Prospects and Outlook for 2012-13: Economy and Sectoral
With fiscal year 2012 nearing its close on a note of distinct downtrend in economic conditions, an
evaluation of the prospects for the ensuing year warrants attention. The performance of various
segments of the Indian economy during 2011-12 was on most occasions found to be falling short of the
envisaged growth, attributed to the waning global and domestic economic environment during the
period, necessitating significant and regular downward revisions in projections made at the start of the
fiscal. Based on the prevailing scenario in the various sectors and the expected changes and
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improvements therein, we have put forward here our expectations for the Indian economy and the
various sectors for the 2012-13 fiscal.
Prospects 2012-13 -: Key Economic Variables
India has been unable to sustain her stellar 8.4% GDP growth rate (average over the last five years) in the
current fiscal, a consequence of the RBI’s tight monetary policy stance to tame inflation, low demand
conditions and the resultant weak industrial growth, and the cumulative global economic weakness that
led to lower growth in the country’s exports.
Although the country’s GDP growth for the 2011-12 fiscal is being officially acknowledged to be notably
lower ( at around 7%) than the original 9% forecast for the year, it would still be amongst the highest in
the world. The coming fiscal too would see a more or less subdued economic expansion in the country in
line with that of current financial year.
We expect GDP growth to gradually move upwards to 7.5% in 2012-13. This estimate is however
contingent on the assumption made on various other economic variables holding forth such as inflation,
government’s deficit, growth oriented annual budget and favorable monetary policy action.
India has been besieged with persistent high inflation (at near double digit) since late 2009 and there is
no aspect of the economy that has not borne the adverse impact of this. Inflation has been credited with
being the prevalent influence over practically all policies this fiscal. For one, it has been the sole
consideration driving the country’s monetary policy over the last 2 years. The tight monetary policy
stance adopted by the country’s monetary authorities to combat high inflation in addition to raising the
cost of credit has reduced investments and manufacturing/industrial growth. The control of inflation is of
paramount importance for both the government and monetary authorities.
Although inflation has cooled in recent months (to 6.56% in January’12, after hovering at close to double digit for
most of 2011), there are indications that it may not stay at these levels for long. The decline in food prices, the
main reason for the decline in the wholesale price index (WPI) is likely to reverse trends once the high–base effect
starts to wear off from as early as the start of the 2012-13 fiscal. To add to this rising international crude oil prices
have further raised the risk of a rise in domestic fuel price. Fuel and food price rises would in turn feed into
manufactured product inflation – food and fuel serve as key inputs to various manufactured products. Inadequate
food logistics network/ supply bottlenecks has been primarily blamed for the price rises in food and various
The WPI inflation for 2011-12 has been projected by the PM’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) to be around
6.5%.Although inflationary pressures would persist in the coming fiscal too, we are hopeful that the inadequacies
on the logistics front may get addressed and there would be increased focus on production, both of which could
result in easing of inflationary pressures to 5-6% in 2012-13.
The RBI is likely to remain cautious and maintain its anti-inflationary monetary policy stance and continue to keep
a close watch on inflation which has stayed above the target of 7% for almost all of the last two years, that
prompted it to raise interest rates 13 times since March 2010. The central bank may gradually lower the repo
rates by 100-150 from the current 8.5% (highest since March’08) during the course of the year, although there is
no conclusive time frame for this reduction given the uncertainty in inflation. It has been widely anticipated that
despite the recent cooling of inflation, the RBI may look for a longer term trend in the price movement especially
of core inflation before reversing its policy stance on interest rates. It is however, largely believed that interest
rates have peaked.
Even with a RBI cut in interest rates, banks may not be in a position to cut interest rates significantly as their cost
of funds have risen significantly in recent times. This rise in banks cost of funds have been on account of
increasein long term bank deposits that carry higher interest rates and it is these deposits that act as the primary
source of funds for banks. In addition, the recent freeing of NRI interest rate (from 2.5% to 9-9.5%) to shore up
the depreciating Rupee too has added to the funds cost. Moreover, the prevailing tight liquidity conditions has
seen banks borrowing at relatively high rates for meeting their daily requirements and no improvements in this is
expected in the near term.
Industrial Growth (IIP)
Industrial growth would essentially be driven by consumption followed by investment demand in the coming year
given the expected pattern of movement in interest rates . The impact of high interest rates on investment
demand is likely to be carried forward into the 2013 fiscal as well, which would affect industrial growth. Proactive
policy action from the government, that has practically stalled in the current fiscal, could provide the required
stimulus going forward.
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We estimate industrial production to grow by around 7% in FY13 on the assumption of affirmative policy action
and the anticipated roll back in interest rates.
The government would be required to increase expenditure in its FY13 budget as a means of providing the
required boost to the domestic economy given the economic uncertainties both in domestic and external
economy. Higher focus is likely to be on project expenditure that would lift the infrastructure sector which, in turn
will result in forward and backward linkages being forged. Moreover, the government’s poverty alleviation
programmes and the implementation of the Food Security Bill would pressurize government finances.
The government would also be constrained to revert to the FRBM targets and have to balance expenditures with
revenue to ensure that the deficit ratio improves . Therefore, government action in terms of spurring economy
will be cautious keeping these numbers in mind.
Prospects 2012-13 -: Sectoral
We expect domestic aluminium demand to grow at a CAGR of about 8.5%during FY11 to FY16. Domestic
demand will largely be driven by the automobiles and the packaging sectors, which are likely to grow at a CAGR
of about 10 % each during the same period. In volume terms, the power sector will continue to be the major
driver of domestic demand.
