Proposed public issue of about 18.4 million equity shares of face value Rs 10 at a targeted price of Rs 370 per share
CRISIL has assigned a CRISIL IPO Grade '3/5' (pronounced 'three on five') to the proposed initial public offer of eClerx Services Ltd (ESL). This grade indicates that the fundamentals of the issue are average, in relation to other listed equity securities in India.
The grading reflects management's ability to get contracts from large global clients in its two niche verticals, IT hardware retailing and the post trade OTC derivative segment, and increase in the size of client relationships over the last 3-4 years. The company has also benefited from the promoters' strategic focus on knowledge management as seen in its strong margins. The grading is tempered by anticipated pressures on margins from the expected increase in competition from large third party players in India, exchange rate movement and wage pressures. The grading also reflects the heavy client concentration, especially in the retailing vertical and likely moderation in revenue growth.
About the company
ESL, promoted by Mr P D Mundhra and Mr Anjan Malik, was incorporated in 2000. The company provides data analytics and customised process solutions to its global clients through three offshore delivery centres in Mumbai. Primary activities in customised process solutions comprise post-trade transaction support in the OTC derivative segment through strong awareness of the client's internal business processes and verification/audit of client products and websites in the retailing segment. As of March 31, 2007, ESL had around 1,000 employees at its offshore delivery locations in Mumbai. The company has around 21 global clients, of which nearly five account for over 87 per cent of its business.
The company plans to expand its operations by developing new client relationships and setting up additional offshore facilities in a SEZ in Pune and other Tier-II cities. It is also considering an acquisition in the UK or the US in the medium term.
For the year ended March 31, 2007, the company's total income was Rs 861.2 million as compared with Rs 441.2 million in 2005-06. Net profit increased by 62 per cent to Rs 396.7 million in 2006-07 from Rs 244.6 million in the previous year.
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