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Vijaya Diagnostic IPO review (May apply)

Review By Dilip Davda on August 28, 2021

•    VDCL is an integrated diagnostic service provider with south centric play.
•    It has posted good margins so far, but rising competition raises concern.
•    The issue is purely a secondary offer only for listing benefits.
•    Based on financial parameters, the issue is fully priced.
•    Recent listing of Krsnaa Diagnostics likely to overshadow this IPO.

Vijaya Diagnostic Center Ltd. (VDCL) is the largest integrated diagnostic chain in southern India, by operating revenue, and also one of the fastest-growing diagnostic chains by revenue for the fiscal year 2020 (Source: CRISIL Report). It offers a one-stop solution for pathology and radiology testing services to customers through its extensive operational network, which consists of 81 diagnostic centres and 11 reference laboratories across 13 cities and towns in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and in the National Capital Region and Kolkata as on June 30, 2021. For the three months ended June 30, 2021, and the fiscal year 2021, it derived 95.91% and 96.20% of revenue from operations from its core geographies, Hyderabad and the rest of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, respectively.

VDCL offers a comprehensive range of approximately 1,610 pathology tests, which are organized into approximately 740 routine tests and 870 specialized tests, as well as approximately 220 basic and 320 advanced radiology tests that cover a range of specialities and disciplines, as of June 30, 2021. The company's test menu includes pathology tests ranging from basic biochemistry and clinical pathology to cytogenetics and high-end molecular diagnostic tests, and radiology tests ranging from basic echocardiograms, X-rays and ultrasounds to advanced radiology tests including computerized tomography ("CT") scans, magnetic resonance imaging ("MRI") scans, single-photon emission computed tomography ("SPECT") and advanced positron emission tomography CT ("PET CT"). It also offers a broad spectrum of health and wellness packages to customers as per their requirements.

VDCL focuses on a customer-centric approach to enhance the overall quality of services for optimal customer satisfaction. For the convenience of customers, it provides value-added services such as home collection of specimens, house calls and various delivery or access modes (i.e., at diagnostic centres, SMS, email and web portal) for test reports. Several factors, including the strength of its brand, integrated services model, quality of diagnostic services, center infrastructure and customer experience, the convenience of operational network and home collection in core geographies are important differentiating factors in customers choosing it as their preferred diagnostic service provider, which helps it in retaining customers and sets apart from competitors. It has implemented a 'hub and spoke' model, whereby specimens are collected across multiple locations within a catchment area or a region for delivery to reference laboratories for diagnostic testing. This model provides greater economies of scale and enhances the consistency of testing procedures and results.

As of June 30, 2021, its operational network consists of a diagnostic centre network of (i) a flagship centre located in Hyderabad, which is its main 'hub' and equipped to conduct all of pathology specimens collection, basic and advanced radiology tests; (ii) 20 hub centres, which are equipped to conduct all of pathology specimens collection, basic radiology tests and certain advanced radiology tests; and (iii) 60 diagnostic centres, which are equipped to conduct a majority of pathology specimen collection and certain basic radiology tests; and a laboratory network of (i) a national reference laboratory co-located with flagship centre; and (ii) 10 reference laboratories co-located with certain hub centres and diagnostic centres. Its diagnostic services are provided by a medical professional team consisting of 74 laboratory doctors, 19 physicians, 105 radiologists and 1,027 well-trained technical staff in the operational network, as of June 30, 2021.

As of June 30, 2021, all of its laboratories hold National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories ("NABL") and three diagnostic centres hold Patient Safety & Quality of Care ("NABH") accreditations. For the last 15 months period, its individual consumer business contributed of around 92% of the total revenue.

To provide an exit to few existing stakeholders and avail listing benefits, VDCL is coming out with a maiden book building route IPO via secondary issue i.e. by way of Offer for Sale of 35688064 equity share of Re. 1 each. The issue is opening for subscription on September 01, 2021, and will close on September 03, 2021. The company has fixed a price band of Rs. 522 - Rs. 531 per share for this offer and mulls raising Rs. 1895.04 cr. (at the upper price band). The application is to be made for a minimum of 28 shares and in multiples thereon, thereafter. Post allotment, shares will be listed on BSE and NSE. The issue constitutes 35% of the post issue paid-up capital of the company.

