This Smallcap Tech Firm has Risen to the Coronavirus Challenge

Apr 7, 2020

Richa Agarwal, Research analyst

The last few weeks have been difficult.

Never had I imagined that new viral infections or deaths will be a metric to track for investing...and not just fundamentals and valuations.

Markets have tanked. Lives and livelihoods have been lost.

Containing the pandemic is the priority for now and there is some hope as other countries are flattening the infection curve.

But we need to be mindful of the second order effects on the economy.

These include supply chain disruptions, job losses, fall in disposable incomes and impact on both supply and demand.

There's a big question mark on whether manufacturing companies will be able to pull back the labor force that has migrated. There's the fall in oil prices.

What will be the impact on global liquidity and investments?

Will we see loan defaults? What will be the impact on NBFCs and banking sector?

Will there be a shift in consumption patterns?

In a complex word, and at a (relatively) early stage of virus outbreak, the list of things that could go wrong for the economy is long.

The reality is sinking in. This is evident from the massive erosion of the wealth in the Indian stock markets in last few weeks.

But every cloud has a silver lining. and the Coronavirus is no exception.

As an analyst, I believe I could serve you better by focusing on what could work, rather than just brooding over the negatives.

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For instance, a situation that could be potentially negative for manufacturing sector (due to migrant labor not coming back) could imply more of the rural population shifting to agriculture and allied activities - a positive for agri-stocks.

The manufacturing sector on the other hand could resort to increased automation. And the companies that are already technically better equipped will emerge stronger.

In the NBFC segment, the firms and banks with better balance sheets and ability to raise funds will gain market share from the firms that are not well managed.

And so on.

So, while I'm conservative on macro aspects, I believe at these valuations, there are stocks where the long-term growth opportunities are available at bargain prices.

Small Presentation: For Those Looking to Buy Stocks

The insiders in these companies, who have seen and come out of multiple downcycles, are aware of this. They have been making the most of the correction by buying more of their own stocks.

Hidden Treasure subscribers can access the update here.

Today, I want to specifically talk about one stock that insiders have been buying in the month of March.

Unlike most manufacturing firms that unfortunately have to shut down in these times, this smallcap tech firm is functioning at decent capacity due to feasibility of working from home.

While there will be challenges on the revenue front, cost cutting, and rationalization measures are underway.

Amid these challenging times, the company is engaging well with existing and potential customers. It's even winning new contracts.

With a diversified presence across industries including medical technology and healthcare and communications, it's well placed to not only lessen the blow of Covid 19, but to make the most of the opportunities due to the crisis as well. As per a recent announcement, it is offering the government tech based solutions to contain the virus outbreak.

As the coronavirus sell off has brought nearly 50% correction in the stock, the near-term challenges are more than priced in I believe.

With negligible debt on the balance sheet, net cash comprising over 20% of the market capitalization, and a dividend yield of over 6%, this smallcap tech firm is a long term growth story available at a bargain price in my view.

It makes a great addition to the list of smallcaps all set for a strong rebound.

I hope you will make the most of this opportunity. Subscribers can access the original recommendation report by clicking here and the revised maximum buy price here.

Stay safe!

Warm regards,

Richa Agarwal
Richa Agarwal
Editor, Hidden Treasure
Equitymaster Agora Research Private Limited (Research Analyst)

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2 Responses to "This Smallcap Tech Firm has Risen to the Coronavirus Challenge"


Apr 26, 2020




Apr 11, 2020

Hi Richa,

You are spot on wrt migrant labour joining the rural economy and also mfg cos that are tech advanced will pull thru. Couldnt agree more. Many think this is exaggerated but seeing crowds board trains and start walking home, it will surely scar them and they would prefer home based employment first and last.

Although, the situation of migrant labour might be slightly nuanced in that migrants will go for jobs in their own states first and only the balance shift to agri or back to cities.

I received 2 dividends in March from Cyient and that was a very clear indicator to me that the co is a cash rich one and on right track. So I bought 700 day before @ 222. Will ramp up if price decreases.

Thank you for your wonderful recommendations.



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