CARE Research expects domestic aluminium smelter capacity to increase at a much faster pace as compared with
demand for the same as most domestic aluminium producers are undertaking huge expansion of smelter
capacities. However, owing to competitive cost advantage rendered by bauxite resources any surplus production
is likely to be exported.
Availability of coal for power projects remains a major concern for the global and domestic aluminium industry.
Since power account for a significant portion of the aluminium cost curve, any increase in thermal coal prices is
likely to impact margins and profitability of the industry.
CARE Research estimates the domestic two-wheeler (TW) demand to grow at around 10-12% in FY13 owing to
low TW penetration level coupled with low dependence on financing. The growth in this segment would be
driven by the low TW penetration and increasing disposable income in rural India. Export markets will also remain
buoyant and continue to grow at around 30% in FY13. Growing demand in developing markets primarily in Africa
and Asia will drive export demand. These regions are highly populated and under-penetrated and have huge
demand for low cost TW, which provide opportunity for Indian TW manufacturers to expand in overseas market.
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CARE Research expects EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) margin of the
industry to witness a drop of around 70-80 basis points and remain around 13% in FY13 from around 13.7% in
FY11. Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) of the TW industry is also expected to witness a drop from the range of
56-57% in FY11 to around 41% estimated in FY13.
TW industry’s current production capacity is around 15 million and is expected to reach 20 million by FY14. There
will be considerable cap-ex by the incumbents like Bajaj and Hero as well as by new entrants like Honda and
Yamaha. All most all the TW manufacturers have huge capital investments lined up for coming two years.
In spite of high interest rates and high fuel prices the passenger vehicle (PV) segment is expected to witness a
growth of around 6-8 % in FY13 on the back of delayed purchases by consumers. FY12 is likely to witness flat
demand on account of economic concerns; however, this does not imply a dearth of potential buyers as the PV
penetration in India is still one of the lowest in the world. We expect delayed purchases to come into picture and
boost sales in FY13. Furthermore, any positive step from government in terms of easing in interest rate or stability
in fuel prices combined with new launches could also push the growth prospects to around 10-13% in FY13.
CARE Research expects the EBITDA margin of the industry to witness a drop of around 50-60 basis points and
remain around 7% in FY13 from around 7.6% in FY11. ROCE of the industry is expected to witness a drop and
remain in the range of 15% in FY15 from around 16% in FY11.
PV industry’s current capacity is around 3.5 million and is expected to almost double in a period of 4-5 years. Most
of the PV manufacturers like Maruti, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, Honda etc. have big expansion plans for the next 2-3
years. In addition to existing players new entrants like Peugeot have announced cap-ex in tune of Rs.4000 crore in
next 2-3 years.
CARE Research estimates that domestic demand for commercial vehicles would grow by around 13-14 % in FY13.
We believe healthy long-term macro-economic outlook coupled with increase in government focus towards
development of transport infrastructure would fade away the short-term concerns over rising fuel prices and
interest rates. The goods carrier (GC) segment would continue to dominate the growth as it is expected to grow at
a healthy rate of around 13%, while the domestic passenger carrier (PC) segment is expected to post a growth of
around 6% in FY13.
CARE Research expects EBITDA margin of the industry to witness a drop of around 80-90 basis points in FY13 from
around 9.2 % in FY11. ROCE of the industry is also expected to witness a drop and remain in the range of 14 % in
FY13 from around 16 % in FY11.
CV industry has a current capacity of around 1.5 million units per annum and the industry capacity utilization is in
a range of 60-65%. Considering the low capacity utilization of the CV industry coupled with the slowdown in
economy, the industry will not witness massive cap-ex in next two to three years; however, the capacity is
estimated to reach 2 million in next 2-3 years on account of expansion of new entrants like Bharat Benz, Mahindra
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High material costs in the automobile industry are expected to remain at current levels with slight -upward
fluctuations. Prices of key inputs such as steel, aluminum and rubber stand vulnerable to fluctuations in the global
as well as domestic markets. Operating margins of companies in this sector are expected to come down on the
back of high selling and distribution cost due to cut throat competition.
Employee cost as a percentage of sales is expected to remain the same or see a nominal downward correction.
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are highly dependent on imported components, even domestic players
such as Maruti, for instance, imports about Rs 8,000 crore worth of parts annually. OEMs of foreign origin have
exposure to foreign currency in a range of 40-70 %. Hence currency fluctuation in either direction has its influence
on profitability of OEMs. Given that OEM’s depend on imports, they are vulnerable to any supply disruption in
major component sourcing destinations like Japan, China and Thailand.
For FY13, CARE estimates advance growth to be around 18-19%, considering an expected GDP growth rate of
around 7.5% for the year. CARE expects interest rates to soften in FY13, prompted by the moderation in inflation
and the need to boost economic growth. Accordingly, CARE expects RBI to reverse its monetary policy stance.
Yields on advances are also likely to follow suit. Given the projection of improvement in credit off-take vis-à-vis
FY12 and softening of interest rates, CARE believes the deposit growth is likely to lag credit growth at around 16-
17%. Net Interest Margins (NIMs) are expected to remain under pressure at least in H1FY13 as yields on advances
may moderate with interest rate cuts by RBI. However cost of deposits is likely to decline with a lag. CARE
estimates Gross NPAs to increase to 3.1-3.25% by end of FY13, considering slippages on account of both economic
slowdown in India and weak global economic outlook. However, given the Government’s intention to keep public
sector banks adequately capitalized, it may be expected that the banking sector could withstand the impact of
margin pressures and rising delinquencies.
