Music Broadcast Ltd IPO plans to raise Rs 400 crore through a fresh issue and an offer for sale of about 2.66 million shares. Music Broadcast Ltd (MBL) will be the second radio operator to list on the bourses after Times Group-controlled Entertainment Network India Ltd, which runs the country’s top FM radio business under Radio Mirchi label. Music Broadcast Ltd IPO is opening on 6th March 2017 and is priced at Rs. 324-333. Music Broadcast Ltd IPO issue size is Rs. 488.5 crore. Music Broadcast Ltd peer analysis attempts to assess its financial strengths vis a  vis its major competitor Entertainment Network India Ltd. (ENIL).

About Music Broadcast Ltd IPO

Music Broadcast Ltd (MBL) brand Radio City is one of the fastest growing FM Networks in India and has witnessed strong sales. There are good prospects for radio industry which has been growing at rate of 14-15% for last five years. Radio City is the first private FM radio broadcaster in India. MBL operates its  radio stations under the brand “Radio City”. Music Broadcast Ltd  has grown its presence from four cities in 2001 to 29 cities. MBL also have sales alliances in two cities. MBL has won bids under Phase III Policy to expand its presence to 11 additional cities across India which are primarily located in tier-I, tier-II and tier-III cities. Also, its Existing Radio Stations have a license period of 15 years commencing from April 1, 2015 and the New Radio Stations have a license period of 15 years commencing from the date of their going operational. Through Planet Radio City, MBL also operates 31 web radio stations in six languages.

Comparison of Major FM radio Operators in Metros*
Share of FM radio operators in Major cities (RAM report Week 41, 2016)
 Radio cityRadio MirchiBig FMFever FMRed FMOyeRadio nashaRadio one
Kolkata 20.917.116.18.810.1 6.4
Bengaluru23.917.719.713.55.5  3.9

The figures are for a particular week. However they may be  fairly representative.

Music Broadcast IPO advertising volumes radio players

Radio City’s advertising volumes have grown at a CAGR of ~12.5% over the five year period FY2011-16, while Radio Mirchi (ENIL) reported ~9% CAGR in advertising volumes during the same period. Radio City’s advertising volumes  are only slighly lower than ENIL while ENIL has a much higher revenue base. 

Post Issue Equity & Promoters holding :

As per government directives while allocating FM stations, the  promoters cannot dilute their holding below 51% at least for three years from the start of broadcasting. 

Music Broadcast Post Issue Equity & Promoter Holding
Pre issue equity45.04cr 
IPO new share size in crores400cr 
Estimated IPO Price333rs. 
New Equity added12.012cr 
Total Equity57.052cr 
equity in offer for sale2.658518cr 
Total Equity sold in IPO14.6705cr 
promoters holding pre issue96.34%43.39154cr
Promoter holding aft IPO 40.7330 
% Promoter Holding post IPO 71.40% 


Peer Analysis:

Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL), which belongs to Bennett Coleman group & operates its FM services under Radio Mirchi is the largest listed company in this space. Half year 2017 and FY 2016 Results of two companies have been compared

Rs. Crore
 Radio BroadcastENIL
 HY 2017FY 2016H Y2017FY 2016
Other Income1.3213.189.9325.11
Total Income138.21245.51250.33533.72
Exceptional Items013.58  
PB excep. Items & Tax29.7642.5135.64148.19
Net Profit29.7642.5124.39100.02
EPS 6.619.955.1220.98
OPM %28.58%24.71%21.87%31.34%
NPM %21.74%18.30%10.15%19.67%
Networth140.16110.4 768.92
NAV31.1226.26 161.3
RONW %21.23%38.51% 12.17%
CAGR sales 1 yr 15.68% 15.98%
CAGR sales  3 yr 18.95% 14.55%
CAGR PBT  1 yr 19.17% 2.46%
CAGR PBT 3 yr 69.00% 18.32%
CMP /  IPO Price333333774.2774.2
PE Ratio (ann)25.1933.4775.6136.9
Post issue equity57.05257.052  
EPS (Post Issue Eq)5.227.45  
PE ( Post Issue Eq -ann)31.944.7  
P/BV 13.04 5.12
Market Cap 1899.832cr3690.6114
Market Cap/Sales Ratio 8.18 7.26

The Music Broadcast IPO peer analysis shows that overall it is reasonable stacked against Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL), the largest listed company in this space. While for FY16 ENIL has enjoyed better OPM of  31.34 % than MBL’s OPM   24.87, MBL has stolen a lead in H1FY17 with OPM of 28.58  % against ENIL’s OPM 21.57%. Music Broadcast  FY 2016 Net profit has been impacted by one time exceptional items, else its PE ratio based on 2016 figures would have been lower than the indicated value. For this reason CAGR PBT has been considered in place of CAGR NP to compare the two companies. Music Broadcast also has better RONW% as compared to ENIL. P/BV ratio of MBL shall also be in range of ENIL after  IPO due to issue of shares at premium. However Marketcap/sales ratio for Music Broadcast appears bit steep than ENIL though it is enjoying better growth

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