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DC Infotech NSE SME IPO review (May apply)

Review By Dilip Davda on December 7, 2019

•    DCIC is an IT solution distribution house having a good network
•    The company follows a B2B and B2C business model to capture more market share.
•    The company is in a high volume less margin business.
•    Post-IPO its high debt-equity ratio will decline from 4.85 to 1.37.  
•    Though issue pricing appears reasonable based on FY20 Q1 earnings, sustainability is a major concern.

DC Infotech & Communications Ltd. (DCIC) started its journey from a distribution-based business. However, over a period of time, it diversified from distribution-based business to Value-Added Distribution of Information Technology products, Networking, Security, surveillance, wireless, broadband, digital signage, firewall's, desktop virtualization, power solutions and other solutions like network performance, digital performance, cloud security, enterprise security, etc.

DCIC is an IT Solution distribution house in India that has commenced its operations with reselling and redistribution of IT hardware products like Cabinets, motherboard, etc. Engaged in the distribution business, the company has partnered with several networking and security brands for distribution in the country.

Currently, it operates with a dealer network of around 1600 dealers and through sales representatives. DCIC plays the role of an IT Distributor offering the bouquet of services. It acts as the link between the IT manufacturers/developers and end-users and other resellers. The Company is in the distribution business of hardware and software IT products which is a high-volume business, where the efficient management of stock plays a vital role and helps it to manage the complete supply chain right from the manufacturers and end-users. DCIC follows the B2B and B2C business model to provide complete Information Technology solutions and support to channel partners. The focus is to capture a considerable market share in each of the product categories. DCIC is distributing products of Brands/Vendors like Netgear, D-Link, ZScaler, Samsung, Aten, Avnet, Netscout, Riverbed, Delta Power, Sonicwall, Cisco, Moxa, Barracuda, Ncomputing, etc.  DCIC's clients include BPCL, Cosmos Bank, Hathway, L&T Fin., Syngenta, Nilkamal, IIT-Bombay, etc.

To part finance its needs for working capital (Rs. 7.65 cr.) and general corpus fund (Rs. 2.65 cr.) DCIC is coming out with a maiden IPO of 2400000 equity shares of Rs. 10 each at a fixed price of Rs. 45 per share to mobilize Rs. 10.80 cr. The issue opens for subscription on 12.12.19 and will close on 18.12.19. The minimum application is to be made for 3000 shares and in multiples thereon, thereafter. Post allotment, shares will be listed on NSE SME Emerge. The issue constitutes 40% of the post issue paid-up capital of the company. DCIC is spending Rs. 0.50 cr. for the entire proceeds of this IPO.

The issue is solely lead managed by Fedex Securities Pvt. Ltd. and Satellite Corporate Services Pvt. Ltd. is the registrar to the issue. Rikhav Securities Ltd. is the market maker for this issue. DCIC has converted entire current equity at par value. The average cost of acquisition of shares by the promoters is Rs. NIL per share. Post issue, DCIC's paid-up capital will stand enhanced from Rs. 3.60 cr. to Rs. 6.00 cr. Thus company mulls market capitalization of Rs. 27 cr.

For the last three fiscals, DCIC has posted turnover/net profits of Rs. 108.79 cr. / Rs. 0.90 cr. (FY17), Rs. 97.56 cr. / Rs. 1.30 cr. (FY18) and Rs. 114.07 cr. / Rs. 1.34 cr. (FY19). For Q1 of FY20, it has clocked in the net profit of Rs. 0.91 cr. on a turnover of Rs. 36.49 cr. DCIC's top line has shown inconsistency. Its paid-up equity capital of Rs. 11.41 cr. as on 18.02.19 got reduced to Rs. 3.60 cr. as on 31.03.19 as per the scheme of MoA for the conversion of a partnership firm. (FY19 financial figures are combined for partnership firm up to 18.02.19 and as a limited company from 19.02.19 to 31.03.19). TheA sudden spurt in the bottom line since it became a limited company is a bit surprising.

For the last three fiscals, DCIC has posted an average EPS of Rs. 3.48 and an average RoNW of 9.42%. The issue is priced at a P/BV of 3.15 based on its NAV of Rs. 14.28 as on 30.06.19 (as per restated financial data) and at a P/BV of 1.02 based on post-IPO NAV of Rs. 44.08. DCIC has not paid any dividends so far. Its current high debt-equity ratio of 4.85 will come down to 1.37 post issue.

If we annualize FY20 Q1 earnings and attribute it to post issue paid-up equity capital then asking price is at a P/E of 7.4 against the industry average of 18.59.

As per offer documents, DCIC has shown Creative Peripherals and Redington India as its listed peers. They are currently trading at a P/E of 11.77 and 15.56 (as on 06.12.19). However, they are not strictly comparable.

On merchant banker's front, this is the 10th mandate from its stable in the last three fiscals (including the ongoing). Out of the last 9 listings, one issue opened at a discount, one at par and the rest with a premium ranging from 0.16% to 56.52% on the day of listings.


Conclusion / Investment Strategy

The company is in the "High Volume - Low margin" segment that has cut-throat competition with a fragmented unorganized sector. For the past four fiscals, its top line has shown inconsistency. Peers are way ahead in top-line comparison. The sudden boost in margins since it converted in a limited company on 19.02.19 raises concern. Based on the latest financial numbers, issue pricing looks reasonable, but sustainability remains a major worry going forward. Considering these, cash surplus - risk savvy investors may consider investment at their own risks.

Review By Dilip Davda on December 7, 2019

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About Dilip Davda

Dilip Davda

Dilip Davda is veteran journalist associated with stock market since 1978. He is contributing to print and electronic media on stock markets/insurance/finance since 1985.

Dilip Davda is a leading reviewer of public issues and NCDs in the primary stock market in India. The knowledge he gained over 3 decades while working in the stock market and a strong relationship with popular lead managers makes his reviews unique. His detail fundamental and financial analysis of companies coming up with IPO helps investors in the primary stock market. Dilip Davda has a special interest in analyzing the SME companies and writing reviews about their public issues. His reviews are regularly published online and in news papers.

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