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FMCG march quarter: A review - Views on News from Equitymaster
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  • Jul 4, 2002

    FMCG march quarter: A review

    The consumer products sector has been in a downturn for over a year now. Going by the consolidated March quarter performance of the top 5 companies, the situation has not really improved. The top 5 companies referred to here are Hindustan Lever (HLL), Colgate, Gillette, P&G and Reckitt Benckiser.

    (Rs m) MarchQ '01 MarchQ '02 Change
    Net Sales 32,718 29,151 -10.9%
    Other Income 1,185 1,131 -4.5%
    Expenditure 28,476 24,643 -13.5%
    Operating Profit (EBDIT) 4,242 4,508 6.3%
    Operating Profit Margin (%) 13.0% 15.5%  
    Interest 39 50 29.2%
    Depreciation 568 599 5.4%
    Profit before Tax 4,820 4,991 3.5%
    Extraordinary income 228 734 221.3%
    Tax 1,146 1,150 0.3%
    Profit after Tax 3,902 4,575 17.2%
    Net profit margin (%) 11.9% 15.7%  
    Effective tax rate (%) 23.8% 23.0%  
    No. of Shares (eoy) (m) 2,423.7 2,424.3  
    Diluted earnings per share* 6.4 7.5  
    P/E ratio   25.9  
    (* annualised)      

    During the March quarter the consolidated turnover of these companies declined by nearly 11% YoY. Competitive pressures and consumer downtrading forced companies to cut brands, rationalise costs and also offer discounts on their products. The downturn in the last couple of years has forced companies to look inwards and analyse their core competencies and strategies. Seeing the cut throat competition, most companies have more or less decided to do away with non profitable products or brands. Product rationalisation has become one effective cost control tool.

    While HLL continues to chop off non core operations and brands, Colgate finally decided to focus majorly on its oral care business and give its personal products plans a quite burial for the time being. Gillette management exited manufacture of Duracell batteries in a bid to improve profitability. The companies have realised that in this era though topline growth is important, but improvement in quality of earnings is also very crucial to ensure long term viability of the business.

    This focus on efficiencies continued to show results in the March quarter, as operating margins improved by 250 basis points to 15.5% during the quarter. Higher interest outgo however, meant a small 3.5% growth in profit before tax. However, a huge surge in extraordinary income (221% YoY) meant that the sector sample finished March quarter 2002 with a 17% net profit growth. Excluding this, the sample would have finished March quarter with a staid 5% growth in bottomline.

    As usual HLL was the dominant contributor to the sample's numbers. The FMCG bellwether contributed a hefty 82% to topline, 88% to the operating profit and over 90% to the sample's profit before tax. The huge extraordinary income is also a gift courtesy HLL. Out of the sample only HLL and Colgate improved their operating margins, the other 3 i.e., P&G, Reckitt and Gillette faced a decline at the OPM level.

    While Gillette continued to be haunted by Duracell's shadow, competitive pressures led to an 11% decline in P&G's topline and consequently affected operating margins. The discontinuation of the marketing joint venture with Piramal seemed largely responsible for Reckitt's shrinking topline in March quarter. The company reported an operating loss during the quarter.

    At the current valuations, the sample sector is trading at a P/E multiple of 26x and a market cap to sales of 4.1x annualised March quarter 2002 earnings. Restructuring efforts in HLL, Gillette, Colgate, P&G and Reckitt are likely to improve the sector's performance in the coming quarters. An improvement in the economy will also help the sector tide over this difficult period.



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