Zydus Wellness – An Indian Heritage Wellness Company

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Let’s dig deeper into Zydus Wellness stock analysis.

Zydus Wellness is a subsidiary of Cadila Healthcare Limited having a broad spectrum of various different brands under its portfolio which includes Sugarlite, Complan, Sugar-Free, Glucon-D, Everyuth, Nycil, and Nutralite, etc.

Zydus Wellness Company History
Zydus Wellness Company History

With the launch of India’s first zero-calorie replacement of sugar, called Sugar Free, in 1988, Zydus Wellness began its journey as is India’s leading consumer Wellness Company.

Since then, we have grown into a larger business, spanning the entire wellness spectrum with seven power brands.

Headquartered in Ahmedabad, Zydus Wellness operates as an integrated consumer Group with business encompassing the entire value chain in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of health and wellness products. 

Zydus Wellness Ltd is a subsidiary of Cadila Healthcare Ltd.Zydus Wellness Ltd was incorporated on November 1, 1994, as a public limited company with the name Carnation Health Foods Ltd. 

During the year 2015-16, the company rolled out a distribution expansion program named ‘EnReach’ during the year, which has resulted in significant growth in the direct coverage.

Zydus Wellness entered new markets like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and Myanmar. Zydus Wellness 

During the year 2019, the company had entered into a Share Purchase Agreement jointly with Cadila Healthcare Limited to acquire 100% shareholding of Heinz India Private Limited, (Heinz).

Various different brands under Zydus Wellness’s Portfolio


Nutralite - Zydus Wellness

Nutralite - Zydus Wellness

Nutralite - Zydus Wellness

The company set up a unit to manufacture Low fat, Zero cholesterol Margarine as a Butter substitute and Low fat, Zero Cholesterol Cheese, and caseinate and milk fat.

During the year 2006-07, the company launched a variant of Nutralite in retail under the brand ‘Nutralite Premium’. 

In this Nutralite segment, a new variant called Nutralite Yummy’ was launched in the retail segment in North India, positioned on the platform of Great Taste at Great Value.

Keeping in line with the idea of promising health, Zydus wellness offers Nutralite Table Spread, Mayonnaise & Choco Spread.

Nutralite is a premium spread that is cholesterol-free and contains Omega 3. It also has no Trans fat and Rich in Vitamins. So while Nutralite tastes like butter, all of these advantages makes it a healthier alternative to butter.

The Company has strengthened its margarine product portfolio by introducing Nutralite with Omega 3 benefits.

Nutralite is low in cholesterol and does not consist of hydrogenated fats. The table spread is armed with cholesterol fighters like PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and MUFA (mono-unsaturated fatty acids). It is a blend of taste and health, helping you attain your fitness goals.

What are the benefits of Omega 3?

Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for normal brain function and development throughout a kid’s life because they are important in the building of healthy cell membranes.

They are also related to visual health, with results indicating that these healthy fats may be incredibly important in terms of good vision and eye health.


Sugar Free - Zydus Wellness

Sugar Free - Zydus Wellness

Zydus Wellness launched a power brand ‘Natura Diet Sugar’ to bring convenience to the consumer.

They also launched Sugar-Free Natura Flavored sachets in Lemon Mint and Ginger Masala flavors to enhance the consumer experience and offer a wider choice to the customers.

In September 2010, the company extended its niche product basket with the launch of Sugar-Free Mints. Both the variants of Sugar-Free, the aspartame based Sugar-Free Gold and sucralose based Sugar-Free Natura, continue to lead in their respective segments.


Today Sugar-Free is a name synonymous with the sugar substitute category, is the category leader in India with a 94% Market Share.

Sugar-Free Brand Portfolio 

Sugar-Free Green

100% Natural* & 0% Sugar, Sugar-Free Green is made from Stevia leaves. It’s the perfect natural sweetener for beverages & desserts that you can share with your family including kids

Sugar-Free Natura

Made using Sucralose which is a derivative of Sugar. Sucralose tastes like sugar but doesn’t contain the same amount of calories. Thus, it allows you to enjoy the sweet flavor of sugar without having to worry about gaining excess calories.

Sugar-Free Gold

Your healthier sugar alternative is made from Aspartame – a protein derivative. Sugar-Free Gold can be added to tea, coffee, milk, cornflakes, nimbupani, fruit juices, etc. So now you can enjoy sweetness & also keep a tab on your calorie intake. It’s ideal for health-conscious, overweight & diabetics.


