Zomato's Return Potential, Blinkit's Growth Headroom Can Help Stock Rise 16%

Bernstein expects a 2–3% headroom to improve take rates for Blinkit, driven through advertisement spending.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Zomato Ltd.'s rider on a bike. (Source: Vijay Sartape/NDTV Profit)</p></div>
Zomato Ltd.'s rider on a bike. (Source: Vijay Sartape/NDTV Profit)

Bernstein Research is bullish on Zomato Ltd. as it expects the quick commerce business' margins to improve along with its asset-light model. Benefiting from scale and multiple margin levers, Zomato is best positioned among the India internet stocks to deliver a positive return on invested capital, the brokerage said in a note on June 20.

The brokerage maintains its 'outperform' rating on Zomato with a target price of Rs 230 per share, implying a potential upside of 16% from the previous close.

Return on invested capital improved from (-)42% in financial year 2021 to (-)0.8% in the last fiscal, it said. "We expect Zomato to achieve a positive ROIC going forward — expected to expand from 9% in FY25 to 35% in FY30."

Quick commerce has emerged as the strongest growth engine and Bernstein expects quick-commerce gross merchandise value to exceed food delivery by fiscal 2030. Improving advertisement revenue and platform fee hikes remain the key catalysts for margin expansion, Bernstein said.

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Blinkit is currently under-penetrated in the top 10 cities in India and the brokerage expects a 2–3% headroom to improve take rates, driven through advertisement spending.

Bernstein expects Blinkit to grow at over 40% year-on-year. The company expects adjusted Ebitda for Blinkit to remain at break-even levels over the next few quarters as it prioritises growth, the note said.

The macro environment remains favourable through lower delivery and labour costs in India, with further operating leverage. Zomato is building an asset-light model with limited capital expenditure and the growth in quick commerce requires less capex, driven by a franchise-led model, according to a note.

Zomato's Return Potential, Blinkit's Growth Headroom Can Help Stock Rise 16%

Zomato's stock rose as much as 1.47 % during the day to Rs 199.95 apiece on the NSE. It was trading 0.84% higher at Rs 198.7 per share, compared to a 0.30% advance in the benchmark Nifty as of 9:38 a.m.

The share price has risen 164% in the last 12 months and 61% on a year-to-date basis. The relative strength index was at 64.

Twenty-four out of the 28 analysts tracking the company have a 'buy' rating on the stock, one recommends a 'hold' and three suggest a 'sell', according to Bloomberg data. The average of 12-month analyst price targets implies a potential upside of 12%.

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