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^India Budget Preview FY13

March 2012
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^Summary
Overallassessment:

Severalsectorswouldlikeafiscalstimulustoboostdemandorprofitability. Maybetoughtomeetexpectationsgiventheuphilltaskofcuttingsubsidiesorraisingadditionalrevenues. Anyexceptionallylargeriseindevelopmentspendingcouldbeviewedasanindicatorofearlyelections.


Sectorsandimpact:

Automobilecompaniesarelikelytobenegativelyimpactedifthe excisedutyisraised. Cementcompaniesarelikelytooutperformiftheimportdutyonthermalcoal,petcokeandgypsumisabolished. Constructionandengineeringcompaniesmayoutperformonsopsto arrestthefallinginvestmentrate,althoughanincreaseinbudgetaryallocations


maybeconstrainedbyfiscallimitations.

Whilecapitalinfusionmaybeapositive,theassetqualitytrendislikelytostaythekeydeterminantoftheperformanceofpublicsectorbanks. PositiveannouncementstoaddressissuesfacedbythepowersectormaydrivetheneartermoutperformanceofNBFCIFCs. ITcompaniesarelikelytobenefit,iftheMATrateisreduced/withdrawnforSEZunits. Steelcompaniesarelikelytooutperform,ifthereisahikeinimportdutyonHotRolledCoils. Oilandgascompaniesarelikelytobenefitfromtaxbreaks,throughtheextensionoftherefinerycommissioningdeadlineandfromgrantof


'InfrastructureStatus'toexplorationandrefiningactivities.

Thedomesticpharmaceuticalindustrywouldremainrelativelyimmunetobudgetaryallocations;policychanges(suchasNELM)aremorerelevant
forthesector.

Telecomstocksmaycontinuetounderperforminthenearterm,if budgetproposalsindicatehighcashinflowfrom2Gand4Gspectrumauctions. Potentialremovalofleviesonimportedcoal,extensionoftaxbenefitsandnoimportdutyonpowerequipmentarelikelytobepositiveforthe


utilitiessector.

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^Automobiles
Budgetexpectations:

Higherexcisedutyondieselpassengervehicles. Rollbackofstimulusfortwowheelers,threewheelersandbelow1,500ccpassengervehicles,leadingto2%hikeinexciseduty. Incentivestoboostmanufacturingofelectricandhybridvehicles. Increaseinpersonalincometaxexemptionlimit.


Likelihoodofdemandsbeingmet:

Excisedutyondieselpassengervehiclesmaybehikedtodiscouragebuyersfromshiftingtowardsthesevehicles. Incentivesforelectricandhybridvehiclesarelikelytobeannouncedtoencouragefurtherinvestmentsbyautocompaniesinthesesegments.
Impactonthesector/companies:

Higherexcisedutyondieselpassengervehicleslikelytobepassedontoconsumers,negativelyimpactingsalesvolumesofpassengervehicle
companies.

Intheeventofarollbackinthestimuluspackage(cutinexcisedutyannouncedinDec08),salesvolumesoftwowheelerandpassengervehicle
companiesmaybenegativelyimpacted.

Anincreaseinthepersonalincometaxexemptionlimitislikely toboostsalesvolumesfortwowheelerandpassengervehiclecompanies.

SriRaghunandanNL;

raghunandan.nl@avendus.com
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^Cement
Budgetexpectations:

Simplificationoftheexcisedutystructurefromthecurrentthreestagestructuretoauniformrateofexcisedutypertonneoron advalorem
basis.

Abolitionof5%importdutyonthermalcoal. Abolitionof2.5%importdutyonpetcokeandgypsum. IncreasedallocationtovariousinfrastructuredevelopmentschemessuchasBharatNirman,JawaharlalNehruNationalUrbanRenewalMission


(JNNURM),RestructuredAcceleratedPowerDevelopment,ReformProgramme(RAPDRP)andRajivGandhiGrameenVidyutikaranYojana (RGGVY). Likelihoodofdemandsbeingmet:

Inordertoboostdomesticpowergeneration,theimportdutyonthermalcoalislikelytobeabolished. Thegovernmentisunlikelytosimplifytheexcisedutystructureorreducetheexcisedutyforcement. Importdutyonpetcokeandgypsumlikelytobechanged.


