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CRISIL assigns grade 1/5 to VKS Projects IPO

CRISIL Research has assigned a CRISIL IPO grade of 1/5 to the proposed IPO of VKS Projects Ltd (VKS). This grade indicates that the fundamentals of the IPO are poor relative to the other listed equity securities in India.

May 11, 2012 / 06:24 PM IST

CRISIL Research has assigned a CRISIL IPO grade of '1/5' to the proposed IPO of VKS Projects Ltd (VKS). This grade indicates that the fundamentals of the IPO are poor relative to the other listed equity securities in India. However, this grade is not an opinion on whether the issue price is appropriate in relation to the issue fundamentals. The grade is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold the graded instrument, its future market price or suitability for a particular investor.

Weak revenue visibility is the major factor which has constrained the IPO grade assigned to VKS. As of June 2011, VKS’ order book of Rs 967 mn translated into 1.6x FY11 sales; this provides revenue visibility for the next 12-15 months only. Though the company has a fairly good execution track record in handling mechanical, piping and heavy equipment erections for various process industries, of late it has been accepting orders for civil construction or earthworks – recently it accepted two such orders worth ~Rs 950 mn. These are not complex jobs and are positioned lower in the value chain; moreover, these orders could also be margin dilutive. Hence, undertaking such jobs indicates that the company is not focusing on its core competency. The grade is further constrained by the company’s inability to win large contracts from marquee clients. Although the company has in the past bagged orders from clients such as Reliance, Thermax, Deepak Fertilizer, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers (RCF), and IG Petro, we believe its inability to get repeat orders of large magnitude from these clients is a matter of concern.

The grade also considers the high concentration risk faced by VKS as orders from two new clients comprise 97% of the order book. Any delay or hiccups in these orders or companies could have an adverse impact on revenues going forward. Moreover, working capital is also high with working capital days in the range of 90-100. Owing to higher working capital requirements, debt increased to Rs 132 mn in FY11 from Rs 52 mn in FY10. Besides, the business is highly dependent on promoter Dr V Sukumaran and there is a need to strengthen the second line of management.

The only positive for VKS is its strong execution track record. So far, the company has completed ~40 projects, without any major hiccups, in nine different states across India. Over a period of time, VKS has built up capabilities and obtained necessary pre-qualifications, which have led to an increase in average ticket size to ~Rs 400-500 mn from ~ Rs 20-30 mn.

VKS’ revenue increased from Rs 33 mn in FY07 to Rs 597 mn in FY11 following its order intake increasing at 102% CAGR. EBITDA margins contracted by 125 bps y-o-y in FY11 to 11.4% due to higher employee cost. Reported net profit has increased to Rs 27 mn in FY11 from Rs 1 mn in FY07 owing to robust revenue growth. VKS’ net worth for FY11 was Rs 128 mn compared to Rs 32 mn FY10.

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