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Aurobindo Pharma Outperforms Expectations with Strong Q4, Eyes Robust Growth Ahead

Published 2024/05/28, 05:04
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Aurobindo Pharma (NS:ARBN) has outperformed expectations in the fourth quarter of FY24, with both sales and EBITDA showing significant year-over-year growth. Sales increased by 17%, while EBITDA surged by an impressive 68%, surpassing both Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)' projections and those of the broader market.

This robust performance was driven by strong growth across key geographical markets, both developed and emerging. The EBITDA margin also exceeded forecasts, reaching 22.3%, which is 101 basis points higher than Goldman Sachs' estimate. This improvement was primarily attributed to higher gross margins.

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Although Aurobindo did not provide a specific consolidated topline growth guidance, the company remains optimistic about achieving solid growth in FY25. This optimism is underpinned by several factors, including sustained momentum in the US market, substantial growth in Eugia (with a target of $150 million quarterly run-rate), and an anticipated ramp-up in gRevlimid sales in the coming quarters.

The company’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) project is on track, aiming for peak utilization by September. Additionally, Aurobindo plans to commission its China plant this year and expects to maintain an EBITDA margin of 21-22% in FY25.

Goldman Sachs has adjusted its EPS estimates for FY25-27 by a range of -3% to +4%, reflecting the latest quarterly performance and updated business outlook. Consequently, the 12-month sum-of-the-parts (SOTP) target price for Aurobindo has been raised to INR 1,325 from INR 1,275, indicating an 11% upside potential. The firm maintains its Buy rating on Aurobindo, noting that the current valuation, which trades at a 30-40% discount to the coverage average, alleviates most concerns regarding pricing pressures and plant status.

In Europe, Aurobindo’s revenues grew by 8% year-over-year and 5% quarter-over-quarter, reaching EUR 203 million. This growth was in line with the company’s guidance and was helped by a reduction in tax clawback impacts. The company aims to maintain this revenue run-rate in FY25 and is focused on improving margins from the mid-teen levels to around 20% in the medium term.

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