Impactonthesector/companies:

Abolitionof5.0%importdutyonthermalcoaland2.5%onpetcokeandgypsumlikelytobenefitcementplayers. KeybeneficiariesarelikelytobeSouthIndiabasedcementplayersandcoastalplants. Increasedbudgetaryallocationtoinfrastructuredevelopmentschemeslikelytoboostcementdemandto8%10%inFY13f(fromc6%inFY12f).

JimeshSanghvi; jimesh.sanghvi@avendus.com

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^Construction and Engineering


Budgetexpectations:

Impositionofimportdutyof19%24%onpowerequipment. IncreaseinexemptionlimitforinvestmentininfrastructurebondsfromthecurrentINR20,000underSec80CCF. IncreasethelongtermfundavailabilitybyraisingtheannualINR300bndomestictaxfreeborrowinglimitandUSD30bnECBlimit. ExtensionofeligibilitynormsfortaxholidayincentivesforpowergenerationcompaniestoanothercoupleofyearsunderSec80IA. Increaseindepreciationratesforconstructionequipmentfromthecurrent15%to30%50%. Removethecascadingeffectofintercorporatedividenddistributiontaxbyprovidingtaxcreditatmultiplelevels. ImportdutyexemptiononColdRolledGrainOrientedelectricalsteelusedinmanufacturingoftransformers. AllowprovisionsforbaddebtsaspermissibledeductionsincalculatingbookprofitsandMATliability. ServiceTaxRateonWorksContractService,payableundertheCompositionScheme,bereducedfrom4%to3%. Measurestostreamlinestatutoryclearancesforinfrastructureprojectsandimprovetheexecutionofprojects.
Likelihoodofdemandsbeingmet:

Impositionofimportdutyof14%24%onpowerequipment. Increaseinoverseasborrowinglimit,budgetaryallocationforinfrastructureschemesanddepreciationsopstoarrestthefallinginvestmentrate.
Impactonthesector/companies:

Anincreaseinexcisedutiestoimpactengineeringcompaniessellingproducts,whilebeingapassthroughforprojectandEPCcompanies. Highercustomsdutyonimportofpowerequipmentlikelytobepositivefordomesticpowerequipmentmanufacturers. Increaseindepreciationratetobenefitconstructionequipmentmanufacturers. Higherbudgetaryallocationsandfundavailabilitytobenefitconstructioncompaniesandinfrastructuredevelopers.


DevangPatel; devang.patel@avendus.com
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^Financials
Budgetexpectations: RecapitalizationofpublicsectorbanksthroughsubscriptiontoTierIcapital. Banksmaybepermittedtoraisefundsthroughinfrastructurebonds. Reductionofthetenoroftermdepositsfrom5yearsto3years. IncreaseintaxlimitontaxsavinginfrastructurebondsofInfrastructureFinancecompanies(NBFCIFCs). ProvisionsforNPLsbyNBFCstobeeligiblefortaxdeduction. FiscalpackagetoaddressthefinancialhealthofStateElectricityBoards(SEBs). Likelihoodofdemandsbeingmet: Recapitalizationispositiveforpublicsectorbankswherethegovernmentholdsnearly51%andtheTierIratioislikelytofallbelow8%. Banksmayaskfortaxdeductiononinfrastructurebondstomakethemattractiveand,thereby,raiselongtermresources. Anincreaseinthetaxlimitoninfrastructurebondslikelytoprovideafundingboosttotheinfrastructuresector. The demand of tax deduction on provisions for NPLs by NBFCs could gain more weight this year, since it found a mention in the Usha Thorat committeerecommendations. Impactonthesector/companies: Wehaveaneutralviewonthesectorintheneartomediumtermwithnegativebiasforpublicsectorbanks. Theunderperformanceofpublicsectorbanksoverthepasttwoweekslikelytosustaininthenearterm. IncreaseintaxlimitandaddressingofissuesregardingthefinancialhealthofSEBslikelytobenefitNBFCIFCs. PositiveannouncementstoaddressissuesfacedbythepowersectormaydriveneartermoutperformanceofNBFCIFCs.

