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Indraprastha Gas stock falls over 2% on weak Q1 earnings; check what brokerages say

BusinessToday.In     August 27, 2020

Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) share price was trading 2.5% lower on Thursday after the company reported a weak set of Q1 earnings. IGL registered 85% fall in its profit after tax to Rs 32 crore for the first quarter of the current financial year against Rs 245.04 crore during the same quarter of the previous year.

Company's total income fell to Rs 723.16 crore in Q1 FY21 from Rs 1,779.47 crore in Q1 FY20.

Following the result update, shares of Indraprastha Gas touched an intraday low of Rs 402.95, falling 2.56% compared to its earlier close of Rs 413.55 on BSE. It has also touched an intraday high of Rs 417.40, after opening at Rs 411.

Market cap of the clean energy firm stood at Rs 28,497 crore. Indraprastha Gas share stands higher than 20 days but lower than 5, 50, 100 and 200-day moving averages.

Indraprastha Gas share has gained 23% in one year but lost 4.92% since the beginning of this year. In the fourth quarter of previous fiscal, IGL reported a 12% rise in net profit on higher gas sales.

The large-cap stock hit a 52-week high of Rs 534.40 on February 7, 2020, and 52 week low of Rs 284.55 on March 19, 2020.

IGL's total sales value halved to 247 million standard cubic meters (mscm) in the April-June quarter, down from 569 mscm in the same quarter of the last fiscal.

"Owing to the reduction in demand due to restrictions in vehicular movement, the sales at the Compressed Natural Gas stations were impacted. Similarly, demand from industrial and commercial customers was also impacted due to the lockdown," the company stated in its regulatory filing.

On the outlook of Indraprastha Gas share, Motilal Oswal sees  the company's CNG volumes to take longer to achieve normalcy and gave a neutral rating to Indraprastha Gas with a target price of Rs 470.

Emkay Global has given a hold rating to Indraprastha Gas with a target price of Rs 430. "Quick volume recovery is the key trigger. Key risks are adverse pricing/margin/currency, high gas prices (incl. reforms), Covid-19 relapse, open access-competition and project delays," the brokerage added.

On IGL stock, Dolat Capital recommended accumulate rating with a target price of Rs 472  and said," There can be some short term pressure on the stock price as there will be capex spent to the tune of Rs 20,000 mn in next 3 years, COVID Impact can decline revenues for FY21 before getting back to normal levels in FY22, and the hangover around the common carrier policy to be introduced by the regulator."

Commenting on 1QFY21 results of IGL, Yash Gupta, Equity Research Associate, Angel Broking said,"Due to continuous lockdown in Delhi city, there was very limited usage of PNG & CNG in commercial and domestic. Total sales volume down by 57% to 247 SCM million from 569 SCM million in Q1FY20. CNG sales volume down by 66% and PNG commercial sales down by 40%. IGL has posted a weak set of numbers due to lower off-take in demand from the commercial sector. We remain cautious on the sector as demand will be impacted by the local lockdown."

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