Just Dial in its board meeting on July 20, 2018, has approved buyback for an aggregate amount not exceeding Rs. 220 Crores through ‘Tender route’ on proportionate basis at a price not exceeding Rs. 800 per Equity Share. Just Dial buyback represents 4.08% of the paid-up equity capital. The Just Dial buyback price is at a premium of about 38% to its closing price of Rs. 580 on July 20, 2018. The price has moved down further since then. The record date for Just Dial buyback is 12/10/18.Established in 1996, Just Dial Limited is India’s leading local search engine offering a wide array of informational and transactional services through multiple platforms.
Just Dial Buyback: Latest Updates
- Reported Acceptance Ratio 20.9%
- Live Subscription Details- Just Dial Buyback
- Just Dial Buyback opens from 18-12-18 : 01-01-19
Just Dial Limited Past Buybacks2015-16: Buyback of Rs. 164.63 crore @ Rs. 1550 per share (details given in Table later in the post) 2017 : Buyback of Rs 84 crore from open market @ Rs. 700 per share Bonus: NIL Split : Nil Rights: Nil Dividend: 20% – 2014, 20% in 2015
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Just Dial Buyback: A Framework to Estimate Acceptance Ratio:
This framework is based on shareholding of Just Dial investors who hold up to certain number of shares as on 31/03/2018. To this we have added estimates for 1) Additional purchase of Shares by existing shareholders with eye on earning additional returns through buyback. 2) Purchase of Shares by new category of arbitrage investors. 3) Inputs from last tender Buyback (2015-16) Based on approximations indicated above, and taking a considerably high tendering ratio, Just Dial Buyback could have a acceptance ratio in 10-25% band. Since the price of Just Dial has been under pressure for quite some time and has not recovered near to record date as well, many investors who exit at this stage may not be able to do so, resulting in a lower buyback ratio.
Cross Tabulation of Estimated Returns for Just Dial Buyback
The absolute returns/Loss that may accrue to an Investors/Arbitrage trader are a function of Percentage Acceptance Ratio and Price Post Buyback. Investors may kept in mind that stock markets are quite volatile at this juncture and there are many political and other uncertainties related to international markets. We have depicted estimated Absolute Returns in a table form as a function of various possible combinations of Acceptance Ratios and Price Post Buyback.
|MP when Posted||464.5|
|Acceptance Ratio / Price Aft Buyback||420||430||480|
Just Dial Price Chart and Quarterly Performance:
|Rs. In Crore|
|Profit Aft Tax||38.53||38.96||28.6||37.46||38.16||25.35|
About Just Dial:
- Just Dial Limited is a local search engine company.
- It was founded by VSS Mani and is headquarters is in Mumbai.
- Just Dial has strong pan-India network, spread across 11 branches.
- The services provided on company’s platform of ‘Search Plus’ may be broadly classified under: Ordering services; Scheduling services; Travel/ leisure services; and Buying products/ price discovery through reverse auction.
- Just Dial offers its services across various platforms, such as voice, Web, mobile Internet and mobile applications.
- The Company apart from providing search and related services, is also engaged in other information service activities.
Just Dial Buyback: Observations
- Just Dial listed its shares on the stock exchanges in June 2013. After commanding good valuations, the stock has remained in bouts of pressure in last few years.
- During Fy 17-18, Just Dial revenues stood at Rs. 781.8 crore, a growth of 8.8% over the preceding year. Its net profit grew at 18% to ₹143.2 crore during the year.
- For Q1FY19. Just Dial posted Operating revenue of 211.4 crores, which grew 11.3% year-on-year, operating EBITDA stood at 57.4 crores witnessing 77% year-on-year growth and ~ 25% sequential growth. Net profit stood at Rs 38.93 crore compared to Rs 36.05 crore in the corresponding quarter a year ago.
- Just Dial reported a 24.6% yoy growth in unique visitors to 125.2 million. Mobile traffic constituted 73.7% of the overall traffic.
- Cash & Investments stood at ₹ 1,288.8 Crores as on June 30, 2018
- Just Dial added more than 800 employees the quarter, out of which 660 additions were in the sales area. This could be a pointer to better demand for company’s products
- There have been fears that Just Dial will loose its relevance and customers as search engines like Google target more and more small businesses. Just Dial also faces competition from Zomato & Practo. Some analysts have been of the view that Just Dial valuation is stretched and the company business model is outdated.
- With about significant correction from the levels at which Just Dial ruled at the time of buyback announcement and with significantly high buyback price of Rs.800, Iam inclined to take a risk in terms of small stake in Just Dial before the Record date for Just Dial Buyback. On the flip side, many mid cap stocks in IT are recently witnessing a sharp correction and overall market sentiment remains very poor. The outlook for the market continues to be hazy which can cast a shadow on expected returns in this Just Dial Buyback arbitrage opportunity.
- Question marks on sustainability of Just Dial search business may continue to haunt Just Dial share price.