Mahindra & Mahindra gains for fifth straight session, hits new high


M&M, TAFE look to rev up the tractor market

  Shares of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) were quoting higher for the fifth straight trading days, hitting new high of Rs 940, up 2% on the BSE, after the government last week increased the minimum support price (MSP) of kharif crops for 2018-19.

In past six trading sessions, M&M has rallied 6% as compared to 1.5% rise in the S&P BSE Sensex. In past four months, it surged 29% against 7.5% rise in the benchmark index.

According to M&M, the Government’s plan to double farmer income by 2022 is expected to open many new opportunities for Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector.

With the Government’s strong focus on improving farm productivity and the adoption of better agricultural practices, the sector is poised for sustained growth. With a normal monsoon forecast by major global weather forecasting agencies, the Farm Equipment Sector is ideally positioned for the near and mid-term, the company said in FY18 annual report.

The Indian auto industry is expected to continue with its growth momentum of F18 when all segments, Passenger Vehicles (PV), Commercial Vehicles (CV), Three Wheelers (3W) and Two Wheelers (2W) reported their highest-ever sales. Excluding 2-Wheelers, the industry grew at 11.9% over the previous year, registering double-digit growth for the first time in seven years, it added.

Analysts at Prabhudas Lilladher maintain ‘BUY’ rating on M&M with a price target of Rs 1,041 as the brokerage remain confident of the company’s domestic tractor business.

“The company’s strategy for its global business ramp up further boosts our confidence as the company is focusing on products & segments which are similar to its domestic tractor portfolio. However, we continue to have concerns over M&M’s domestic UV business, although the 3 upcoming launches in this space can boost volumes ahead,” the brokerage firm said in analyst meets update.