- Revenue declined by 1.6% YoY vs. our estimate of +4% YoY. US sales at US$195mn disappointed due to lower anti-infective sales and lack of flu-led revenues; Domestic business up 8% yoy while ROW markets (-5.6% YoY) and API (-22.2% YoY) saw a decline offset by EMEA (+2.7% YoY) and growth markets (+8% YoY).
- Gross margins expanded by 171 bps YoY to 65.2%, which was further aided by the decline in staff and other expenses (aided by lower R&D - Rs3.4bn vs Rs3.5bn in Q3 FY21), which led to EBITDA expansion of 504bps YoY to 18.7%
- PAT for the quarter stands at Rs4.6bn ( +18.2% YoY vs. our estimate of de-growth of 21% YoY), primarily led by lower ETR and higher other income QoQ
Our view: Lupin guided to double digit growth in US on the low base of FY21 as antibiotic and anti-infective sales were affected along with hardly any flu-related sales. On the other hand, reckon Albuterol sales have been disappointing with guidance of a gradual ramp up in market share likely to keep expectation muted for Q1 FY22. Given the slow ramp up and disappointment in Q4, we factor in 15% growth in FY22 US revenues (on a reduced base) driven by Albuterol ramp up and revival of flu products in H2 FY22. Spiriva would be a key driver of growth next fiscal but we note that it is a top 3 product for innovator; albeit, it can be a FY23 launch but given the experience with Albuterol (and inhalers in general), we expect a gradual ramp up. Domestic sales to rebound on weak base of FY21 and we expect lower R&D to assist margin; factor in improved margin by ~200bps in FY23 - in line with the guidance of 21-22%. We have raised our EPS estimated for FY22/23 by 10%/18%, large part of which is due to lower ETR of 28% in each year; ex-the lowered tax rate assumption, EPS rises by 6% for FY23. Reckon complex injectables can be a more sustained driver beyond FY23, than inhaler portfolio in the next 12 months; accordingly, we still value stock at 20x on FY23 EPS and arrive at TP of Rs1,000. Near term muted expectation for H1 FY22 may result in a better entry point in the stock, in our view. SELL stays.
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