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Mar 09, 2012, 08.41 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

MCX to debut Friday, seen listing around Rs 1350-1400

Shares of MCX, India’s largest commodity exchange, will debut on the bourses on Friday, after having got an overwhelming response to its initial public offering priced at Rs 1032 a share. Going by the prices being quoted in the grey market, brokers expect the stock to list between Rs 1350-1400.

Sunil Shankar Matkar

Moneycontrol bureau

Shares of MCX , India’s largest commodity exchange, will debut on the bourses on Friday, after having got an overwhelming response to its initial public offering priced at Rs 1032 a share. Going by the prices being quoted in the grey market, brokers expect the stock to list between Rs 1350-1400.

In the process, MCX will also become the first new listing to be subject to the recently introduced price discovery mechanism through a call auction in the first hour of trade. Based on the price arrived at through the call auction between 9:00 am and 10:00 am, there will be a 20% circuit filter on the stock for the rest of the session.

According to brokerage house CLSA, at Rs 1032 a share, the company is valued at 18 times estimated earnings for the current financial year, which is “reasonable” when compared to valuations of commodity bourses globally.

The massive oversubscription (54 times) meant that all investors got far too few shares than what they had bid for. This is especially true of high networth individuals, who stand to get barely seven shares for every 1000 they have bid for.

Issues which are subscribed heavily usually post handsome gains on listing day, as investors try to make up for the unfulfilled demand by buying in the open market.

A lot would also depend on what valuation investors would be willing to pay for the stock, given the cautious outlook on the market as a whole.

If the stock does jump to Rs 1400, it would trading at 24 times estimated earnings for the current financial year.

"Generally exchanges BSE and NSE are trading at a price-to-earnings of roughly 14-16 times. Considering this, MCX should get base price of Rs 1350-1400 in first hour of trading - a call auction hour," says market expert Arun Kejriwal. A base price of Rs 1400 and a circuit filter of 20% means the stock can move between Rs 1120 and Rs 1680 during the day. Kejriwal expects the share to settle around Rs 1450-1500 on listing day; so the profit for retail investor, who got 8 shares on an application for Rs 2 lakh of shares, will be Rs 3200-4000 - i.e. nearly 24% annualized return over issue price of Rs 1032.

Manish Bhatt of Prabhudas Lilladher said the listing price would be around Rs 1400-1500; so investors could go for profit booking with more than 35% returns over issue price.

After looking at subscription figures, he feels there will be good demand from institutional investors, especially the foreign players.

Investment advisor SP Tulsian expects a base price of Rs 1350 in the price discovery session and sees the stock moving between Rs 1300-1400 for the rest of the day.

Tulsian advised buying share below Rs 1300 and selling above Rs 1400.

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