During the year 2014, the Company introduced Stevia, a new variant of Sugar-Free in limited markets

Stevia: It is 100% natural sugar, made with a blend of Sugar and Stevia, So, it has the sweetness of sugar, but with 50% fewer calories.

Zydus Wellness presented Sugarlite. A natural blend of cane sugar and stevia which delivers 50% fewer calories than ordinary sugar.

Sugarlite needs to be used only half as much a regular sugar, to deliver the same degree of sweetness and hence it delivers only 50% of the calories that come from ordinary sugar. All this without compromising on the taste.

Sugarlite can be used to make all kinds of desserts, beverages or any other food that is made using ordinary sugar, making it an ideal replacement.


In the Facial Mask category, EverYuth launched 3 in 1 Neem Face Pack in FY 2014-15.

In the Peel-Off segment, the Company drove the category single-handedly and expanded the portfolio through the launch of a new ‘Fairness Peel Off’ with Intelligent Target Delivery Whitening Technology, a first in India.

The Company has launched a new and innovative ‘Tulsi Turmeric Face Wash’ at an attractive consumer price appealing to young women seeking high-performance products at affordable prices.

Everyuth re-launched its Face Wash range with fresh, new, and contemporary looking packaging.

Today, Everyuth Naturals has a strong leadership presence in advanced skincare segments like soap-free face wash, face masks, skin exfoliators amongst others. It also includes specialty dermatologically tested skincare solutions for sun protection, pigmentation, and acne


Glucon-D is India’s No. 1 Glucose powder brand. Launched in 1933, it boasts of a rich heritage of over 85 years.

Millions of Indian households have trusted Glucon-D to get Instant Energy when they get tired.

Along with Glucose, the Glucon-D Regular variant is a rich source of Vitamin D and Flavour variants are a rich source of Vitamin C.

Hence, Glucon-D not only provides Instant Energy but also supports Immunity. Apart from Plain Variant, Glucon-D is also available in popular flavors of Tangy Orange, Nimbu Pani & Mango Punch.


It is the # 1 brand in the prickly heat & cooling powder category.

Nycil has delivered its promise of ‘Instant Germ Kill’ for over the years. Recently, the brand extended this equity and launched Nycil Hand Sanitizers. Its unique formulation is enriched with neem and Aloe Vera and Kills 99.9% Germs Instantly!

Today Nycil talcum powder has 7 variants in its portfolio that give you a refreshing & fresh feel after application.

Nycil Cool Herbal, Nycil Cool Gulabjal, Nycil Cool Sandal, Nycil Cool Aloe, Nycil Cool Lime, Nycil Cool Classic, Nycil Classic.

Nycil Hand Sanitizers are available in 2 variants – Herbal and Germ Expert. They contain ~ 70% alcohol and are enriched with neem and aloe vera

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Complan is a 75-year-old brand that has been present in Indian households for more than 5 decades. Complan’s best ever formula has ‘100% first-class protein’ and ‘34 vital nutrients.

Complan Nutri-Gro

Scientifically formulated for toddlers(2-6years), Complan NutriGro with 11 Pro-Immunity nutrients builds immunity to ensure all-round growth*.

New Product Launches

New Product Launches - Zydus Wellness

New Product Launches - Zydus Wellness

New Product Launches - Zydus Wellness

Parent History 

Cadila was founded in 1952 by Ramanbhai Patel (1925–2001), formerly a lecturer in the L.M. College of Pharmacy, and his business partner Indravadan Modi.

It evolved over the next four decades into an established pharmaceutical company.

From nine pharmaceutical production operations in India as well as a Zydus Cadila develops and manufactures a large range of pharmaceuticals as well as diagnostics, herbal products, skin care products, and other OTC products.

Starting from late 2015, having concluded a voluntary license agreement with Gilead, the company also produces the generics for hepatitis C treatment (i.e. sofosbuvir, distributed under the brand name SoviHep)

Heinz India acquisition

The Company along with its wholly-owned entity Zydus Wellness – Sikkim, paid a considerable amount of Rs 4,667.36 Crores (which includes payment towards cash and bank balance of Rs 125 Crores in Heinz and acquired 100% shareholding of Heinz.

During the year 2019, the Company has issued and allotted 1,85,92,055 Equity Shares of the face value of Rs 10/- each at a price of Rs 1,385/- (including a premium of Rs 1,375/-) per equity share to Threpsi Care LLP, Pioneer Investments Fund, Cadila Healthcare Limited, and Zydus Family Trust. 

