Please note that I had hold positions in DMART stock in past and exited and may hold in future as well. I may be fully biased in the below opinion. Please don’t take it as investment advice. Its just sharing of what i observed and reader is advised to do due diligence before acting on opinion
Dmart is a stock which i am tracking from IPO days. Could not get IPO allocation but I entered into it at very late stage and also exited without making much gains. The Reasons are aplenty but as we see it is also a stock which has defied gravity in valuations. Here i am trying to find the correlation with the results announced for Q4 and full FY19-20 with what i have observed a month back and shared to people on twitter. .
This what i observed and shared a month back on 22nd April 2020
Almost 50% stores closed for a month, open stores only selling essential items like grocery which have low margin, other things like clothes, utensils (high margin business) is closed because of less staff operating. Open stores have less footfall, there is limit as well on items that can be taken out while on the other side they need to keep store open for longer time –our area 24 hrs open, instead of normal 10am-9pm ..so more operating costs. Plus operating expenses are rising because of social distancing, sanitation of trolleys, infrared thermometers, sanitizes to people when they enter the store , Electricity expenses, Getting worker to work at night shift may increase salary allowance. More people in line has forced DMart to put up tents outdoors. So less revenues, more expenses, profit will take a plunge in coming time. And now enters JIO deal. A bigger challenge for dmart to retain customers. May force them towards home delivery with shrinking margins My view at that time was to exit DMART and re-enter later.
What happened to DMART price. From the point i exited, it went from 2150 to 2380 in last one month
You sell a stock, it goes high
You buy a stock, it goes low
Amazing isn’t it!!!
But here the pain is less, atleast till now, as i was waiting for Q4 results to take a fresh call .
So how was DMART results on 23rd May 2020?
First glance at results shows solid performance with approx 24% increase in YOY revenues, 29 % yoy growth in EBITDA and 60% rise in EPS YOY. Looks like i missed the bus by selling my position and already stock by approx 10%.
Still i decided to delve deeper into results and compared Q-O-Q numbers (Q4vs Q3 of FY19-20). I saw a decline in Revenue as well as EBITDA and only 8 days were the stores closed in Q4. Why did the Q4 numbers so weak? I thought actual impact should be visible in Q1 FY21 but here Q4 revenue decline is not making much sense? It is beyond my imagination that only 8 days has caused such havoc in Q4 numbers. I was not able to solve the puzzle for quite some time. Could not get any clue and I was re-reading the results & commentary again and again.
I pulled out numbers for past 8 quarters and there you go!! It confirms that Q4 is a historically weak quarter. But here the decline from Q3 to Q4 was 30% approx while in the past years the decline from Q3 to Q4 profits were limited to 20%. Somehow what i observed a month back starts making some sense . 8 days of lockdown did have an impact and its clearly visible in Q4 numbers.
I reached to Management commentary and in section Covid-19 update, Management very clearly reflected on the lock-down observations and its impact on business. I am highlighting the paras below for your readings.
Reading the paragraphs gave me a sense of relief that missing such bus last month might not be not painful in long run. It also highlight the fact that while the results may look better at first glance but they are more than mere numbers and why one should go deeper to understand the results.
Entry of JIO MART along with COVID-19 lockdown may be a lethal combination for DMART. We need to see how the company performs in coming days and will NEWTON’s gravity will finally pull the stock down or not at all.
I don’t yet know whether i may get a chance to board the bus again or not as stocks prices can remain irrational longer than one’s patience!! I am also skeptical as of now whether bus should be boarded at all. I may be totally wrong as i see there are people who are predicting or rather speculating that all is well with company and stock price is on way to 3200!!! Its better to wait and watch from sidelines although I would be really surprised if the DMART stock reaches 3000 levels before retreating back to 2000 or 1900 levels. But Stock markets can really make you go crazy at times.
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