MCX IPO Review

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MCX or Multi Commodity Exchange of India, the country's largest commodity exchange, is coming out with an IPO of 6 million shares of Rs.10 each in the price band of Rs.860-1032 next week.
After long period of time, an IPO of this size and stature has hit the market, which is unique of its own. This is the first ever IPO by an exchange in the country and the issue has been given highest grade of 5/5 by the rating agency Crisil.

Issue Detail:
Issue Open: Feb 22 - Feb 24, 2012.
Issue Size: 6,427,378 Equity Shares of Rs. 10.
Issue Price: Rs.860-Rs.1032.
Listing At: BSE, NSE.

The promoter of the company is Financial Technologies, which is a leader in offering trading solutions like ODIN and other similar products. Globally, MCX is the fifth largest commodity exchange, which holds top two positions in gold and silver segments and  higher positions in other commodities as well.

The EPS for the reported year 2011 stands at Rs.34.5 and the book value at Rs.210.  The company had recorded Rs 447.5 crore of total income and net profit of Rs 176.2 crore with an equity capital of about Rs 38 crores for the year March 31, 2011. Considering the current growth of about 70-75%, the current year EPS would be around Rs.60 and at the lower price band of Rs.860, the issue is done at 15 times earnings and at the upper end of the band at Rs. 1,032, valuation per share works out at a PE of about 18 times.

Though the pricing seems on the higher side, considering the huge growth potential, the issue price is justified. Hence investors with long term view can invest in MCX IPO  and not for listing gains alone. Once this issue is gone through, one could expect couple of similar IPOs from BSE and NSE also.

Watch out this space for more such IPOs and as well as about the big one from the international front, which is the Facebook IPO.