The Indian cement industry recorded a dismal growth of 5.1% in FY11 on account of slowdown in construction
activities due to prolonged monsoon, heavy winter, delay in execution of infrastructural projects caused by
environmental clearance hurdles, etc. During the first nine months of FY12, cement demand has registered a
growth of about 5.3% on y-o-y basis. Quarterly cement demand picked up post monsoon and registered a growth
of about 9.5% (y-o-y) during the third quarter of FY12.
Long- term cement demand in the country is expected to remain stable. Going forward, cement demand will
largely be driven by increased focus of the government on promotion of low-cost affordable housing and
infrastructure development. In the next 4-5 years, cement demand to the tune of about 250-260 mn tonnes is
expected to emanate from the construction of new dwellings. Also, cement demand is expected to pick up as
government expenditure on infrastructure projects catches momentum. GoI has envisaged an investment of more
than Rs. 40 lakh crore for infrastructure development under the Twelfth Five Year Plan. This will augur well for the
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cement industry. Investments planned under various sub-sectors of infrastructure during the Twelfth Five Year
Plan will derive a cement demand of more than 600 mn tonnes. CARE Research estimates that cement demand is
expected to grow at a CAGR of about 8% for the period FY12-14. Cement industry is expected to add about 86 mn
tonnes of capacity during the period FY 12-14 and operate in the range of 74-76% of capacity utilisation.
Average cement prices have increased by about 10% from Rs. 253 per bag in FY11 to Rs. 278 per bag in FY12. On
the back of pick up in cement demand, especially during the third quarter of FY12, quarterly average cement
prices rose by about 13% to Rs. 284 per bag. The cement industry has been grappling with cost pressure in FY12
due to rise in raw material cost and freight charges. However, the industry has managed to pass on higher input
cost through a series of price hikes in the past few months. As a result, we do not see a significant downward
impact on the profitability of the cement industry.
Though, India is the third largest producer of coal in the world, after USA and China, the domestic coal sector is
unable to keep pace with the growing needs of the power sector due to environmental clearance delays faced by
coal miners in the last few years. Furthermore, railway infrastructure has been inadequate for the requisite
amount of coal transfer leading to acute coal shortages faced by most power plants today. The demand CAGR
over FY09-12 stood at 6.6%, vis-à-vis coal production CAGR of 4.6% over the same period leading to acute
shortage of coal. CARE Research expects the import requirements of the country to surge substantially going
forward if demand-supply mismatch is not addressed in time.
Construction activity is an essential part of our country’s growing need for infrastructure and industrial
development. Construction as a percentage of GDP has been in the narrow range of 7.9-8.1% in the past six years.
The size of the construction industry is estimated at around Rs.1.1lakh crore in FY11. Ranked 12th globally, the
domestic construction industry is the second-largest sector after agriculture in India in terms of employment and
understandably has a direct and high correlation with economic activity. The sector has witnessed pitfalls in
recent times on account of slowdown in award of projects and their execution, rise in commodity prices and
interest costs and elongated working capital cycles that have in turn put pressure on profitability margins and
debt profile of companies in the construction sector.
During FY11, the performance of most construction companies was impacted by slower economic growth leading
to both lower inflow of orders and slower progress in execution of projects. The aggregate order inflow of the top
ten construction companies reduced from a peak of about Rs.38,660 crore in Q4FY10 to Rs.17,125 crore in
Q2FY12, according to data provided by CMIE. Prices of key inputs - steel and cement have increased sharply in the
recent past, resulting in increased cost of projects under execution. The prevalence of an inflationary environment
during the last few quarters has resulted in hike in key policy rates by the central bank leading to increased
interest cost for working capital intensive construction companies. Further, intense competition for securing
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orders along with rising commodity and manpower costs and technological impediments is expected to pressure
As at end of FY11, the order-book to sales ratio for the industry was about 3.3 times showing decent revenue
visibility. However, almost 30-35% of projects in the aggregate order-book are slow-moving or stalled due to
factors such as delays in approvals and clearances, rising costs, socio-political disturbances (agitation for separate
statehood for Telangana in the state of Andhra Pradesh where most of the companies have exposure in the form
of irrigation projects), etc. which could hamper project execution and drag down revenue growth.
Though opportunities for construction in both the infrastructure and industrial segment look good in the long
term, order inflows in the near future are likely to be affected due to slowdown in capex cycle and delays in
awarding of infrastructure projects by government authorities. Uncertain economic and political conditions, along
with issues related to land acquisition and environmental clearances have resulted in slower award of projects for
both industrial and infrastructure projects, adding to the woes of this sector.
Further, slow progress in projects and delayed payments from contractees have resulted in elongated working
capital cycle, thereby increasing reliance of these companies on external funds. This has deteriorated the capital
structure of these companies. Also, a number of construction companies have ventured away from core
construction activities into allied activities like infrastructure Build-Operate-Transfer/Build Own Operate Transfer
(BOT/BOOT) and real estate development. This could primarily be attributed to the current Public-Private-
Partnership (PPP) model adopted in awarding of projects. The change in business model from pure Engineering,
Procurement & Construction (EPC) contractors endeavoring to graduate to developers, has resulted in higher risks
(funding risk, financial closure, legal issues, post implementation risk, throughput risk, etc.) and increase in debt
burden for these companies.
