Auto sales were weak for most of the frontline companies in August this year. Hero lost near 14%, TVS had a 1% growth, Maruti managed due to Ciaz and S-Cross, which otherwise would have been negative. M&M goes weak, Tata Motors 0.50% down on overall sales.
Ashok Leyland & Eicher were super stars. Ashok Leyland managed a 39% growth, supported by pre-buying ahead of ABS (Anti breaking System) becoming a mandatory norm from October 1st 2015. The growth was slightly ahead of expectations. Eicher continued with its above 50% growth. Royal Enfield sales grew 59% and commercial vehicle sales grew 22%.The company has opened sales office in the North America, which is another positive for its growth as exports are on a steady increase.
Ashok Leyland turned around in the last quarter and it is likely to continue its growth phase for some more time to come. Stock has already run up, but still has a lot of room to be captures. Ashok Leyland came into our portfolio at ₹74, in August 2015. Post strong growth numbers we are adding to the existing exposure after the current correction phase is over.
At its high of ₹99.65, our investment in this stock has reached 30+ percent profits in a month. The broad based correction in the market post Chinese currency crisis has brought the stock down, which is an opportunity to accumulate for those who missed it at 75 levels.