Avangard’s 2010 operational and fi nancial results surpassed our model’s
expectations. Management recently announced FY10 net profi t of USD 171mn
on revenue of USD 434mn. The company produced 4.4bn shell eggs (+22%
YoY), and exported the equivalent of 1.0bn pcs of shell eggs. Avangard now
expects to produce 6.0bn shell eggs in 2011, a 36.3% YoY increase, with
dry egg product output unchanged at about 10,000 tonnes. We update our
model to refl ect these fi gures and raise our target price for the AVGR stock to
USD 28.3 per share, implying an upside of 34.8% to the current price.
Avangard estimates that its net profit in 2010 was USD 171mn,
which represents a 28% YoY increase and which is also 28% higher
than our forecast. At an investment conference last week, management
highlighted 2010E EBITDA of USD 190mn, a 25% YoY growth, and sales
Avangard manufactured 4.4bn shell eggs in 2010, a 21.6% YoY
increase. This output level was in line with our forecast. However,
the productivity of the company’s dry egg product operation notably
exceeded our expectations. Avangard used 756mn eggs to produce
9,900 tonnes of dry egg products, whereas our model had predicted that
the company would need 972mn eggs to achieve this output level.
Management’s guidance for 2011 output is 6.0bn shell eggs, which
would represent a 36.3% YoY increase. We had previously modeled
Avangard’s 2011 output at 5.2bn shell eggs. We now model a 7.9%
2010-2016 CAGR for the company’s egg output growth, to 7.0bn eggs by
the end of the period. We also raise our forecast for the inflation of the
price of eggs and egg products from 3% to 6% per year.
We project that Avangard’s revenue will expand at a 13.3% 2010-
2016 CAGR, reaching USD 917mn. We assume that the EBITDA margin
will fall from 44% in 2010 to 35% in 2016, and that net margin will
gradually come down from 39% in 2010 to 31% in 2016.
Avangard’s stock price has risen by 46.9% since we published our
initiation of coverage report (see “The Golden Egg Express” of 6 October
2010), passing our target price of USD 19.4 per share. We alter our
model to include bolder assumptions regarding egg output and price
inflation. Our DCF valuation yields a new target price of USD 28.3 per
share, or 34.8% above the current market quotation. Avangard currently
trades at what we view as a very attractive 2011E P/E of 6.1x, and we
thus reiterate our recommendation to BUY the stock.
Analyst Volodymyr [email protected]Source: Company data, Eavex Research
33 Shevchenko Blvd., Kyiv, Ukraine, 01032(+380 44) 590-54-54, (+380 44) 590-54-64offi [email protected]
Avangard released some of the preliminary data about its financial performance in 2010 at a recent
presentation. The company says it expects to post revenues of USD 434mn (+35.7% YoY), EBITDA of
USD 190mn (+25% YoY), and net profit of USD 171mn (+28% YoY). In terms of livestock operations,
Avangard reports its flock of laying hens increased to 18.7mn heads (+33.9% YoY) during 2010.
Comparison of Avangard’s preliminary results with the corresponding figures used in our model
suggests that the main deviation was in the company’s output of dry egg products. We modeled an
output of 9,540 tonnes of dry egg products, which was just 3.8% lower than the actual output of
9,900 tonnes. However, Avangard reports that it utilized 756mn eggs to produce its dry egg product
output, which is 22% less than our forecast of 972mn eggs.
A summary of Avangard’s preliminary production and financial statistics, along with comparisons
with the corresponding statistics for 2009 and the assumptions of our previous model, are provided
AVANGARD INCOME STATEMENT RECLASSIFICATION
Source: Company data, Eavex Research
Avangard aims to increase its output of shell eggs by 35.7% YoY to 6.0bn pcs in 2011. The output
of egg products is forecast to remain unchanged at about 800mn shell eggs equivalents or 10,000
tonnes. The company would like to increase its flock of laying hens to 21.9mn heads, up from the
18.7mn heads it had at the end of 2010.
