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Laxmi Organic Industries IPO opens: Should you subscribe?

Laxmi Organic IPO, at the higher end of price band, on FY20 earnings basis looks expensive compared to peers, the brokerages feel.

March 15, 2021 / 11:23 AM IST
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Laxmi Organic Industries, a specialty chemicals company, is planning to raise Rs 600 crore through public issue. The IPO, which opened on March 15, comprises a fresh issue of Rs 300 crore and an offer for sale of Rs 300 crore by promoter Yellow Stone Trust.

The issue will close on March 17 and the price band for the offer has been fixed at Rs 129-130 per share.

The company raised Rs 200 crore in pre-IPO placement issue, and mopped up Rs 180 crore from anchor investors.

Net proceeds from the fresh issue and pre-IPO placement will be used for capital expenditure and for working capital requirements of its wholly-owned subsidiary Yellowstone Fine Chemicals (YFCPL). The funds will also be used to purchase plant & machineries for the proposed facility expansion of specialty intermediates division, repayment of some debt and working capital requirement of the company.

The issue, at the higher end of price band, on FY20 earnings basis looks expensive compared to peers, the brokerages feel.


While recommending a 'subscribe' for the issue, Marwadi Shares and Finance said, the long-term prospects of the company look promising with healthy demand expectations from the end-user industry.

"Considering FY20 adjusted EPS of 2.66 on a post-issue basis, the company is going to list at a P/E of 48.82X with the market-cap of Rs 3,427.6 crore. In comparison, the peers are Aarti Industries (at P/E of 24.92x), and Fine Organics Industries (35.46X)," said the brokerage.

Also read: Laxmi Organic Industries IPO: 10 key things to know before subscribing the issue

ICICI Direct also believes valuations are on the higher side given it is a commodities business. "We believe that upcoming incremental opportunity from fluorospecialties division for next three-four years is also largely discounted in the price and thus there is limited opportunity on the table."

Incorporated in 1989, Laxmi Organic Industries is a leading manufacturer of acetyl intermediates (AI) and specialty intermediates (SI). The company's products find application in various high-growth industries, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, dyes & pigments, inks & coatings, paints, printing & packaging, flavours & fragrances, adhesives and other industrial applications.

It has two manufacturing units at Mahad, Maharashtra. One with production capacity of 161,320 MTPA (AI manufacturing facility), and the other with 78,045 MTPA capacity for specialty intermediates manufacturing.

The company is the largest manufacturer of ethyl acetate with over 30 percent market share in the Indian ethyl acetate market, which is expected to increase further post the completion of the Yellowstone Chemicals (YCPL) acquisition. YCPL has a production capacity of 10,500 MTPA of acetaldehyde and 29,200 MTPA of ethyl acetate as of December 2020.

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It has also been the largest exporter of ethyl acetate from India in the six months ended September 2020 and in FY18-FY20 period. It is one of the largest exporters of ethyl acetate to Europe from India since 2012.

It is the only manufacturer of diketene derivatives in India, with a market share of approximately 55 percent in terms of revenue in FY20 and with a diversified customer base.

"Looking at the competitive advantage and strong growth potential we are assigning a subscribe recommendation to the issue," said Angel Broking.

Anand Rathi also advised subscribing to the issue considering the growth prospects of the company.

Meanwhile, considering the sectoral tailwinds and the aggressive valuation, Choice Broking assigned a 'subscribe with caution' rating for the issue.

In June 2019, the company acquired some assets including plant & machinery, design and operating paperwork, REACH registrations and patents of Miteni, a manufacturer of organic fluorospecialties and electrochemical fluorination.

Laxmi Organic believes it is well placed to enter into the high margin specialty fluorochemicals space through this acquisition. According to the Frost & Sullivan report, given the company's expertise in the acetyl intermediates and the specialty intermediates segments, its entry into the fluorochemicals space will put it at a differentiated position from other chemicals manufacturers.

Its global footprint is spread across 30 countries, including China, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Also, read our in-house research team's take on the Laxmi Organic IPO.

Disclaimer: The views and investment tips expressed by investment expert on are his own and not that of the website or its management. advises users to check with certified experts before taking any investment decisions.
Sunil Shankar Matkar
first published: Mar 15, 2021 11:23 am

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