The financial risk profile of companies, having significant exposure to their associates/special purpose vehicles
(SPVs)/subsidiaries engaged in asset developmental activities, is expected to deteriorate in the near future, as
asset developers, in general, are restricted by absence of adequate cushion to absorb hikes in interest rates and
commodity prices. This in turn increases their reliance their sponsors (promoters) for any tangible and/or
With a decline in the number of tenders expected to be floated, increase in competition, high input prices and
high interest rates, profitability is expected to remain under pressure in the short to medium term. The ability of
companies to manage their working capital cycle efficiently in a bid to avoid further strain on financial leverage,
would be critical from the credit perspective.
CARE Research expects the Indian Education System to grow from US$66.6 bn during FY11 to US$102.1 bn to FY15
at a CAGR of 11.2%. Of the same, the market size of pre-school is expected to increase at a CAGR of 33% owing to
the growth in penetration of pre-school from 2.5% during FY11 to 4% during FY15. We expect the penetration of
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organised pre-school to grow from 14% during FY11 to 25% during FY15 owing to the growing number of pre-
schools in tier- II & III cities.
The market size of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in schools is expected to increase at a CAGR
of 20.4% from FY11 to FY15. The penetration of ICT in schools is expected to grow from 6.1% during FY11 to 9.7%
during FY15 backed by the thrust of the Government of India (GoI) on improving computer literacy and greater
acceptability of ICT in private unaided schools.
Furthermore, we estimate the market size of the Kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) segment to grow at a CAGR of
16.2% from FY11 to FY15. CARE Research projects the total number of schools in the K-12 education segment to
grow from 13.5 lakh during FY11 to 16.1 lakh during FY15, at a CAGR of 4.5%. Of the same, government schools
would comprise 77% of the total schools, with private sector schools contributing the rest.
The lower literacy rate in India as compared to other developed nations of the world together with the beaming
demand for quality educational institutes in the country is expected to drive the supply of such institutes.
Gems & Jewelry:-
We expect the demand for gems & jewellery in the domestic markets to be robust from Q2-FY13, in the scenario
of cooling inflation and price stabilization in gold and diamonds. We foresee the organized players registering high
growth rates in sales and revenues during FY13 compared to the overall industry growth as there is significant
opportunity for organized retailers to create additional value through sale of branded and designer jewellery.
Exports too would witness growth from H2-CY13 with improvement in economic conditions in the Eurozone.
Prices of precious metals and stones viz. gold and diamonds would continue to be volatile in Q1-FY13, however,
with expectations of stabilization in economic conditions in the European Union and the global economy, prices of
these too are likely to stabilize in Q2FY13. Significant volatility in prices was witnessed in FY12 due to Euro zone
concerns. Domestic prices in addition to being driven by global price movements would also be pressured by the
recent increase in excise and import duties on gold and silver.
Although, the Indian jewellery manufacturer’s focus on the domestic market would result in higher top line
growth, profitability tends to stand impacted with rising cost of inputs..
With the emergence of a new class of buyers, who buy jewellery as a fashion statement rather than for
investment purposes, manufacturers have resorted to unique combination of design, caratage and price point, all
of which has increased supply and thereby the options available to jewellery buyers. The players in the market are
also on an expansion phase and have been opening stores in tier 1 and tier 2 cities in an attempt to penetrate
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CARE Research has projected a moderate growth rate in demand of 9-10% for the Hotel Industry in FY13. This
demand would mainly be driven by the rise in both, domestic and foreign tourists. The domestic tourists are
expected to surge by approximately 14-15 % in FY13 and foreign tourists are expected to grow by 7 %. While
rising disposable incomes, increased globalization and the increasing number of events taking place in India have
been factors that have been beneficial for the industry, untoward events that the country is susceptible to such as
natural calamities, terrorist attacks or spread of certain diseases have a negative influence over the sector.
Huge supply addition is expected in FY13, especially in Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, thereby leading to a fall in
occupancy levels. Large numbers of international hotel brands too are setting up hotels in India. Average room
rates are however expected to remain more or less moderate with a slight increase in certain cities. Moreover
stiff competition from domestic and international hotel brands (significant increase in capacity in the recent years
and expected in near future) will prevent the hoteliers from increasing the average room rates. The sectors
profitability is thus expected to remain subdued in FY13.
On the back of good client additions during the period of April to September 2011 and Information Technology
(IT) companies increasingly resorting to bundling of services (to maintain billing rates), growth momentum in
revenues is expected to continue in the coming quarters; volumes being the primary driving factor.
While new discretionary spends may witness a drop in Euro areas, IT spends in general are expected to remain on
track in the US and emerging markets. Additionally, transformation spends towards cutting costs and improving
efficiency are expected to remain steady going ahead.
A scenario of weakening Indian rupee to major currencies like the US dollar, Euro and GBP will provide an
additional boost to the revenues of IT companies. However, higher wage bills and increased tax provisioning are
issues which these companies will have to grapple.
A key development for the industry to watch out for would be the US Call Centre and Consumer Protection Bill.
Iron ore mining:-
Almost half of the total iron ore mined in the country is exported. In FY11, almost 46% of the total 212 mn tones
of mined iron ore was exported; the rest being used for domestic consumption. India’s iron ore exports have
registered a steady increase during FY05 to FY10, with a CAGR of about 8 %. However in FY11, with the levy of the
export tax, iron ore exports witnessed the first ever fall since FY97.
Iron ore mining, India’s core competence, figures prominently in endless debates on the Government’s policy
regarding exports and distribution/allocation of existing and new mining assets The segment is also subject to
various policy directives such as the sporadic levies of export taxes (currently increased from 20% to 30%) and the
sharing of 26% of profits with the local community that has been affected by the mining activity. Going ahead,
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CARE Research expects the uncertainty in the iron ore mining industry to continue with no significant changes in
the immediate short to medium term. Prices are likely to remain volatile with a negative outlook on account of a
growing uncertainty in demand from China and European markets.
