NEW DELHI: Rating agency Icra on Thursday revised downwards the revenue growth forecast for the auto components industry in India in the current fiscal to 15-17 per cent, citing the impact of the Omicron wave, delayed recovery in semiconductors shortage and muted two-wheelers demand.
It, however, said despite the potential Omicron impact, the domestic aftermarket demand is expected to grow 8-10 per cent in FY22 while exports remain a bright spot in the Indian auto component story with an estimated growth of over 20 per cent this fiscal, report agencies.
Icra expects the “robust 15-17 per cent revenue growth” in the ongoing fiscal for the Indian auto component industry to be driven by domestic OEM, replacement, export volumes and pass-through of commodity prices, she added.
The healthy volume growth would, however, come on a low base of FY21, Vinutaa said, adding there could be a downward bias to Icra’s estimates in case of prolonged lockdowns or significant demand slowdown because of the Omicron wave.
Most domestic original equipment sub-segments are expected to register healthy volume growth in FY2022, albeit, on a low base of the last fiscal, Icra said, adding pass-through of commodity prices will also inflate revenues by 4-5 per cent.
“However, certain segments like two-wheelers (2W) and buses will be impacted by the Omicron wave. We expect a delayed recovery in the 2W segment because of affordability and dampened sentiments. Also, demand for buses is expected to be impacted during the upcoming school season for the third year in a row,” the rating agency said, adding supply-chain issues could prolong further as well.
Easing of COVID 2.0 related lockdown restrictions and improvement in personal mobility, healthy freight movement and pent-up demand arising from deferment of purchases last year, supported replacement sales for auto components in Q2 and Q3 FY2022.
On the export front, the rating agency said the Indian auto component suppliers have reported a healthy improvement in sales volumes to Europe in year-to-date FY22 and have a strong order book for the next few months, partly aided by the ‘China+1’ strategy.
The third quarter has been relatively dull because of supply-chain issues, it said, adding the export order book for Indian auto component suppliers would have been even better if not for the chip shortages.