What did Zydus get?

Heinz India’s business comprises the brands Complan, Glucon-D, Nycil, and Sampriti Ghee, two large manufacturing facilities in Aligarh and Sitarganj, and teams devoted to operations, research, sales, marketing, and support.

Heinz India also has a strong distribution network of over 800 distributors and more than 20,000 wholesalers covering 29 states.

For the four brands, Heinz India recorded revenues of about INR 1150 crore and EBIDTA of about INR 225 crore for the 12 months ending 30th June 2018.

Following this acquisition, Zydus Wellness will have consolidated revenues of about INR 1700 crore.

Audible: Zydus Wellness Concall of Q2FY21 by Trendlyne

Financials of Zydus Wellness

Financials - Zydus Wellness

Financials - Zydus Wellness

Financials - Zydus Wellness

Financials - Zydus Wellness

Financials - Zydus Wellness

For FY 2020
  • Total income from operations has increased by 17.2% year-on-year to Rs. 4,878 million.
  • EBITDA was up by 20.9% year-on-year to Rs. 1046 million.
  • PBT before the exceptional item was up by 7.3% to Rs. 643 million. 
  • Net profit was up by 10.9% to Rs. 691 million.
On the annual consolidated financial highlights
  • Adjusted total income from operations increased by 112.5% year-on-year to Rs. 17,668 million during the year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was up by 85.5% year-on-year to Rs. 3,211 million. EBITDA margin, there is a percentage of total income from operations stood at 18.2%.
  • Adjusted PBT before exceptional items were down by 2.3% to Rs. 1,655 million.
  • Adjusted net profit was down by 10% to Rs. 1,417 million.
  • The consolidated cash position stood at Rs. 1,928.3 million including our investments in liquid funds.
  • Consolidated CAPEX excluding goodwill for the year was Rs. 323.7 million
For Q1FY21
  • Total income from operation stood at Rs. 5,374 million.
  • EBITDA was up by 0.3% year-on-year to Rs. 1,223 million.
  • PBT was up by 4.1% year-on-year to Rs. 831 million.
  • Net profit stood at Rs. 892 million, up by 10.9% year-on-year in spite of a decline in sales mainly due to better control over costs. 
Fund Raising by Zydus Wellness

Zydus Wellness its board has approved plans to raise up to Rs 1,099.98 crore through a combination of issuance of shares to its promoter Zydus Family Trust on a preferential basis and other options.

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The board has accorded approval to raise Rs 349.98 crore through the issuance of 21,30,000 shares at a price of Rs 1,643.10 per share. 

Further, the board has also approved raising funds up to Rs 750 crore by issuing securities of the company, including equity shares (or equivalent instruments including but not limited to compulsorily convertible debentures, non-convertible debentures with warrants) through a private placement or qualified institutions placements (QIP) to qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) or a combination thereof.

Further, it is assumed that the company would utilize funds to repay the high-cost debt of 1500 crore that was raised at the time of acquisition of the Heinz business.

With an equity infusion of 1100 crore, existing cash of 200 crores, FY21 earnings, Zydus Wellness would be able to repay almost the entire debt by March 2021.

This would result in a saving of 140 crore interest cost.

Assuming equity infusion at the current price of 1930/share (given promoters have infused 350 crores at 1930/share), the equity dilution would be more than 10%. The mere saving of interest cost would increase the FY22 EPS estimate by 21%.


With the reduction of debt, the company would see strong earnings growth in FY20-22E. It is expected to deliver more than 30% CAGR adjusted earnings growth from FY20-22E. 

Though return ratios are like ROCE are currently in single digits, it could be seen that there exists a strong upside potential for the company.

Additionally, promoters infusing funds at the current market is a very strong sign of upcoming growth for the company. Also, the company is on the verge of becoming completely debt-free if the fundraising goes through properly.

With 3-year sales growth of over 60%, compounded profit growth of 18%, and Operating profit margin in the range of 18-24% Zydus Wellness is well suited to give at least 35% returns over the next 1-2 year period.

Please note that returns over the next period are based on our estimate which may or may not be achieved. Therefore users are requested to do their own research before taking any decision. Darkhorsestocks or any of its members would not be responsible for any loss.

This post has been updated on 19/12/2020 with Q2FY21 Concall Audio.

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