Buy / Sell Apollo Tyres share
India's second-largest tyre company in revenue terms, Apollo Tyres surged in Tuesday's trading session after Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on the stock with an "overweight" rating. The brokerage's price target of 329 per share implies a potential upside of 31 percent from Monday's closing levels.
Shares of Apollo Tyres gained as much as 7 percent in today's trade to a 52-week high of Rs 272. The stock is also the top performer on the Nifty Midcap index. Out of the 32 analysts that track the stock, 24 have a "buy" rating, seven say "sell" while only one has a "hold" recommendation.
Morgan Stanley is betting on the tyre space due to a stable volume outlook, improving margins and return ratios. It expects tyre volumes to achieve a 7 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) between 2021-25, compared to 3 percent between 2016-2021.
The firms also expects demand from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to remain robust due to improving macro conditions, normalizing chip supply and replacement demand. It expects tyre tonnage from OEMs to grow at an 11 percent CAGR between 2021-2025.
While Morgan Stanley is overweight on Apollo Tyres, it has initiated coverage on Balkrishna Industries with an "Underweight " rating. The firm has highlighted various factors as to why it prefers Apollo over Balkrishna:
Morgan Stanley also said in its note that Apollo has consistently been passing the commodity headwinds through price hikes. Its strong brand identity and premiumisation push is also helping in better realisations. "The recent decline in crude oil prices, if sustained, could aid in Apollo's meaningful margin expansion," the brokerage firm noted.
Among the risks highlighted by Morgan Stanley for Apollo Tyres include a potential loss of market share, inability to pass through commodity inflation, persistent commodity inflation, and a CCI penalty of Rs 425 crore that materializes and hurts cash flows.
Morgan Stanley's Bull Case on Apollo Tyres:
Morgan Stanley's Bear Case on Apollo Tyres:
Here are also some reasons why Morgan Stanley is Underweight on Balkrishna Industries:
Morgan Stanley's price target of Rs 1,649 for Balkrishna Industries implies a potential downside of 17% from Monday's closing price.