Paint sector in India will double by FY27 to 7.8 billion litre per annum: Crisil

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MUMBAI: The organized paints sector in India is on the cusp of great growth, with manufacturing capability anticipated to practically double to about 7.8 billion litres per annum (blpa) by fiscal 2027, as per CRISIL report.
According to a press launch, this surge will be fuelled by investments amounting to round Rs 19,000 crore, together with important contributions from a brand new main participant coming into the market.
However, heightened competitors and elevated advertising bills are possible to impression profitability in the sector.
A considerable portion of the brand new capability, roughly 2.4 blpa, is anticipated to grow to be operational inside the present fiscal 12 months, with the brand new entrant alone including 1.3 blpa.
This growth is predominantly inside the ornamental section, which represents 75-80 per cent of whole manufacturing.
The sector is poised to proceed its wholesome quantity progress trajectory of 10-15 per cent yearly, in line with previous developments.
However, the inflow of recent capacities is predicted to intensify competitors for market share.
This elevated competitors is probably going to drive producers to undertake aggressive pricing methods to entice clients and maximize the utilization of their expanded capacities, notably in the worth section, which accounts for over half of the whole income.
Consequently, total income progress is forecasted to reasonable to 7-10 per cent this fiscal 12 months.
Moreover, working profitability is projected to decline to 15-17 per cent, influenced by elevated advertising expenditures and strain on product realizations.
Despite these challenges, capital expenditure (capex) will be managed by a mixture of money flows, debt, and surplus liquidity, guaranteeing that the sector can maintain its progress ambitions.
The credit score profiles of present producers are anticipated to stay steady due to their strong monetary well being, characterised by practically debt-free steadiness sheets and substantial liquidity reserves, equal to about one-fourth of their internet price.
This monetary stability will allow them to climate the aggressive pressures.
A examine of six corporations, which account for roughly 90 per cent of the organized sector’s product sales of roughly Rs 70,000 crore, helps this optimistic outlook.
Poonam Upadhyay, Director of CRISIL Ratings, remarked, “The projected volume growth of 10-15 per cent this fiscal will be driven by sustained demand from both retail and business-to-business segments, catering to sectors such as construction, real estate, and automobiles.”
He added, “The increase in disposable incomes, consumer preference for quality and branded products, rising home sales, and an anticipated recovery in rural demand will all contribute positively. Nevertheless, pressure on realizations will partially offset the advantages of higher volume, moderating revenue growth this fiscal.”
In the earlier fiscal 12 months, the paint sector skilled a modest income progress of roughly 4 per cent.
This was due to producers decreasing costs by 4-5 per cent by elevated reductions and rebates as crude-linked enter costs softened.
To fight competitors, producers additionally ramped up promotional spending.
Consequently, whereas the gross margin improved by round 500 foundation factors, the working margin elevated by solely 300 foundation factors to about 20 per cent, up from 17.0 per cent in fiscal 2023.
Prices of key uncooked supplies, notably these linked to crude oil, comparable to binders, solvents, and components, in addition to titanium dioxide, are anticipated to stay steady, which ought to assist preserve gross margins in the 40-42 per cent vary this fiscal 12 months.
However, the working profitability is probably going to reasonable to 15-17 per cent, pushed by greater promoting and promotional bills geared toward supporting retail community growth and bolstering model recognition amid rising competitors.
Additionally, new entrants are anticipated to incur operational losses throughout their preliminary years.
To preserve their aggressive edge and broaden their product vary, present producers are diversifying into non-paint classes comparable to adhesives, building chemical substances, and waterproofing merchandise.
Consequently, investments in capability growth, backward integration, analysis and growth, and expertise have been growing.
Anil More, Associate Director of CRISIL Ratings, commented, “We expect the credit quality of existing manufacturers to remain largely stable despite significant capex. They are likely to finance capex through cash surplus and accruals, while new entrants will rely on a mix of debt and fresh equity.”
He added, “Although key debt metrics are expected to moderate, the interest coverage and debt/Ebitda ratios for the sample set will remain comfortable at 14-16x and 0.5-0.7x, respectively, for this and the next fiscal, compared to previous peaks of over 40x and less than 0.1x, respectively.”
Key danger elements that will require shut monitoring embrace the impression of unstable crude oil costs on uncooked materials prices, foreign money fluctuations, an anticipated restoration in rural demand, and an surprising surge in aggressive depth as new capacities come on-line.


Nilesh Desai
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