Having recovered 4.5% in the prior week, benchmark of Pakistan Stock Exchange went back into the red zone during the week ended 28th April 2017 closing at 49,301. Analysts attribute this fall to new disclosure requirements by SECP, and continued political uncertainty with futures rollover week further aggravating the decline. Average daily traded volumes increased by more than 29%WoW to 359 million shares with volume leaders being EPCL, ASL, ANL, SMBL and TRG. Key news flows during the week included: 1) PSMC unveiling the 1,000cc Celerio (re-branded as the new Cultus) at a ceremony held in Lahore, 2) PPL announcing discovery of 29.2mmscfd gas from its Gambat South block (65% working interest), 3) announcement of Punjab Orange Cab scheme for the unemployed youth by CM Punjab, with expected scheme size of 100,000 units, 4) GoP raising Rs360 billion through auction of short‐term government papers and 5) GoP notifying a relaxation of the moratorium on new gas connections for industrial, commercial and captive power plants directing the gas utilities to implement it with immediate effect. Gainers of the week were AGTL, PSMC, INDU, ASTL and HCAR; while laggards included PPL, EFERT, NCL, NML and CHCC. Foreign participation continued its negative trend with US$10.71 million outflows compared to US$31.97 million in the prior week. With the result season nearing its end, analysts expect the market to remain range-bound amid lack of triggers.
Contrary to February, country's total exports during March'17 rebounded 9.9% MoM/3.4%YoY to US$1.8 billion, where textile exports (60% of total exports) posted marked recovery to clock in at US$1.064 billion up 7%MoM. The upswing in the textile exports in March'17 was primarily driven by 9.9%YoY growth in value added exports to US$775 million, while non‐value added exports declined to US$289 million down 2.5%YoY. On a cumulative basis, 9MFY17 textile exports were still 0.77%YoY lower at US$9.29 billion, largely contributed by 8.5%YoY decline in the low value segment diluting the impact of 2.5%YoY growth in the value added segment. Looking ahead, textile exports are likely to remain under pressure due to: 1) demand side bottlenecks emanating from depressed Chinese demand and slowdown in EU, post Brexit, 2) liquidity crunch faced by textile sector due to delay in tax and rebate refunds amounting to Rs300 billion and 3) continuous upward trend in international and local cotton prices, raising cost of doing business. Having said that, recent appreciation in regional currencies as compared to slight depreciation in the PkR/US$ coupled with Rs180 billion export package, may extend some support to the declining exports, going forward.
Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) posted unconsolidated profit after tax of Rs2.19 billion (EPS: Rs1.72) for1QCY17 as compared to net profit of Rs2.73 billion (EPS: Rs2.14) for 1QCY16, down 20%YoY. Earnings came in slightly above market expectation due to 5.4% higher than expected topline on the back of greater than anticipated offtake growth. Key highlights of 1QCY17 earnings includes: 1) a 4%YoY decrease in topline to Rs11.19 billion reflecting 4%YoY expected slowdown in Urea offtake coupled with low urea prices and 2) improvement in gross margin to 31.5% (including subsidy) during 1QCY17 due to low feed gas prices (down 39%YoY) restricting earning decline. Along with results, the company also announced an interim cash dividend of Rs1.50/share.
Indus Motor Company (INDU) reported robust earnings for the 3QFY17 amounting to Rs4.17 billion (EPS: Rs53.05) higher by 41%YoY, beating out estimates and recording its highest earning quarter ever. Stellar earnings were the outcome of: 1) topline growth of 16%YoY, where the deviation may have occurred from higher CBU sales, 2) improved margins of 19.2%, signifying improved margins for the facelift Revo and Fortuner variants and 3) effective tax rate of 30% 1QFY17. On the flip side, finance costs rose 899%YoY due to the late payment on deliveries and below the line expenses increase tapering the bottom-line. Net profit for 9MFY17 rose to Rs10.24 billion (EPS: Rs130.34) up 16%YoY, with total payouts over the period at Rs80/share. Thus the company has a higher payout ratio that added to the planned CAPEX of Rs3.5 billion for FY17, points to improved liquidity at the OEM.