Asian Paints is a business monopoly for 55 years!
Berger Paints, the 2nd largest paint company in India after Asian Paints, earned ~INR 7800 crores in revenue in FY 21-22, and a profit of ~INR 750 crores.
During the same period, Asian Paints earned ~INR 25,000 crores in revenue (>3x), and a profit of ~INR 3200 crores (>4x)!
How is Asian Paints able to get these amazing results and is so far ahead of its competitors?
Well, it's because of their commitment to perfecting their inventory management and supply chain.
A) Inventory Management
- For any manufacturing company, excess inventory can be a headache. So, the goal is always to sell off all inventory as quickly as you can.
You measure this using a ratio called "Inventory turnover ratio". Inventory turnover ratio is simply the number of times you can sell off your inventory in a year.
So, if you can sell your inventory every 60 days, so in a year you'll be able to sell off all your inventory 6 times.
So the inventory turnover ratio is 6.
Now, Asian Paints has an inventory turnover ratio of 3.4, while Berger Paints has a turnover ratio of 2.58. So, they are able to sell off their inventory in 107 and 141 days respectively.
But, what impact will a small 0.82 difference in inventory turnover ratio have?
Well, if you consider:
Berger Paints yearly production capacity => 610,000 KL
Then they can produce and sell = 1671 KL in a day
Asian Paints, on the other hand, can sell = 2202 KL in a day
So, Asian Paints is able to sell 521KL more every day. The average price of 1 KL paint is INR 10 lakh. So, Asian Paints makes 53.1 CR more in revenue every day than Berger Paints.
Let's say the Asian Paints plant runs for 22 days a month. So, in a year, they make ~INR 14000 Cr extra revenue.
B) Supply Chain - Secondly, Asian Paints has adopted a direct-to-dealer strategy, where they remove all the middlemen and directly supply paint to dealers who sell to customers.
But, here the problem is that dealers have limited storage space. So, Asian Paints very cleverly restocks all dealers 3-4 times a day.
Compared to the traditional model with wholesalers, Asian Paints gets a margin (post-distributor) of 95% as opposed to the usual 75%. That is in spite of the added transportation cost. The 20% edge in margins saves Asian Paints INR 5000 crores!