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Bharti Infratel’s initial share sale will likely be India’s biggest in nearly two years and key for the country’s troubled telecom sector, which has been hit by regulatory flip-flops.
Price Band: 210 – 240 rupees/share
Issue opens, closes: Dec 11 – Dec 14
The share sale of the telecommunications tower unit of top Indian phone carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd will raise $825 million in the upper end of the price range. The sale comes amidst signs of a revival in the primary market with other smaller private offerings like CARE Ratings, PC Jewellers and Tara Jewels in the process of raising or having recently raised capital.
The sale will also be a test of bigger offerings as the government aims to raise roughly $1.2 billion by selling shares in miner NMDC Ltd, sources told Reuters.
Here’s what some brokerages are advising investors on the Bharti IPO:
* Advises investors to avoid at current valuations. At 10-12x FY14 EV/EBITDA and 38-44x FY14 earnings, cites expensive valuations.
* Valuations are fair compared to global peers, but peers such as American Towers and Crown Castle enjoy superior economics.
* Revenue growth expected to slow down on a drop in tenancies, weak uptake in 3G/4G services.