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Cheviot company and Pan India Workshop of Share Bazaar App

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Seminars and workshops: About to have long 8 hours Investors Workshop in places like Delhi,Hyderbad and Kolkata over the coming 3 weeks. Do pen a mail at [email protected] if you interested in being a part of it. In last Mumbai Workshop,the themes of Jute got discussed and Cheviot incidentally was quoting at about 700 then. Let's pen what attracted me in this company.

Scripscan:Cheviot Company Ltd

Traded in: Bse

Note: This days am pretty much occupied with the workshops and seminars which we are having Pan India. The latest venture "Share Bazaar Android App" has been a huge hit with nearly 30000 downloads over the last few months. Blogs are about to be obsolete owing to technological advancements and hence the decision to migrate everything in the App. Do download the app guys if you haven't done yet. Just search Share Bazaar Arun in play store.

Quote: Cheviot Company is one of the prime examples of a corporate that makes a lot of money from green fibre and sound investments.Harsh Vardhan Kanoria has created Gold out of an Industry, on which the Sun had literally set with the departure of the British in 1947.Today, with its processing units and a turnover exceeding Rs 265 crore, Cheviot Company makes more money out of Jute and its Corporate Investments, in a year, than most companies would ever make in their lifetime.While Kolkata may hold a different meaning for different people, for the current owners of Cheviot-the Kanoria family, the "Sun Never Set On Jute" even with the collapse of the British empire.

Introduction: Cheviot Company Limited (CCL) which was incorporated in 1897, is the flagship company of the Cheviot group, which has interests in the jute, tea, and leather businesses.CCL manufactures high-value jute yarn and fabrics, such as precision-wound fine jute yarn, sacking cloth, hessian cloth and bags, sacking bags (for packing food grains and other allied purposes), and superior hessian cloth.Spearheaded by Mr. H. V. Kanoria under whose leadership the group has shown exemplary performance year after year. He is an eminent industrialist with 40 years of vast experience in successfully handling Jute, Tea and Leather Industries.The company also ventured into new product category by adding jute shopping bags in their existing product lines. The company caters to both the export and domestic markets. It has two manufacturing units in West Bengal: one in Budge Budge and one in the Falta Special Economic Zone (export-oriented unit). 

Demand for eco-friendly bags: The demand for green products jute goods like gardening products, shopping bags, geo-textile, pulp and paper, home textiles, floor covering and non-woven textiles is very high at the consumers’ level in the international market due to the growing awareness about environment. Of those products, jute-made shopping bags are now the best-selling items. Many countries like the United States (US) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have already gone for replacement of plastic shopping bags by jute-made shopping bags. The demand for eco-friendly bags is also increasing in Western Europe, Australasia, Middle East, Asia and African countries. The global market size of jute-made shopping bags will be 500 billion pieces, equivalent to seven million tonnes of jute products, in the coming days, as efforts are on to totally stop use of polythene or plastic materials all over the world because of their adverse impact on environment.

Fibre of the future: Composite and Compounded materials from man-made fibres (i.e. glass fiber, carbon fiber etc.) are already available as products for consumer and industrial uses. Jute is one such natural fiber that can reduce the impact on the environment. It is available in abundance, strong and is increasingly being referred to as the “fiber of the future”. Jute filled PP composites are today being successfully used for various components and materials. . India is still largely an agrarian economy, which needs to generate massive employment in rural areas for a rapidly growing population. Technological breakthroughs such as jute-filled PP compounds show the way for economic development of the masses by marrying state-of-the- art technology and research with cash crops to create rural and industrial prosperity.

New Advancement in Jute Compound: Bengaluru-based STEER makes new advancement in jute compounds that ca help in use of fibre in automobile parts (under-the hood),housing construction materials or even microwaveable cooking containers. This New compound can have ripple effect not only on the jute sector, but the entire India economy by opening up a huge market opportunity. Jute polymers to provide excellent opportunity for new sunrise industry to emerge, creation of thousands of jobs in West Bengal, Orissa and Bihar. The popularisation of jute polymers is expected to help provide a major thrust to the Government’s Make in India campaign, by popularising new usage of jute in other sectors, thus stimulating industrial activity. Jute polymers are certain to greatly benefit the jute industry with its ability to transform the traditional use of jute for modern day products, thus, touching human lives. 

