Mr. Jay Gandhi, Institutional Research Analyst, HDFC Securities
Revenue grew 24.7% (three-year CAGR: 18.7%), while sales density remained lower than the pre-pandemic level (~INR35.9k/sq. ft vs INR38.7k/sq. ft in Q3FY20; in-line). Low discretionary purchases keep underlying profitability/unit economics subdued. FMCG/staples continued to outpace the GM & apparel category. Consequently, gross margin pressures continued (14.3%; -60bps YoY; vs HSIE: 15%). EBITDAM followed suit (-96bps YoY at 8.6%; HSIE: 9.3%). We suspect heightened competitive intensity within DMART's top districts may have had a role to play in lower sales density and share loss in non-discretionary categories. We largely maintain our estimates and retain SELL, with a DCF-based TP of INR3,000/sh, implying 34x Dec-24 EV/EBITDA for the standalone business + 4x Dec-24 sales for DMART Ready.
Q3FY23 highlights: Revenue grew 24.7% to INR113.04bn (three-year CAGR: 18.7%). Revenue/EBITDA per sq. ft came in at INR35.9k/3k per sq. ft (93/91% of pre-pandemic base). Management highlighted FMCG/staples continued to outpace GM & apparel categories. Discretionary non-FMCG sales fell short of expectations too. Consequently, gross margin pressures continued (14.3%; - 60bps YoY; vs HSIE: 15%). EBITDAM followed suit (-96bps YoY at 8.6%; HSIE: 9.3%) as the cost of retailing was largely in line. Store expansion also fell short of expectations. DMART added only four stores in Q3 (store count: 306). Channel checks suggest DMART's weaker unit economics (than usual) is not just a function of high inflation keeping discretionary purchases in check but also a consequence of a fair challenge to D-MART's value proposition by deep-pocketed peers within D-MART's top districts. DMART expanded its e-comm operations to four new cities (present now in 22 cities).
Outlook: DMART's unit economics remains sub-optimal vis-à-vis the pre-pandemic days (partly attributable to the step-up in store additions/size). While we factor in recovery over FY22-24, this assumption stands at risk, given the heightened competitive intensity from deep-pocketed retailers. Hence, we maintain SELL on DMART, with a DCF-based TP of INR 3,000/sh, implying 34x FY24 EV/EBITDA for the standalone business + 4x FY24 sales for DMART Ready.
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