 22.9%
Tax 1,208 585 926 106.5% 30.5%
Profit after tax 3,219 1,683 2,677 91.3% 20.2%
Data Source: Company Presentation

Robust Order Growth Across all Businesses

The company's managing director and CEO Sunil Mathur said the company's order growth has been robust across all its businesses.

There has been increased demand in the company's power transmission, digital grid and distribution systems businesses.

Digital industries segment also saw growth in the machine tool and process automation businesses.

  • "The March-end quarter demonstrated a steady revival in the economy with both private and public sectors beginning to invest in anticipation of future growth."

The company registered new orders from continuing operations of Rs 33.1 bn during the quarter, registering a 16.9% increase over the same period last year.

The strongest growth in the quarter came from the smart infrastructure vertical, with sales growing 48% at Rs 11.5 bn.

The other verticals that showed positive growth in the quarter were energy, mobility, and digital revenue verticals.

At the end of the March quarter, its order book stood at Rs 127 bn.

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How Siemens is Dealing with Covid Second Wave

Stating that the second surge of the coronavirus pandemic has impacted human lives in an unprecedented manner, Mathur said a cross-functional Siemens India Task Force Team has been working since March 2020 to coordinate the implementation of concrete measures to support employees at this difficult time.

  • "In addition, the company is providing testing kits, oxygen concentrators, oxygen generators etc to hospitals around the country as our small contribution to society."

Siemens Shareholding Pattern as on 31 March 2021

As of 31 March 2021, FII and mutual funds ownership in Siemens stood at 4.37% and 1.64%, respectively.

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How the Stock Markets Reacted to Siemens' Results

Siemens share price is presently trading at Rs 2,052 on the BSE, up 5%.

Shares of the company touched a fresh 52-week high of Rs 2,143 today, up over 8%. They had hit a 52-week low of Rs 990.30 on 18 May 2020.

Earlier in the day, the stock saw a gap down opening.

The stock commands a market cap of Rs 730,740 m and is part of the Capital Goods - Diversified industry.

Over the past one year, stock of the company has outperformed the benchmark BSE Sensex. Siemens is up 89% in the past one year in comparison with 56% gains in Sensex.

At its current price, it is trading at a P/E ratio of 96 and a P/BV ratio of 7.7.

About Siemens

Siemens focuses on the areas of electrification automation and digitalization. It is one of the leading producers of technologies for combined cycle turbines for power generation; power transmission, and distribution solutions; infrastructure solutions for smart cities and transportation; automation and software solutions for industry and is also supplier of healthcare equipment.

Siemens has 21 factories located across India and a nation-wide sales and service network.

Siemens in which Siemens AG Germany holds 75% of the capital is the flagship listed company of Siemens AG in India.

The company was incorporated in the year 1957 as Siemens Engineering and Manufacturing Company of India Pvt Ltd.

For more details about the company, you can have a look at Siemens fact sheet and Siemens quarterly results on our website.

For a sector overview, you can read our engineering sector report.

You can also compare Siemens with its peers on our website.

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