psu stock: This PSU stock quietly jumps over 40% in a month. Should you join the bandwagon? – Blue Barrows

NEW DELHI: With hardly any analyst coverage, the stock of defence PSU has been rallying silently for the last few weeks. The stock, which ended 11.6 per cent higher at Rs 394.80 on BSE on Monday, has delivered an impressive return of nearly 42 per cent in the last one month.

“Given the government’s thrust on defence, Aatmanirbhar Bharat and placing embargos on importing certain kinds of defence equipment while modernising the military, a lot of euphoria is getting created in the sector,” equity strategist Kranthi Bathini of Wealth Mills told ETMarkets.

Mazagon Dock seems to be getting picked up by value hunters because of the company’s product profile, strong order book and attractive valuations.

The stock is covered by only 2-3 analysts and even the mutual fund holding is less than 1 per cent on the counter.

As the premier shipbuilding yard in India, Mazagon Dock (MDL) manufactures warships and submarines. The PSU has also embarked on a diversification drive by reviving its ship repairs & maintenance unit besides venturing into the business of shipping container manufacturing and has already bagged two orders from

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“As such there is no specific reason for the rally in the share price in the last couple of days. However, in the last six months, the optimism in the company’s business was mainly due to its unique positioning in the domestic shipyard segment, strong Q1 FY23 performance and the pending order book, which cumulatively would have led to a rally in the share price,” said Rajnath Yadav, Research Analyst, Choice Broking.

In the June quarter, MDL’s revenue increased 84 per cent to Rs 2,230 crore. EBIDTA margin also improved sequentially to 7.8 per cent.

Even after the rally, the stock is still trading at an attractive PE multiple of 10 and comes with a dividend yield of over 2 per cent.

“Only a few companies have strong balance sheets, lower valuations, higher dividend yield and a strong business model,” Jitendra Upadhyay, Sr Research Analyst, Bonanza Wealth Management, said.

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