Government-owned Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO)’s IPO, for which bidding opened on BSE and NSE on Monday, has been subscribed three times on the third day of bidding. The qualified institutional investors bid almost three times the reserved portion for them, while the retail investors bid more than four times the portion kept for them. The quota reserved for non-institutional investors was almost fully subscribed at 94%.
HUDCO IPO’s price band has been set in the range of Rs 56-60 per share with a discount of Rs 2 per share for retail investors. The IPO, whose proceeds will go to the government and not to the company, is a part of government’s efforts to meet its disinvestment targets. The government plans to divest 10% of its shares through the IPO which will be open for bidding until today, 11 May 2017. The government will sell all the 200,190,000 shares on offer through the Offer For Sale (OFS) route.
HUDCO, which provides loans for housing and urban infrastructure projects in India, is a state-run entity. As of 30 September 2016, the total assets under management (AUMs) for the wholly-owned government company were at about Rs 36,110 crore, which included housing finance assets of Rs 11,290 crore and urban infrastructure finances of Rs 24,820 crore.
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HUDCO has more than 46 years’ experience in providing loans for housing and urban infrastructure projects in India. The company boasts of a strong financial performance including consistently increasing revenues and strong profitability. The company’s top-line has increased in each of the last four years and looks on track of doing an encore this year as well. Similarly, its proven business model means profits have remained strong and have followed a growth trajectory in the time frame.
HUDCO’s sustained performance and profitability earned it the Miniratna status in fiscal 2005. While its earnings have improved, profitability has slipped a bit in the last six months. Nevertheless, net profit margin at 19.9% is still quite strong given its huge size.
Being a profitable PSU, HUDCO pays a regular dividend and this is something retail investors will find attractive. The company is required to pay a minimal annual dividend of 30% of its profit after tax (PAT) or 5% of its net worth, whichever is higher. Although this was not maintained in the latest financial year, the dividend rate of 5% was still quite attractive.