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Last Updated : Jun 26, 2018 02:17 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Varroc Engineering IPO: Brokerages advice subscribe, should you?

SMC says only high-risk investors should opt for the issue as it looks expensive and given the company's high dependence on its global business. Choice Broking also advises subscribing with caution due to its expensive valuation.

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The public issue of automotive components manufacturer Varroc Engineering has opened for subscription at a price band of Rs 965-967 per share.

The Rs 1,955-crore initial public offer consists of an offer for sale of 2,02,21,730 equity shares by promoter Tarang Jain (17,52,560 shares), and investors Omega TC Holdings (1,69,17,130 shares) and Tata Capital Financial Services (15,52,040 shares).

The company will not receive any proceeds from the offer that will close on June 28. All the proceeds will be received by selling shareholders.


Taking into consideration its strong clientele base, comprehensive product portfolio, robust in-house research and development and technology capability, and decent balance sheet, all brokerage houses advise subscribing to the issue.

SMC has given a 2 out of 5 ranking, saying only high-risk investors should opt for the issue as it looks expensive and given the company's high dependence on its global business. Choice Broking also advises subscribing with caution due to its expensive valuation.

Here is what brokerage houses had to say on the issue:

Centrum Research

Varroc Engineering (VEL) is a global Tier I company that designs, manufactures and supplies exterior lighting systems, plastic and polymer components, electronic components and precision metallic components to passenger car (PC), commercial vehicle (CV), two-wheeler (2W), three-wheeler (3W) and off-highway vehicle (OHV) original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) directly.

After commencing its operations in 1990 with the polymer business, VEL has added business lines and made strategic investments which have led to the company expanding its global and domestic footprint.

Going forward, VEL is looking to capitalise on opportunities in the PC vehicle exterior lighting market, strengthening its position in the Indian 2W and 3W market (develop electronic fuel injection systems as mandated by the Bharat Stage VI emission standards which will come into effect by April 1, 2020) and invest in new partnerships along with manufacturing facilities (to gain access to high growth automotive markets).

At the higher end of the price band (Rs 967 per share), the issue is priced at a price-to-earnings of 43 times (post-dilution) FY17 and 29 times FY18, which is at a discount compared to its peer group average of 45.5 times FY17 and 41.8 times FY18.

VEL has been continuously building up its in-house R&D and technology capability so as to be in sync with the current emerging trends from the automobile sector. It has a strong clientele. The management's current strategy of diversifying its product base, upgradation of technology and any merger & acquisition opportunity could further enhance its position.

Along with a decent balance sheet position (debt-to-equity 0.3 times and return on equity of around 18 percent as of March) and comfortable valuations, we suggest that investors subscribe to the issue.

Prabhudas Lilladher

At the upper band of the issue price, the stock will trade at 29x FY18 EPS, which is higher than the market PER but cheaper than its peers like MSS, trading at around 34x FY18 and Endurance technologies, trading at 43.5x FY18.

Given the stable business model, comprehensive product portfolio, strong OEM relationships, owned technology platforms, healthy balance sheet (D/E at 0.3x) and decent return ratios (RoCE/RoE of 14/16 percent), the stock is structurally a good story.

However, in the current market conditions, the same is steeply valued with nothing left on the table in terms of listing gains. We recommend Subscribe to the issue only with a long term investment strategy of 24 to 36 months.

ICICI Securities

VEL is a Tier I auto ancillary player which has a wide range of products catering to diverse customers and geographies. Pedigree management, strong growth opportunities and decent return ratio (around 16 percent) remains a key positive. The share is undervalued at 29 times FY18 earnings per share compared to some of its peers. Longer term investors can subscribe to this issue.

Hem Securities

The company has priced the issue around 29 times FY18 P/E. VEL has strong a competitive position in attractive growing markets, long-standing customer relationship with low cost, strategically located manufacturing and design footprint.

Also, the management has a consistent track record of growth and operational and financial efficiency. Hence, we recommend subscribing to the issue.


The company is heavily dependent on the performance of its global PV market and 2W and 3W market in India. It generates 65 percent and 35 percent revenue from global and domestic plants, respectively. Any adverse changes in the conditions affecting these markets can adversely impact its business.

VEL has experienced negative cash flows in the past and any redux in the future could adversely affect its financial condition. The issue looks expensive. High-risk investors may invest in this IPO for the medium to long term.

Choice Broking

At the higher price band, the company is demanding a P/E of 29 times (to its restated FY18 EPS of Rs 33.4) as against its peer average of 23.1 times. With respect to its FY19 and FY20 EPS too, it is seeking a premium to its peers.

Thus, the issue seems to be fully priced. But considering its global market position, strong growth outlook in the future, low profitability and expensive valuation, we assign subscribe but with a caution rating to the issue.

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First Published on Jun 26, 2018 07:55 am