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Fundamental Analysis of Uno Minda: Minda Industries or Uno Minda has been in highlight recently for its consistent multi-bagger returns to its investors. As an auto-ancillary stock, it makes an interesting case because the auto industry has seen a downturn during the same period.

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In this article, we shall perform a fundamental analysis of Uno Minda (formerly Minda Industries), in a bid to know what makes this auto-component stock so different from the broad automobile and auto-ancillary industry.

Fundamental Analysis of Uno Minda

In this article, we shall perform a fundamental analysis of Uno Minda (formerly Minda Industries). We will see how Uno Minda is different from the similar-sounding and much smaller Minda Corporation. Then we’ll get ourselves acquainted with the history and business of the company, followed by an industry overview.

Later, a few sections are devoted to revenue, return ratio, and debt analysis. A highlight of the future plans and a summary conclude the article at the end.

Company History & Name Change

Uno Minda was started back in 1958 with a small capital. Over the years, the Minda Group grew into one of the leading auto-ancillary companies in India with an international footprint. The group was split in 2012 with NK Minda getting control of Minda Industries and Ashok Minda receiving Minda Corporation.

Recently, the name of Minda Industries Ltd. was changed to UNO Minda Ltd. effective 14th July 2022 to reflect its unique and different identity from Minda Corporation. The company had been operating already under the Uno Minda brand name for a long time now. 

Both companies are listed on the exchanges. As of the writing of this article, Uno Minda had a market capitalization of Rs 32,000 crore. Whereas, the smaller of the two companies: Minda Corporation reported a market value of Rs 5,000 crore.

Company Overview

UNO Minda is a major tier-1 supplier of automotive components to leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company runs 71 manufacturing facilities worldwide. It has plants in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Spain, Morocco, Mexico, Colombia, and Germany.

Additionally, it has design centers in Taiwan, Japan, and Spain.

The Manesar, Haryana-headquartered auto-ancillary company employs over 23,000 people. It has a leading market position in multiple product segments. 

Uno Minda produces and sells switching systems, acoustic systems, lighting divisions, castings, seating solutions, and various other auto components. 

Taking about the business segments, the switches division and the lighting division are the major contributors to the company’s revenue at 28% and 22% respectively. As for the geographic segments, exports accounted for 15% of the revenues while domestic sales generated 85% of the income.

Industry Overview

Auto-ancillary industry growth is directly dependent on auto-sector growth. The whole automotive industry in India has seen degrowth in the last few years. Presented below are the production numbers from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). 

(figures in thousands)

CategoryFY 2018-19FY 2019-20FY 2020-21FY 2021-22
Passenger Vehicle4,0283,4253,0623,651
Growth (PV)nil-15%-11%19%
Commercial Vehicle1,112757625806
Growth (CV)24%-32%-17%29%
Three-wheelers1,2691,133614758
Growth (3-W)24%-11%-46%23%
Two-wheelers24,50021,03318,35017,714
Growth (2-W)6%-14%-13%-3%

But the data also tells that except for two-wheelers, the other segments of the Indian industry bounced back in the recent fiscal.

The Indian auto-ancillary sector clocked a growth of roughly 17% in FY 2021-22. This growth was brought forward by a lower base in FY21 and higher vehicle production, replacement, and export volumes. Furthermore, the pass-through of commodity prices aided recovery as well.  

The auto component industry is projected to expand by double digits in FY23. The medium and long-term prospects are optimistic with various catalysts acting as support pillars. Going forward, vehicle premiumization, higher localization, higher exports, and new EV opportunities resulting in higher content per vehicle are expected to drive the growth of auto-ancillary companies in India.

Automobile Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) projects the Indian auto-ancillary sector to touch $ 200 billion in revenues by 2026. This is almost 4-x growth from the present levels.

Uno Minda – Financials

Revenue & Net Profit Growth

Initially, we acquainted ourselves with the history & business of the company. Later, we got a brief overview of the automobile industry in India. As part of our fundamental analysis of Uno Minda, we’ll see how the company has grown over the years in this section.