ChandanaJha;

chandana.jha@avendus.com

JayneeShah;

jaynee.shah@avendus.com
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^ IT Services
Budgetexpectations:

ExtensionoftaxbenefitsundertheSoftwareandTechnologyParksofIndia(STPI)Act. WithdrawalofMATforSEZunits madeapplicableduringthe20112012Budget. Clarificationonapplicabilityoftaxbenefitsononsite revenuesofITcompanies. ClarityonallowingweighteddeductionoftwicetheexpenditureforInformationTechnology R&Dwork. Increaseinoutlayfortheeducationsectorandfocusonegovernance.


Likelihoodofdemandsbeingmet:

ExtensionoftaxbenefitsundertheSTPIActunlikelyasthesamewasunmetduringthe20112012Budgetaswell WithdrawalofMATforSEZunitsunlikely. LikelytoclarifytheapplicabilityoftaxesononsiterevenuesofITServicesproviders. LikelytoprovideclarityontheweighteddeductionprovisionforsoftwareR&Dexpenditure. Increaseinallocationtotheeducationsectorlikely.


Impactonthesector/companies:

IfbenefitsundertheSTPIActareextended,ITServicesproviders,particularlyTierIIcompanies,arelikelytobenefit. AnyreductioninMATlikelytobenefitallsoftwareexportersoperatingfromSEZunits. AllowingtaxbenefitsforonsiterevenuesispositiveforITcompanies;acontrarydecisionisnegative. InclusionofInformationTechnology R&Dinweighteddeductionispositive.

PriyaSunder;

priya.sunder@avendus.com
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^Metals and Mining


Budgetexpectations:

Reductioninexportdutyonironorefinesandlumpsfrom30%to 20%. IncreaseinimportdutyonHotRolledCoilsfromexisting5%to10%. Abolitionof5%importdutyonimportedthermalcoal. Abolitionof2.5%importdutyonironorelumps,finesandpellets. Increaseinallocationtovariousinfrastructuredevelopmentschemes.


Likelihoodofdemandsbeingmet:

Inordertoboostdomesticpowergeneration,theimportdutyonthermalcoalislikelytobeabolished. Exportdutyonironoreunlikelytobechanged. WeexpectstatusquotobemaintainedonimportdutyforHotRolledCoils,ferroalloysandironore.


Impactonthesector/companies:

Abolitionofimportdutyonthermalcoallikelytobenefitspongeironbasedsteelcompanies. Increaseinspendingonvariousinfrastructuredevelopmentschemestoboostdemandforflatandlongsteelproducts.

JimeshSanghvi; jimesh.sanghvi@avendus.com
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^Oil & Gas


Budgetexpectations:

ExtensionofdeadlinefromMar12toMar17forcommissioningofrefineriesthatcanclaimthe7yeartaxholiday. ExtensionofInfrastructureStatus toexplorationandrefiningactivitiesforthepurposeofthe10yeartaxexemption. MinimumAlternateTax(MAT)exemptionforthenewrefineriesenjoyingthe7yeartaxholiday. RemovalofNationalCalamityContingentDuty(NCCD)oncrudeoil.


Likelihoodofdemandsbeingmet:

Extensionofdeadlineforcommissioningtoclaimthetaxholiday islikely,whichmayboostconstructionofnewrefineries. MATexemptionisunlikelyfortherefineriescurrentlyenjoyingtaxexemption.


Impactonthesector/companies:

Extensionofdeadlineforrefinerycommissioningtohelpprofitabilityofnewrefiningprojectsunderconstruction. GrantofInfrastructureStatus toexplorationandrefiningactivitiescouldboostthesectorsignificantlyasprojectswouldbeeligibleforatax


holidayfor10consecutiveyearsoutof15years,beginningwith theyearinwhichproductionstarts.

RemovalofNCCDoncrudeoilcouldreducetheannualunderrecoveryonsensitiveoilproductsbycINR5bn,0.5%ofFY13funderrecoveries.