Advantage over Bangladesh :India and Bangladesh together accounts for the 95% of worlds jute production. The cost of producing quality yarn is 40 per cent higher in Bangladesh than in India because of the technological disadvantages. India has set up composite jute mills with modern machinery and technologies for production of fabrics, dyeing or lamination under one roof. Bangladesh has nearly 250 jute mills, but none of them has the dyeing and lamination facilities, which are essential to producing diversified products, according to exporters.

Potential for an anti-dumping tax: Around 125 lakh bales of jute sacks are needed just to package crop seeds in India. Indian jute mills can produce only 25 lakh bales of jute. The Indian Jute Mill Association (IJMA) has already pleaded for an anti-dumping tax in case Bangladeshi goods enter India. The Indian jute commission is considering the plea, and is soon to give a decision about it. This decision is aiming provide a monopoly to Indian jute mill owners which is a very big positive as there are barely few survivors in the industry.

Jute Particle Board: They are used as substitutes for wood. The availability of the technologies for producing particleboards and its high socio-economic value are arguments in favour of the future development of this product. The use of wood in house construction, furniture, etc. is slowly being discouraged due to environmental reasons. The use of jute particle board as a substitute has been found to be quite acceptable both in terms of quality and price.

Strong Financial Risk Profile: CRISIL's ratings on the bank facilities of Cheviot Co Ltd (CCL) continue to reflect CCL's strong financial risk profile, marked by a robust net worth, low reliance on external debt and strong liquidity. The ratings also factor in the strong business risk profile, with an established market position in the jute industry, a diversified product profile, and a wide distribution network.

Jute has always been a dull and boring sector. However, several positive advancement drew my attention to this sector.Several innovations ranging from diversified uses of Jute and Jute compounds (as discussed above) implies a turning tables for this sector.Also there has been a rise in demand for jute products all across the globe. Several countries have already banned use of plastic bags in their grocery markets and shopping malls. Thus, demand has been projected to increase 50 times within next five years if the eco-friendly trend continues.Potential for an anti-dumping tax which is a game changer, would provide a monopoly to Indian jute mill owners as there are barely few players in the industry.Recently MD of Gloster (one of the leading Jute players) emphasized in an interview that this is a ‘golden period’ for the jute industry with several sectoral tailwinds. He guided a robust rise in export demand in coming quarters. He also said that the upcoming quarters will see a very sleek growth which they have never seen before.

Concerns: Adverse regulatory changes in the jute industry may impact the top line and thus the regulatory risk would always prevail.Revenues coming in from exports have been a significant rise in past several quarters, fluctuations in currency can pose a threat. Also the RM prices which is Raw jute been on a recent upswing which can put pressure on its margins.

Financials: Company over the past 5 years have grown its topline and bottomline at a CAGR of 8% and 13% respectively. But the half yearly results of 2015-16 presents an entirely different picture where the company has delivered an impressive sales growth of 25% to register a figure of 150crs vs 120crs. Profits have more than doubled to 23crs vs 11crs. The third quarter numbers probably should be the best since its inception.

Conclusion: I liked Cheviot for its attractive valuations (in terms of EV) along with strong financial risk profile, marked by a robust net worth and low reliance on external debt.It has huge investments and cash on book worth Rs. 200 Cr and it’s almost debt free. Thus,on EV basis it is available at a very reasonable price.Currently it is quoting at a 6 forward PE and given the tailwinds even a meagre rerating up to 10 PE would make it move way higher. Promoters are owning 75% stake of the company.CCL has also been very generous with its consistent 20%+ dividend pay-out policy in past 5 years. So even dividends will be 2x with 100% rise in bottom line.Also, CCL doesn’t needs any capex and has huge reserves so one can expect another bonus due to low equity base. (Last bonus was in 2006) .There are very few listed players in Jute industry in India. All are with very tiny equities and limited floating stock. So even average accumulation can make them run into circuits.

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Note: The above is not a research report but assimilation of information available on public domain and it should not be treated as a research report.

Registration status with SEBI: I am not registered with SEBI under the (Research Analyst) regulations 2014 and as per clarifications provided by SEBI: “Any person who makes recommendation or offers an opinion concerning securities or public offers only through public media is not required to obtain registration as research analyst under RA Regulations”
Disclosure: It is safe to assume that I might have Cheviot in my portfolio and hence my point of view can be biased.Readers should consult registered consultants before making any investments.

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