Thus far in 2016, the stock rallied 70% from Rs 529 at the beginning of the calendar year, against 1.8% rise in the S&P BSE Sensex. The company is the sole supplier of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in the National Capital Region of Delhi.
IGL has its operations in NCT of Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad with 418 CNG stations, 6.75 lacs residential consumers and 2.8 thousand industrial / commercial customers and fuelling the largest CNG Bus fleet in the World.
IGL said it has been authorised for Rewari geographical area in the recent 6th round of bidding by Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB). It proposed to start 1st CNG station in Rewari by the end of this financial year i.e. 2016-17.
In past one-month, post July-September quarter (Q2FY17) results, the stock was up 10% as compared to 1% rise in the benchmark index.
IGL had reported a healthy 41% year on year (YoY) jump in standalone net profit at Rs 144 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 (Q2FY17). The company had posted a profit of Rs 102 crore in the same quarter last year.
Higher sales volumes/realizations, reduction in interest cost and higher other income helped the company to report strong profit growth during the quarter.
Analyst at Prabhudas Lilladher reiterates ‘buy’ rating on the stock with price target of Rs 1,080.
“IGL remains a green play on rising pollution concerns. Increased cars/taxis conversion and new bus addition in Delhi will drive 30% CAGR over FY16?18E,” the brokerage firm said in Q2 results update.
“IGL’s Q3FY17 volume growth could moderate to 4-5% vs. 9-10% in H1FY17, due to currency curbs, unavailability of CNG kits, and slowdown in industrial sales,” IIFL Institutional Equities said in research report.
“Although these are near-term challenges, long-term growth outlook remains intact. Rollout of new CNG stations, addition to bus fleet in Delhi, regulatory push, and geographical expansion would lead to 9-10% volume growth over FY17-19ii,” added report. The brokerage firm maintains ‘buy’ rating on the stock with a target price of Rs 940.