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Petronet LNG Ltd

Industrial Gases & Fuels

April 01, 2019

Sensex: 38871.87

CNX Nifty: 11669.15


BSE: 532522

Reco Price
Rs. 253.50
Price Target (3 - 6 Months)
Rs. 320.00


April 01, 2019



CNX Nifty








Stock Data

CMP (Rs)
Face value (Rs)
52 Week Range (Rs)
253.00 - 202.05
Market cap (Rs Crores)
Price To Book Value (x)
P/E Ratio (x)

One Year indexed Stock Performance

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Petronet LNG Limited, one of the fastest growing world-class companies in the Indian energy sector, has set up the country's first LNG receiving and regasification terminal at Dahej, Gujarat, and another terminal at Kochi, Kerala. While the Dahej terminal has a nominal capacity of 15 MMTPA, the Kochi terminal has a capacity of 5 MMTPA. The company is in the process to build a third terminal at Gangavaram, Andhra Pradesh.

Formed as a Joint Venture by the Government of India to import LNG and set up LNG terminals in the country, it involves India's leading oil and natural gas industry players. Its promoters are GAIL (India) Limited (GAIL), Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).

Business Model
Petronet acts as a converter and distributor of gas with one of the largest regsification terminal in the country. It imports Liquidified Natural Gas (LNG) from its global vendors at a pre-determined pricing formula and takes up regasification of consignment at its terminal. It then distributes the gas to industrial customers through third-party gas pipelines (majorly GAIL’s).

Higher Gas adoption will aid growth

Shift to gas necessary to control pollution:
PLNG is evaluating various options for investments including buying an upstream asset which can bring gas to India at fixed cost. Increased focus of the Chinese government on gas availability, construction of distribution infrastructure and suitable policies aiding consumption helped Chinese gas consumption to grow at CAGR of 16% during 2001-10 and another 10% during 2011-18. India is also facing a similar pollution problem as China. As availability and infrastructure mature, we expect consumption of natural gas to grow, thus benefiting Petronet.

Kochi terminal utilization and Dahej terminal expansion to add to growth:
Petronet’s Kochi terminal is currently under-utilized due to unavailability of pipeline for transportation. It is expected to witness upside in its utilization post the completion of Kochi-Mangalore pipeline. Due to the delay in execution, the pipeline’s entire stretch is expected to be now completed by June 2019. In our view, Petronet will receive additional 1–1.5 mmtpa of gas when the pipeline work gets completed. The company is further expanding its Dahej terminal capacity by 5 mmtpa for an additional investment of Rs. 2,100 crores. The company expects Dahej terminal’s expansion to get completed by June 2019, however full utilization of the capacity will take some time. The existing Dahej terminal is booked for 7.5 mmtpa under RasGas long term volumes while an additional 8.25 mmtpa is booked as regasification capacity, taking the count to more than the current nameplate capacity of 15 MMT.

No major threat from new terminals:
PLNG management seems quite confident of maintaining their pre dominant stature despite start of competing Mundra and Ennore LNG terminals, given their low-cost operations. Also, delay in setting up of gas transmission network will delay their ramp up schedule.After a long gap, large trunk pipelines are being constructed, which along with ninth and tenth round of City Gas Distribution (CGD) bidding, should increase the penetration of gas. As the penetration of gas will improve the market will expand and every player will benefit.

Outlook :
The company is a stable play on gas adoption story in the country. The company’s significant investments in the current infrastructure and envisaged expansion make it one of the best plays in the sector. Its competitive position is further enhanced by strong pipeline connectivity with high gas demand markets.

Global LNG trade stood at 316mmt in 2018. Comparatively, 35.5mmt of LNG liquefaction capacity is expected to be added in 2019 alone. We expect spot LNG prices to remain cheaper than oil and boost consumption. Continuous delays in domestic gas production projects combined with lack of visibility for upcoming LNG terminals are likely to favor Petronet.

Strong free cashflow and limited capex in the near term could result in high dividend payout in FY2019 and FY2020


DESCRIPTION Mar-15 Mar-16 Mar-17 Mar-18
Net Sales 39,627 27,133 24,616 30,599
Raw Material Consumed 37,611 25,076 21,417 26,690
Power & Fuel Cost 201 174 155 182
Employee Cost 59 71 74 91
Other Manufacturing Expenses 62 31 93 86
General and Administration Expenses 170 185 73 85
Selling and Distribution Expenses
Miscellaneous Expenses 5 11 211 151
Less: Expenses Capitalised
Total Expenditure 38,109 25,547 22,024 27,286
EBITDA 1,518 1,586 2,592 3,312
Depreciation 329 322 369 412
EBIT 1,189 1,265 2,223 2,901
Other Income 156 173 347 317
EBIT 1,345 1,438 2,570 3,218
Interest 308 239 210 163
PBT 1,037 1,199 2,360 3,055
Provision for Tax 132 286 655 977
Profit After Tax 905 913 1,706 2,078
Share of Associate 15 17 33
Consolidated Net Profit 905 928 1,723 2,110
Adjusted EPS 6.03 6.19 11.49 14.07


Petronet LNG Ltd

Strong upside expected

Price: Petronet LNG has proven to be a consistent leader in the past and we are expecting this leadership to continue in the coming times. The stockhas giving a fresh bullish breakoutfrom an important resistance range of 245-250, these levels was tested several times in the previous few monthsoftrading sessions. Since the stock and most Oil/ gas sectorstockshave been performing well in the markets and with all the important moving averages sloping upwards suggest us that the stock is heading higher towards new highs.

Volume: Price and volume analysis plays an important part in determining overall strength or weakness in the stock. Price & volume pattern are moving in the same direction which reflects the true movement in the stock, Petronet’s volume has been increasing gradually along with the price and after the breakout which confirms the bullishness in the stock.

Relative Strength Index: RSI is a momentum indicator that shows whether stock is in overbought or oversold territory. It reflects the strength of the stock as compared to the past. Daily RSI of Petronet has been moving near the bullish zone which confirms that price and indicator are moving in the same direction and there is no divergence.

MACD: Moving Average Convergence Divergence is most effective momentum indicator of the trend. Crossover in MACD line with signal line shows buy signal in the stock. Daily, Weekly and intraday MACD of Petronet has been moving in the positive territory which indicates that the stock has more upside.

Conclusion:Long term charts showcases strong uptrend in overall direction of the stockprice, the stock was seen consolidating in a very tight range for many months but it has successfully broken out of that range with increase in volumes, long and short-term moving averages are sloping upward suggesting us that the stock is heading higher towards new highs.Momentum Indicators like MACD and RSI are alsoshowcasing strength in the overall trend, we recommend buying this stock at the current levels by keeping a stop below Rs. 232 for a target of 320.