Sino-Western tensions boost India’s manufacturing goals. | So Good News
Companies in India released their September quarter earnings on the occasion of Diwali, the high season for domestic consumption. It’s no surprise when analysts examine the nation’s billions of shoppers: How many of them take out home loans? I ordered a new coat of paint, There’s a more pressing question this year: How did Dixon do?
Dixon Technologies (India) Ltd., which makes LED TVs for Samsung Electronics; or LG Electronics Inc. Amber Enterprises India Ltd., a supplier of air conditioning components. are things that were unknown even in previous years. But now Flex Ltd., the former contract manufacturing giant of Flextronics. There is growing excitement for homegrown companies that could become as large and important as
The cause for optimism is firmly rooted in geopolitics. A short-lived trend has awakened in Chinese stocks, which entered an exemplary third term after President Xi Jinping took office. Multinational companies need backup space to manufacture tools as Beijing threatens to break away from the economic and political orbit of the West under its powerful leader. Who has a deeper labor pool than India when it comes to implementing China + 1 strategy?
The stock market observes order flow. After a six-fold jump in two and a half years, Dixon’s market value now exceeds $3 billion. Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc. announced a partnership with the Indian company last year. Headquartered in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, Dixon is Dell Inc. already produces monitors for and will soon start selling Android-based smart TVs under a sub-license from Alphabet Inc. Sales increased 38% and profits rose 23%. In the September quarter
Analysts are very observant. Nirmal Bang, a Mumbai-based brokerage firm, expects compounded annual revenue growth of 52% between 2022 and 2025. Jefferies Financial Group Inc. is expanding revenue at a faster pace over three years – compounded by 63 percent annually over three years. “We view Dixon as a structural play for indigenization,” the researchers said.
A risk-mitigation strategy, a hedge against India manufacturing all widgets in China, is a story that is helping to rally investor interest and justify high valuations. The premium for Indian stocks over emerging market equities is three standard deviations above the 10-year average. A lot of confusion though. Other than domestic banks, where asset quality and profitability are improving, some other investment themes are looking dull, at least temporarily.
Yes, The worst of the rise in inflation may be over; The Reserve Bank of India may be nearing a pause in its interest rate cycle. But price pressures remain high. Heading into the festive season, quarterly consumption fell by 1% annually over the past three years. Unilever Plc’s domestic unit posted its lowest gross profit in years. India’s software services industry, known globally, is focusing on weak demand from European customers even as it struggles with staffing at home.
Dixon is eligible for Indian government grants under five different manufacturing incentive schemes.
For a resource-constrained economy scarred by the pandemic; Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s $24 billion industrial policy push over five years is an expensive gamble for manufacturing. The money goes to education, There is an even more urgent need for cracking urban infrastructure under unhealthy and inadequate weather conditions. Raising import duties to protect the “Make in India” project is something New Delhi has attempted in its own socialist past — with dire consequences.
Dixon doesn’t mind being treated like a national champion. There will be no stock market. However, The real levers that can swing things in favor of the second most populous nation are the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. If China+1 is the real The Diwali in India. It’s more about Xi and his fractious relationship with the West than Modi and his policies.
(Andy Mukherjee is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering industrial companies and financial services. He was previously a columnist for Reuters Breakingviews. He has also worked for the Straits Times, ET NOW and Bloomberg News.)
Disclaimer: This is the author’s personal opinion.
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