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ABB India soars 9% on robust March quarter earnings, strong order book

The company has a strong order backlog as of March 31, 2022, at Rs 5,229 crore, which provides revenue visibility and is well aligned to support growth plans in the coming quarters.

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Deepak Korgoankar  |  Mumbai 

ABB India net profit jumps four-fold to Rs 68 crore in June quarter

Shares of surged 9 per cent to Rs 2,189 on the BSE in Thursday’s intra-day trade after the company reported a solid performance in the March quarter (Q1CY22). Its standalone net profit more-than-doubled to Rs 370 crore on the back of strong operational performance, while Ebitda margin expanded 170 basis points. The company, engaged in heavy electrical equipment business, had posted profit of Rs 151 crore in Q1CY21.

The company's revenue grew 20.8 per cent year on year (YoY) at Rs 1,968 crore from Rs 1,629 crore in the year-ago quarter. Operational earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (ebitda) margin improved 170 bps to 8.5 per cent from 6.8 per cent.

The capacity utilization & operation efficiencies yield traction in profit during the quarter. Total orders surged to Rs 2,291 crore, the highest for the first quarter in the last five years. The company said it continues to have a strong order backlog as of March 31, 2022, at Rs 5,229 crore, which provides revenue visibility and is well aligned to support growth plans in the coming quarters.

"The various government projects incentivizing local production, fast tracking infrastructure projects, housing and water for all, specific measures for various sectors like solar, water, data centers, metros, etc. is likely to have incremental positive impact and provide some cushion for the macro uncertainties," said.

The company further said it is benefitting from business opportunities to render greater sustainability and efficiency in certain core sectors of energy, metals, railways & metro, and cement.

"We value ABB at 60x CY23F EPS of Rs 34.2 to arrive at our target price of Rs 2,052. We prefer Honeywell Automation in the segment. Delivery on EBITDA margin and order inflows are key upside risks while sluggish industrial capex and commodity price rise are downside risks," wrote analysts at Nomura in a post results note.

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Technical View
Bias: Neutral
Support: Rs 2,120
Resistance: Rs 2,233

With today's sharp rally, the stock has bounced back sharply from the lower-end of the Bollinger Band on the daily charts towards the trend line resistance. The Bollinger Band indicates support at Rs 2,026-odd level, while the trend line indicates resistance around Rs 2,233.

The price-to-moving averages action was negative during the last seven trading sessions. However, today's move has helped the stock to claw back above its key moving averages. The 20-DMA is placed at Rs 2,150 and the 50-DMA at Rs 2,121. The stock is currently trading close to its 100-DMA placed at Rs 2,188. Further, the 20-WMA, too, indicates resistance around Rs 2,190.

Among the key momentum oscillators, the DI (Directional Index) and Slow Stochastic have turned positive, while the MACD remains negative.

Given the mixed signals, the stock is likely to remain choppy in the near-term. For now, the major support area for the stock shall be around Rs 2,120-odd level. Whereas, on the upside, only a sustained trade above Rs 2,233-level can trigger a fresh positive momentum at the counter.

(With inputs from Rex Cano)

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First Published: Thu, May 05 2022. 09:42 IST
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