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| 2/9/2012 9:30 PM Thursday

HERO MOTOCORP

I want to buy shares of Hero MotoCorp at the current market price. Will these be value accretive going forward?

- Pradhan S, Pune, Maharashtra

Hero MotoCorp, BSE/NSE Code 500182/HEROMOTOCO, with a face value of Rs 2, is currently trading at Rs 1949. Its 52-week high/low are Rs 2250 and Rs 1376 respectively. 

Hero MotoCorp (formerly Hero Honda Motors) engages in the manufacture and sale of motorcycles in India. It provides a range of two-wheeler products, including motorcycles, scooters, as well as spare parts. The company markets its products under various brands including CD Dawn, CD Deluxe, Splendor Plus, to name a few. It offers its products through a network of dealers, service and spare parts outlets and dealer-appointed outlets. The company sold a record 6117599 units of two-wheelers in the period between January-December 2011, a growth of 19.2 per cent over the number sold in the entire CY 2010, when it had sold 5134549 two-wheelers.

The performance for 9M FY12 on a YoY basis has been pretty impressive. The topline witnessed a growth of 25 per cent on a YoY basis, and stood at Rs 17544 crore as against Rs 14010 crore for 9M FY11. The bottomline witnessed a growth of 24 per cent on a YoY basis, and stood at Rs 1774 crore as against Rs 1426 crore for 9M FY11. On the valuations front, the stock discounts its trailing 12-month earnings by 17.11x and its EV/EBITDA stands at 14.37x. The debt-to-equity ratio stands at 0.50 per cent, which is quite low. The dividend yield also stands at a healthy 5.36 per cent, which is another remarkable point about this company. One can enter the stock at the current levels from a longer-term perspective.

3i INFOTECH

The 3i Infotech stock has witnessed a severe downfall in the last calendar year. Is this the right time to enter the counter?

- Palash Sur, Via Email

 

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