Vodafone Idea share falls 9%, sees worst performance in six weeks on Q2 loss; what global brokerages say

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Published: November 15, 2018 12:28:48 PM

Vodafone Idea shares: Shares of Vodafone Idea on Thursday plunged as much as 9 percent to Rs 37.60, their lowest since October 31, day after the newly combined entity reported Q2 loss of Rs 49.74 billion.

Vodafone Idea on Wednesday posted a huge consolidated net loss of Rs 4,974 crore for the quarter ended September.

Vodafone Idea shares: Shares of  Vodafone Idea on Thursday plunged as much as 9 percent to Rs 37.60, their lowest since October 31, day after the newly combined entity reported Q2 loss of Rs 49.74 billion. The telecom major posted losses mainly on account of a one-off charge for integration and merger-related costs. The company is mulling raising nearly Rs 250 billion in which promoters Vodafone Group will chip in Rs 110 billion and Aditya Birla Group Rs 72.5 billion.

What global brokerages say

Jefferies

The global brokerage says that it expects Idea to be the number 3 player by early FY20 and continue to lose market share over next two years. Jefferies retains “underperform” and cuts price target to Rs 30 from Rs 50.

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Citi

The global bank says the investment amounts to significant dilution at current depressed valuations but should be positive, as it should help address going-concern risks emanating from high leverage and losses. It assigns ‘high risk’ rating because of inherent volatility due to high leverage, and a target price of Rs 83.

Meanwhile, Vodafone Idea on Wednesday posted a huge consolidated net loss of Rs 4,974 crore for the quarter ended September. It shows the kind of the financial stress the telecom operators are undergoing due to below-cost tariff which is resulting in the customers migrating to lower average realisation per user (Arpu) offerings. Vodafone and Idea completed their merger on August 31.

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