CARE Research forecasts the Paper industry demand (in volume terms) to grow around 6.5-7.0% in FY13, in-line
with the 5-year historical average GDP multiple of 0.9 times. Moreover, on the back of improved demand (mainly
from developing countries) and no major increase in capacity seen in the next 12 months timeframe the capacity
utilization of paper industry is forecast to improve to 79% in FY13 compared to 77% in FY12.
Domestic paper manufacturers stand to benefit from the decline in prices of NBSK wood pulp by around 8% since
March 2011 on the back of weak demand from developed countries (such as US/EU) and China. Prices are
expected to remain subdued in FY13, especially beneficial for non-integrated paper producers who are dependent
on imported pulp fibre. Imported wood pulp accounts for 32-33% of total pulp consumed in India. Domestic
manufacturers could however, be negatively impacted by the continued weak demand in developed countries
which could lead to significant increase in newsprint and coated woodfree paper imports as exporters (China,
Indonesia) would divert their output to emerging economies such as India.
With regard to profitability, the domestic paper industry’s profitability is expected to remain subdued in FY13 as
stiff competition from domestic (significant increase in capacity in the recent years) and international (weak
demand in the developed countries will force exporting countries to divert their output to India) players will limit
the domestic producer’s ability to pass on full increase in power & fuel expenses and increase in imported raw-
CARE Research expects pesticides production to increase by about 7% in FY13 and demand to increase in the
range of 10-12% in FY13.The growth in consumption of pesticides will be primarily driven by the growth in crop
production. The sector’s growth would be primarily dominated by the increasing use of fungicides and herbicides
owing to the growing demand for better quality fruits and vegetables from consumers coupled with intensifying
labour shortage across some parts of the country.
Pesticides companies are building up new capacities so as to increase production and supply. India will continue
to be a net exporter in FY13 for pesticides, while South East Asian countries would remain the major exporter
Net sales of companies including exports are expected to grow in FY13 backed by higher volumes and
improvement in realizations. However, the operating margin is expected to remain flat due to an increase in
energy and raw material cost.
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Prospects for the Indian pharmaceutical industry look promising in FY13. The imminent and ongoing expiry of
patents on a range of drugs of leading global pharmaceutical companies would be the major growth driver for the
domestic pharma companies. The loss of patent protection (a protection to companies for usually 20 years of
exclusive sales) for some of the “best selling/branded” drugs would help open up the market for “generic” and
cheaper alternatives. The resultant increase in demand for generic drugs in developed countries would be
beneficial for Indian companies as India is one of the front runners in the generics market. Growth in the
emerging markets’ pharma sector is expected to come mainly from generics with only a small portion (20%)
projected to come from branded drugs. Governments of emerging markets too have been providing the required
boost by increasing their spending for healthcare related services and infrastructure.
CARE Research expects the domestic market to grow by 12-13% in FY13 and foresee exports to show more robust
At the same time we expect competition (more players) and thereby supply to increase leading to price erosion in
the generic drugs segment. The companies would also be required to invest substantially in terms of sales and
marketing field force, product portfolio and alliances and partnerships which would impact margins and also has
potential to be offset by robust growth in exports. Moreover, the US, Europe and other global markets would
continue to remain competitive. National Pharma Pricing Policy further poses a threat towards the pricing of
drugs by bringing at least 60% drugs under price control from 20% currently which would also impact prices.
We expect margins to remain stable for FY13 based on consolidation, exports potential, cost tightening measures
and rural penetration.
The domestic Contract Research and Manufacturing Services (CRAMS) industry too would stand to benefit from
the projected surge in the generic market with the increase in number of outsourcing contracts coming their way.
It is forecast that the CRAMS business in India would double in value terms to $7.6bn in FY13 from $3.8bn in FY11.
India has a distinct advantage over other players in this segment owing to the availability of low cost
manufacturing skills, skilled labour and highest number of FDA approved plants.
The peak and base power demand is estimated to grow at 8.5-9% and 7.0-7.5%, respectively in FY12. The FY13
demand outlook is expected to moderate further in line with slowing GDP growth. Though, most of the State
Distribution Companies have gone for tariff hikes in the past one year, constrained financial conditions due to
excessive cross-subsidization, high aggregate technical & commercial (AT&C) losses and delayed subsidy payment
from state government, have held back the distribution companies from buying expensive short term power
(states with election might be an exception).
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On the capacity front, the 11th Plan (2007-12) saw robust capacity addition of about 48.7 GW (Dec-11) on the back
of private sector entry in power generation. The 11th plan is expected to add 51-52 GW by March-2012. However,
the 12th Plan capacity addition is expected to suffer on account of looming domestic coal shortages, imported
coal pass-through issues, land acquisition problems and environmental delays for new mines leading to sharp
slowdown in capacity addition. CEA has already downgraded the 12th plan capacity target to 76GW (from original
A factor that has been impacting the sector significantly is the price of imported coal that has risen 130-140% to
$110/tonne which is rendering competitively bid power projects unviable. Consequently, the large private
developers have asked the government to revise the tariffs (Power Purchase Agreements/PPAs) for these projects
failing which there is a huge risk of these capacities/ assets lying idle or becoming NPA.
The short term average electricity price for FY13 is expected to remain subdued (between Rs 3-4 per unit) in the
wake of sluggish demand from state distribution companies.
