Clariant Chemicals is one of India’s leading specialty chemicals company. It holds leadership positions in pigments, textile chemicals, leather chemicals etc. In stock markets, its a well respected company which is held by a lot of long term investors. The company is known for its generous dividends and it shares more than 70% of its profits with its shareholders.
Clariant Chemical India
If you are familiar with our stock picks in Dead Monk’s Portfolio & list of great dividend stocks, you would know that we hold Clariant in our personal & family portfolios. This is the reason why we are concerned about the recent announcement by company’s parent Clariant AG. Also, the share prices of Clariant India have fallen 15-20% since the announcement.
Stock Price after the deal announcement
“Clariant has signed an agreement to divest its Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses to SK Capital. The total consideration of the sale amounts to approximately 460 million in cash, equivalent to 6.3 times the estimated full year 2012 recurring EBITDA of those businesses.”
Effects of this announcement
Effect on revenues & profits
On a global level, this would reduce revenues by about 15% and profits by 10%. As far as Clariant India is concerned, we don’t know the exact impact as even after a month of the announcement, company has not given out details about revenue, profits & margins of the divested business. Our mail to assistant company secretary of Clariant India regarding the same did not elicit a response.As of now, we can only make a guess that revenues and profits are bound to reduce.
Effect on growth, profitability & margins
Are the remaining businesses more profitable & growth focused than the divested ones? Seems probable because of parent company’s announcement:
“Repositioning the company’s portfolio is an essential part of Clariant’s profitable growth strategy. To achieve the targets set for 2015, Clariant will focus on markets with future perspectives and strong growth rates and on businesses that have a competitive position, resulting in strong pricing power.”
Effect on dividends
Should the investor’s expect a generous dividend this time around? This again seems probable because of company’s long term policy of sharing most of its wealth with its shareholders.
What are we doing?
We have held Clariant India in our personal & family portfolio for years. So, even after this correction, our holding is highly profitable and we are not interested in selling it. Clariant India has been a Dividend Champion for us and we will continue holding what we already own. But, with a correction of close to 20%, aren’t we tempted to buy more? Yes we are. But we will wait to get more clarity on issues raised above. For example, if remaining businesses of Clariant offer higher margins and higher growth potential, then this fall (& further fall, if any) in stock price, can offer good entry point for long term investors to accumulate this stock. Though revenues and profits would be reduced for next few quarters/years, so would be the stock price.
But as of now, there are too many missing pieces in this jigsaw and hence, it is better to wait for further announcements by the company.
What should you be doing?
If you already own this stock, then don’t panic. Clariant India is a great company which is known for its leadership position and for efficient capital allocation. Wait for the company to clarify before you take any call on whether to hold, accumulate or sell the stock.
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