23 January 2008
CRISIL assigns highest IPO grade to Acme Tele Power Ltd.

Proposed public issue of 17,283,580 equity shares of face value Rs 2 targeted at an issue price in the range of Rs 800 to Rs 950 per share

CRISIL has assigned a CRISIL IPO Grade "5/5" (pronounced "five on five") to the proposed initial public offer of Acme Tele Power Ltd. (ATPL). This grade indicates that the fundamentals of the issue are strong relative to other listed equity securities in India.

CRISIL expects ATPL to report strong future growth while maintaining its track record of exceptional operating and financial performance. This reflects the company's solid market position, and its customers' focus on rapid expansion: ATPL's unique products are used by mobile operators to manage power consumption at cell sites in areas where the supply and quality of power is unreliable. With a market share of around 25 per cent across all cell site installations, ATPL enjoys leadership position in its segment. The company is thus well placed to benefit from the large investments planned by mobile operators in India, who propose to add almost half a million cell sites over the next five years.

ATPL has grown at remarkable pace over its relatively short history. CRISIL expects the company to continue its impressive growth in revenues and profits over the medium term, given its strong market position and the expected growth in mobile networks.

ATPL will also continue to benefit from the ongoing involvement of its promoter, Mr. Manoj Upadhyay, in new product research and development. The company's strong product development capability is a significant plus in a market that is highly competitive. To maintain its growth momentum, however, ATPL will also need to ensure that it retains its key employees: it has faced a fair amount of employee turnover in the past.

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About the company
ATPL, incorporated in January 2003, was promoted by Mr. Manoj Upadhyay. The proposed IPO is in the form of an offer for sale of 17.3 million shares by the promoters. Subsequent to the IPO, the promoters' stake in the company will reduce to 84.6 per cent from 94.7 per cent.

ATPL manufactures shelters, power regulation equipment, and air conditioners, which are used at mobile operators' cell sites. It has manufacturing facilities at Pantnagar in Uttaranchal and Parawanoo in Himachal Pradesh. Until March 2005, the company had an exclusive agreement with Bharti Airtel, the market leader in mobile telephony, under which it could not sell its products to other operators until it had satisfied Bharti Airtel's requirements; the business relationship between the two companies continues to be strong, long after the agreement has expired.

At the core of ATPL's offering to customers is a packaged solution, 'Green Shelter', consisting of:
- A fibreglass reinforced plastic or a nano-cooled enclosure that houses the BTS and other electronic equipment at cell sites
- A power management system called the power interface unit
- A thermal management system with phase change material, and
- Two air conditioners.
The utility of each of these products is distinct, and therefore the company also sells them individually.

ATPL also plans to launch a new gas-free compressor-less AC, and fuel cells, which produce energy more efficiently compared to diesel. Besides, the company intends to undertake geographical expansion into international markets.

For the year ended March 31, 2007, ATPL reported a net profit of Rs.2.30 billion on a turnover of Rs.6.43 billion, as compared with a net profit of Rs.1.16 billion and revenues of Rs.3.85 billion in the previous year.

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January 23, 2008