The Power sector’s profitability is expected to reel under pressure from expensive imported coal prices, lower
domestic coal production coupled with transportation issues (leading to lower PLFs for power generators), high
interest rate and stressed working capital conditions (due to delayed dues from State distribution companies).
Moreover, the delay in capacity addition would also impact the power sector’s profitability in FY13.
With approximately 60% of Private Final Consumption Expenditure (PFCE) constituting total retail expenditure
historically, the growth in PFCE is expected to remain a major driver for the growth of the Indian retail industry.
We expect the PFCE to surge from Rs.41.38 lakh crore during FY11 to Rs.56.61 lakh crore during FY13, a CAGR of
16.9%. On the back of this increase in PFCE, we estimate Indian retail sales to grow at a CAGR of 17.1% from Rs.
22.96 lakh crore during FY11 to Rs. 31.53 lakh crore during FY13. Within this, the share of food & grocery would
remain the highest at 58% of total retail sales and the clothing & footwear segment would be the second largest
contributor occupying 10% of the total retail pie during FY13.
CARE Research expects the Indian organized retail industry to grow from Rs.1.49 lakh crore during FY11 to Rs.2.52
lakh crore during CY13 at a CAGR of 29.9% thereby implying the growth in revenues of the organized Indian
retailers. The penetration of organised retail in India is expected to surge from 6.5% during FY11 to 8% during
FY13. Of which, the penetration of the clothing & footwear segment is expected to remain the highest at 27.5%
during FY13. We expect rising urbanization together with growing mall culture in tier-II & tier-III Indian cities to
lead to the growth of new consumer class for the organised Indian retail market. This coupled with the changing
consumer preferences from ‘mom &-pop stores’ to ‘shopping malls’ and the changing perception of shopping
concept from mere ‘purchase of necessities’ to include ’spend on luxury, leisure and entertainment’ is expected to
fuel the growth of retailing in India.
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However, the profitability margins of the organised retail players would be pressured primarily owing to the high
real estate prices, lack of efficient supply chain & storage facilities ultimately leading to higher inventory days and
greater wastages. In addition, with the interest rates at its peak; the servicing of debt is also expected to adversely
affect the profitability of the retailers.
The outlook for the real estate industry, barring stable rent yielding projects, remains negative, due to subdued
demand consequent on substantial increase in asset prices. Affordability has been significantly impacted by higher
interest rates that has led to substantial increases in EMIs. In addition, delays in project completion owing to
increased time lag in getting approvals and funding shortfall owing to the cautious approach of lenders has
affected the sector.
Factors which could release the pressure in real estate markets and induce cash flow stability –include increase in
affordability for buyers and deleveraging of land banks and sale of non-core assets.
Affordability is a function of EMIs (dependent on interest rates), income levels and real estate prices. The first two
factors are outcomes of macroeconomic conditions which cannot be controlled in the short term. While interest
rates may eventually moderate, affordability is not expected to improve in the immediate future. Consequently,
correction in prices would be the major factor which could drive in the volumes.
Deleveraging of land banks and non-core assets would cause a fundamental shift in the balance sheets of real
estate developers by way of reduction in debt levels (assuming that sale proceeds are utilised in the reduction of
debt levels). Though sale of land banks and non-core assets would ease out cash flow pressures, the same is a
long drawn process and may not help in the short-term.
Going forward, the ability of real estate developers to manage funding shortfalls in a scenario of subdued demand
whilst maintaining adequate liquidity, would determine credit quality.
Road transport plays a pivotal role in economic development of the country. In India, roads carry about 60% of
the total freight traffic and 85% of the total passenger traffic. Currently, India has an extensive road network of
4.2 million km – the second largest in the world. Over the years, GoI has emphasized on enhancing the country’s
road network through various programs like National Highway Development Project (NHDP), Pradhan Mantri
Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), Special Accelerated Road Development programme for the North-Eastern Region
Road sector witnessed investments to the tune of Rs. 1.27 lakh crore during the Tenth Five Year Plan. In the
current (11th) Five Year Plan, investment in the road sector is estimated at Rs. 2.79 lakh crore. During the first two
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years of the Eleventh Five Year Plan, project awarding process under NHDP had not witnessed much progress on
account of the financial crisis and unfavorable policies. Later on, project awarding picked up with recovery in
macro economic conditions and initiatives taken by GoI to speed up the award process. Consequently, NHAI
awarded road projects with a total length of about 3,360 km, in FY10 which further increased to 5,083 km in FY11.
In the current fiscal, NHAI has set a target of awarding projects with a total length of about 7,300 km. The NHAI
has awarded projects aggregating to about 4,300 km of road length during the current fiscal (until November
2011). It is expected to award about 5,,500 km of road projects in FY12 as against the target of 7,300 km. In FY13,
the NHAI has targeted to award about 7,000 km of road length.
The process of awarding road projects will sustain momentum in the Twelfth Five Year Plan. Almost 42% of road
projects under NHDP, comprising length of about 20,200 km and worth more than Rs.1.5 lakh crore, are likely to
be awarded over the next 3-4 years. Apart from national highways, development/upgradation of state highways
has also gathered momentum. State projects with the total road length of about 1,91,500 km (including state
highways and district roads) are planned for construction and upgradation by different states during the Twelfth
Five Year Plan. Under PMGSY, out of total new road connectivity planned, work on about 47% of the road projects
is remaining. During the Twelfth Five Year Plan, investments in the road sector are expected to be higher than
Rs.6 lakh crore , more than double that in the previous Plan.
