Cross-Section Through a Performing System

You’ve struggled, as a result of which you’ve developed a system. 

This is your system. it is invaluable to your market play. It performs. 

Your system comprises of structures.

A structure takes something to emerge. It doesn’t come for free. You need to pay for it with sweat, losses and tears. Once it emerges, it is yours to incorporate. 

You know its value. You’re not going to let it go… …unless a better structure emerges, which makes its predecessor obsolete. 

Normally, it doesn’t come to that. Structures don’t become obsolete just like that, and hence, you rarely let a structure go once it has emerged.

What you do is the following. You incorporate the new structure into your system by fine-tuning old and new, making them work in tandem.

Your system has become richer by one structure, although the combination of old and new outdoes 1 + 1 = 2 easily. 

Sometimes, a new structure starts to emerge, and blinds you. You want to plunge in. You want to raise the required funds by sacrificing your existing and lucrative structures. Happens sometimes. 

DON’T.

Yeah. 

Don’t sacrifice your existing structure. 

If the lure of the new structure is so great, well, then borrow if you have to against your old structures, but for heavens sake don’t sacrifice them. 

Squeeze your old structure till it coughs, but don’t kill it. 

Because you’ve squeezed it by borrowing against it to finance the implementation of your fancied new structure, well, you’ve been able to then implement this fancied new structure. 

Fine. 

You’ve got what you wanted. 

Now loosen the stranglehold upon your older structure to prevent it from dying. 

Yeah, bring it back. Revive it. Pay back what you borrowed against it from your ongoing cash-flow, till the complete debt is nullified, so that your old structure breathes easy again and resumes yielding you money. 

Voilà – now you have two structures adding to your income, presuming that the newer structure that emerged was ripe enough at birth to start yielding income immediately. 

That’s how you do it. 

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Due Diligence Snapshot + Technical Cross-Section — Ador Fontech Limited — Nov 27 2012

Price – Rs. 81.30 per share

Earnings Per Share projected on the basis of quarter ended Sep 30 2012 – Rs. 12.62

Price to Earnings Ratio (thus, also projected) – 6.44

Price to Book Value Ratio – the stock is selling at approximately 2 x book value currently

Debt : Equity Ratio – Nil

Current Ratio – 2.73

Profit After Tax Margin – 12.51%

Return on Networth – 32.54 %

Pledged Shares %age – Nil

Face Value – Rs. 2.00

Dividend Payout – 50% -150% of face-value.

Average Daily Volumes – around 5 – 6 k / day on BSE.

Product – Reclamation of alloys, fusion surfacing (preventive welding), spraying and environmental solutions.

Promoters – JB Advani & Company Pvt Ltd (of Advani-Oerlikon fame) + a group of other Sindhi business-people.

Share-holding Pattern – Promoters (35.4%), Public (58.9%), Institutions (2.0%), NICBs (3.7%).

Technicals (see chart below) – This is a very low volume scrip, so there could be slippage. The scrip has corrected from its June 2011 peak of Rs. 150.90 to a pivot of Rs. 73.25 within about one year. This low pivot lies bang in between the 50% and the 61.8% Fibonacci levels of correction on the weekly chart. Currently, the scrip is quoting at Rs. 81.30, just below the Fib. 50% level. Volumes are average, with one high volume peak every 7 odd trading days. The scrip is trading in a broad band between Rs. 73.25 and Rs. 93.90. Perhaps it is trying to establish a base.

Comments – Fundamentals are good, and the company’s corporate governance is considered clean. Market for the company’s niche is considered small, and people view that as a long-term growth concern. Technically, correction has taken place, and thus value shines out fundamentally. Debt is nil. Dividend is excellent. Projected PE is low, though P/BV is a bit high. Cushion is there, and profitability and returns are exemplary. Future investment would be required to keep niche-segment status alive.

Buy? – I like the theme – reclamation and preventive welding. Contrary to what others say, I feel the market is going to grow phenomenally, as earth and rare-earth metals become difficult to source, and need to be reclaimed. Valuations are excellent, governance is great, payouts are great too, and a technical buying level has presented itself. Yes, it’s a long-term buy right now. Remember, this is not a trade we are speaking about, so we are not going to talk in terms of a stop-loss. This is a long-term investment, and we’ve been speaking in terms of margin of safety, which I’m sure you’ve noticed. Also, while buying, one needs to show caution regarding slippage, which is invariably going to occur owing to the low-volume nature of the scrip.

Disclaimer and Disclosure – Opinions given here are mine only. You are free to build your own view on the stock. I have bought a miniscule stake in Ador Fontech today. Data given here has been compiled from motilaloswal.com, moneycontrol.com and equitymaster.com. Technicals have been gauged and shown using Metastock Professional version 9.1 by Equis International.