Brokerages divided over Bharti Infratel IPO
According to a poll among 15 domestic brokerages, most analysts said the issue was fairly priced and recommended clients to subscribe at the lower end of the price band. According to stock exchange data, the IPO was subscribed 0.15 times on the opening day of the issue.
However, some analysts said the issue, which is likely to list at 10-12x FY14 EV/Ebitda, should have been priced at a discount to its global peers given low barriers to entry in the industry and oversupply in domestic tower capacity. “We recommend ‘subscribe’ to Bharti Infratel IPO. At the price band of Bharti Infratel, the company is asking for valuation, which is a steep discount to its global peers,” said a Prabhudas Lilladher note.
Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities also sent a ‘subscribe’ recommendation and said that based on the discounted cash flow (DCF) calculations, the fair value of BIL works out to R278, implying a 32% upside from the lower end and a 16% upside from the upper end of the IPO price band.
“Bharti Infratel's blue-chip client base provides confidence on revenue and cash flow predictability. While the current return on equity (RoE) is low at 5.3%, we expect lower interest burden and higher margins to boost it, going forward,” stated the Nirmal Bang report.
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