GNA Axles Ltd (GNAAL) is a Punjab based manufacturer of rear axle shafts, other shafts and spindles used in on-highway vehicular (including LCVs, MCVs, HCVs, bus etc) and off-highway vehicular (agricultural tractors and machinery, forestry, construction equipment, mining etc) segments. In FY2016, the company’s revenue mix was constituted by domestic and export segments in the proportion of ~45% and ~55% respectively. GNAAL’s customers include OEMs such as Mahindra & Mahindra, John Deere, Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) and tier 1 suppliers to OEMs such as Automotive Axles, Meritor HVS AB and Dana. The company has two manufacturing facilities, both of which are located in Punjab. It exports products to various countries across America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Outlook & Valuation: In terms of valuations, the pre-issue P/E works out to 12.1x its FY2016 earnings (at the upper end of the issue price band) which is lower compared to its peers (Talbros Engineering is trading at 19.5x its FY2016 earnings). Also, GNAAL has a better margin and ROE profile than its comparable peers. Considering high export revenue composition, expected recovery in domestic sales and the company’s market leadership position in the tractor segment; plus, given the relatively attractive valuation proposition, recommend a SUBSCRIBE on the issue.