Shipping and Shipbuilding:-
The sea-borne trading volumes (tonne miles) have been historically related to the world GDP (at constant prices)
and the two exhibit a high correlation (correlation coefficient of 0.9). With the global economy being under fiscal
strain and with world GDP growth moderating (world GDP is expected to grow in the range of 4.0-4.5% during
CY11-CY13 according to the IMF), sea-borne trading volumes have been subdued and are expected to remain so in
the coming future. We expect sea-borne trading volumes in 2012 and 2013 to be weak and grow in the range of
4.4%-4.5% on y-o-y basis. The continued weakness in sea-borne trading volumes is expected to adversely affect
the fortunes of the global shipping industry in the coming future.
Owing to the huge inflow of new-build vessel orders received by the shipyards globally prior to the economic
recession, vessel deliveries by the yards continue to grow inspite of the slow-down in new-build orders. Going by
the current delivery schedule of new-builds, we expects approximately 85-90% of the global vessel orderbook to
be delivered by CY13. Further to worsen the situation of over-supply of the existing fleet, the vessel deliveries
during CY12 & CY13 are expected to account for 12.6% & 5.6% of the fleet size respectively. However, in view of
the liquidity constraints faced by the shipowners as well as the shipyards globally, the trend of re-scheduling of
vessel deliveries is likely to continue during CY12-CY13.
CARE Research expects the global fleet size (in terms of million gross tonnage) to surge from 1,030.7 mn GT during
CY11 to 1,200.8 mn GT during CY13, implying a CAGR of 7.9%. The said growth in world fleet size is expected to be
driven primarily by dry bulk vessels, with estimates of the dry vessels fleet size increasing from 326.1 mn GT
during CY11 to 410.0 mn GT during CY13, a CAGR of 12.1%. The global Containerships fleet size, is expected to
increase from 170.0 mn GT during CY11 to 204.1 mn GT during CY13, while the Wet bulk fleet is expected to
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increase from 254.6 mn GT during CY11 to 286.6 mn GT during CY13, implying a CAGR of 9.6% and 6.1%
Going forward, owing to the combined mix of subdued sea-borne trading volume together with delivery flow of
vessel from the global shipyards, we estimate the global fleet size to be in over-capacity at 13-16% of the existing
fleet during CY11-CY13 i.e. excess of fleet availability in relation to the cargo-carrying requirement. This has in
turn adversely affected freight rates and profitability for ship owners, resulting in ship owners facing a credit
crunch. During CY11, the freight rates in the Wet bulk (VLCC) and Dry bulk (Baltic Dry Index- BDI) segments
declined by 88.5% & 43.9% on y-o-y basis respectively. However, the freight rates in the Containerships (4,500
TEU) segment registered y-o-y growth of 29.9% owing to a slew of measures adopted by the major container
operators globally such as slow steaming of containerships etc. We expect the freight rates across all vessel
segments to remain subdued in the coming future with occasional spikes expected due to the seasonal or
economy related factors.
The lower freight rate regime, in the backdrop of the slow-down in foreign trade (especially from the developed
nations) and the resultant over-supply of vessel fleet globally amid higher cost of debt financing, would adversely
impact the revenues and profitability of shipping players.
In case of the ship building industry, with the economic environment being fragile coupled with the lack of ship
financing options globally, lower demand for new-builds and cancellation of existing orders, the flow of new-build
orders placed by the ship owners with the yards globally is expected to remain muted in the near-term in the
absence of substantial growth in new ordering activity and intense competition amongst the global yards to
attract the small chunk of new-build orders on offer.
We however expect the revenues of the shipyards in the coming two fiscals to remain steady owing to the order
backlog yet to be executed by the yards. Thereafter, in view of the limited flow of new-build orders and the
declining order backlog, the yards are faced with the prospects of declining revenues and profit margins in the
next 3-5 years. To add to this, other factors such as increase in raw material prices, especially steel and higher
outflow on interest servicing would adversely affect the yard’s margin.
CARE Research foresees the steel industry growth to be muted in the short term as concerns over economic
slowdown are expected to prevail for a while. Nevertheless, these concerns are expected to fade away in the
medium term. We estimate domestic demand for finished steel to grow at about 8-10% during FY13. In line with
the growth in domestic demand, domestic finished steel capacity is also likely to increase at a similar pace. While
the global supply of steel will continue to adjust itself with the change in global demand, we expect the global
demand for finished steel to grow at around 5%.
New policy measures on the mining sector from the Australian and Indonesian government, continue to remain a
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major threat for the global base metal manufacturing industries. In addition, the domestic steel industry is highly
dependent on imported thermal and coking coal and the finished steel prices are determined based on the landed
cost of imports. Hence currency fluctuation in either direction has its influence on the industry’s profitability.
We expect prices of key raw materials to correct in FY13 compared to the average prices recorded in FY12. Owing
to the continued oversupply situation in the global steel industry, prices of finished steel products are also likely
to remain under pressure. Margins are expected to be subdued owing to the time lag between corrections in raw
material and finished steel prices.
Sugar output in the current sugar season (SS 2011-12) is estimated to be about 26 million MT on account of higher
sugar cane production on the back of higher cane acreage. With an opening stock of 5.6 million MT and an
estimated annual domestic consumption of 22 million MT, the industry is expected to have a surplus of 9.6 million
MT at the end of SS 2011-12. It will create an oversupply situation leading to moderation in sugar prices.
Increase in State Administered Prices (SAP) of sugarcane from Rs. 205 per quintal to Rs. 240 per quintal in Uttar
Pradesh, the largest sugarcane producing state in the country, has further put pressure on the cost structure of
sugar mills, particularly those based in UP. This coupled with high interest rates and thereby high inventory
carrying cost is likely to put pressure on the debt servicing capability of non-integrated sugar mills. For integrated
players the situation is expected to be relatively better with realisations from ethanol and co-generation
offsetting losses from sale of sugar.
