February 29, 2024

In June 2023, GIL introduced that GMR Airports, which runs Hyderabad and Delhi airports, will merge with GIL.

On December 11 the inventory worth of GMR Airports Infrastructure (GIL) gained nearly 5 % to succeed in a 52-week excessive of Rs 72.30. The most recent push got here after international portfolio investor GQG Companions Rising Markets Fairness Fund purchased round 28.29 crore fairness shares, amounting to round 4.7 % stake, through open market transactions.

The entire deal was price Rs 1,671 crore, in line with trade info. Nomura India Funding Fund and Stichting Depositary APG Rising Markets Fairness Pool additionally lately purchased a stake within the firm. As of September 2023, promoter holding within the inventory was 59 % whereas FII held round 28.01 % stake.

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What’s driving investor curiosity?

Whereas the most recent funding could have introduced the inventory to the forefront, analysts say that this “highlight” was a very long time coming. In response to analysts, there are quite a few elements corresponding to the rise in air site visitors, bettering monetary efficiency. For October 2023 the corporate reported a 19 % year-on-year improve in passenger site visitors at 9,841,859. The passenger site visitors grew 5 % on a month-on-month foundation.

However other than passenger site visitors, one other issue has been an enchancment in firm financials over the previous few quarters. “Until a few years again, the corporate was seeing stress in its financials however that has improved now – not solely when it comes to steadiness sheet but in addition money move and working efficiencies,” mentioned Nirav Karkera, Head of Analysis, Fisdom.

GIL at present operates via GMR Airports Ltd (GAL) managing the Airports section and RAXA Techno Safety Options managing the safety options. In Q2FY24, aero income was Rs 251.6 crore towards Rs 220.7 crore in Q2FY23 whereas non-aero income was Rs 703.5 crore towards Rs 599.4 crore in Q2FY23.

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In Q2FY24, the corporate reported a discount in web loss to Rs 190 crore from Rs 197 crore within the quarter ended September 30, 2022. Web revenue for Q2 additionally grew 25 % to Rs 1,607 crore towards a web revenue of Rs 1,285 crore within the earlier interval. Earnings earlier than curiosity, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the course of the September quarter grew 34 % YoY to Rs 848 crore. Presently, the corporate is sitting on web debt of Rs 23,600 crore, down 6 % from the earlier fiscal.

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Expansions and developments

In June 2023, GIL introduced that GMR Airports, which runs Hyderabad and Delhi airports, will merge with GIL. Put up the merger the GMR Group will proceed to be the most important stakeholder in GIL with a 33.7 % possession adopted by Groupe ADP at 32.3 %. In February 2020, GMR Airports had signed a share buy settlement to promote a 49 % stake in GMR Airports to ADP Groupe at a valuation of Rs 22,000 crore.

The general public holding within the merged entity will likely be round 34 %. Within the Q2FY24 concall, the administration mentioned they’d acquired approvals from varied regulatory our bodies and predict the merger to be accomplished earlier than the tip of FY2024. With this merger, GIL might acquire from elevated money flows and a stronger steadiness sheet, analysts say.

It additionally lately introduced the elevating of Rs 3,125 crore from a consortium of 5 lenders via its step down subsidiary for the part-financing of Bhogapuram Worldwide Airport. In response to the administration, the airport will have the ability to service round 6 million passengers each year and “will likely be scaled up primarily based on passenger site visitors progress”.

One other latest transfer has been the rise in aeronautical fees for Manohar Worldwide Airport, Goa, together with person growth charges, touchdown and parking fees, and so on, which analysts say would add to the money move within the coming days.

The corporate has additionally seen a rise in capex for its Hyderabad and New Delhi airports the place it has majority stakes. All these elements mixed, in line with Karkera, have resulted in buyers having a beneficial view on the corporate. Moreover, he identified that there are only a few “performs” obtainable amongst listed gamers within the airport infrastructure house.

What analysts say

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The inventory has gained over 360 % within the final one yr and over 78.16 % on a year-to-date foundation. As of December 12, 2023, the inventory was buying and selling at Rs 72.60 with a market cap of round Rs 43,280 crore.

Presently, fewer analysts are monitoring the inventory.

In response to Sunny Agrawal, Head of Analysis at SBI Capital Securities, with India anticipated to be the third largest aviation market by 2030, GMR Airports is more likely to be one of many key beneficiaries. Going ahead, he mentioned, earnings progress is more likely to speed up led by a rise in passenger site visitors thereby sweating present property, probably uptick in non-aero income, the addition of latest home and worldwide airports and monetisation of land close to airports. Agrawal suggested that “one ought to strategy the inventory with a long-term funding horizon”.

ICICI Securities has a ‘purchase’ name on the inventory with a goal worth of Rs 63. In a report earlier this yr, whereas initiating protection within the inventory, analysts at ICICI Securities mentioned, “Airport is a lovely enterprise with a secure regulatory regime. It’s monopolistic in nature and due to this fact, partly regulated. The enterprise additionally has an infinite upside potential from the non–aero enterprise and city-side growth.”

Alternatively, Kotak Securities has a ‘scale back’ name on the inventory with a goal worth of Rs 55.

Whereas the corporate has loads of alternatives within the type of growing passenger site visitors and capabilities to cater to that site visitors, analysts mentioned there are particular dangers corresponding to debt for initiatives just like the Bhogapuram airport. “Whereas debt shouldn’t be unhealthy, you will need to see how the corporate is ready to convert that debt into realisations. If debt shouldn’t be utilised nicely and doesn’t translate into prime line or backside line it lastly begins changing into an issue. However the firm seems to be assured,” Karkera mentioned.

Kotak Institutional Equities analysts of their final report highlighted different dangers corresponding to restricted money flows to reinvest, limiting worth from new asset wins, competitors remaining benign over the long run and new buyers coming in at present stiff valuations.

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