DMCC – Dharamsi Morarji Chemical Company

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The Dharamsi Morarji
Chemical Company Limited (DMCC), established in 1919, was the first producer of
Sulphuric Acid and Phosphate fertilizers in India. Over the years, the brand of
the Company (“Ship”) came to be recognized as the quality standard for Single
Superphosphate (SSP). Until recently, DMCC was known primarily as a fertilizer
producer, with over 75% of revenue from SSP. As a strategy, DMCC structured
itself to Speciality Chemicals. With focused Research and Development efforts,
processes for downstream sulfur-based chemicals were commercialized.

Diversified
Product & Customer Base

The company has 34 unique products across bulk and
specialty chemicals. The company has a wide product basket that helps us in penetrating
new geographies and acquiring new customers. The chemicals manufactured and
applied in a wide range of industries across 25 countries.

Impact on Bulk Chemicals

Companies  bulk chemicals had an unfavorable market
conditions and earned lower realization as compared to the previous year.
While they maintained their market share, the company did witness a decline in the
topline and bottom line. The company is in good progress with its plans to
debottleneck and expand operations in the Roha facility. The company is also adding
incremental capacity for sulphuric acid in Dahej, which will enable them to tap
new customers as they continue to be cost-efficient in their bulk chemicals
business.

Growth of Speciality Chemicals

Companies specialty chemicals business is progressing
well. Despite facing stiff challenges from Chinese competitors, the company has
managed to maintain strong demand for its products in export markets. Their
strategy going forward is to be a backward integrated specialty chemical
company. With this, their focus will be on strengthening the innovative funnel
to ensure aggressive growth. The company will be going under significant
transformation with an ambitious investment plan in this segment.

Growth in Sales over the years

Financial Performance for Q3FY21

The
revenues of the company in Q3FY21 increased by 16.95% to 47.33 cr. as compared
to 40.47 cr. in Q3FY20. The company recorded a strong overall performance
despite a planned maintenance shutdown of 35 days during the quarter. The
company also witnessed strong demand from the export market during the quarter.

Segment Performance for Q3FY21

The company witnessed a strong performance in the specialty chemicals segment with the reopening of domestic industries. The demand from export markets continued to
remain strong during the quarter despite the 2nd wave of COVID in European
countries.

The
commodity segment of the boron business continued to face a challenging environment with the availability of raw materials being a roadblock. However, the
company continues to witness traction on the specialty part of the boron
business.

The
volumes in the bulk chemicals business were subdued owing to the maintenance
shutdown. The company expects the volumes in bulk chemicals to recover from the
current quarter.

Capex
to cater to future demands

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Bulk
chemicals at Dahej

The company will be investing 50 cr.
in adding incremental capacity in the bulk chemicals segment.

The company has been facing certain
challenges in terms of delays from vendors, however, the company is on track to
complete the project by June 2021.

Specialty chemicals at Dahej

The company will invest 20 Cr. in a
dedicated plant at Dahej facility. The company will use this facility for
contract manufacturing. The products to be manufactured and other details
remain confidential as the company has signed an NDA. The plant is expected to
begin commercial production in the 2nd half of 2021.

Debottlenecking at Roha

The company is progressing well on its
plans of debottlenecking at the Roha facility. The company will invest ~ 10 cr.
on this project. The company is on track to complete this project by April
2021.

Multipurpose plants at Dahej

The company will further invest Rs. 10
cr. in 2 multipurpose plants at the Dahej facility. The company plans to begin
commercial production in these multipurpose plants by the end of the current
financial year.

Intermediates Plant at Dahej

The company had plans to invest Rs. 20 cr. for
expansion to manufacture intermediates for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical
industry. This project is expected to complete by December 2021 The company had
earlier decided to invest this amount in Sulfones. However, with a downturn in
the international markets for the product category, the plan has been put on
hold. 

Opportunities in
the domestic chemical landscape

The chemical industry already contributes to India’s trade volume.
Capturing emerging opportunities in the near term could make a positive
difference to the Indian chemical companies and to the industry in general. Diversification
of supply chains out of China coupled with stricter environmental norms is
changing the structure of the Chinese chemical industry.

These factors are causing
uncertainty among international players that source chemicals from China. This could create an opportunity for the
Indian chemical players in certain value chains and segments.

Steadily
shepherding the industry towards higher environmental standards, China’s
stricter norms are disrupting some parts of the chemical value chain.

 

Trade conflicts have erupted around the world, especially among
China, the United States, and Western Europe. These have led to shifts in supply
chains, affecting bilateral trade between China and United States, with
possible repercussions for other economies. Large chemical markets that
remain accessible could present opportunities for Indian
chemical companies. Sustainability is becoming an imperative, with various
stakeholders placing a premium on it. The government of China has set
provincial targets and is shutting down non-compliant companies. Chemical
companies that prioritize environmental sustainability while complying with
local regulations may stand to benefit from this opportunity.

Specialty chemicals are the leading Indian chemical export
segment, making up more than half (55%) of total chemical export value in 2018.
Yet they contribute only 3% of the total export value of specialty
chemicals worldwide. Compared to 13% for China, 11% for Germany and 5% for
Japan. There is enough room for growth for companies operating in this segment.

Focus on Research and Development

The company focuses
on the research-led conversion of generic materials into value-added niche
specialty chemicals. The company has been incrementally increasing its spending on
R&D to enhance their process chemistry skills, improve product quality and
process yields of existing products. R&D spend in the financial year ending
March 2020 stood at a life-time high of INR 2.25 cr. which is 40% higher as
compared to the previous financial year.

With a strong
focus on R&D and 2 manufacturing units, the company is well placed to benefit
from the upcoming industry opportunities.

Creating New Growth Platforms

In 2019 company
broke ground on their upcoming sulphuric acid and specialty chemical plant
spread across 1,03,000 sq. mt. the plot in Dahej. This will further enhance their
sulphuric acid capacity by 300 MT/day and expand their reach to new customers.

The
company will also add capacities for Benzene Sulfonyl Chloride, Sulfones, and a
range of Thio Compounds. 

The company expects this unit to start by June 2021. With a
planned expenditure of about 50 cr. on the sulphuric acid plant, the company
expects to derive 1.5 – 2x fixed asset turns on this asset. This will be a
one-time investment that will take care of their sulphuric acid needs for the
foreseeable future.

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