On the global front, the situation is likely to remain flat with closing stock expected to remain at the same level as
that of the previous season. Surplus production in Australia and India are likely to offset lower supply from Brazil.
Despite higher output, GoI has so far allowed export of only 1 mn tonnes of sugar. Further allowance of export by
the government, say by 2-3 mn tonnes may ease the excess inventory situation resulting in improvement in
domestic sugar prices.
Higher carry over inventory, high sugarcane prices and unattractive sugar prices is currently acting as a dampener
to the industry. Thus, timely allowance of exports is critical to the performance of sugar mills.
Over the past decade, the Indian telecom sector has grown significantly. It has emerged as the second largest in
the world in terms of subscriber base and is a major contributor to the country’s economy. However, over the
past two years, regulatory uncertainties combined with a deteriorating operating and financial environment have
slowed the growth momentum of this sector. This is evident from the decline in the growth of net subscriber
additions and revenues. In view of these concerns, GoI announced the New Telecom Policy 2011 (NTP 2011), a
draft of which was released in October 2011. NTP 2011 proposes to introduce certain regulatory and policy
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changes which include allowing spectrum sharing and trading, delinking spectrum allocation from licenses and
removal of national roaming charges, amongst others. After the Supreme Court cancelled 122 telecom licenses
issued in 2008 (more than 100 were with new players), competition in the sector is expected to decrease to
around 9-10 operators in a circle from 15. We expect that not all players who lost their licenses, will bid for them
again under fresh auctions. This will possibly lead to tariff hikes improving profitability for players marginally.
Many established players, have already hiked tariffs in various circles by upto 20% and the impact of the same on
operating performance would be seen in the next few quarters. This is expected to result in the emergence of a
stable and rational pricing structure for the sector in the long run.
CARE Research also envisages increased contribution of Value Added Services (VAS) to total revenues of operators
with the shift in focus towards next-generation technologies and growing demand and affordability of
smartphones within the country. VAS currently contributes about 10-15% to total revenues of an operator, which
is expected to increase to about 20-25% in the next 2-3 years. As telecom players roll out 3G services in more
cities, its penetration is expected to rise in 2012-13, though at a reduced pace, as compared to total wireless
subscriber addition and revenue contribution from 3G will not be significant in 2012-13.
Overall, we believe that the short term outlook for most operators remains muted due to the ongoing regulatory
uncertainties, strained capital structure, significantly low tariffs and high operating costs. Thus profitability of
players is expected to be muted despite improvements in revenues due to hike in tariffs.
Prospect of cotton spinning units would improve if the declining cotton prices leads to a revival in demand for
cotton yarn and increase in capacity utilization across the cotton textile value chain. The performance of cotton
yarn and cotton fabric manufacturers, however, is expected to remain sluggish as most of these manufacturers
are over leveraged and have borne the brunt of the sharp movement in cotton prices and exchange rates in FY12,
that resulted in their liquidity position being severely impacted.
With increasing urbanization, growing households and increasing disposable income, the domestic demand for
denim fabric is expected to remain healthy going forward. However, with new capacity additions, there is a risk of
excess supply which may adversely impact the profitability of denim manufacturers in the medium to long term.
The apparel industry suffers due to the lack of fully integrated plants, low labor productivity and inadequate
infrastructure. All of this make it difficult for Indian apparel exports to compete with other low-cost Asian
counterparts. Moreover, with the US and EU accounting for more than 70 per cent of Indian apparel exports, the
concerns over the economic health of these countries would pressure the Indian apparel exporters in the medium
Man Made Fibre (MMF) industry is expected to grow at a moderate 5-6 per cent in the medium term. The growth
is likely to be driven by MMF based products and blended products .The share of MMF based apparel exports too
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is likely to increase. However, recent increase in input prices owing to the increase in crude oil prices and the
stabilization of cotton prices may limits the envisaged growth prospects of the MMF industry. Moreover,
profitability of key players is expected to remain under stress due to volatile raw material prices, increase in
power and interest cost and limited pricing flexibility of MMF players with increased competition.
Overall demand outlook for textile industry for FY13 is expected to remain moderate; with volatile commodity and
exchange rates being the key challenge for the industry. Participants who are well placed in value chain and have
control over their debt levels may witness improved performance.
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Aluminium Hitesh Avachat firstname.lastname@example.org
Automobiles Vishal Srivastav email@example.com
Banking Anuj Jain firstname.lastname@example.org
Cement Chaitanya Raut email@example.com
Coal Hitesh Avachat firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction Smita Rajpurkar email@example.com
Education Vishal Ajmera firstname.lastname@example.org
Gems & Jewelry Divya Agarwal email@example.com
Hotels Swati Kashimpuria firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Technology Sharmila Jain email@example.com
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Pesticides Divya Agarwal firstname.lastname@example.org
Pharmaceuticals Divya Agarwal email@example.com
Power Piyush Nimgaonkar firstname.lastname@example.org
Retail Vishal Ajmera email@example.com
Real Estate Mahendra Patil firstname.lastname@example.org
Road Chaitanya Raut email@example.com
Shipping and Shipbuilding Vishal Ajmera firstname.lastname@example.org
Steel Hitesh Avachat email@example.com
Sugar Arindam Saha firstname.lastname@example.org
Telecom Anand Kulkarni email@example.com
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Economy Kavita Chacko firstname.lastname@example.org
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