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Acid test for specialty chemical cos: Mix of weak demand, low realisations

Caustic Reaction: Sector expected to underperform as brokerages slash profit estimates

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Ram Prasad Sahu Mumbai

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The weak April-June quarter (first quarter, or Q1) results of the largest listed specialty chemical maker, SRF, and multiple global headwinds for the sector are expected to weigh on the prospects of Indian specialty chemical companies in 2023-24 (FY24). Stocks in the sector (down 7–18 per cent) have underperformed the benchmarks (up over 10 per cent) in the past three months, and given the multiple challenges, the trend is likely to continue.

Kotak Institutional Equities expects a very weak quarter (Q1FY24) for the sector due to destocking, demand weakness across certain critical end-use industries, and price erosion amid intense competition from

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First Published: Jul 31 2023 | 6:02 AM IST

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