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Savoring Growth: Motilal Oswal Recommends Investing in Sapphire Foods, Sets Ambitious Target at Rs 1585

Savoring Growth: Motilal Oswal Recommends Investing in Sapphire Foods, Sets Ambitious Target at Rs 1585

SAPPHIRE, a notable player in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) sector, has displayed a 20% increase in revenue compared to the previous year, aligning well with market expectations. 

This growth was primarily driven by the consistent addition of new stores and the stable performance of KFC, which reported flat Same Store Sales Growth (SSSG). However, the performance of Pizza Hut remained lackluster, experiencing a decline of 9% in SSSG.

A notable development in SAPPHIRE's financial landscape was a cooling-off in inflation, which in turn led to a sequential enhancement of 60 basis points (bp) in margins. Despite this positive trend, the low SSSG exerted pressure on the Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) margin (pre IND-AS 116), resulting in a decline of 140 basis points compared to the previous year. 

Consequently, the EBITDA reported a growth of 7%, while the Profit After Tax (PAT) witnessed a decline of 35% YoY (Year over Year).

The persistent weakness in Same Store Sales Growth (SSSG) can be attributed to the challenging business environment, which continues to impact the QSR industry. In response to these challenges and to stimulate demand, SAPPHIRE has implemented strategic measures. 

These include the launch of new products aimed at enticing customers and an increase in marketing investments for both the KFC and Pizza Hut brands.

Looking ahead, the company's future outlook remains optimistic. The strategic initiatives undertaken to introduce innovative offerings and boost marketing efforts are expected to contribute positively to SAPPHIRE's performance. In light of this, the company aims to revitalize its SSSG metrics and overall financial health.

The steadfast growth potential and moderate valuations compared to other QSR peers underscore the investment appeal of SAPPHIRE. In recognition of these factors, we reiterate our BUY rating for the company's stock. The Target Price (TP) set for SAPPHIRE stands at INR 1,585. 

This assessment is grounded in a firm belief in the company's long-term growth opportunities within the QSR sector, combined with a sensible valuation perspective when compared to its industry counterparts.

In conclusion, SAPPHIRE's recent financial performance demonstrates notable progress with a 20% revenue increase. While challenges persist, the company's proactive approach, including the launch of new products and heightened marketing investments, sets the stage for potential future growth. 

Investors are presented with an encouraging outlook, supported by a BUY rating and a TP of INR 1,585, reflecting both the company's potential and the appealing investment proposition it offers within the competitive QSR landscape.


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