Sterlite Tech's (STL) performance in Q3FY21 was a mixed bag as topline beat (with growth returning after 4 quarters of decline) was offset by lower than expected margins. Revenues came in at Rs. 1314 crore, up 9.3% YoY. Product and services were in the ratio of 55:45. EBITDA came in at Rs. 230 crore, down 4.7% YoY, owing to revenue mix. Reported EBITDA margins came in at 17.5%, down 257 bps YoY. PAT came in line at Rs. 86.6, up 64.6% YoY, as Q3FY20 had one-off tax settlement. On adjusted basis, PAT was down 4% YoY.
Valuation & Outlook
The recovery in revenue growth is a key positive, however, we note that the fibre pricing weakness persists. We upgrade to HOLD (vs. REDUCE earlier), valuing it at revised target price of Rs. 200/share, largely on the back of reversal of revenue decline cycle. We would, however, await improvement in leverage (net debt was at Rs. 2158 crore as on Q2FY21) backed by cash flows generation and pricing improvement before turning constructive.
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