The company has reserved 150000 equity shares for eligible employees and offering a discount of Rs. 52 per share to them. From the residual portion, it has allocated 50% for QIBs, 15% for HNIs and 35% for retail investors. Book Running Lead Managers (BRLMs) to this offer are ICICI Securities Ltd., Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. and Kotak Mahindra Capital Co. Ltd. while KFin Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is the registrar to the issue.

Having issued initial equity at par, the company raised further equity in the price range of Rs. 5.75 and Rs. 332.76 per share (on the basis of Re. 1 paid-up value) between May 2014 and March 2017. It has also issued bonus shares in the ratio of 1 for 1 in December 2007 and 5 for 4 in May 2021. The average cost of acquisition of shares by the promoters/selling stakeholders is Rs. 0.34/ Rs. 99.49 per share.

Post this issue, VDCL's current paid-up equity capital of Rs. 10.20 cr. will remain the same as this is a pure secondary offer. Based on the upper price band, the company is looking for a market cap of Rs. 5414.39 cr.

On the financial performance front, on a consolidated basis, the company has posted turnover/net profits of Rs. 302.94 cr. / Rs. 46.27 cr. (FY19), Rs. 354.18 cr. / Rs. 62.51 cr. (FY20) and Rs. 388.59 cr. / Rs. 84.91 cr. (FY21). For the first quarter ended on June 30, 2021, it has earned a net profit of Rs. 33.33 cr. on a turnover of Rs. 125.97 cr. Thus the company has posted the growing pattern for its top and bottom lines for all these periods.

For the last three fiscals, the company has posted an average EPS of Rs. 6.92 and an average RoNW of 23.14%. The issue is priced at a P/BV of xx based on its NAV of Rs. 38.53 per share as of June 30, 2021.

If we attribute annualized EPS for FY22 on the post issue equity, then the asking price is at a P/E of 41.10. Thus based on its super earnings, the issue appears fully priced.

As per the offer documents, VDCL has shown Dr Lal Pathlabs and Metropolis Healthcare as its listed peers. They are currently trading at a P/E of around 85.02 and 57.29 (as of August 27, 2021). Recently listed Krsnaa Diagnostic is trading at a P/E of 15.48 as of said date. However, they are not truly comparable on an apple to apple basis.

The company has not declared any dividend for the last three years. However, it will follow a prudent dividend policy post listing based on its financial performance and future prospects.

The three BRLMs associated with this offer have handled 44 public issues in the past three years out of which 15 issues closed below the offer price on the day of listings.

Conclusion / Investment Strategy

This is a majorly south centric diagnostic service provider. The issue is fully priced based on its super performance so far. The segment is getting crowded post-pandemic and thus creating high competition going forward. The recent IPO of south based Krsnaa Diagnostic performed miserably post a listing. This is a pure secondary offer. Considering all these parameters, risk seekers/cash surplus investors may consider an investment with a long term perspective.

Review By Dilip Davda on August 28, 2021

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About Dilip Davda

Dilip Davda, a freelance journalist

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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Vijaya Diagnostic IPO FAQs

  1. 1. Why Vijaya Diagnostic IPO?

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    Our recommendation for Vijaya Diagnostic IPO is to subscribe for long term.

  4. 5. Is Vijaya Diagnostic IPO worth Investing?

    As per the analysis by our lead analyst Mr. Dilip Davda, we suggest you to subscribe for long term to the Vijaya Diagnostic IPO.

  5. 6. When will Vijaya Diagnostic IPO allotment status?

    The Vijaya Diagnostic IPO allotment status will be available on or around September 8, 2021. The allotted shares will be credited in demat account by September 13, 2021. Visit Vijaya Diagnostic IPO allotment status to check.

  6. 7. When will Vijaya Diagnostic IPO list?

    The Vijaya Diagnostic IPO will list on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at BSE, NSE.


1. Mylastemailid     Link|August 28, 2021 6:55:57 PM
Very good article but some doubts, please explain

How Krsnaa is trading at 15.48x (Market cap of Rs. 2,868 / Profit of Rs. 185 crore in 9MFY21). But Profit of Rs. 185 crore includes one-time gain of Rs. 253 crore due to gain on fair value movement of compulsory convertible preference shares. So Krsnaa are you sure Krsnaa is making profit???

Dr. Lal, Metropolis and Vijaya (higher band) is trading at 85x, 57x and 41x, respectively. So Vijaya is at discount 50% and ~29% with Dr. Lal and Metropolis. So how it is fairly priced???? Can you please explain?????