SaurabhBharat; saurabh.bharat@avendus.com
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^Pharmaceuticals
Budgetexpectations:

WeightedaveragedeductiononoutsourcedR&Dtobemaintainedat 200%. ExcisedutyonformulationsandAPIslikelytobemaintainedatthecurrentlevelsof5%and10%,respectively.


Likelihoodofdemandsbeingmet:

ContinuedsupportthroughweighteddeductioninR&Dlikelytoactasanincentiveforinvestmentinresearch.
Impactonthesector/companies:

Thedomesticformulationsindustryislikelytoremainrelativelyimmunetobudgetaryallocations. NeartermfocuslikelytoshifttotheNLEMPolicy,whichcouldhaveanimpactondrugpricing.

MonicaJoshi;

monica.joshi@avendus.com
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^Telecom
Budgetexpectations: Indicativerevenuesforthegovernmentfromauctionof2Gspectrumand4Gspectrum. Clarityononetimefeeonexcessspectrum. Taxdeductionforentireexpenditureon3Gand4Gspectruminthesameyeartheauctionisheld. InfrastructureStatus fortelecomsector. Abolishmentofservicetaxoninternetandbroadbandservices. RationalizationofVATformobilephonesat4%. Extensionof80IAbenefitstooperationscommencedbeforeMar10(currentlyMar05). Likelihoodofdemandbeingmet: TheBudgetmayprovideindicativerevenuesforthegovernmentfrom2G,4Gspectrumandonetimefeeonexcessspectrum.However,clarityon thetimelineandtheapplicablerateforonetimefeeislikelytoemergeinNationalTelecomPolicy,2012. Taxdeductionforexpenditureon3Gand4Gspectruminthesameyearofauctionisunlikely. Extensionof80IAbenefitstooperationscommencedbeforeMar10isunlikely. Impactonthesector/companies: Auction of 2G and 4G spectrum implies cash outgo for telecom service providers (TSPs), thus leading to higher interest costs and amortization expense. Extensionofdatefor80IAbenefitsto31Mar10wouldbenefitnewplayers. RationalizationofVATonmobilephonesmayleadtoincreasedpenetrationofsmartphonesinthecountryand,thus,leadtobetterrevenuesfor TSPsfrom3Gservices.

AbhayMoghe

abhay.moghe@avendus.com
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^Utilities
Budgetexpectations:

Extensionof80IAbenefitstopowerplantscommencingoperationsbeforeMar17(currentlyMar11). IncreaseinallocationtoRAPDRPandRGGVYschemes. Impositionofimportdutyonpowerequipmentforprojectsabove1,000MW. ExemptionofsalestaxandVATonsuppliesforconstructionofmegapowerprojects. Abolishmentofimportdutyoncoalforpowerplants.


Likelihoodofdemandsbeingmet:

Extensionof80IAbenefitstooperationscommencedafterMar11islikely.However,itisunlikelytobeextendedtillMar17. AllocationtotheRAPDRPandRGGVYschemesislikelytoincrease. Importdutyoncoalforpowerplantsisunlikelytobeabolished.


Impactonthesector/companies:

Extensionof80IAbenefitstopowerplantscommencingoperationsbeyondMar11likelytobeapositive. IncreaseinallocationtotheRAPDRPandRGGVYschemeslikelytobenefitTransmission&Distributioncompanies.RAPDRPismeanttoreduce
T&Dlossesand,thus,wouldbenefitthepowersectoroverthelongterm.

Ifimportdutyisimposedonpowerequipment,whilesalestaxandVATonsuppliesforconstructionofmegapowerprojectsisnot exempted,it
wouldbenegativefortheprofitabilityofupcomingpowerprojects.

AbolishmentofdutyonimportedcoalforpowerplantswouldbebeneficialforprojectssourcingcoalfromoutsideIndia.

AbhayMoghe

abhay.moghe@avendus.com
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^Disclosures
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Proportionofratingsineachcategoryandinvestmentbankingrelationships
At the end of December 2011 Proportion of ratings in each category Proportion of companies to whom material investment banking services were offered during the previous 12 months Buy 32% 0% Add 24% 13% Hold 29% 5% Reduce 7% 0% Sell 0% 0% NR 7% 20% Total 100% 6%

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