Hindustan Aeronautics IPO sees tepid response; Is it worth subscribing?
Hindustan Aeronautics IPO price band for the issue is fixed at lower end of Rs 1,215 per piece and upper end of Rs 1,240 per piece
Hindustan Aeronautics IPO: HAL is one of the largest Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) in India and on Friday it launched it’s initial public offering (IPO), where it is put up 3,41,07,525 equity shares in order to raise nearly Rs 4,200 crore. However, looks like, the IPO did not find favour in the eye of investors, as the issue saw tepid response on the first day, with just 24% subscription by receiving bids of 80,62,044 equity shares in comparison with the offered shares by the company.
HAL was subscribed by only 2% with bids of 6,99,708 equity shares in comparison with the offered shares by the company, till 1500 hours.
Price band for the issue is fixed at lower end of Rs 1,215 per piece and upper end of Rs 1,240 per piece. In this issue, the government of India who hold 100% in HAL will be selling about 10.20% of share capital.
50% of the issue is assigned for qualified institutional buyers (QIB), while 35% were kept for retail individual investors (RII), and remaining 15% were for non-institutional investors (NII).
It needs to be noted that, of the total issue, 2% shares which would come up to 6,68,775 shares shall be reserved for the employees of HAL. On the other, the retail investors and employees will be offered a discount of Rs 25 per share.
At the higher end of the price band of Rs 1,240, the issue is priced at P/E of 15.9x (post dilution) on FY17 and 53x on H1FY18 (annualized) basis. The company has no listed peers engaged in the similar line of business.
Mrinalini Chetty, Research Analyst at Centrum Wealth Research said, “HAL’s business is cyclical in nature as revenue recognition depends on a certification process (acceptance and delivery of products by customers) which generally takes place in H2 due to favourable conditions for flight testing. Hence, valuation on H1FY18 annualized basis looks high, although, the same looks reasonable on FY17 (post dilution basis).”
With an aim to be selfreliant and reduce the dependence on imports, the government is focusing on indigenous defence manufacturing, as per Centrum.
Such would give rise to a host of opportunities; and HAL, being the largest DPSU in terms of value production, could be a key beneficiary.
Chetty said, “ Given the growth prospects, investors can subscribe to the issue from a long term perspective. It must be noted that, owing to the current market volatility listing gains may be capped.”
HAL has a sustained track record of profitability and has paid dividends every year for over 4 decades. As of December 31, 2017, the order book was Rs 68,461 crore. The Indian Defence Sector (IDS) contributed 91.4%, 93.3%, 94.2% and 92.6% of 6 months ended September 30, 2017 and financial year 2017, 2016 and 2015 revenues, respectively.
Additionally, during the Financial Year 2017, HAL exported their products and services, primarily spares, to more than 13 countries. As of December 31, 2017, HAL owned 2 Trademarks, 7 Patents, 11 Design Registrations and 77 Copyrights.
The HAL IPO issue is available till March 20, 2018, for subscription.
Post subscription, Centrum expects HAL's market capitalization to be in the range of Rs 40,628 crore to Rs 41,464 crore.