Foseco India ltd
Business Segment: Metallurgical Chemicals
Installed capacity: 29627 tonnes
Year of operation : 55th year
Product portfolio : over 400 complex products comprises resins, coatings, feeding systems, ferrous and non-ferrous metal treatment products and greensand additives.
Market share : approximately 23%
Manufacturing plants : Two- Sanaswadi, Pune and Puducherry-both are accredited to the international IS014001:2004, environmental management ISO9001:2008, quality standards and OHSAS 18001:2007.
Number of employees: 195
Foseco worldwide , has been associated with the metals Industry for over 75 years and is acknowledged as a world leader in the supply of consumable products for use in the foundry industry with presence in 32 countries and major facilities in Germany, USA, UK, Brazil, China, India, South Korea and
Promoters :Foseco is a part of the Ceramics Division (Vesuvius) of Cookson Group plc, UK which owns 75% stake in the company
Foundries form the heart of any manufacturing based economy.
The business of Foseco India Limited is concentrated on the Indian foundry sector.
It is acknowledged as the only company in the country that possesses the capability of offering the widest range of solutions for producing casting of the highest standards in terms of quality, surface finish, soundness, integrity and dimensional tolerance. Its focus is on adding economic value through improved process capability, casting yield, resource utilization and efficiency and development of new business opportunities.
What do Foundry additives do ?
Foseco manufactures products for steel and foundry industry which are used as additives and consumables in the form of granulated flux, alloy additions, and granulated fluxes which improve the physical properties and surface qualities of castings. These help to reduce the cost of melting, moulding and casting for various ferrous and non ferrous metals.
Foundries typically produce castings that go into different end user segments. These segments can be broadly classified into automotive, construction, heavy machinery, general engineering and mining. There are more than 5,000 foundry units in India, having an installed capacity of
approximately 7.5 million tones per annum, the majority of which (nearly 95%) fall under small-scale industry category. In terms of production, the Indian foundry industry is the sixth largest in the world after the USA,China, Japan, Russia and Germany, whilst in terms of the number of people
employed and production units, India is the second largest player in thefoundry industry after China.
Foseco’s performance is directly linked to the the industry growth, in terms of overall casting tonnages.
An example of how Foseco products add value:
One such product from the Foseco stable is "Turbostop", which is a specially designed and engineered "Contoured Impact Pad" (CIP). Till the invention of "Turbostop" the normal process in casting of steel was that molten steel would flow from a ladle and hit a flat impact pad kept at the bottom base of the vessel known as Tundish. The flow of steel after hitting the impact pad was not susceptible to control, this affected the time upto which the molten steel could be retained in the Tundish. Unless the molten steel could be retained for an ideal time - the non-metallic inclusions would not float and would not be capable of removal, resulting in poor quality steel. With Turbostop this difficulty is overcome
Foseco is an investors dream stock in terms of dividend payout. The 6 year dividend record is as follows:
2005 : Rs.17 ( EPS : Rs.19.19)
2006 : Rs.18 ( EPS : Rs.22.96)
2007: Rs.17 ( Rs.28.37)
2008: Rs9.50 ( Rs.22.86)
2009: Rs.9 ( Rs.18.04)
2010: Rs.17 ( Rs.30)
An increase in gross block in 2008 & 2009 saw dividend payout ratio reduced to about 40% as the company expanded capacity. The overall performance in those years was also affected by the overall economic slowdown.
Paid up Equity capital: Rs.6.39 cr
Debt : Rs.11 .05 cr
Revenue : 188 cr ( 2009: 127 cr)
PBT : 29 cr ( 2009: 19 cr)
PAT: 19.3 cr (2009: 12.5 cr)
EPS : Rs.30 ( 2009: Rs.19.5)
The company is currently operating at about 70% of its installed capacity of 29627 tonnes and hence there does not seem any immediate need ( at least for the next 2 years)
Performance for Year ended Dec 2010:
Revenues : 188 cr
PBT : 28.98 cr
PAT : 19.29 cr
EPS : Rs.30
At the current price of Rs.450, the company trades at a PE of 15 times 2010 earnings.
With India emerging as manufacturing hub for a host of industries , overall casting tonnages are likely to see growth . Foseco with its competitive technological advantage, good dividend payout, and shareholder friendly management could be considered as a good long term investment on dips.
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