We update our model accordingly to account for the above changes. The two most important
1) We increase the forecast egg output in 2011 to 5.8bn pcs (previously 5.2bn pcs). We keep output
in the medium term (2016) capped at 7.0bn eggs per year, i.e. the output level which management
expects to achieve after the Avis and Chornobayivske poultry farms come into operation. This
implies an egg output CAGR of 7.9% in 2010-2016, and may prove to be overly conservative given
that Avangard is already targeting production of 6.0bn shell eggs for 2011, up from the previously
2) We raise our assumption for price inflation for eggs from 3% per year to 6% per year.
As a result of these changes, Avangard’s sales are now forecasted to grow at a 2010-2016 CAGR of
13.3%, to USD 917mn by the end of the period. We model a gradual reduction in the EBITDA margin
from 44% in 2010 to 39% in 2016, and also in the net margin from 39.4% in 2010 to 31.1% in
The summary of the company’s financials and our model forecasts are provided in Figure 5 through
We use two variations of the DCF valuation method to calculate our target price for Avangard’s
stock. These variations differ in the way in which we determined the terminal value of the company.
The first way of determining the terminal value is by applying a 3% permanent growth rate to
the company’s free cash flow received after 2016. The second way is by applying an EV/EBITDA
multiple of 7.0x to the company’s 2016E EBITDA.
For the DCF valuation, we assumed the following indicator values in order to determine WACC:
an equity risk-free rate of 7.4%, which is the yield on Ukraine’s Eurobonds maturing in 2020;
an equity risk premium of 9% in 2011. This gradually falls to 7% in 2014 and then stays
unchanged at this level until the end of the forecast period in 2016;
an effective tax rate of 2%. Agricultural producers in Ukraine enjoy a special tax regime, which
allows them to pay a flat tax that is effectively far smaller than the standard corporate tax;
a pre-tax cost of debt 10.5%, which is the yield on Avangard’s Eurobond maturing in 2015; and
an EV/EBITDA target multiple of 7.0x. This is the multiple at which MHP currently trades
Figure 3). We believe that Avangard and MHP are close comparatives, as they are similar in
terms of growth outlook, business model, and operating environment. We therefore believe that
the application of MHP’s multiple for the valuation of Avangard is justifiable and appropriate.
Avangard indicates that its current net debt is USD 94mn, which is the figure we use in our model.
DISCOUNTED CASH FLOW VALUATION OF AVANGARD
In figure 2 we summarize our DCF valuation for Avangard. We obtain a fair value of USD 27.8 per
share using the target EV/EBITDA approach, and USD 28.9 per share value using the 3% permanent
We apply equal weights to these two DCF valuations for the purpose of calculating our final target
price of USD 28.3 per share, which implies an upside to the current price of 34.8%. We thus keep
our recommendation to buy the AVGR stock unchanged.
We also compare the trading multiples of Avangard to those of its Ukrainian peers as a reasonability
check for the results obtained in our DCF valuation exercise (Figure 3). Although Avangard’s stock
price has appreciated by 41% since the beginning of 2011, the company still trades at a 39.3%
discount to its peers’ median based on its 2011E EV/EBITDA multiple of 5.6x. Avangard also trades
at 2011E P/E of 6.1x, suggesting a 45.3% discount to the median of its peers.
TRADING MULTIPLES. AVANGARD VS UKRAINIAN PEERS
of issue for our report “The Golden Egg
Express”, which indicated a target price of
USD 19.4 per share. Nearly the entirety of
this increase (41%) has occurred since the
outperformed MHP and Astarta, its closest
Source: Bloomberg, Eavex Research Ukrainian peers, by correspondingly 21%
and 22% in terms of share price growth.
AVANGARD. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION. STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
Short Term Borrowings & Current Portion of LT debt
LT finance lease and other financial obligations
Total equity attributable to shareholders of
Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Equity
Source: Company data, Eavex Research
AVANGARD. STATEMENT OF INCOME AND LOSS. STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
Net change in fair value of biological assets
General, administrative and sales expenses
Source: Company data, Eavex Research
AVANGARD. STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS. STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
Effect from translation into presentational
Source: Company data, Eavex ResearchSource: Company data, Eavex Research
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emerging markets’ companies may be less liquid and their prices more
specialists working for us, and actual events may turn out to be fundamentally different due to unforeseen
volatile than securities of comparable developed markets’ companies. In
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