Despite the slowdown in the automobile sector, the company’s operating revenues have increased at an impressive CAGR of 12.82% from Rs 4,548 crore in FY28 to Rs 8,313 crore in FY22.

During the same period, its net profit grew inconsistently to Rs 413 crore in FY22 at a pace of 4.53% compounded annually. 

As for year-on-year (YoY) growth, the operating revenue and net profit jumped by 30.42% and 66.53% in FY22 respectively.

Barring years FY20 and FY21, the table below highlights the consistent growth in the operating income of Uno Minda.

Financial YearOperating Revenue (Rs. Cr.)Net Profit (Rs. Cr.)
20228,313413
20216,374248
20206,222188
20195,908339
20184,548331
5-Yr CAGR12.82%4.53%

Profit Margins: Operating & Net Profit

The profit margins of Uno Minda have declined over the last five years. This has been a common theme across the board for automobile OEMs and auto-ancillaries both. 

Operating profit and net-profit margin both improved in FY22 over the previous fiscal. The expansion in margins reflects the recovery in the auto sector. The table below shows the operating margin and the net profit margin of Uno Minda over the last five financial years.

Fiscal YearOPM (%)NPM (%)
20226.694.17
20216.223.51
20206.523.19
20198.765.42
20188.996.88

Return Ratios: RoCE & RoE

We noted above how Uno Minda’s revenues increased in the last few years but its margins took a hit. It was only in FY22 that net profit crossed the FY19 level.

In this section, we take a look at the return ratios of the auto-ancillary company: return on capital employed and return on equity. 

We can observe in the table below that Uno Minda’s return ratios declined sharply in FY20 and FY21. At the same time, the business recovery is visible with RoCE at 15.8% and RoE at 12.3% in FY22 respectively.

Financial YearRoCE (%)RoE (%)
202215.812.3
202113.110.9
202013.19.82
201921.820.7
201822.228.7

Debt/Equity & Interest Coverage Ratio

On a positive note, the debt-to-equity ratio of the auto-ancillary stock has declined over the years from 0.39 in FY18 to 0.24 in FY22. At the same time, its interest coverage ratio has improved sharply since FY19. This points to the strong financial position of Uno Minda Ltd.

The table below shows the debt-to-equity ratio and interest coverage ratio of Uno Minda for the last five years.

Financial YearDebt/EquityInterest Coverage
20220.2415.22
20210.385.39
20200.553.95
20190.568.2
20180.3911.47

Future Plans of Uno Minda

So far we looked at what the previous years’ results of the company as part of our fundamental analysis of Uno Minda. In this section, we read about what lies ahead for the company and its shareholders. 

  1. The management seems to be particularly bullish on the electrification in the EV 2-wheelers segment. It has earmarked a Capex of Rs 390 crore over the next 6 years for electric vehicles for an EV-specific plant.
  2. What’s more, the casting division commissioned a new 2W alloy plant in the previous fiscal. Going forward, higher 2W alloy wheel sales and growing 4W alloy wheel sales are expected to fetch multi-fold growth to the casting division’s turnover.

Key Metrics of Uno Minda

We are almost at the end of our fundamental analysis of Uno Minda (formerly Minda Industries). Let us take a quick look at the key metrics of the stock.

CMP₹554.0Market Cap (Cr.)₹32,000
EPS₹9.70Stock P/E57.20
ROCE15.8%ROE12.3%
Face Value₹2.0Book Value₹64.60
Promoter Holding70.1%Price to Book Value8.58
Debt to Equity0.24Dividend Yield0.23%
Net Profit Margin4.17%Operating Profit Margin6.69%

In Conclusion

From our fundamental analysis of Uno Minda, we got to know that the company continued with its growth even in the face of industry decline. Its margins did suffer but the gain in market share sets off a temporary loss in profits. With a larger market share now, Uno Minda stands strong against its competitors. 

In your opinion, will the company be able to expand its margins in the future? If this happens, the stock may see a re-rating by analysts. How about you tell us your story of Uno Minda in the comments below?

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