Thursday, January 26, 2012


  • Sarda Energy and Mineral (SEML) posted standalone adjusted PAT of INR187m (up 35% QoQ) for 3QFY12.
    Higher coal production, stabilization of pellet plant, and higher merchant power volumes and rates boosted earnings
  • Net sales increased 13% QoQ to INR2.8b (v/s our estimate of INR2.5b), driven by higher pellet and power sales, and increase in sponge iron prices.
  • EBITDA increased 34% QoQ to INR481m, driven by increase in production of pellets and coal, higher power
    generation, and higher sponge iron prices. Pellets are currently enjoying superior margins due to shortage of DRI 
    grade iron ore and strong sponge iron prices.
  • Reported standalone PAT was INR278m. This includes INR137m MTM impact of forex loss reversal, as SEML has adopted new guidelines for amortization of forex loss over a longer period.

Valuation and view: After a couple of quarters of subdued performance, the pellet plant has stabilized. The coal washery, which was started in August 2011, is also ramping up well and mining production has increased. We are  increasing our earnings estimate for FY13 to factor in stabilization of the pellet plant and coal washery, and rampup of coal mining. The stock trades at an EV of 5.3x FY12E EBITDA. Maintain Neutral.

To read the full report: SARDA ENERGY